The Beauty Myth

The Beauty Myth The Bestselling Classic That Redefined Our View Of The Relationship Between Beauty And Female Identity In Today S World, Women Have 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, May Prove Just As Restrictive As The Traditional Image Of Homemaker And Wife It S The Beauty Myth, An Obsession With Physical Perfection That Traps The Modern Woman In An Endless Spiral Of Hope, Self Consciousness, And Self Hatred As She Tries To Fulfill Society S Impossible Definition Of The Flawless Beauty. A seminal feminist work, The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of equal pay for equal work How many women are in a Catch 22 at work you must be pretty and feminine, but not TOO pretty and feminine, else it s your fault for sexual harassment At a time when many are saying there is no need for feminism, Wolf shows that sexism is still alive and well and how trying to adhere to the Perfec A seminal feminist work, The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of equal pay for equal work How many women are in a Catch 22 at work you must be pretty and feminine, but not TOO pretty and feminine, else it s your fault for sexual harassment At a time when many are saying there is no need for feminism, Wolf shows that sexism is still alive and well and how trying to adhere to the Perfect Woman is holding women back.As I digandinto feminism, particularly the portion where women take great pains to look the part that society tells them sexual, but not TOO sexual, smart but not TOO sma
I highly recommend it to everyone, not just women I think is is really important for men to read books like this, too It is all about how the A Our modern ideals of beauty are mostly driven by the advertising industry and not intrinsic cultural or biological preferences, and B How our modern ideals of beauty put women at a disadvantage to men.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 I highly recommend it to everyone, not just women I think is is really important for men to read books like this, too It is all about how the A Our modern ideals of beauty are mostly driven by the advertising industry and not intrinsic cultural or biological preferences, and B How our modern ideals of beauty put women at a disadvantage to men.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 agree with her, just to make yourself think about some of the questions she raises.Concerns 1 Data she plays fast and loose with her statistics sometimes I have no doubt that data in the form in which I wish she had presented it i.e percentages instead of absolute figures, or comparable figures across time geography would still back her up, but her argument is less compelling with the current hodgepodge of data.2 Biological perspective I understand that s not what this is about, but as a bio ant
Jesus, I FINALLY finished this book UGH.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 provokingThe concept of the Beauty Myth har Jesus, I FINALLY finished this book UGH.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 provokingThe concept of the Beauty Myth hardly needs explaining to most women I t
A very popular book in the relatively modern feminism movement, I have mixed thoughts on this It s a book I wanted to like but couldn t.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 A very popular book in the relatively modern feminism movement, I have mixed thoughts on this It s a book I wanted to like but couldn t.Wolf s basic premise is
A great book about deconstructing the myth of beauty and recognizing how patriarchy emphasizes our appearances to harm us all Published in 1990, The Beauty Myth came out ahead of its time, as Naomi Wolf rails against the thin ideal, how companies lure women into buying products by making them feel insecure about their bodies, ageism, and so muchI feel glad thatandpeople talk nowadays about the cruelty of beauty standards and how we can love ourselves forthan how we look A great book about deconstructing the myth of beauty and recognizing how patriarchy emphasizes our appearances to harm us all Published in 1990, The Beauty Myth came out ahead of its time, as Naomi Wolf rails against the thin ideal, how companies lure women into buying products by making them feel insecure about their bodies, ageism, and so muchI feel glad thatandpeople talk nowadays about the cruelty of beauty standards and how we can love ourselves forthan how we look Wolf articulates t
By the time I had read twenty pages of The Beauty Myth, I realized that this is one of the most important books I will ever read Admittedly, I was initially skeptical of Wolf s central thesis that the cultural myth of feminine beauty is a political and economic weapon used by the male dominated world to undermine women s advancement in society but, by the time I had finished reading the first chapter, I had a changed perspective of the world This is a book, in my opinion, that should be By the time I had read twenty pages of The Beauty Myth, I realized that this is one of the most important books I will ever read Admittedly, I was initially skeptical of Wolf s central thesis that the cultural myth of feminine beauty is a political and economic weapon used by the male dominated world to undermine women s advancement in society but, by the time I had finished reading the first chapter, I had a changed perspective of the world This is a book, in my opinion, that should be required reading It is a book about the very atmosphere women negotiate daily, and from an early age one in which we intuit the importance of our looks, and are apprehensive about our beauty as an indication of our status, competence, we
God dammit, this is such an important argument, why can t it be better presented Wolf clearly takes her cue from Betty Friedan, but Friedan s argument was devastating, fully exposing the manifestations of a myth in our culture Meanwhile, Naomi Wolf writes a hopelessly sloppy and superficial analysis that falls into one of the great pits of the literature of social change assumption of conspiracy and or a myth functioning as a conscious organism instead of a complex assemblage of assumptions, God dammit, this is such an important argument, why can t it be better presented Wolf clearly takes her cue from Betty Friedan, but Friedan s argument was devastating, fully exposing the manifestations of a myth in our culture Meanwhile, Naomi Wolf writes a hopelessly sloppy and superficial analysis that falls into one of the great pits of the literature of social change assumption of conspiracy and or a myth functioning as a conscious organism instead of a complex assemblage of assumptions, s, norms, and attitudes Oh shit, I ll have to bring
I have always been wary of reading this book, even though I knew a lot would resonate with me A part of me knew that a lot of it, however, would make me cringe Like oh, I don t know the overwrought hyperbolic statements and inaccurate history and data I picked it up thinking maybe I could just get over some of those mistaken details.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 I have always been wary of reading this book, even though I knew a lot would resonate with me A part of me knew that a lot of it, however, would make me cringe Like oh, I don t know the overwrought hyperbol
I probably should not have tried reading Mercedes Lackey s Fire Rose after reading this book That novel, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, has a woman as the central character The woman, Rose, doesn t realize how beautiful she is and looks down her nose at other women whom she deems to have looks but not brains Rose has brains well, she thinks she does but doesn t think that she has looks, surprising considering how much effort seems to be put into assuring the reader that despite her c I probably should not have tried reading Mercedes Lackey s Fire Rose after reading this book That novel, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, has a woman as the central character The woman, Rose, doesn t realize how beautiful she is and looks down her nose at other women whom she deems to have looks but not brains Rose has brains well, she t
One of the nice things about writing reviews on a place like Goodreads is the audience I can pontificate about a book, and about subjects like feminism, for as long as I like, which is something I can t do with my friends in person at least, as I discovered empirically, not if I want to have friends in person Call me But you peopl

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  • Paperback
  • 368 pages
  • The Beauty Myth
  • Naomi Wolf
  • English
  • 13 March 2018
  • 0060512180