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

@inproceedings{Wolf1990TheBM,
  title={The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women},
  author={Naomi Wolf},
  year={1990}
}
In the struggle for women's equality, there is one subject still shrouded in silence - women's compulsive pursuit of beauty. The myth of female beauty challenges every woman, every day of her life. Naomi Wolf exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women. With pertinent and intelligent examples, she confronts the beauty industry and… 

Behind the Bars of “Beauty”

Using Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women, as my starting point for analysis, I set out to find the truth about the “beauty myth,” and what affect it has on

Black Women and Beauty: the Perception of Personal Attractiveness and the Influence of the Media

In this paper I have attempted to discuss the various reasons behind the traditional and modern aesthetic beauty standards held by Black women in America and Brazil. In both countries there is a

Tyranny of the Beauty Myth in Joyce Carol Oates's MY SISTER, MY LOVE

Satirical in tone, Joyce Carol Oates's recent novel My Sister, My Love: The Intimate Story of Skyler Rampike presents a powerful polemic against the subjugation of contemporary women through

Pain is Beauty: The politics of appearance in Kopano Matlwa's 'Coconut'

This article explores the racial and gendered politics that shape contemporary understandings of beauty by considering how appearance features in the identity construction of Kopano Matlwa's

The Whisperer Witch, or the Beauty Myth in the World of Politics

The article presents the results of a research project on the perception of women in politics and the role of beauty as a factor determining how female politicians are evaluated. It was inspired by

Why Beauty Matters to the Postcolonial Nation's Masters: Reading Narratives of Female Beauty in Pramoedya's Buru Tetralogy

Studies on beauty culture tend to focus on women. Some highlight women's meaningful engagements with beauty culture as they negotiate various beauty norms in their lives, while others detail the ways

Pretty Strong Women: Ingenious Agency, Pink Gloves and Muay Thai

Women now compete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship for which Muay Thai is a feeder discipline. It is timely to analyze how the tools of this pugilist trade, women’s bodies, are lived and

Renouncing Restrictive Narratives: The Southern Lady and Female Creativity in the Works of Lee Smith and Gail Godwin.

This study analyzes how restrictive female narratives hinder women’s creativity in the works of two contemporary Southern women novelists, Lee Smith and Gail Godwin. It focuses primarily on the

The Right to Be Beautiful: Postfeminist Identity and Consumer Beauty Advertising

The relationship between beauty practices, femininity and feminism is well documented in the scholarly literature. In many societies, ‘doing’ beauty is a vital component of ‘doing’ femininity: being

Beauty Is in the Eye of the West: An Analysis of An Na’s The Fold

cially constructed notion that physical attractiveness is one of women’s most important assets and something all women should strive to achieve and maintain” (p. 711). Political activist Naomi Wolf
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 104 REFERENCES

The Beauty Myth

In the fight for women's equality, one issue is still undiscussed, according to this book. The issue is women's compulsive pursuit of personal beauty. The book aims to confront this last taboo and

My Secret Garden : Women's Sexual Fantasies

When it first appeared, Nancy Friday's taboo-shattering bestseller "My Secret Garden" created a mixed storm of outrage and exhilaration. Those women who feared their erotic fantasies called it

The Life And Loves Of A She-Devil

As featured on BBC Radio 4 as part of the Riot Girls series Ruth Patchett never thought of herself as particularly devilish. Rather the opposite in fact - simply a tall, not terribly attractive woman

The Edible Woman

Marian is determined to be ordinary. She lays her head gently on the shoulder of her serious fiancee and quietly awaits marriage. But she didn't count on an inner rebellion that would rock her stable

Fat Is a Feminist Issue

A guidebook on changing the way women look at themselves and food. This teaches how to eat out of stomach The population everyday I remember voicing my work on because its there you. It for women are

The skin game : the international beauty business brutally exposed

Beauty is big international business and this book explores the whole process from researching a new "miracle" project (often involving questionable tests on animals), to its packaging, pricing and

Women, sex, and the law

Feminist scholars have long been concerned with how women and sexuality are perceived and treated by the American legal system. Feminists have put forth a variety of arguments seeking the causes and

Seeing through clothes

In this excellent and strikingly original book, anne hollander explores the rich and complex heritage of western pictorial art as it has represented the human image - clothed, partially

The Feminine Mystique.

  • T. Murray
  • Art
    Canadian Medical Association journal
  • 1964
The FEMININE MYSTIQUE 50th ANNIVERSARY EDITION BETTY, the work by FRIEDAN BRITANNICA and more.

For her own good. 150 years of the experts' advice to women

For Her Own Good is required reading for anyone interested in the history of women and the history of ideas. It focuses on nineteenth and twentieth century prescriptive literature for women,
...