Body Aesthetics

Body Aesthetics

Author: Sherri Irvin

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780191026157

Category: Philosophy

Page: 288

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The body is a rich object for aesthetic inquiry. We aesthetically assess both our own bodies and those of others, and our felt bodily experiences—as we eat, have sex, and engage in other everyday activities—have aesthetic qualities. The body, whether depicted or actively performing, features centrally in aesthetic experiences of visual art, theatre, dance and sports. Body aesthetics can be a source of delight for both the subject and the object of the gaze. But aesthetic consideration of bodies also raises acute ethical questions: the body is deeply intertwined with one's identity and sense of self, and aesthetic assessment of bodies can perpetuate oppression based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, size, and disability. Artistic and media representations shape how we see and engage with bodies, with consequences both personal and political. This volume contains sixteen original essays by contributors in philosophy, sociology, dance, disability theory, critical race studies, feminist theory, medicine, and law. Contributors take on bodily beauty, sexual attractiveness, the role of images in power relations, the distinct aesthetics of disabled bodies, the construction of national identity, the creation of compassion through bodily presence, the role of bodily style in moral comportment, and the somatic aesthetics of racialized police violence.

On a Starry Night

On a Starry Night

Author: Kate Hodges

Publisher: White Lion Publishing

ISBN: 9780711246232

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 224

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The sun has gone down, but that doesn’t mean that family fun has to come to an end. On A Starry Night is an inspiring collection of 52 things to do, make and play when there’s very little or no natural light, and the evenings feel long and empty. There’s something incredibly alluring about playing after dark for kids – it feels grown-up, exciting, and a little bit scary. This will include ideas for indoor and outdoor fun, things to do in all seasons, and ideas that will work whether you live in a city, town or country. It will inspire parents to go beyond sitting their kids in front of the TV, and to take back the night and be creative with their evenings as a family. Fun, light, but with plenty of practical information, this book will include checklists, box-outs and spaces to make notes and scribble. It’ll be aimed at families, but simple enough for older children to read and enjoy.