Naomi Wolf Quotes (Author of The Beauty Myth) (page 4 of 7)
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Revisiting 'The Beauty Myth'
These notes were contributed by members of the GradeSaver community. At last, after a long silence, women took to the streets. In the two decades of radical action that followed the rebirth of feminism in the early s, Western women gained legal and reproductive rights, pursued higher education, entered the trades and the professions, and overturned ancient and revered beliefs about their social role. The opening lines of the book subtly situate the thesis. The beauty myth is a constructed response to the losses endured by the patriarchy resulting from the feminist movement and the demand for equal rights for women. The trek toward gender equality had finally reached the point where there was no going back; progress was inevitable.
Goodreads helps you follow your favorite authors. Be the first to learn about new releases! Follow Author. Like any economy, it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West it is the last, best belief system that keeps male dominance intact. In assigning value to women in a vertical hierarchy according to a culturally imposed physical standard, it is an expression of power relations in which women must unnaturally compete for resources that men have appropriated for themselves.
Naomi Wolf. The Beauty Myth. The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance. Like Comment Share. Report this. That ratio is fixed and international.
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No matter what a woman's appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize - as her personal problem - observations she makes about the beauty myth in society. Spokespeople sell women the Iron Maiden and name her "Health": if public discourse were really concerned with women's health, it would turn angrily upon this aspect of the beauty myth. The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion. The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behaviour and not appearance. Our society does reward beauty on the outside over health on the inside. Women must not be blamed for choosing short-term beauty "fixes" that harm our long-term health, since our life spans are inverted under the beauty myth, and there is no great social or economic incentive for women to live a long time.
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