P1: ZBU Sex Roles [sers] PP623-sers-452347 September 13, 2002 10:45 Style ﬁle version June 3rd, 2002 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 46, Nos. 11/12, June 2002 ( 2002) Book Review Fat Talk: What Girls and Their Parents Say about peers, in an “I’m so fat—no, you’re not” exchange. Dieting. Mimi Nichter, Harvard University Engaging in fat talk also forestalls scrutiny of behav- Press, Cambridge, MA; 2000. 202 pp. iors such as eating forbidden foods, and it serves a +appendices. bonding function between mothers and daughters as both complain about their bodily attributes. Accord- Describing body image discourse of predomi- ing to Nichter, once she identiﬁed the existence of fat nantly White adolescent girls, Mimi Nichter’s Fat Talk talk, she began to hear it everywhere. evokes vivid images of the teenage experience. This Through careful in-depth interviews and food re- small gem of an ethnography plunges readers into call evaluations, Nichter dispels the myth of teenage ﬂashbacks of adolescence, while simultaneously em- dieting. Dieting becomes, like other aspects of adoles- phasizing the insight and agency with which Amer- cence, an experimental process in which actual caloric ican teen girls today cope with eating, body image, restriction is usually not maintained
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