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    A seminal feminist work The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of eual pay for eual work How many women are in a Catch 22 at work you must be pretty and feminine but not TOO pretty and feminine else it's your fault for s

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    I highly recommend it to everyone not just women I think is is really important for men to read books like this too It is all about how the A Our modern ideals of beauty are mostly driven by the advertising industry and not intrinsic cultural or biological preferences and B How our modern ideals of beauty put wom

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    A very popular book in the relatively modern feminism movement I have mixed thoughts on this It's a book I wanted to like but couldn'tWolf's bas

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    Jesus I FINALLY finished this book UGHI feel like I have been extremely negative about the last few books I've reviewed so it's a shame that this is the other one I have left to write up Because those other books were the ones I was r

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    A great book about deconstructing the myth of beauty and recognizing how patriarchy emphasizes our appearances to harm us all Published in 1990 The Beauty Myth came out ahead of its time as Naomi Wolf rails against the thin ideal how companies lure women into buying products by making them feel insecure about their bodies ageism and so much I feel glad that and people talk nowadays about the cruelty of beauty standards

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    I've had this book on my shelf for a rather long time and if I'm honest I was a little anxious about reading it I realise

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    By the time I had read twenty pages of The Beauty Myth I realized that this is one of the most important books I will ever read Admittedly I was initially skeptical of Wolf's central thesis that the cultural myth of feminine beauty is a political and economic weapon used by the male dominated world to undermine

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    I have always been wary of reading this book even though I knew a lot would resonate with me A part of me knew that a lot of it however would make me cringe Like oh I don't know the overwrought hyperbolic statements and inaccurate history and

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    One of the nice things about writing reviews on a place like Goodreads is the audience I can pontificate about a book and about subjec

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    God dammit this is such an important argument why can't it be better presented? Wolf clearly takes her cue from Betty Friedan but Friedan's argument was devastating fully exposing the manifestations of a myth in

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The Myth How Images of PDFEPUB or bestselling classic that redefined our view Myth How Kindle #207 of the relationship between beauty and female identity In today's world women have power legal recognition and professional success than ever before Alongside. A seminal feminist work The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of eual pay for eual work How many women are in a Catch 22 at work you must be pretty and feminine but not TOO pretty and feminine else it s your fault for sexual harassment At a time when many are saying there is no need for feminism Wolf shows that sexism is still alive and well and how trying to adhere to the Perfect Woman is holding women backAs I dig and into feminism particularly the portion where women take great pains to look the part that society tells them sexual but not TOO sexual smart but not TOO smart I kept seeing this book Every current feminist work brings it up therefore it must be amazing right Up there with Friedmam s The Feminine Mystiue and Gloria Steinem OK so I haven t read either but I DO plan on rectifying that at one point So when a friend of mine recommended we buddy read this I figured Why notBut and you knew this was coming I had a great many problems with this book from writing style to over generalizations to some of the messages to how dated it seems now That is not to say this book has no good points or wasn t influential at the time I ll bet back in the early 90 s there wasn t as much information about the push for women to be beautiful over their rights Nowadays practically every feminist work talks about how women are forced to adhere to a certain beauty stereotype hence how I discovered this book in the first placeBut just because a book is a classic doesn t mean it s above criticism I can appreciate what it meant to the feminist movement while also A not liking it and B specifying how and whyFirst off the good Let me allow Wolf s words to speak for herselfWhenever we dismiss or do not hear a woman on televisison or in print because our attention has been drawn to her size or makeup or clothing or hairstyle the beauty myth is working with optimum efficiencyIf a single standard were applied eually to men as to women in TV journalism most of the men would be unemployedThe myth urges women to believe that it s every woman for herselfto tell a woman she is ugly can make her feel ugly act ugly and as far as her experience is concerned be ugly in the place where feeling beautiful keeps her wholeIf the public woman is stigmatized as too pretty she s a threat a rival or simply not serious if derided as too ugly one risks tarring oneself with the same brush by identifying oneself with her agendaFew women have a strong sense of bodily identity and the beauty myth urges us to see a beautiful mask as preferable to our own faces and bodiesWomen s bodies are portrayed as attractive packaging around an empty boxeach woman has to learn for herself from nowhere how to feel sexual though she learns constantly how to look sexualWhat women look like is considered important because what we say is notYoung women now are being bombarded with a kind of radiation sickness brought on by overexposure to images of beauty pornography the only source offered then of ways to imagine female sexualityMen are visually aroused by women s bodiesbecause they are trained early into that response while women are less visually aroused and emotionally aroused because that is their trainingEach and every one of these I can agree with a hearty YES How many of our newsanchors are old white guys How many times must we hear about Katie Couric s hair when we heard next to nothing about Dan Rather s or Tom Brokaw s What about how critical we are of other women s appearances and the popularity of What Were They Thinking Almost exclusively populated with WOMEN BTW and most as if the stars themselves picked out the garments instead of a publicist With uotes like these how can this book be so badHow about ruining it with wild baseless accusations generalizations run amicably and the most confusing rambling never ending narrative For each time that Wolf says something great like this we have to hear things like Studies of a users show that violence once begun escalates Cosmetic survey is the fastest growing medical speciality This was NOT edited this is how it appeared in the book Plastic surgery being compared to a violation of human rights Nazism genocide and female genital mutilation no I am not kidding Last I checked plastic surgery was a CHOICE maybe a poor choice women feel like they need to make to keep a youthful appearance but a choice nonetheless NO ONE is making women do them compare that to female genital mutilation which is NOT a choice by any means The conspiracy theory that women don t have a choice such as for plastic surgery or buying makeup That is until women DO have a choice and can choose to unite with other women First off who is at the head of this conspiracy Those evul menzfolk The government Society in general Secondly while some women will cave to society s pressures many do not Most days I don t wear any makeup or use any skincare products I know tons of women who are likewise Women are feeding their skins as a way to feed themselves the love of which many are deprived Maybe they have acne No distinction between losing weight FOR HEALTH and to adhere to the skinny model In fact in this day and age of obesity this book overlooks eating disorders besides anorexia which the author had as a teenager and bulimia Vilifying cancer patients for breast implants even though these patients may have had mastectomies our portions testify to and reinforce our sense of social inferiority Uh no I eat smaller meals to be healthy If I ate everything I wanted until I was full I d look like a whale especially with the way the food industry designs food so that we eat The demonic characterizations of a simple body substance do not arise from it s physical properties but from old fashioned misogyny for above all fat is female Some fat is unhealthy too And in this day and age with obesity on the rise Where are the woman activists of the new generation the fresh blood to infuse energy into second wave burnout and exhaustionup to a fifth of them are so uiet because they are starving to death Jumping to conclusion much If you are woman of color or outside the upper middle class bracket well I guess you don t suffer from The Beauty Myth or not like us poor middle upper class white women The book is so overwhelming biased towards the white middle upper class woman it s embarrassingAnd this goes on and on Generalization followed by conspiracy theory followed by Woe is me poor over privileged middle class white woman followed by dubious assertion all told in the most challenging language possible It just irritates me to no end to see these great ideas buried and undermined by such faulty sentimentsThere were so many times in my nearly 5 months of reading this that I was tempted to give up I honestly was doubting I d ever finish it If you absolutely must read all feminist works then you should pick this up but there have GOT to be better non fiction books on the subject than this which is somewhat ironic given its status as the go to manual for women and beauty

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The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

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 ob. Jesus I FINALLY finished this book UGHI feel like I have been extremely negative about the last few books I ve reviewed so it s a shame that this is the other one I have left to write up Because those other books were the ones I was reading to avoid this oneNaomi Wolf is exactly the reason I don t read much in the ways of feminist tracts Blahblahblah male conspiracy blahblahblah It s a shame because some of her points ARE valid and thought provokingThe concept of the Beauty Myth hardly needs explaining to most women I think most self aware Western women are at this point aware of the manipulation and self hatred that we are surrounded by on a daily basis Unfortunately I think much of the book points the blame outward instead of inward We can only blame the patriarchy for so much I am than aware of my own hand in the Beauty Myth and my own unhappinessWolf s book is broken into several chapters the first few of which I found obnoxious and tired The book is written in a very academic style and just beats a dead horse to a pulp The last few chapters did finally begin to perk up as I had hoped as Wolf discussed Violence and Culture and their effects on modern womenI don t have the energy to put into a good long review of this book and I m not sure I even want to waste any of my time on it anyway I think slogging through the first 23rds of the book was POSSIBLY worth it for some of the later chapters but I m not sure I would recommend it to anyone

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Session with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in Beauty Myth How Images of ePUB #192 an endless spiral of hope self consciousness The Beauty PDF or and self hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of the flawless beauty. By the time I had read twenty pages of The Beauty Myth I realized that this is one of the most important books I will ever read Admittedly I was initially skeptical of Wolf s central thesis that the cultural myth of feminine beauty is a political and economic weapon used by the male dominated world to undermine women s advancement in society but by the time I had finished reading the first chapter I had a changed perspective of the world This is a book in my opinion that should be reuired reading It is a book about the very atmosphere women negotiate daily and from an early age one in which we intuit the importance of our looks and are apprehensive about our beauty as an indication of our status competence wealth power and credibility one in which we are manipulated by powerful corporate advertisers to feel insecure so we will remain the largest underpaid labor pool and simultaneously the largest consumers of unnecessary products in the world Without this dichotomy created by the beauty myth the world s economy would collapse