The body

Guest Editors Karen Ciclitira and Jane Weaver introduce the Psychology of Women Section’s special issue on the body.
The way the body is talked about, manipulated and represented, by scientists and in popular culture, is of increasing interest to social psychologists. The body has also been of particular concern for many years to feminist academics, and continues to generate numerous articles, books and lively debate. Feminists often write about the body in specialised publications such as the Psychology of Women Section Review and Feminism and Psychology, but we felt that the topic might also be of interest to the broad readership of The Psychologist. We have chosen four articles, concerned with masculinity, childbirth, sexuality, and public health policy, to give some idea of the range and diversity of the debate.

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