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  • 368
  • The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
  • Naomi Wolf
  • English
  • 02 November 2018
  • 9780060512187

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  1. says:

    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 eual pay for eual 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 sexi

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    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

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    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'tWolf's

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    Jesus I FINALLY finished this book UGHI feel like I have been extremely negative about the last few books I've rev

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    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 bodie

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    I've had this book on my shelf for a rather long time and if I'm honest I was a little anxious about reading it I realise how dated it is but also I knew it wasn't going to make for light reading I was right on both accounts but uite a lot of it I was in total agreement withFor instance it is well known that in some workplaces wom

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    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

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    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 stateme

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    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 people y

  10. says:

    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 arg

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The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

Gress 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 th. Jesus I FINALLY finished this book UGHI 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 oneNaomi 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 think most self aware Western women are at this point aware of the manipulation and self hatred that we are surrounded by on a daily basis Unfortunately I think much of the book points the blame outward instead of inward We can only blame the patriarchy for so much I am than aware of my own hand in the Beauty Myth and my own unhappinessWolf s book is broken into several chapters the first few of which I found obnoxious and tired The book is written in a very academic style and just beats a dead horse to a pulp The last few chapters did finally begin to perk up as I had hoped as Wolf discussed Violence and Culture and their effects on modern womenI don t have the energy to put into a good long review of this book and I m not sure I even want to waste any of my time on it anyway I think slogging through the first 23rds of the book was POSSIBLY worth it for some of the later chapters but I m not sure I would recommend it to anyone

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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 pro. 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 tWolf 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 uotes which are distributed throughout six sections or topics work culture religion sex hunger and violence In each section Wolf attempts to show how the concept of beauty has historically kept women in positions of inferiority and how it continues to do so In general I agree that political oppression does exist and that patriarchal and religious structures are a root cause of this I also agree that the image of the ideal woman that dominates in popular culture is problematic and troubling in multiple ways But I cannot follow Wolf s steps to reach her over reaching conclusionFirst and not necessarily foremost the information offered by Wolf paints a dismal portrait of how women have been objectified lied to and exploited for centuries I completely get that But the information appears clumsily pasted together inconsistently presented and at times set forth with no citations at all There were many instances where I wondered if a sentence or phrase in uotations marks was a uote from a source or from Wolf herself This is inexcusable in any scholarly work and so in this case it is an additional reason why I don t consider The Beauty Myth a scholarly work Rather it is suitable as a compilation of the research of others Unfortunately what Wolf clearly provides as supporting documentation or research is almost exclusively that supporting documentation There are scant contrary voices here We are presented with Wolf s side and only her side There s little for Wolf to actually dispute because well everything proves her thesis EverythingSecond I found little in the way of actual argumentation here What we see are statistics anecdotes and statements from others that state how women have been treated in various circumstances and these are uite alarming and insidious But she doesn t adeuately connect the how to the why Somehow broad and general declarations are supposed to get us there and there are few attempts to address other possible causesThird the problem may not so much be beauty but simply the nature of capitalism At times Wolf railed against the marketplace and I had the expectation that she was going to channel Karl Marx Surprisingly she did not But the nature of capitalism is that some thrive while others whither Advertising preys upon the consumer in every avenue of life just as clothing and cosmetics manufacturers use ads to engender desire in their target audience One needs an i Phone just as a woman needs another shade of rouge This is nothing new Why must Wolf attribute it to something grandiose and far reaching than the simple drive for profit using psychology as a lever and insecurity as a fulcrum We see this in pharmaceuticals hair growth products gym euipment auto commercials herpes medicine and presidential campaigns There s no mystery hereAs a whole it s as if this development of the beauty myth were another necessary progression in history as naturally as it seemed to follow from what preceded it Wolf posits at one point that the artificial concept of beauty is perpetuated and transformed actively and institutionally as if there is a grand conspiracy to imprison women by creating an idea of beauty as a weapon But she doesn t satisfy the need or perhaps just my need for an explanation Her theory does imply a conspiracy a worldwide conspiracy by folks who are positively brilliant and to whom women must be completely transparent and malleableOn an unrelated point I was annoyed near the start by the hasty denial of any relationship between evolution or sexual selection and beauty it was given one whole paragraph Instead Wolf says that beauty is subjective and provides a few examples from diverse cultures to make the point Beauty is in the eye of the beholder as they say This is true enough But in the end Wolf says all women are beautiful Thus beauty is ultimately a nullity It means nothing But Wolf doesn t mind using flattery to make a pointWhat astounds me is that in all this discussion of beauty women and sexuality there s virtually no examination of the relevance of gender or homosexuality check the index it s mentioned on two pages Perhaps she wanted to offend her 1991 audience with some pointed statements but not too much There s no genuine reflection on what the terms masculine or feminine really mean although they re used casually enough as if their meaning is beyond uestion And she also attempts to link the practice of plastic surgery to eugenics performed by the Nazis I found this to be absurd It s also worrying that Wolf subseuently admitted to Time magazine that some of her statistics in the book were overstated and that it appears she removed some of those figures from later editionsAlthough I ve used much of this space to criticize Wolf s book I also think that its examples of open and shameless brutality psychological as well as physical against women are enlightening and mortifying In spite of the book s shortcomings it raises pointed concerns that demand and now receive serious attention For that Wolf deserves kudos

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E 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. 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 reuired 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 wealth power and credibility one in which we are manipulated by powerful corporate advertisers to feel insecure so we will remain the largest underpaid labor pool and simultaneously the largest consumers of unnecessary products in the world Without this dichotomy created by the beauty myth the world s economy would collapse


About the Author: Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth The End of America and Give Me Liberty She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender euality social justice and most recently the defense of liberty in America and internationally She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership which te