Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance

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South End Press, 1986 - Health & Fitness - 214 pages
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"Beauty Secrets" explores the links between appearance, gender and sexuality; it empowers women to share the secrets of their relationship to imposed standards of beauty showing how women are constantly required to 'pass' by wrapping their 'unacceptable' and 'undisguised' selves in layers of conformity to acceptable beauty standards. -- back cover.
 

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Contents

Secrets
1
Changing Landscapes
5
Ann
18
Paula
22
Adena
24
Cathy
26
Kathryn
30
Skin Deep 3 7
37
Diana
109
Joolz
113
Ugly As Sin
119
Betty
147
Julia
152
Kathay
157
Janice
160
Aurora
164

Ans
59
Saniye
61
Rhoda
65
Tania
68
Marieme
71
Zdena
74
Dress As Success
79
Fran
97
Dolores
100
Lisa
103
Toward a More Colorful Revolution
171
Bibo
178
Jean
181
Keetje
185
Annelies
188
Afterword
194
Footnotes
199
Bibiliography
205
Index
211
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Wendy Chapkis is Professor of Sociology and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine in Portland, ME. She is the author of the award-winning book Live Sex Acts: Women Performing Erotic Labor and Beauty Secrets: Women and the Politics of Appearance.

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