The Power of Beauty

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HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996 - Social Science - 589 pages
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From the diaphragm to the WonderBra, the author of such classic books as My Secret Garden and My Mother/My Self traces the past 25 years of changes in women's attitudes about self-esteem, appearance, and sexuality. Taking readers from the Patriarchal Fifties to the Empty Package Nineties, Friday discuses a wide range of topics, exploring the possibility of a future free from the twin obsessions of the power of beauty and the beauty of power.

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Despite its footnotes, bibliography, and length, this is not a scholarly work. Instead, Friday (My Mother/Myself, LJ 9/15/77) has produced another pop psychology book offering little, if any, new ... 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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