The Beauty Myth (2022)

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  • Title: The Beauty Myth
  • Author: Naomi Wolf
  • ISBN: 9780060512187
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Paperback
The Beauty Myth
Unlimited The Beauty Myth - by Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf, 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 The bestselling c
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  1. 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 [...]

  2. 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 [...]

  3. 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 [...]

  4. 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 attempts to [...]

  5. 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 much I feel glad that and people talk nowadays about the cruelty of beauty standards and how we can love ourselves for than how we look Wolf articulates [...]

  6. 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 [...]

  7. 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, [...]

  8. 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, but this pre [...]

  9. 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 claims [...]

  10. One of the nice things about writing reviews on a place like 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, you crazy people, are different, because no one is forcing you to read my reviews, so I am going to assume that if you are still reading, it s because you are generally intere [...]

  11. Although this book was released in 1991, it is still relevant today The liberation of women in the sense of getting legal rights as human beings, such as voting rights and access to birth control, lead to a backlash In order to disempower women, we were made to think we were ugly and inundated with images of what the perfect woman should look like and how to get there Bulimia and anorexia are still rampant A woman is still supposed to be wrinkle free, and we re still supposed to spend inordinate [...]

  12. This is the second time I ve read this book in a two month time period It s just full of huge ideas Yes, the author has an agenda, and yes, she comes across a little harsh at times However, the overall message of this book has changed the way I ll look at my body forever Love your body because YOU are in it not the other way around My belly fat and butt fat dimples don t scare me the way they used to Fat is just a substance one that our female bodies need to live, reproduce, and satisfy our hung [...]

  13. Cross posted on Wordpress and BookLikes.Naomi Wolf does not have a way with words Dense, vague and ambiguous language sweeping generalizations and seeing a deeper meaning or intent where a simpler explanation is likely and appropriate which created a conspiratorial air that everyone, or just men, were doing everything they can to oppress women and repress their desires Frustration had me skimming, and I found myself regularly defending men and questioning women s complicit behaviour in undermin [...]

  14. This book took me forever to get through My favorite part was how it put into words things I ve thought or felt but was unable to vocalize However, it does feel a bit dated, it s incredibly dense, and I thought some of her generalizations were a bit problematic I definitely see why this is considered essential reading on the feminist bookshelf, but its density dulled the power of the message for me.

  15. This book provided me with a good second hand understanding of the role beauty played in the 80s, but I wish I had read it earlier because if you have insight into how advertising works, most of this book will sound familiar While I do think that the internet has changed how we see beauty, this book was still worth a read as an intro into advertising and body image as seen through a feminist lens.

  16. SO glad I read this despite how long it took me I would read a chapter at a time over a few months basically Each chapter is focused on a different topic sex, religion, violence, hunger, etc I wish I had taken notes or highlighted while actually reading it Though it was a bit heavy and dense for me at times, it has some really good info and explanations of feelings I have that I have trouble vocalizing or understanding These problems are not just personal, they are cultural and they are part o [...]

  17. As I have mentioned several times here on , I bought this book when it came out in paperback in 1992 and attempted to read it almost immediately Unfortunately, The Beauty Myth lacked the snap, crackle pop of Susan Faludi s similarly themed Backlash, which came out around the same time, and which I devoured immediately and then reread several times purely for entertainment value Although Susan Faludi, like Naomi Wolf, was only in her early 30s, she was already a seasoned reporter and understood t [...]

  18. According to the author beauty is a myth,I think the authors book is a myth So much information and literature is published saying quite the contrary in fact that most women want to be beautiful and feminine no matter how much the feminists brainwash them For scientific knowledge on the subject please read the Survival of the Prettiest By Nancy Etcoff.Wolf writes about Work and complains that women work so much that and that now there is a standard of beauty that she must look good for a job, be [...]

  19. I like a lot of what Wolf says, even if she frequently says it in the most overwrought manner possible, but I m not sure the book completely stands up on its own merit It s a long book, much longer than the most recent feminist pieces I ve read, but for all of Wolf s trumpeting and data quoting, she gets a little conspiratorial at times, then she ll just blame the patriarchy with no further explanation It got tiring after a while But it does discuss some important topics like our modern ideals o [...]

  20. D cimo terceiro livro do clube do livro feminista da Emma WatsonOs livros escolhidos por Emma Watson nos ltimos meses vem sendo exemplares, com O Conto da Aia e O Mito da Beleza, de livrinhos meia boca ela passou para tiro porrada e bomba Ainda bem, pois finalmente fui incitada a ler este cl ssico da Naomi Wolf que toda mulher REALMENTE deveria ler.O Mito da Beleza neste primeiro cap tulo a autora mostra que depois da segunda onda feminista que tirara a aura dom stica da mulher, o mercado teve q [...]

  21. NonFictionNovember 2016 IMPORTANT 3.25 stars We do not need to change our bodies, we need to change the rules.I had high hopes for this book.First of all, this is a condensed version of The Beauty Myth which, originally, was something like 380 pages The version I read is the short and tiny one, barely 120 pages The original version was also published in 1990 26 years ago Me being stupid I thought 1990 was like 6 years ago, because it feels like that, but it s actually like a quarter of a century [...]

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  23. Good arguments but presented really poorly The first couple of chapters talk about the beauty myth like a conspiracy, as if there s a group of men holding meetings going Hmm, how shall we make women feel inferior this time Naomi Wolf never clearly identifies the oppressors which I infer from the text that it s a combination of various factors, including social hierarchy, the economy, and so on though she does mention much later in the book that regular men are not into the thinness and beauty st [...]

  24. Although it did make me think and it did make some good points, it has so many holes it s not even funny Wolf focuses almost exclusively on the concerns of middle class white women How can you talk about the suffering that beauty ideals can cause without talking about how white supremacist beauty ideals hurt women of colour How can you talk about how beauty ideals affect romantic relationships without talking about queer women How can you talk about gatekeeping based on meeting the beauty ideal [...]

  25. A tough read Wolf zooms out to dizzying heights, makes questionable jumps in logic and sweeping generalisations, and the book is badly in need of an update the chapter on Culture particularly is almost obsolete.That said, looking at history from such height does lay bare patterns you otherwise can t see And I recognized a lot of the beauty myth s insidious influence in my own life, and feel a little able to deal with that now I found the last chapter hopeful and helpful.Also, I ve never felt s [...]

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  27. Having mixed feelings for feminist manifestos seems to be the theme for me lately.As a feel good for yourself read, The Beauty Myth definitely finds the mark It points out why exactly women feel inadequate because their bodies are not good enough, and why that is not true I was especially touched of her portrait of an aging woman, where the wrinkles and laugh lines aren t a stigma of shame, but, on the contrary, evidence of a full life I think this is an important message any woman should carry, [...]

  28. It s a helluva book First, some caveats The book is 17 years old at the time of this reading It did not correctly predict the future, and really, how could it be expected to Not many of Naomi Wolf s prognostications of our dystopian nightmare future came true but a fair number of trends have indeed increased There is a great deal of hyperbole in this book, and also assumptions that the reader and those affected by the beauty myth are middle class and even if unspoken white.However, this book is [...]

  29. damn wrote a long review and it is gone.I have read it a long time ago and also met Naomi and she signed my over read marked all over copy I recommend this book a lot, together withEmer O tooleGirls Will Be Girls Dressing Up, Playing Parts and Daring to Act Differently especially in a FB group I moderate for women or people who are precieved as women who don t remove body hair I find this book helpful it keep you focusing on your anger about lookist oppression.I only find the conclusion chapter [...]

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