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In a country where the average woman is 5-foot-4 and weighs 140 pounds, movies, advertisements, and MTV saturate our lives with unrealistic images of beauty. The tall, nearly emaciated mannequins that push the latest miracle cosmetic make even the most confident woman question her appearance. Feminist Naomi Wolf argues that women's insecurities are heightened by these images, then exploited by the diet, cosmetic, and plastic surgery industries. Every day new products are introduced to "correct" inherently female "flaws," drawing women into an obsessive and hopeless cycle built around the attempt to reach an impossible standard of beauty. Wolf rejects the standard and embraces the naturally distinct beauty of all women. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This valuable study, full of infuriating statistics and examples, documents societal pressure on women to conform to a standard form of beauty. Freelance journalist Wolf cites predominant images that negatively influence women--the wrinkle-free, unnaturally skinny fashion model in advertisements and the curvaceous female in pornography--and questions why women risk their health and endure pain through extreme dieting or plastic surgery to mirror these ideals. She points out that the quest for beauty is not unlike religious or cult behavior: every nuance in appearance is scrutinized by the godlike, watchful eyes of peers, temptation takes the form of food and salvation can be found in diet and beauty aids. Women are "trained to see themselves as cheap imitations of fashion photographs" and must learn to recognize and combat these internalized images. Wolf's thoroughly researched and convincing theories encourage rejection of unrealistic goals in favor of a positive self-image.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A classic that gets you thinking about women and the way that they're portrayed in Western society.Published 27 days ago by Jacqueline Bolen
As hard as it feels to look the issues of female beauty (and who does and doesn't feel it applies to them) as well as to the underlying reasons/inequalities/insecurities, it is... Read morePublished 1 month ago by V. McLure
The old school feminist writings are still valuable to us as a resource because they set the stage for our present day discussions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by CLMc121860
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. She makes some good points, but there are times the bias is so clear I cringe a little. It's worth a read, whatever the case.Published 1 month ago by Terra Shrewsbury
A must read for every woman who wants to be a true revolutionary and feel good about herself.Published 3 months ago by Jill St Onge