Our Looks/Our Lives: Sex, Beauty, Power, and the Need to Be Seen

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HarperCollins, May 5, 1999 - Health & Fitness - 848 pages
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Do You Like What You See In The Mirror?

We all want to have it. Beauty. Today more than ever, our physical appearance determines how we judge ourselves and are judged by others. Like it or not, we live in the age of the Empty Package, when how we look takes precedence over such enduring qualities as integrity, kindness, and honesty. Now, in this provacative, entertaining book, the acclaimed author of the international bestseller My Mother/My Self reveals the truth about how looks affect our lives, and how life affects our looks.

In this thoroughly honest and upbeat book, Nancy Friday probes the power, allure, and mystique of beauty including: fashion, fear of competition, shoes and sex, adolescent pain, envy, the double standard of aging, fairy tales, feminism, love, and more. Part memoir, part history, Our Looks, Our Lives will forever change the way we all look in the mirror.

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About the author (1999)

Nancy Friday was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 27, 1937. She graduated from Wellesley College in 1955 and moved to Puerto Rico, where she worked as a travel reporter and editor. She moved to New York in the 1960s and worked in public relations. She made a career of writing about women's issues. Her first book, My Secret Garden: Women's Sexual Fantasies, was published in 1973. Her other books included Forbidden Flowers: More Women's Sexual Fantasies, My Mother/My Self: The Daughter's Search for Identity, Jealousy, The Power of Beauty, Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women's Sexual Fantasies, and Men in Love: Men's Sexual Fantasies: The Triumph of Love Over Rage. She also wrote a work of fiction entitled Lulu: A Novella. She died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on November 5, 2017 at the age of 84.

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