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The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
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Jul 21, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: feminisim, life-is-too-short

I tried. I wanted to read it, and I wanted to like it, and I wanted to learn from it. I just couldn't master the reading part.

The style can only be described as "this is the reason so many people are afraid of non-fiction". While her actual points are not difficult to grasp, especially since they are so often re-hashed in other place that they don't feel new, the language makes me feel like I'm not smart enough to read this book. The word "academia" comes to mind, along with a number of feminist bloggers who I no longer read because the education privilege is unbearable. I'm not uneducated. Just not in the right topics apparently.

I am justifying quitting because this book is nearly 20 years old. The issues remain, but the examples and the culture are laughably out of date. For the parts I did read, the out of date-ness was more interesting than the content. Examples of how far our society has come are numerous, as are examples of how much worse the beauty culture is getting.

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