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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Female Beauty Are Used Against Women
In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside 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,...more
I 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 one!
Naomi 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-provoking...
The concept of the Beauty Myth har...more
I have a few disagreements with her, listed below, but I agree with her in general and it's a really good book to read, even if you are not going to ag...more
Wolf's basic premise is that "beauty" is an artifical concept that is used systematically to oppress women primarily for political purposes. The book is replete with figures, statistics, citations (a total of 268), and quotes, which are distributed throughout six sections or topics: work, culture, religion, sex, hunger, and violence. In each section, Wolf att...more
Naomi Wolf does not have a way with words. Dense, vague and ambiguous language; sweeping generalizations; and seeing a deeper meaning or intent where a simpler explanation is more likely and appropriate – which created a conspiratorial air that everyone, or just men, were doing everything they can to oppress women and repress their desires. Frustration had me skimming, and I found myself regularly defending men and questioning women’s complicit behaviour...more
My belly fat and butt-fat-dimples don't scare me the way they used to. Fat is just a substance--one that our female bodies need to live, reproduce, and satisfy...more
As a 'feel good for yourself' read, The Beauty Myth definitely finds the mark. It points out why exactly women feel inadequate because their bodies are not good enough, and why that is not true. I was especially touched of her portrait of an aging woman, where the wrinkles and laugh lines aren't a stigma of shame, but, on the contrary, evidence of a full life. I think this is an important message any woman should c...more
Wolf does get a bit preachy at times--I found myself skimming through sections where I felt a little like I was being beaten over the head with a point that had been adequately stated al...more
Though it was a bit heavy and dense for me at times, it has some really good info and explanations of feelings I have that I have trouble vocalizing or understanding. These problems are not just personal, they are cultural an...more
The main point that she presents in the book is that even though modern Western women have a lot of new found rights and freesoms, they are still being subjected to the same kind of social control they experienced before the womens liberation movement. She expl...more
Wolf writes about Work and complains that women work so much that and that now there is a standard of beauty that she must look good for a job...more
1. The beauty standard is objective and immutable (often, "based in inescapable biological fact") rather than cultural.
2. Women's value is determined by their beauty. (val...more
I agree with a lot of the things Wolf says: women are underpaid compared to men; women have to put up with hiring practices that discriminate based on age and looks; women are treated as objects; women are often the subject of se...more
звісно, застереження лишаються, особливо якщо бути, як я, прихильником ідеї про даремні пошуки злого умислу там, де все мо...more
In some ways this book pulled me back into the college world - the battles I still fight at work (tell me that there's no need for feminism any more and I may have to punch you) are personal and I don't have connection to a greater struggle. But more than that, the book articu...more
Wolf's thesis is that women are constantly bombarded with images of unnatural beauty. The resulting expectation that all women meet these standards in addition to doing whatever is necessary to carry out our jobs places a he...more