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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,

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Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Harpercollins
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Allison
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.
Mariam Kayali
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.
Niall519
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.
Mike
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 Her writings argue that women have often been reared under an ideal of womanhood which was outdated and restrictive, and largely unre
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