I just finished re-reading Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth , which I haven't actually read since college women's studies class. It was pretty new then -- I distinctly remember Wolf visiting Northwestern's campus to fire us all up about the idea of Third Wave feminism -- and it certainly spoke to me, as a budding feminist and beauty product enthusiast. But revisiting it now, 20 years later, evokes an all-too-common feeling I get when reading old feminist texts: Holy shit, nothing has changed. Or, actually, things have only gotten worse, in this case -- I couldn't help wondering what Wolf would make of bikini waxes perhaps they'd warrant their own chapter, as they did in the book I co-authored, Sexy Feminism or "vaginal rejuvenation. Welcome to that future.
Effects Of The Beauty Myth
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These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. A poisonous substance that drives multiple industries and becomes a partial aspect underlining the success of others. Wolf pulls back the curtain on the opposition to reveal that the big muscle behind the subjugation of woman as mere sex objects and creatures of beauty to be seen, but not heard is dependent on weaker tendons in the form of a quest to meet the mythical ideal of beauty. Femininity ultimately remains equated with beauty, not brains; with looking smart rather than being smart.
The Beauty Myth
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. We are thankful for their contributions and encourage you to make your own. The Beauty Myth is a work that criticizes the suggested appearance of women in public, and how sharp contrasts in the style of men versus women's dress came to be. The book most strongly emphasizes the fact that the way women are supposed to act and dress in society has come from their increased presence in the public and in the workplace, and there are still remnants of Victorian Era behaviors in today's world. The standard of beauty, Wolf argues, is something that is based on what women used to be known for - that is, being mothers, household helpers, and bystanders.
Wolf covers the idealization of beauty at every chance in order to show how it objectifies women. Even though some of her opinions and conclusions are unsupported and there is no clear concise view on how to tackle this ever -lasting problem, many women can understand the desire to fit in and find her writing meaningful and inspirational. The standards set up by these publications create an ideology of the perfect woman that all the readers should strive to be.