33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Invaluable for both men and women,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women (Paperback)
Wolf is a highly effective writer, and I was unable to put The Beauty Myth down. I wonder if those who have claimed the book will fuel "inferiority complexes" have actually read it from cover to cover. As a young woman who suffered in high school with what doctors call "Body Dysmorphic Disorder", where the patient is obsessed with flaws in her body that she perceives as hideous deformities, often to the point of delusion, I found The Beauty Myth to be liberating and would recommend it to any woman who has dealt with eating disorders or insecurity.
This book is not a diatribe against men; it is an enlightening read for both women who are tired of adhering to damaging gender roles, and men who want to better understand the female psyche. Criticizing Ms. Wolf for her chosen occupation is ignorant in light of the content of this book. Wolf does not say that women should refuse to be models or to dress provocatively; what she does say is that women should be free to have the choice to pursue whatever occupations they like, and to dress however they like, without feeling pressured. So what if Naomi Wolf is goodlooking? Does that mean she isn't allowed to write a book that "ugly" women can relate to? That attitude is exactly what she is addressing in The Beauty Myth.