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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women | Paperback

Released on 05 September 1991

Author: Naomi Wolf | Format: Paperback

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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. The myth of female beauty challenges every woman, every day of her life. The author exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women. With examples, she confronts the beauty industry and its advertising and uncovers the reasons why women are consumed by this destructive obsession.

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 You need to read this book

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I read this book in uni and it changed my life, my perception of myself, and my relationship to my body. All for the positive. Since then I have bought it many times for other women, friends struggling with their self image and who they are.
I recommend it for all women.

 sad, enraging, haunting, appalling, rippling

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'The Beauty Myth' is the last true polemic of modern feminism. These days the movement has petered out so much, is lacking so many stand alone landmarks like 'The Beauty Myth' and has been appropriated by reactionary female journalists in the right-wing media that one can feel very jaded to call it a 'movement' at all, much less join its cause.
Wolf is an exemplary voice for the movement, because, as her book demonstrates, she is devstatingly adept at fusing the statistical and factual destruction wrought against women worldwide with a believable sense of personal, human rage at these injustices. She's skillful towards her main point: the book starts with opening chapters on innocuously strraight-forward subjects such as 'Work' and 'Culture', but it eventually becomes clear that Wolf is going beyond mere statistics by examining the nature of the words 'Violence', 'Hunger' and 'Sex' and how every context, metaphorical, literal, cultural etc is covered by the evil of the beauty myth. One can easily feel overwhelmed at the escalation of atrocities recounted, and the comparisons Wolf makes that at first seem grandiose, but her strength comes from the constant grounding of her whole thesis in facts that are backed up by figures, quotes and testimonies from a range of identities within the myth, and this is what makes every realisation feel like a sledgehammer blow, because one remembers that this is all real, it's not a hypothesis or an opinion or speculation, Wolf is retelling real life and it makes for some ghastly truths to be confronted.
Ignore the review below, because that reader obviously read the book without any interest in Wolf's thesis or feminism in general. There are no 'self-contradictions', no 'weaknesses'; Wolf is pointing out how damaging the patriarchal societies are in their cultural, financial and social misogyny and psychological control and programming of women. The reader below implies Wolf is countering misogyny with her own misandry; this is extremely untrue, in fact she never assigns blame to anyone for the beauty myth, except the forces of market capitalism, which everyone at this time in history can agree is intensely destructive wherever it infects. The fact that those in power are men is both a coincidence and an inevitability, and Wolf speculates how different and better a more feminised world would be, and, frankly, it's difficult to disagree with her. Wolf includes men just as much as women in her thesis, it's just that women are the primary target and are way more affected by the beauty myth than men are (even today, 21 years later).
At the end of the day 'The Beauty Myth' is about how women are mercilessly attacked, physically, socially and mentally, by an aggressively money-obsessed system that exploits the beauty myth to every extreme with the dual goals of making an obscene amount of wealth over so much suffering and death, and to keep one half of the human race away from the mechanisms of political, economic and social power beneath the jackboot of enormous perceived physical inadequecy. You don't need to go by Naomi Wolf's painful, angry book alone to see those forces still going strong and still making hundreds of millions of women's lives a misery, but the book helps to get underneath that deeply troubled psychology, on both sides of the struggle.

 Not quite, but better than nothing!

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Germaine Greer was recently asked whether Cheryl Cole was a modern day feminist. Without getting started on how ridiculous a question it was, it does introduce the question - what has happened to feminism.

On many levels, although it is always criticised, feminism doesn't need to be extreme anymore. It does, however, need to exist just in a modern form. That is why Wolf is writing this book, because feminism has seemingly diminished in recent years (even in the 80's). For that reason alone, the book is worth reading. Extreme feminism always seems wrong, and can be detrimental to women's progress therefore, Wolf is appoaching beauty. She questions why women are so subsumed with body and beauty obsession, therefore looks at different aspects of women's lives.

Yet, her work is extremely post modern. She believes that 'beauty' is a culturally constructed category which is made to control women in modern capitalist society. Obviously, this is where her book is limited. Indeed, a number of her arguments don't make her a successful writer, and the book is simply a chain of thought, with little consideration for some of the points she is making. That is why i've given it a 3 star. Wolf should have been less contradictory, and less alienating in her writing.

She makes good points - women are overly obsessed with beauty. But her argument that it is a method made and used by men to control women is not wholly successful. Perhaps she should have considered women's own part in the beauty myth. Nonetheless, it is so easy to read (takes a few hours) and at least she is questioning modern society. So it is worth a read!

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AuthorNaomi Wolf
PublisherVintage (United Kingdom)
Year1991
ISBN9780099861904
FormatPaperback - 352 Pages
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