The questions, Whom do I desire? What will I do about it? Would I desire myself?
Thus, I have decided to post my review of this book. If you are a woman who recognized herself in the above paragraph, or if you are a man who wants to understand more about the dynamics of media vs.
The author, Naomi Wolf, has provided us with a very thoughtful and well-researched treatise on the feminine experience. It is full of studies and statistics to back up her claims, which makes her message hard to deny.
The issue she is bringing to our attention needs to be addressed by both sexes, for women are not the only ones being manipulated by the media into feeling insecure and unhappy with themselves.
This book will hopefully spark more discussion and research on how our culture cultivates the stereotypes of women as sex objects and men as success objects, to the detriment of all of us.
During the past decade, women breached the power structure; meanwhile, eating disorders rose exponentially and cosmetic surgery became the fastest-growing specialty More women have more money and power and scope and legal recognition than we have ever had before; but in terms of how we feel about ourselves physically, we may actually be worse off than our unliberated grandmothers.
That popular concept first showed up on the scene to describe suffragettes lobbying for the vote. Wolf shows that, throughout the years, there have been forces in culture that attempt to punish women who seek more control over their lives and their environment.
The Beauty Myth is the last and most dangerous of a long line of lies concerning the rules of feminine attributes and behavior. It has created a standard of femininity that is impossible to attain, and women are reacting with increasingly obsessive behavior in their attempts to measure up.
Wolf traces the historical path of these lies: Participation in modernity, education and employment was portrayed as making Victorian women ill That women could have had more to offer society beyond the children they bore was not conceivable or allowed. The advent of the two world wars changed the rules.
It now became important to society for women to leave their homes and work for the war effort.
Forces in culture were concerned about finding work for the returning soldiers and fueling the consumer economy. It was important to put pressure on working women to get them back into their homes again, buying household products.
How to do this? We rarely saw her visiting with friends, we never saw her involved in school, civic or other cultural activities. She was blissfully serene in her safe, clean suburban bungalow full of modern appliances.
During the s, the second wave of feminism began to make itself felt. New avenues for women outside the home emerged, and women left in droves.
The number of diet-related articles rose 70 percent from to She is usually a gorgeous blonde, although sultry brunettes, redheads and exotic women of color are also shown.The Beauty Myth, published by Doubleday in New York City, hit the shelves in Naomi Wolf wrote this page book.
Wolf attended Yale University and New College, Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her essays have been printed in many well-known magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the New York . 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 4/5().
The myth of beauty spreads the belief that an objective measurement of beauty exists, and that woman must want to embody it, and that men must want such women. However, Wolf contends that the beauty myth is really not about women, it is about men’s institutions and power.
Beauty is about behavior, not appearance. quotes from The Beauty Myth: ‘Women who love themselves are threatening; but men who love real women, more so.’ it would turn angrily upon this aspect of the beauty myth.” ― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth.
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Select a Bookseller - Direct Link to Buy 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. 3. "Just as the beauty myth did not really care what women looked like as long as women felt ugly, we must see that it does not matter in the least what women look like as long as we feel beautiful." We need to figure out how to .