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  • The Beauty Myth

  • How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
  • By: Naomi Wolf
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (264 ratings)

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The Beauty Myth

By: Naomi Wolf
Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
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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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Fascinating book!

I would recommend this book to any woman especially if they struggle with body image and acceptance. It definitely opened my eyes.

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Brilliant, harrowing, enlightening

Everyone should read this book. With the advent of social media, app filters and reality tv it is, if anything, more relevant today than when it was first written.

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Good grief

I have spent my whole life judging myself on my looks. Not sure how easy it will be to let go but thanks to this book I know I should.

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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.

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Interesting, informative and shocking

This book definitely gave me food for thought and made me see things from a different perspective. Great book

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Brilliant

The book is brilliant! It was a pleasure to listen to the voice of the narrator :)

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Enlightening and empowering

Confirmed what I somewhat knew all along and reaffirmed my positive self-beliefs. I have since stopped conforming and subscribing to modern day beauty ideals. I have stopped comparing myself to other women, changed my consumer habits and have never felt more liberated and happier. Loved every minute of this book.

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Totally worth my time

I picked this title up by chance but ended up grateful that this book existed. Recommended.

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Should be read by all women

This is very important book for each woman. Cosmetic surgeries are increasing in my region of the world. Yet personally Made me grateful that we in this same region are being paid equally to men!

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Would love updated

This book is sadly as relevant today as it was when it was first written. Though some things have got better (today, retouched adverts has to be clearly marked as such here for instance) many things have not. I would love to read an up to date version with the economics today (this is so old, it gives the amount in Italy in Lire), and maybe a chapter about trans women as well. Well narrated, listened comfortably to it at 1.3X

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