My Body Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
A deeply honest investigation of what it means to be a woman and a commodity from Emily Ratajkowski, the archetypal, multi-hyphenate celebrity of our time.
Emily Ratajkowski is an acclaimed model and actress, an engaged political progressive, a formidable entrepreneur, a global social media phenomenon and, now, a writer. Rocketing to world fame at age 21, Ratajkowski sparked both praise and furor with the provocative display of her body as an unapologetic statement of feminist empowerment. The subsequent evolution in her thinking about our culture's commodification of women is the subject of this audiobook.
My Body is a profoundly personal exploration of feminism, sexuality and power, of men's treatment of women and women's rationalizations for accepting that treatment. These essays chronicle moments from Ratajkowski's life while investigating the culture's fetishization of girls and female beauty, its obsession with and contempt for women's sexuality, the perverse dynamics of the fashion and film industries and the grey area between consent and abuse.
Nuanced, unflinching and incisive, My Body marks the debut of a fierce writer brimming with courage and intelligence.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 16 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||09 November 2021|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 311 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Feminist Theory (Books)
1 in Feminist Criticism
3 in Gender Studies (Audible Books & Originals)
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And here it is; proof of an intelligence and proof of an ability to write a page-turner. Well done you.
The London Newspaper, "The Observer" has a long review of the book and it's really positive. "Dazzling".
Before reading this book I have to say I was only aware of Emily from her appearance in the Blurred Lines music video and the many interviews she gave at the time where she claimed she felt empowered by appearing naked in the video, this book is Emily examining whether it was true of this situation and many other situations that she has been in.
It is an intelligent, incredibly well-written book which has a chronological arc from Emily's childhood to the present day. Each chapter is an essay which focuses on a separate issue or event, it begins with Emily's childhood and her Mother's obsession with beauty, the burden of Emily inheriting her Mother's beauty and how her Parents placed a lot of value on being beautiful which shaped Emily's worldview and led to her seeing other women as competition. Other essays focus upon the topic of consent and how society shapes women to be compliant and docile rather than assertive. Others document Emily's struggles when her beauty is complimented and the boundaries between her professional and personal life.
As the book progresses Emily writes of her change in opinion from when she felt the naked, beautiful woman was the one holding the power to her changing to understand that the power was held by the man as it was his desire that deemed whether the woman was successful. Towards the end of the book Emily discusses if successful women such as herself really have any power or whether they are walking paid advertisements who are told when to strip, how to pose etc. She also discusses problems she has encountered as a result of this such as dissociation from her own body and issues with ownership of images that she has featured in.
It is a very interesting read and I found it eye opening about how successful models are treated, Emily has experienced some very traumatic events and she writes honestly and openly about them. It was nice towards the end of the book to see Emily had managed to gain some feelings of control over her own body once more. I look forward to more of her writing. If I was pushed to find a criticism of this book it would be that I wished that Emily's personality had been allowed to shine through more, the book maintains a cold and almost clinical vibe throughout and you feel as though you never get to know the real Emily, but maybe that is how she wanted it to be.
I highly recommend this book, it is an important book that highlights many crucial lessons about power, the male gaze and consent.
If we always find our value from other people it's surely very different if that value comes from our minds or our bodies.
Probably everyone would like to be physically beautiful but as the book relates, to have our primary value in our physical beauty comes at a cost.
There is a power in being physically beautiful but that power seems to quickly vanish within the power structures of the modelling industry.
The stories of exploitation and abuse asks important questions about the power relations within capitalism between owner and worker.
I'll be curious to see how these ideas of power relations develop in future books and articles.