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'Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters' author to speak

Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2008, noon and 7:30 p.m. 243 Frist and 101 McCormick

Courtney Martin, author of the critically-acclaimed book "Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: The Frightening New Normalcy of Hating Your Body," will make two presentations on campus Wednesday, Feb. 20.

At 7:30 p.m., she will lead a session on the book's title in 101 McCormick. She will look at how eating disorders, but more importantly, disordered eating and self-hate, have become so widespread as to be considered normal among today's young women. Through a mix of reading, speaking and discussion, she will diagnose the problem, discuss the causes and point toward a new movement where women make the radical choice of healing their relationships with their own bodies.

Earlier in the day, she will give a lunchtime talk especially for those who have daughters. "What Parents Should Know" will run from noon to 1 p.m. in the Women's Center conference room in 243 Frist Campus Center. She will focus on the factors that are very "new" about this generation, and decode some of the cultural influences. Lunch will be provided; those interested in attending should RSVP to

The events are sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Board, Eating Concerns Advisers, Office of the Vice President for Campus Life, Women's Center, Program in the Study of Women and Gender and University Health Services.

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