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The Beauty Myth Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, 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 traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

©2002, 1991 Naomi Wolf (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Lena-Marie 02/05/2015
    Lena-Marie 02/05/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Frightening, insightful and uplifting."

    Women and men, everyone should read this and be liberated. Excellent performance of excellent writing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    A. Leslie Essex, UK 26/10/2015
    A. Leslie Essex, UK 26/10/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Essential reading"

    Though now 24 years old, this book is still terrifyingly current.

    The book I wish I had read at 14.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    joy_davis98 06/11/2017
    joy_davis98 06/11/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "All men are out to get us? "

    I really wanted to like this book but I feel like the author is reading too much into things. I really don’t think that all men are out to get us or that they want women to not work. Perhaps some do?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Erickson
    04/06/16
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    "Everyone needs this book"

    This book is the best thing that has ever happened to my life. The performance is seamless. Do yourself and everyone you love the favor to listen.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Angie B
    chicago il
    05/03/17
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    "still revelant"

    even though it's almost 20 years since this updated version of the early 1990s book was published, it's still relevant today. eye-opening, stunning.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie Pfautz
    09/12/16
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    "Sadly, this is all still relevant"

    An important commentary you owe it to yourself, your wife, your daughters, your coworkers to read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tracy
    POWAY, CA, United States
    25/07/16
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    "Every western woman should read this book!"

    This book is both enlightening and frightening. It illuminates a lot of the issues that modern women face. I can't think of a book that better explains how patriarchial culture effects women and shapes the way we think and perceive reality and particularly our bodies. It's still completely relevant 25 years after it was written. I highly recommend it to any woman who has body issues or for anyone who is interested in the impact of social/cultural conditioning on western women.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • sierra
    20/08/17
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    "a total game changer."

    20 years has not made this any less poignant. amazing. a must read for women world wide.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kortney
    04/11/16
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    "Should be required for all women!"

    Absolutely eye-opening, provocative, and fiery. All women need to hear this message! Paradigm changer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lindey
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    09/10/15
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    "So conflicted..."

    The book makes salient points, but they're often overwhelmed by the over dramatic prose, lack of proper backing research, and overuse of hyperbole and anecdotes. Written with less melodrama, this book could have been great.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Cremorne, Australia
    17/04/13
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    "Needs updating, research and lacks clarity"
    What disappointed you about The Beauty Myth?

    The subject is still very relevant to women today but the writing has not aged well. The book has an unfortunate tendency towards hyperbole and the authors description of patriarchy in western history and her hypothesis on how it creates the pressure to be beautiful needs to be overhauled in a new edition or taken with a large dose of salt.


    What was most disappointing about Naomi Wolf’s story?

    This is a topic that is deeply relevant to every woman, feminist or not, and the book doesn't do it justice.


    Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favorite?

    The narration is excellent, Suzy conveys the tone of the writing without making it laughable and is very easy to listen to.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration is excellent and made slogging through the writing to get to the underlying truth less painful.


    Any additional comments?

    An important topic, but I'd you're already past feminism 101 I'd skim through this in print.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Heather
    Pennsylvania
    27/07/17
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    "Any Update??"

    I really enjoyed the perspective the author discussed, it led to a further thought process both into my own life and other women, but I would vastly enjoy an updated edition!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MD
    28/11/17
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    "Redundant"

    I got distracted a lot with this book. I know there are important issues in this book, but it repeats.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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