Magnum Opus: Building the Body Beautiful

Magnum Opus: Building the Body Beautiful Sex Roles (2015) 73:90–91 DOI 10.1007/s11199-015-0501-1 MEDIA REVIEW Body Typed. Produced and directed by Jesse E. Epstein, New York, NY, 2009. 31 min. $299 (University price). Distributed by New Day Films, 1 1 Joan C. Chrisler & Alexandra DiGiammarino Published online: 24 June 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015 Cultures have always had ideas about what makes a beautiful genders, and could be especially illuminating for boys, who human body (Baker 1984; Freedman 1986), and those ideas might otherwise hold their girlfriends to unrealistic standards are reflected in the sculptures, paintings, and sketches their of beauty. artists produced. The round bellied and large breasted figures The first film, Wet Dreams and False Images (12 min), takes place in two scenes: a barbershop, where young men of ancient Mesopotamia, the smooth and muscular forms of ancient Greece and Rome, and the soft and bright skin of pre- discuss sexy images of women, and a photographer’spost- Raphaelite paintings come to mind. In each case, it is clear production studio, where viewers learn about how images now, and probably was then, that these images are ideals of are altered to build the perfect body. A wall in the barbershop perfection, Sex Roles Springer Journals

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