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The Power of Beauty: Men, Women and Sex Appeal Since Feminism

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"You've got to love Nancy Friday. She successfully explored mother-daughter envy in My Mother/My Self [and] female sexual fantasy in My Secret Garden" (People magazine). Now, in The Power of Beauty, she explores a provocative subject: how looks affect our lives, and life affects our looks.

Friday traces the past 25 years of changes in women's attitudes about self-esteem,

Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Harpercollins
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Dec 30, 2010 Allison rated it it was ok
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I just couldn't bring myself to finish this. I was looking for something more science-y, I guess, rather than Friday's personal observations... And I got tired of hearing about her mother.
K.E. Page
It was a struggle to finish this. Friday has a whiney tone throughout - her mother didn't think her beautiful, her father abandoned her, she was an awkward adolescent and so on. This informs her theory of beauty and of feminism. She largely lets men off the hook, blaming other women instead. She also sees all women as being like her - affluent, white, straight, American - which is obviously not the case. Full of personal observations which she extrapolates from as if they were scientific. Very a ...more
Charity Coffman
Here is a proper look at competition between women and envy amongst friends. This is a really taboo and confronting topic to discuss amongst friends.
Jan 14, 2016 V rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nancy writes about "the ambivalence of mother love, jealousy and envy". All good stuff. Recommended.
Ashley Baskin
I love this book and the way it helped me understand certain relationships in my life. There were points where I threw this book across the room because of what it brought to light. It also helped me understand, therefore move forward. It also talks about a positive way that women can use their beauty. Great read especially for young women.
Alan Kelly
Feb 08, 2016 Alan Kelly rated it really liked it
I found the stories very clearly written, and intriguing the extensive writing of relationship among (any) three women.
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Mar 22, 2014 Mariam Kayali rated it it was ok
So disappointed. I thought this would be full of intelligent, well supported arguments about beauty and shifts in gender relations, but was met instead with a book of Friday's personal reflections and so much anecdotal evidence I couldn't finish.
While I quibble with Nancy Friday's conclusions and assumptions sometimes, I love her writing and exploration of themes in other people's experiences. This one contains a lot of autobiographical reflection as well. An author with a big, sexy brain.
Feb 28, 2008 Mike rated it really liked it
Nancy Friday explores the statistics and mostly anecdotal evidence of how male-female relationships have changed since the Feminist Agenda. It is well thought out, but like her other books relies too much on people's testimonies rather than
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Nancy Colbert Friday (born August 27, 1933) is an author who has written on the topics of female sexuality and liberation.

'Nancy Friday's successful fantasy revelations (My Secret Garden, Forbidden Flowers)' have seen her placed among 'the feminist erotic pioneers'. Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unre
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