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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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 ›
This book should be a must read for all women and they should re-read it over the years. As you age it is more difficult to fit your body (and mind) into the beauty mould and the truth of the beauty myth becomes more apparent.
As a reasonably politically aware woman who is financially self supporting this book was fantastic cos it articulated so well the constant pressure on women that affects my life all the time. If you protest against this pressure you are labelled as a woman with a chip on her shoulder. This is not the case. There is a conspiracy - however inadvertent most of the conspirators are.
Like I said. Essential.
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Wow, a very important, in depth & mind blowing book detailing beauty, the beauty standard, beauty/ capitalism & women's expectations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lawjay
If you ignore her often melodramatic and irritating writing style, it is a great bookPublished 10 months ago by great_nessula
This book explodes the myth that standards of beauty are biologically-based. Well worth reading.Published 13 months ago by Seymour Gibbon
Incredible, informative, productive. This book can be read again and again and is still relevant today.Published 13 months ago by Zadie xox