The Beauty Myth - Naomi Wolf (Paperback)

How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women

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Barcode
9780060512187
Department
Books
Released
24 Sep 2002
Supply Source
UK

Book

Author
Naomi Wolf
Subtitle
How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
Harpercollins
Edition
Reprint
Language
English
Number of Pages
368
Dimensions
203 x 121 x 25mm (272g)

Annotation

A look at the beauty myth exposes the unrealistic, impossible standards of female beauty as destructive social control, asserting that the myth of female perfection is created by the media and the diet, fashion, and cosmetic industries. Reprint.

Summary

The bestselling classic that redefined our view of 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."

Non-Fiction

General Subject
Sociology
BISAC Subject 1
Social Science / Women's Studies
BISAC Subject 2
Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory
BISAC Subject 3
Social Science / Gender Studies
BISAC Subject 4
Social Science / Feminism & Feminist Theory
BIC Classification 1
Gender studies: women
BIC Classification 2
Gender studies, gender groups
BIC Classification 3
Feminism & feminist theory
Library Subject 1
Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)
Library Subject 2
Femininity.
Library Subject 3
Sex role.
Academic Subject 1
Feminism
Dewey Classification
305.42

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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."

Author Bio

Wolf, Naomi: -

Naomi Wolf is the author of seven books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Beauty Myth, Promiscuities, Misconceptions, The End of America, and Give Me Liberty. She writes for the New Republic, Time, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, La Repubblica, and the Sunday Times (London), among many other publications. She lives with her family in New York City.