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The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Author: Naomi Wolf
Explores the phenomenon of the violent backlash  against feminism that uses images of female beauty  as a political weapon against women's advancement.
ISBN-13: 9780385423977
ISBN-10: 0385423977
Publication Date: 6/20/1992
Pages: 368
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Publisher: Anchor
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 11
Halfway through the book I watched an interview with Naomi Wolf on PBS where she wore make-up! -- the very same "evil" she'd been condemning throughout this. After I finished reading, though, I understood.

I disagree with many of her arguments, but I found the book entertaining and informative. Personally, I love curling my hair and putting on make-up, but not because I've bought into the male-driven visual culture. I think she redeems herself at the end and gives a well-thought out conclusion. I also don't think it would hurt women to be aware of what she suggests.

However, coming from a knock-out like Naomi Wolf, it's a bit hard to swallow her idea that beauty shouldn't be that important to women. There's a reason she's classified as a "Do-Me Feminist."
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Helpful Score: 5
This is an amazing, insightful book on how society over-emphasizes beauty to the point that young girls and women equate it with our personal value. This book helped me immensely with my own self worth.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is such a powerful book. The facts and ideas not only haunt you as you go about your everyday life, but they also empower you to fight against the unfair standards that women today face. I think this is a must read for every woman.
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An interesting read. I didn't agree with everything in this book, but I think it's worth reading if you have an interest in gender studies or the relationship between media and culture and self-image.
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This is a really powerful book that shows how, "Western women have escaped from one form of enslavement only to fall into another - the increasingly insidious 'beauty myth'"
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