The great majority of Western women, who enjoy social and political freedoms unavailable to any women ever before, do not feel free. The Beauty Myth is the first book to dare to confront the taboo of female beauty that drives them to have self-doubt, eating disorders, and a need to seek ever more dangerous procedures in order to achieve the look ...
The great majority of Western women, who enjoy social and political freedoms unavailable to any women ever before, do not feel free. The Beauty Myth is the first book to dare to confront the taboo of female beauty that drives them to have self-doubt, eating disorders, and a need to seek ever more dangerous procedures in order to achieve the look of beauty that society expects of them.
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Publishers Weekly, 1992-06-01 Wolf's valuable study, documenting societal pressures on women to conform to a standard of beauty, hit PW 's hardcover bestseller list for one week. (July)
Publishers Weekly, 1991-03-01 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. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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