Appetites Why Women Want What do women want Did Freud have any idea how difficult that question would become for women to answer In this text Caroline Knapp confronts that question and boldly reframes it asking instead How

  • Title: Appetites: Why Women Want
  • Author: Caroline Knapp
  • ISBN: 9781582432250
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • What do women want Did Freud have any idea how difficult that question would become for women to answer In this text, Caroline Knapp confronts that question and boldly reframes it, asking instead How does a woman know, and then honour, what it is she wants in a culture bent on shaping, defining and controlling women and their desires

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    1. By the middle of Appetites, I wanted to quote every single word Caroline Knapp wrote. In this memoir, she addresses three of my favorite topics: feminism, eating disorders, and sexuality. Knapp integrates these issues by sharing her own battle with anorexia and analyzing hunger through a psychological and sociocultural lens.Knapp can write. Her writing style is so vivid, so passionate, and so powerful that you can't help but admire her strength, even as she exposes herself and makes herself vuln [...]

    2. Considering how much I loved Knapp's memoir, Drinking: A Love Story, I had high expectations for this memoir-slash-cultural-study about women's relationships with appetite, whether it's for food, sex, or other. But this book (written 5 years after DALS, in 2002, and her last book before she died from cancer) was terribly disappointing. She rants and raves about men, consumer culture, the media, and advertising, blaming them for a host of ills that infect and distort women's images of themselves. [...]

    3. This book was very important to me. I'm extremely grateful I read this; it said a lot of things I needed to hear. Caroline Knapp, a former anorexic, delves into why women believe they need to deny themselves those things they desire, and why they shouldn't feel like they should. Women need to not only get in touch with their appetites, but what those appetites are, why they are there. Why do women feel the need to starve themselves? Why do some steal, others shop, others cut, others purge? She g [...]

    4. It's unfortunate that this book gets pegged as an "anorexia memoir"--even by a blurb on the cover, because it's also/instead a fantastic analysis of some particular flavors of cultural misogyny, both external and internalized. That said, Knapp does an amazing job of weaving in her personal experience to make most of what she says even more engaging. Combining memoir and analysis can get tricky--oftentimes authors tend to overgeneralize, or get too caught up in the particulars of their own story [...]

    5. my mind wizard recommended this to me and i was suspect, as i am not and have never been anorexic. this book blew me away - it's not so much about anorexia but about what women do to themselves to fill the emptiness that permeates their lives. the theme of hunger is not just about food but about the insatiable needs of love, understanding, respect, good relationships, meaningful work. you might starve yourself, gorge yourself, shop until you're drowning in debt, chainsmoke, be promiscuous, dedic [...]

    6. this book is really stunning. it took me a little time to get into it, but once I did I was really impressed with the intricate job Knapp does of weaving so much truth into this - about appetite in the largest sense of the word, and how culture shapes it. I loved this passage in particular:"Sorrow is stubbornly resistant to insight. I can put together the puzzle pieces of anxiety and guilt and self-hatred, I can draw neat lines between culture and alienation from body and self, I can trace piece [...]

    7. I had such high hopes for this book after reading Drinking: A Love Story, but I was disappointed. The writing is flowery and self-indulgent. The theme is important but somehow underdeveloped, despite chapter after chapter of rambling on. It would be nice if more actual research had been included rather than most paragraphs starting off with "I think." Is this book a memoir, a social commentary, or a research study? I can't really tell, and if it's trying to be all three, it doesn't work. As it s [...]

    8. Caroline Knapp writes so eloquently (if a bit redundantly) about the conflicting appetites of women. Her willingness to explore her own struggles (with eating disorders and alcoholism) is matched only by the quality of her interviews with other women. She gives name to so many emotions and feelings and beliefs shared by women, it's as if she is speaking for our collective soul. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who has not experienced such turbulence, you will immediately understand and reco [...]

    9. this is a fairly brilliant book. i have to read it again to give it five stars, but honestly, anything by this author is worth picking up. this book talks about the story of one woman's struggle with eating and appetites, and also the cultural phenomenons that play into women not being "fed". it has been said before, but it is said eloquently and beautifully in this book. i am so sad caroline knapp passed away - she was such a great writer (and person).

    10. I want to assign this book to my younger self and then to all her friends. It touches on appetites of all sorts, from hunger to desire, and how the ways in which femininity is reinforced or policed can constrict women's appetites. The sections on motherhood and modeling intimacy or restraint felt particularly poignant as well.

    11. "Once upon a time, a "good day" for me meant eating fewer than 800 calories in a twenty-four-hour period: case closed, well-being measured by its absolute inaccessibility. Today, a good day might mean several different things. It might mean that I start the day sculling along the river near my home, an activity that makes me feel competent and strong and alive. It might mean that I put in a solid day's work, that I spend some time laughing on the phone with a friend, that I eat a good meal, that [...]

    12. I found this book incredibly resonant. Female body issues are rampant in our culture, but Knapp's work is the first time I've seen various compulsions linked under the heading of "appetite." Anorexia, alcoholism, bingeing, compulsive shopping, cutting, promiscuity - Knapp asserts these should be addressed as one base issue: females for the first time have the freedom to indulge their appetites, yet the societal message still casts indulgence as unfeminine. This dissonance, she argues, causes wom [...]

    13. Appetites was a particularly insightful commentary and memoir on the feeling many women (including myself) experience on a daily basis: a yearning hunger for something to fill us up. Make us feel whole inside. I thought the way Knapp combined different appetites apart from the physical was fascinating, like a hunger for a strong mother-daughter connection, or compulsive shopping. I also thought she successfully articulated her own experiences within the context of post second-wave feminism, whil [...]

    14. This is a must-read for every American woman who ever has had an unhealthy relationship (calculate THAT percentage), and every man who cares about such a woman. Caroline Knappy brilliantly and compellingly tells not only her own story of anorexia, but comprehensively outlines our societal and cultural pressures that launch little girls into wobbly adult orbits around food, sex, shopping and other substances. She gives us hope that we can, at last, put ourselves at the center, without guilt or sh [...]

    15. This is the book I needed someone to give me a long time ago, when I first struggled with my needs vs. being full vs. being empty vs. wanting and longing. What I thought I learned long ago and again and again as I age I could finally understand well enough through this book to actually heal and know that there is nothing wrong in wanting, or in how I have tried to navigate unmet longings. This book was an experience to read, the type of book that I ached and angered through, stopped, said I'd ne [...]

    16. This was a terrific read, especially coming after the terribly disappointing "Composing a Life". Knapp's "Drinking: A Love Story" was one of my favorite books back in the 1990s, and reading "Appetites" was like sitting down with an old friend and having a great talk. I was a little wary because I have finally become a teeny bit tired of "anorexia memoirs"--a term I think is really insulting and depressing at the same time--. But this book really delves deeply into how modern American life has su [...]

    17. *Hunger to be known*Although Caroline Knapp is no longer with us, her contributions to the understanding of women's appetites live on in this book. Her amazing insight, powerful language, and personal experiences shed light on the unexplored domains of female hunger and desire. The book explores women's tragic quest of attempting to satisfy deeply internal desires by reaching for external and unattainable "fragments of hope that always promise transcendence over pain and longing and always disap [...]

    18. Unlike Drinking: A Love Story, this book is not captivating and gets lost in a series of wandering passages of ungrounded moralizing. Whereas Drinking was an intensely personal gripping story of how alcohol nearly broke her spirit, Appetites suffers from the fact that her addiction to food or lack of food as it may be was never as strong. Thus she has far less source material to work with, and she covers up for that absence by generalizing, postulating, moralizing, and taking digressions to di [...]

    19. I don't know how I came across this book, but I am VERY glad that I did. I initially thought of the women in my life that I have known, who have told me freely that they have had an eating disorder. I myself, have never truly suffered through a full-blown eating disorder, but I realize that we all obsess about food and our bodies to some degree. It's not just about food though - which is why I liked it. It talks in great depth about how we should feel entitled to look into ourselves and feel "fu [...]

    20. A wonderful book that sheds light on the subject related to women's body image. The author uses her own journey mixed with other women's voices to analyze the subject of body related to experiences, psychology, and self acceptance. The author does an extraordinary job bringing to life this message about loving one's body.

    21. At first this seemed like an intimate look into the world of eating disorders, but as I pressed on I found an amazing exploration of what it means to be a woman today. The subliminal and overt pressures to uphold a standard that isn't humanly possible are everywhere.I have to credit my guru for discussing the book along the way with me.

    22. One of the best books of feminism I've ever read. My copy keeps on getting loaned out to friends, who have almost all then bought copies of their own for re-reading. Really, really smart, gripping, and emotionally absorbing.

    23. This was an excellent eating disorder memoir. It wasn't just a day to day "I eat only 2 peas and hate my life" She really digs deep and discusses a lot of issues related to women's self image such as the mother daughter relationship. It was very well written and thought provoking.

    24. remarkable is right. every woman i know is in this book, in one way or another, and i want to make it required reading for every woman i know. a very important book. deeply meaningful, stirring and affecting.

    25. Caroline Knapp, an amazing writer. This book is beautiful. I identified with so much. Her words became my words. I'm so sad to find out she died before this book was published. She's missed. Can't give this book enough praise.

    26. Stunningly lucid feminist meditation on the role of culture and the inherent hunger of the human condition, but expecially for women. Knapp died at the age of 42, shortly after this was published, which makes her honesty and yearning for personal satiety of hunger all the more poignant.

    27. I read Drinking: A Love Story by the same author. I find her writing to be lyrical and realistic at the same time. Her struggle is what so many women struggle with and she puts substance to it. I am so very sad that she died at age 42. This was her last book.

    28. What a FANTASTIC look at feminism, the ugly, subconscious messages of the patriarchy, & how Caroline started re-building her life after addictions.She's a wonderful author. I wish she was still alive so I could meet her & thank her for sharing her ideas.

    29. This book is much more than an "anorexia memoir"; it weaves together eating disorders and other appetites (drinking, shopping, sex, etc), and then connects these physical appetites to the ultimate human appetite for love and connection. There is something reassuring in the way that Knapp embeds women's struggles with appetite in the broader cultural context: in a time when women are endowed with seemingly unlimited choices but often lack the necessary sense of entitlement to make said choices, p [...]

    30. This wasn't a book I would have chosen myself, but my daughter ordered it on Kindle and I was short of things to do. Evidently, she had ordered it because of her interest in Freud and anorexia, though these only featured incidentally. The book is actually an investigation of appetites in general, from the appetite for food to the appetite for shoes, sex and status. It examines the source of appetite and gives some insight on how to redirect problem desires. While I found the content interesting, [...]

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