By Michelle Mary Lelwica
Shameful our bodies: faith and the tradition of actual development explores those questions through analyzing how conventional spiritual narratives and sleek philosophical assumptions come jointly within the development and pursuit of a higher physique in modern western societies. Drawing on examples from pop culture corresponding to self-help books, magazines, and ads, Michelle Mary Lelwica indicates how those narratives and assumptions motivate us to visit warfare opposed to our bodies-to struggle fats, overcome incapacity, overcome persistent soreness and sickness, and defy getting older. via an ethic of conquest and conformity, the tradition of actual development trains us not just to think that every one physically procedures are lower than our keep an eye on, yet to think ashamed approximately these elements of our flesh that refuse to conform with the cultural excellent. Lelwica argues that such disgrace isn't really a ordinary reaction to being fats, bodily impaired, chronically ill, or previous. particularly, physique disgrace is a religiously and culturally conditioned response to a commercially-fabricated myth of actual perfection.
While Shameful Bodies opinions the spiritual and cultural norms and narratives that perpetuate exterior and internalized judgment and aggression towards "shameful” our bodies, it additionally engages the assets of religions, specially feminist theologies and Buddhist thought/practice, to build a extra maintaining method of overall healthiness and healing-an procedure that affirms the range, fragility, interdependence, and impermanence of embodied life.