The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

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HarperCollins, Sep 24, 2002 - Social Science - 368 pages
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The bestselling classic that redefined our view od the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

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User Review  - katherineemilysmith - LibraryThing

The entire time I read this book I felt as if the author was full of herself and not really saying anything new. Granted, this book is a bit out of date, but I don't feel like she was saying anything ... Read full review

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User Review  - AyeshaF - LibraryThing

This book is very important and deserves to be read by both men and women. The writer has laid down her point passionately and it is not hard to see that the kind of society she is taking about will ... Read full review

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Naomi Wolf is the author of Promiscuitties and Fire With Fire, and her essays have appeared in The New Republic, Esquire, Ms., The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She holds a degree from Yale University and New College, Oxford University, and lives in New York City.

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