The Power of Beauty

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996 - Social Science - 589 pages
The Power of Beauty traces the importance of looks in our lives from our first hours in the nursery through childhood, adolescence, and the years as adults and parents to old age. It examines developmentally the author's own experiences, the stages of life itself, the feminist revolution that for the past thirty years has rocked relationships between men and women, and contemporary culture from high art to pop. In addition, it draws on a decade of research Friday has conducted on the psychology of physical appearance, including focus groups, symposia, and a national survey conducted with DYG Inc.

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Friday (Women on Top, 1991, etc.) describes women's self-image from infancy through old age, with lots of tiresome editorializing about the state of the women's movement today. Friday's defense of men ... Read full review

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this was awful to read. I'm sure there were some good ideas in there somewhere, but I couldn't get past the too personal narrative. I really don't care who Nancy Friday was as a child. . . anymore than I care about her transformation as a powerful woman. Blaghh. What a waste of ime. Read full review


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Nancy Friday was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1937. She has made a career of writing about women's issues. Her first book, My Secret Garden, published in 1973, created a stir with its frank discussion of women's sexual fantasies. This theme was continued in Forbidden Flowers. In My Mother/My Self, Friday turns to another issue, the relationship between mothers and daughters. She returns to the subject of sexual fantasies in Men In Love, only this time approaching it from a male perspective. In The Power of Beauty, Friday explores how women's lives are affected by their appearance in a culture that values beauty. Friday is also the author of Jealousy, and Women On Top. Friday attended Wellesley College and has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and freelance writer. Her articles have been published in magazines such as Cosmopolitan, Forum, and Playboy.

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