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  - caanderson - LibraryThing

I enjoyed the book but kept getting angry every time it points out how girls and women are treated. Naomi Wolf makes point after point of how religion, media, and advertising are hurting girls and ... Read full review

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User Review  - martensgirl - LibraryThing

Rather like Greer, Wolf is a writer who makes me think. Neither make an easy read; I spend a great deal of time disagreeing with them and then yet more time trying to work out exactly why I am ... 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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