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Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance

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A provocative exploration of the links between appearance, gender and sexuality. Discusses beauty and ugliness, racism and beauty standards, and the role of class in shaping images of beauty.
Paperback, 214 pages
Published July 1st 1999 by South End Press (first published November 1st 1986)
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Definitely of its time. What is most depressing is how, 30 years on, so many of the issues Chapkis raises still exist.
This book was published in the mid-1980s. so in some ways it is pretty dated, but most of the body image/beauty standards stuff is still relevant today (and in some ways even worse), so it's still worth a read. Some of the theory made me feel like I was in way over my head, but I really enjoyed the interviews with women discussing the impact of the social construct of beauty on their lives. The diversity in perspectives in these interviews is really impressive. Also, the photographs that accompa ...more
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beauty, personality , characteristics , feminism , love!
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Dr. Chapkis is the author of many articles in the area of gender and sexuality including “Sex Workers” (in the anthology "New Sexuality Studies," Seidman, Fischer and Meeks, eds., Routledge 2007), "Soft Glove, Punishing Fist: the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000" (in the anthology "Regulating Sex," Bernstein and Schaffner eds, Routledge 2004), "Trafficking, Migration, and the Law: Protec ...more
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