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E 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. I have always been wary of reading this book even though I knew a lot would resonate with me A part of me knew that a lot of it however would make me cringe Like oh I don t know the overwrought hyperbolic statements and inaccurate history and data I picked it up thinking maybe I could just get over some of those mistaken detailsGod that was hardAll of that aside the positive is that there is a lot of good information in this book There is a problem in media and social media but this predates that it is oppressive to women and I feel it does need to be addressed There is focus put on what a woman looks like rather than what she is capable of or her skills There is still a strong population of people men and women who will read her skills and automatically make something sexual and dirty out of it This is a problem It s a problem that the Miss USA pageant is tossed off NBC because of truly awful things Donald Trump said about immigrants not that what he said wasn t reprehensible but it bothers me that a stupid sexist performance like a beauty pageant could otherwise have continued regardless of what damages those images produce for everyone if he hadn t said something else stupidI am on board with a lot of what Wolf wrote There are problems out thereBut the answer to those problems rather the way to get people to pay attention to those problems is not to exaggerate statistics Reading this I was led to believe that every single woman is anorexic and I actually found myself wondering if I was doing something wrong since I am not anorexic It was a strange moment in my reading and I was bothered by it Eating disorders are a serious enough problem but the numbers do not need to be inflated We know women can die from risks due to cosmetic surgeries it s in the news all the time but as an afterthought a sideline article something we re all a little shocked and saddened by but then you hear comments at lunch like I will need liposuction after this mealWe have short memoriesWolf reminds us of all of these issues and It s powerful stuff but she makes it seem too powerful She exaggerates and embellishes her statements as if a statement alone wouldn t be worthy of reading or maybe she worried the numbers alone might not make enough of an impression on the readers Unfortunately however it all comes across as a bit paranoid and hysterical yes hysterical That thing that women are constantly accused of being because they are emotional It s awful I know But what Wolf did here too many times for my comfort was make everything seem like a giant conspiracy something we should be terrified of instead of offering suggestions or encouraging us to work towards a solutionI know this is crazy coming from me but this needed to be less about the patriarchy keeping us down and about consumerism as a whole capitalism It s consumerism that keeps women going to get their hair styled every few weeks Do you know why women pay in hair cutsstyles than men It s because the hair salons know that women will pay it Why will women pay it Because marketing makes us feel like we need it Is it possible to say that marketing is made up primarily of men and so they re the ones raising the bar for what a woman should look like Sure you could say that But we still often than not go for that haircutAgain this isn t about blaming the victim I agree with most of Wolf s points about what are problems in society this was published in 1991 and sadly a lot of the issues are just as common today In 2009 TV personality Heidi Montag had 10 cosmetic procedures done in one day 10 She almost died and later admitted it was the worst decision she had ever made I can pretty much hear what Wolf would have to say about thatDid this admission caution others to not consider getting cosmetic surgery Probably not Just like the death of Olivia Goldsmith in 2004 during cosmetic surgery didn t deter Heidi Montag from getting 10 procedures done in one fucking day Goldsmith s death inspired Suzanne Vega write this song so I know some people are listening but I wish would as wellI don t claim to have all the answers I would love to see changes in marketing and I would love to see consumers fight back and refuse to pay for these things that claim they will make us look younger and fresher if we all did that then marketing would have to change I would love to see a natural looking woman on TV who looks her age I would love to see beauty pageants be a thing of the past I would love for women to stop putting each other down and side eyeing each other and start encouraging each other and supporting each other I would like for women celebrities to be known for their work rather than what they re wearing on the red carpet or how their hair looked or if they look pregnant or notThere s still a lot of work to be done and I think Wolf brings up a lot of solid points in this book But the minute you start talking about conspiracies watch everyone s eyes glaze over and their ears slam shut Your good points are suddenly not going to be heard It makes me sad because again there s so much good information here when you cut through the overwritingSo the nutshell version is we need to be better to ourselves stop trying to change alter improve upon ourselves Let s just live our lives and be healthy and work hard and care about each other And stop letting anyone make you feel there is anything wrong with you It starts early and it s hard to overcome But it can be done and we can help each other If we re capable of tearing each other down just think about how capable we could be to build each other up

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Gress 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 th. I ve had this book on my shelf for a rather long time and if I m honest I was a little anxious about reading it I realise how dated it is but also I knew it wasn t going to make for light reading I was right on both accounts but uite a lot of it I was in total agreement withFor instance it is well known that in some workplaces women are judged on their appearance rather than their personal skills And yes this still happens even so than people think We as women are judged on our clothing choices and we are objected to these snidey comments such as not looking feminine enough or looking too tarty or even worse we are apparently asking for it I hear this kind of shit like this regularly and it makes me angry I found that some of the statistics included in here are not reliable For instance in regards to women and eating disorders Wolf made out that near enough every woman is an anorexic which is obviously painfully incorrect Wolf discusses cosmetic surgery and how it is on the rise that and women feel the need to turn to surgery to correct their bodies I find Wolf makes some interesting and valid points but I also realised she does this in an odd way I almost feel like she wanted to frighten the reader as nearly everything she said was dramatically exaggerated when in reality she could have been discussing possible solutions to these issues You know some sit and blame men entirely for how women feel the need to buy make up or get their hair done every month or be fashioned in the latest gear but actually it s down to the marketing and that I cannot see changing anytime soon What I would like to see changed is the women that are used in advertising fashion What is wrong with a woman that is over a size 14 that has a couple of stretch marks on her body with a stomach that doesn t resemble a washboard I want to see of these women This book had some good parts but it also had things in it that made me roll my eyes It was heavy going and I didn t agree with everything but I m glad I finally got to it

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The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity In today's world women have power legal recognition and professional success than ever before Alongside the evident pro. A seminal feminist work The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of eual pay for eual work How many women are in a Catch 22 at work you must be pretty and feminine but not TOO pretty and feminine else it s your fault for sexual harassment At a time when many are saying there is no need for feminism Wolf shows that sexism is still alive and well and how trying to adhere to the Perfect Woman is holding women backAs I dig and into feminism particularly the portion where women take great pains to look the part that society tells them sexual but not TOO sexual smart but not TOO smart I kept seeing this book Every current feminist work brings it up therefore it must be amazing right Up there with Friedmam s The Feminine Mystiue and Gloria Steinem OK so I haven t read either but I DO plan on rectifying that at one point So when a friend of mine recommended we buddy read this I figured Why notBut and you knew this was coming I had a great many problems with this book from writing style to over generalizations to some of the messages to how dated it seems now That is not to say this book has no good points or wasn t influential at the time I ll bet back in the early 90 s there wasn t as much information about the push for women to be beautiful over their rights Nowadays practically every feminist work talks about how women are forced to adhere to a certain beauty stereotype hence how I discovered this book in the first placeBut just because a book is a classic doesn t mean it s above criticism I can appreciate what it meant to the feminist movement while also A not liking it and B specifying how and whyFirst off the good Let me allow Wolf s words to speak for herselfWhenever we dismiss or do not hear a woman on televisison or in print because our attention has been drawn to her size or makeup or clothing or hairstyle the beauty myth is working with optimum efficiencyIf a single standard were applied eually to men as to women in TV journalism most of the men would be unemployedThe myth urges women to believe that it s every woman for herselfto tell a woman she is ugly can make her feel ugly act ugly and as far as her experience is concerned be ugly in the place where feeling beautiful keeps her wholeIf the public woman is stigmatized as too pretty she s a threat a rival or simply not serious if derided as too ugly one risks tarring oneself with the same brush by identifying oneself with her agendaFew women have a strong sense of bodily identity and the beauty myth urges us to see a beautiful mask as preferable to our own faces and bodiesWomen s bodies are portrayed as attractive packaging around an empty boxeach woman has to learn for herself from nowhere how to feel sexual though she learns constantly how to look sexualWhat women look like is considered important because what we say is notYoung women now are being bombarded with a kind of radiation sickness brought on by overexposure to images of beauty pornography the only source offered then of ways to imagine female sexualityMen are visually aroused by women s bodiesbecause they are trained early into that response while women are less visually aroused and emotionally aroused because that is their trainingEach and every one of these I can agree with a hearty YES How many of our newsanchors are old white guys How many times must we hear about Katie Couric s hair when we heard next to nothing about Dan Rather s or Tom Brokaw s What about how critical we are of other women s appearances and the popularity of What Were They Thinking Almost exclusively populated with WOMEN BTW and most as if the stars themselves picked out the garments instead of a publicist With uotes like these how can this book be so badHow about ruining it with wild baseless accusations generalizations run amicably and the most confusing rambling never ending narrative For each time that Wolf says something great like this we have to hear things like Studies of a users show that violence once begun escalates Cosmetic survey is the fastest growing medical speciality This was NOT edited this is how it appeared in the book Plastic surgery being compared to a violation of human rights Nazism genocide and female genital mutilation no I am not kidding Last I checked plastic surgery was a CHOICE maybe a poor choice women feel like they need to make to keep a youthful appearance but a choice nonetheless NO ONE is making women do them compare that to female genital mutilation which is NOT a choice by any means The conspiracy theory that women don t have a choice such as for plastic surgery or buying makeup That is until women DO have a choice and can choose to unite with other women First off who is at the head of this conspiracy Those evul menzfolk The government Society in general Secondly while some women will cave to society s pressures many do not Most days I don t wear any makeup or use any skincare products I know tons of women who are likewise Women are feeding their skins as a way to feed themselves the love of which many are deprived Maybe they have acne No distinction between losing weight FOR HEALTH and to adhere to the skinny model In fact in this day and age of obesity this book overlooks eating disorders besides anorexia which the author had as a teenager and bulimia Vilifying cancer patients for breast implants even though these patients may have had mastectomies our portions testify to and reinforce our sense of social inferiority Uh no I eat smaller meals to be healthy If I ate everything I wanted until I was full I d look like a whale especially with the way the food industry designs food so that we eat The demonic characterizations of a simple body substance do not arise from it s physical properties but from old fashioned misogyny for above all fat is female Some fat is unhealthy too And in this day and age with obesity on the rise Where are the woman activists of the new generation the fresh blood to infuse energy into second wave burnout and exhaustionup to a fifth of them are so uiet because they are starving to death Jumping to conclusion much If you are woman of color or outside the upper middle class bracket well I guess you don t suffer from The Beauty Myth or not like us poor middle upper class white women The book is so overwhelming biased towards the white middle upper class woman it s embarrassingAnd this goes on and on Generalization followed by conspiracy theory followed by Woe is me poor over privileged middle class white woman followed by dubious assertion all told in the most challenging language possible It just irritates me to no end to see these great ideas buried and undermined by such faulty sentimentsThere were so many times in my nearly 5 months of reading this that I was tempted to give up I honestly was doubting I d ever finish it If you absolutely must read all feminist works then you should pick this up but there have GOT to be better non fiction books on the subject than this which is somewhat ironic given its status as the go to manual for women and beauty

  • Paperback
  • 368
  • The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
  • Naomi Wolf
  • English
  • 01 October 2018
  • 9780060512187

About the Author: Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth The End of America and Give Me Liberty She has toured the world speaking to audiences of all walks of life about gender euality social justice and most recently the defense of liberty in America and internationally She is the cofounder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership which te

10 thoughts on “The Beauty Myth How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

  1. says:

    A seminal feminist work The Beauty Myth digs into the ways that the pursuit of beauty has hampered feminism How many women rush to pursue the next makeup line instead of eual pay for eual work How many women are in a Catch 22 at wo

  2. says:

    I highly recommend it to everyone not just women I think is is really important for men to read books like this too It is all about how the A Our modern ideals of beauty are mostly driven by the advertising industry and not intrinsic cultural or biological preferences and B How our modern ideals of beauty put women at a disadvantage to men I have a few disagreements with her listed below but I agree with her in general and it's a really

  3. says:

    A very popular book in the relatively modern feminism movement I have mixed thoughts on this It's a book I wanted to like but couldn'tWolf's basic premise is that beauty is an artifical concept that is used systematically to oppress women primarily for political purposes The book is replete with figures statistics citations a total of 268

  4. says:

    Jesus I FINALLY finished this book UGHI feel like I have been extremely negative about the last few books I've reviewed so it's a shame that this is the other one I have left to write up Because those other books were the ones I was reading to avoid this oneNaomi Wolf is exactly the reason I don't read much in the ways of feminist tracts Blahblahblah male conspiracy blahblahblah It's a shame because some of her points ARE valid and thought

  5. says:

    A great book about deconstructing the myth of beauty and recognizing how patriarchy emphasizes our appearances to harm us all Published in 1990 The Beauty Myth came out ahead of its time as Naomi Wolf rails against the thi

  6. says:

    I've had this book on my shelf for a rather long time and if I'm honest I was a little anxious about reading it I realise how dated it is but also I knew it wasn't going to make for light reading I was right on

  7. says:

    By the time I had read twenty pages of The Beauty Myth I realized that this is one of the most important books I will ever read Admittedly I was initially skeptical of Wolf's central thesis that the cultural myth of feminine beauty is a political and economic weapon used by the male dominated world to undermine women's advancement in society but by the time I had finished reading the first chapter I had a changed persp

  8. says:

    I have always been wary of reading this book even though I knew a lot would resonate with me A part of me knew that a lot of it however would make me cringe Like oh I don't know the overwrought hyperbolic statements and inaccurate history and data I picked it up thinking maybe I could just get over some of those mistaken detailsGod that was hardAll of that aside the positive is that there is a lot of good information in this book There is

  9. says:

    One of the nice things about writing reviews on a place like Goodreads is the audience I can pontificate about a book and about subjects like feminism for as long as I like which is something I can’t do with my friends in person—at least as I discovered empirically not if I want to have friends in person Call me But you people you crazy people are different because no one is forcing you to read my reviews so I am goi

  10. says:

    God dammit this is such an important argument why can't it be better presented? Wolf clearly takes her cue from Betty Friedan but Friedan's argument was devastating fully exposing the manifestations of a myth in our culture Meanwhile Naomi Wolf writes a hopelessly sloppy and superficial analysis that falls into one of the great pits of the literature of social change assumption of conspiracy andor a myth functioning as a conscious

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