The Beauty Myth (Vintage Feminism Short Edition)
Vintage Feminism: c lassic feminist texts in short form
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY THE AUTHOR
Every day, women around the world are confronted with a dilemma – how to look. In a society embroiled in a cult of female beauty and youthfulness, pressure on women to conform physically is constant and all-pervading. In this shortened edition you will find the esse
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 a ...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
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
For instance, it is well known, that in some workplaces, women are judged on their appearance, rather than their personal skills. And yes, this still happens, even more so than people think. We as women, are judged ...more
God, that was hard.
All of that aside, the positive is that there is a lot of good information in this book. There is a problem in media (and social media, bu ...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 behavi ...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
To live in fear of one's own body and one's life is not to live at all. The resulting life-fearing neuroses are everywhere. They are in the woman who will take a lover, go to Nepal, learn to skydive, swim naked, demand a raise, "when she loses this weight" - but in the eternal meantime maintains her wow of chastity or self-denial. They are in the woman who can never enjoy a meal, who never feels thin enough, or that the occasion is special enough, to drop her guard and become one with the moment...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
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
It was a bit hard to get into at first and here in the Netherlands where I live, cosmetic surgery is still not as popular and common as in America (thank god!) but there is enough in ...more
"For every feminist action there is an equal and opposite beauty myth reaction."This is the central thesis of The Beauty Myth, which challenges the notion of 'beauty' as a metric for women's valuation and identifies its usage, especially in modern times, as a deliberate and debilitating counter to the emancipation gained by western women under the first and second wave Feminism.
And it's true. While beauty has always been pain, it has more subtle implications from the twentieth-century ...more
Naomi Wolf is a scholar and philosopher, as well as being a feminist writer. She analyzes the details of women’s l ...more
I have read it a long time ago and also met Naomi and she signed my over-read marked all over copy!
I recommend this book a lot, together with Emer O'toole Girls Will Be Girls: Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently especially in a FB group I moderate for women (or people who are precieved as women) who don't remove body hair. I find this book helpful. it keep you focusing on your anger about lookist oppression.
I only find the conclusio ...more
First, some caveats:
The book is 17 years old at the time of this reading. It did not correctly predict the future, and really, how could it be expected to? Not many of Naomi Wolf's prognostications of our dystopian nightmare future came true (but a fair number of trends have indeed increased). There is a great deal of hyperbole in this book, and also assumptions that the reader and those affected by the beauty myth are middle class and (even if unspoken) white.
However, this ...more
This book remains as insightful, important, and valid as the year it was published.
A number of reviewers on Goodreads have called this book "dated." I absolutely disagree. In the 28 years since this book was first published, the beauty myth has only gotten stronger and more extreme. Female models have gotten even thinner, teenage girls w ...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
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