The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

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The bestselling classic that redefined our view od the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

 

About Naomi Wolf

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Naomi Wolf is the author of Promiscuitties and Fire With Fire, and her essays have appeared in The New Republic, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She holds a degree from Yale University and New College, Oxford University, and lives in New York City.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 372 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, History. Non-fiction

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Along with masses of undifferentiated statistics (90% of women surveyed say they weigh too much), imaginative displacements (men having sexually enhancing cosmetic surgery), and perceptive analyses of cosmetic advertising (creams, shampoos, conditioners with sexual attributes substituting for fai...

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Jazzercise told Portnick that its instructors “must have a high muscle-to-fat ratio and look leaner than the public.” Portnick complained to the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, under a law the city had passed in 2000 to prevent discrimination on the basis of appearance.

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This valuable study, full of infuriating statistics and examples, documents societal pressure on women to conform to a standard form of beauty.

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The Telegraph

In a world that tells pretty women they are ordinary, and ordinary-looking women they are ugly, increasingly radical “solutions” come to seem normal.

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Christian Science Monitor

women's magazines have told me for years that deep cleaning unclogs pores and gives skin a "healthy glow."

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Persephone Magazine

I think Wolf could have delved more deeply into the longing (or non-longing) of not-as-ridiculously-privileged women to conform to beauty ideals that are primarily set for white wealthy women.

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Carlin Romano

Hamermesh first quotes an online dictionary whose definition uses the unbeautiful word "aggregate," then moves on to a discussion of the relative merits of rating beauty on a 5-to-1 scale versus a 10-to-1 scale, and finally concedes that the statistics confirm that old idea that beauty is in the ...

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In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in uneasy silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty.

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