- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (5 Sept. 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099861909
- ISBN-13: 978-0099861904
- Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,730 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women Paperback – 5 Sep 1991
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"A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it." (Gloria Steinem)
"Powerful... No other work has...so honestly depicted the confusion of accomplished women who feel emotionally and physically tortured by the need to look like movie stars" (New York Times)
"The most important feminist publication since The Female Eunuch" (Germaine Greer)
"A brilliant, bracing book...The world has changed - a bit - over the past decade and a half, but not enough: this remains essential reading" (Guardian)
"Essential reading" (Fay Weldon)
Provocative, punchy and important, this is one of the essential classics of modern feminist literature.See all Product Description
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My overriding view - it has aged. The most up to date reference is 1991, and therefore at best it is 20 years old, and therefore whether you still believe in the examples of equality or not, that is now down to your personal beliefs and opinions, which will vary dramatically depending on a multitude of factors.
Nonetheless, it is an education. It will give people the scenarios in which to develop their own opinions, rather than bein conditioned through media. There are some particularly interesting points about the acceptability of rape as a result of soft porn advertising, a great section on "miracle face creams" and what we are really being sold, and some insightful comments on the cult like behaviour of the dieting industry. One great theme comes out during this section - that women are striving for an ideal body shape that is physically impossible!
I'm off to burn my bra!
All of which is a perfectly fine argument - a little self-evident in ways, but Wolf fleshes it all out reasonably competently, with a decent sprinkling of the kind of shocking examples and statistics that aren't particularly difficult to find in a world which remains deeply sexist (which fact I'd have thought is pretty obvious, but which can easily be proven by a zillion studies for anyone who remains doubtful of it).
However, beyond this, Wolf's privilege shows painfully. It is impossible to create a meaningful discourse around the way in which the idea of "beauty" has been constructed without having at its core the ways in which sex and gender intersect with race, class, sexuality, disability etc. The false universal ideal of beauty isn't only one which constructs women as passive, subservient etc. - it is also one which is very strictly white, middle-class, heteronormative, non-disabled and cisgender.Read more ›
Like I said. Essential.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wow, a very important, in depth & mind blowing book detailing beauty, the beauty standard, beauty/ capitalism & women's expectations. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Lawjay
If you ignore her often melodramatic and irritating writing style, it is a great bookPublished 4 months ago by great_nessula
This book explodes the myth that standards of beauty are biologically-based. Well worth reading.Published 7 months ago by Seymour Gibbon
Incredible, informative, productive. This book can be read again and again and is still relevant today.Published 8 months ago by Zadie xox
Found the the work and cultures sections interesting, definitely food for thought. It's making me sit up and notice how gender specific the media really is, as well as the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Shiner
Great book, symmetrical and full of lovely stories about women and their love of myths. There's a wolf in there somewhere too, jolly nice. Keep up the good work girls.Published 9 months ago by kie