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The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
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am 22. September 1999
Reading the other readers reviews, I am still in awe that this book, written 7 years ago, still gets folks into a rage, which it is supposed to do. One reviewer states that "we already know this stuff anyway.." written in Jan. of 1999. We know this 'stuff' because Wolfe pointed it out. Wolfe was raised during the 60's and 70's when bra banning was in and feminism was not yet a dirty word. This is the second time within nearly a decade that I have read the book....and if you can get past the beginning, it still has meaning. It remains required reading for women studies at many universities and is as controversial and enraging today as it was when first published. It will certainly go down in history as a 'feminist writing'. For that alone, it is worth spending the ten bucks and reading.
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am 22. Juli 1998
I was deeply disappointed in this book. While it was obviously well-intentioned (and brought up challenging and intriguing ideas), it was so ill written that I could hardly bring myself to finish it. Wolf overgeneralized to such a degree that I couldn't take her seriously. Though the central idea is interesting, I had a hard time finding it at first. The writing was disappointing -- full of illogical leaps and implied causality. (I have to wonder if Wolf has ever taken a critical writing course. It would certainly be of use to her.) To be honest, this book looked like a very promising first rough draft that accidentally made it into print. In my opinion, this book could have used some serious editing and re-writing before it ever saw print. I would reccommend this book only on the condition that one reads for concepts (which Wolf has in abundance) and not for proof or argumentation (which this book utterly lacks).
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am 14. Dezember 1998
The Beauty Myth is a well intended book that brings to light the injustices that women serve, but is overly broad in concept and seemingly illogical. Wolf uses ample evidence to support the fact that women are mistreated and unjustly undergo far more than men do, however, her rational for why the beauty myth exisits seems a bit extreem and far fetched. The more I read The Beauty Myth, the more annoyed I became with the authors tone towards beauty and men. As a women, I aprreciated some of what was written but could never really buy into the concept of the beauty myth. Wolf, had a lot of facts about women and their struggle and made some very logical connections between why and how certain events evloved and allowed women to be so concerned with beauty. How and why women become engulfed by beauty is explained very well. However,I could never quite grasp how she logically can bridge the gap to men being responisble for the creation of the beauty myth. Also, she makes things to broad and vague at times. She catoragizes all women together, and I think that women as a whole are very different from one another and that gender is a very small and inconsequential likeness that people have in common. Also I found the book to be very repetative and almost as if she just puts more words in there not to prove her point and add more support, but just to add more words. I kept saying to myslef, you already said that, say something new. Maybe it was that I could never get past the feelings I felt in the begining of the book, about her being a man-hater, and so I never gave the book a chance, but I really did try to be open minded and objective about reading this book. I think what I found hard to grasp was the idea that women just have it so hard. As a young women, I felt that I would rather be a women today than in any other period in history. I just felt like enough is never enough, there is always something more to complain about. The last thing women need is to feel "sorry" for themselves and dwell on all the injustices of the world. So although some still exist, I hardly think that the ones that do exist are worth whinning about. The book seems to be rather extreem and harsh. And to add to the problem, it was dry reading. Although I did try and give Wolf some credit, she did an excellent job in finding facts about women and interpreting historical events and how those changes were brought about. And I do realize that she is mainly writing about the 80's and I really am not a daughter of the 80's but the 90's. What she is saying may have been true of the 80's, but I think it is out dated for the 90's. Overall, I would not recommend the book to anyone, except in reading what theories are out there regarding women and beauty obsessions.
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am 14. Dezember 1998
The Beauty Myth is an extrodianrily rare book. It focuses on how images of beauty are used against women by examining the figment all women measure themselves, and eachother, against - the Iron Maiden. The author, Naomi Wolf connects women's feelings of inferiority to the evidence they are dominated in religion, culture, and the workplace. Images of beauty in advertising and pornography contribute to the rise in cosmetic surgery and our society's obsession with thinness and perfection. The book attempts to illustrate how women are divided, as competetors for the scarce beauty there is that is recognized. Wolf presents a few great points and lots of supporting evidence. She lacks an interesting writing style, however, and hashes out the same point 200 pages too long. The Beauty Myth would make a moving essay, but as a book, beats a dead horse.
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am 15. Dezember 1998
In her book, The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf brings up many ideas concerning women and their relationship with society in terms of beauty. While some of the ideas are OK Wolf tends to overdramatize a lot of things. Either she is blaming men and society as a whole for the opression of women through beauty or she is blaming women for letting it happen to them. She continually portrays women as victims of men, fashion, and the workplace. She undermines our sucesses and tries to place the blame somewhere. She drowns the reader with evidence to back up her opinion. While there are some things which I would have liked to agree with her on her tone is so angry and bitter that I couldn't take her side. At times I was even offended because she makes it sound like anyone even remotely interested in fashion or cosmetics is setting the womens movement back by adhering to societies vision of women. Some of the statistics that she gives as evidence of her opinion are surely outdated as this book was written over seven years ago.
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am 15. Dezember 1998
The Beuaty Myth has very little substance to it. The author appears to be just letting out all her anger agianst the world. She maks many wery broad and damning accusations however she does not back any of these accusations up with any evidence. Also, she says the same thing over and over throughout the book. Mrs.Wolf beleives that there is a conspiracy of sorts agianst all women. This conspiracy has led to the stall that has occurred in the feminest movement. She beleives that corporations and men of the world are trying to make women bekeive that they are not pretty or that if they are that they are stupid. by doing this they are insuring that society will continue to be make dominated and that corportions will be able to continue to make a great deal of money from women. Mrs. Wolf does little to supprt this the reader is just expected to beleive it. Well I for one did not.
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am 4. November 1999
the title is self-explanatory..a very impressive book.made me see myself in an entirely different light.one basic message-love yourself.thumbs up,ms wolf..great job.
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am 3. Januar 1999
For the life of me, I can't figure out why this book ever took off. I've tried to read it twice now and still cannot slog through the bad writing, lack of logical structure, and Ms. Wolf's seeming inability to successfully support any argument. Considering that most of her arguments are extremely shopworn, that's a pretty sad comment. We all know all this stuff anyway--the media gives us impossible images to live up to, beauty carries too much weight in our society, anorexia and bulimia are on the rise. Skip this one and try her other books instead--like Promiscuities and Fire with Fire. Did she learn to write, or find an excellent editor for those ones? Whichever, at least they're real and original books, not a mishmash of random thoughts.
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am 20. März 2000
I picked this one up after her "Fire With Fire" piece, which boredom prevented me from finishing. I was so pleased that the exceedingly important material was more comprehensible in the case of this book. Sure it scares people - read the other reviews - but it is truthful, well-researched, and thought-provoking material that welcomes debate even after nine years. This FACT, as shown in the other reviewers emotional responses, is proof of the value of this book.
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am 26. Januar 1999
i was very glad to get my hands on this book, but quick to put it down in disgust. while i know, i have experienced, what she it trying to say, i can't get past her manner of presentation, and the fact that she has information in the book that is simply *incorrect.* for example, when she discusses the cult of beauty and fat-hate, she mentions how hare krishnas spend seven hours daily in mind numbing chant. well, as a hare krishna myself, i can state that this is irrefutably false. way to go, naomi.
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