How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women
Provocative, punchy and important, this is one of the essential classics of modern feminist literature.
The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity
Every day, women around the world are confronted with a dilemma – how to look. In a society embroiled in a cult of female beauty and youthfulness, pressure on women to conform physically is constant and all-pervading. In this iconic, gripping and frank exposé, Naomi Wolf exposes the tyranny of the beauty myth through the ages and its oppressive function today, in the home and at work, in literature and the media, in relationships between men and women, between women and women. With pertinent and intelligent examples, she confronts the beauty industry and its advertising and uncovers the reasons why women are consumed by this destructive obsession.
‘Essential reading’ Guardian
‘A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it’ Gloria Steinem
“A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it.”
“Powerful... No other work has...so honestly depicted the confusion of accomplished women who feel emotionally and physically tortured by the need to look like movie stars”
New York Times
“The most important feminist publication since The Female Eunuch”
“A brilliant, bracing book...The world has changed - a bit - over the past decade and a half, but not enough: this remains essential reading”
“This is one of the most brilliant books...One doesn't have to agree with every sentence or even every implication of the statements to realise that they revolutionise the discussion of women's magazines and other parts of the ideology about women”
“Naomi Wolf's uncompromising, hard-hitting investigation of the coercion of women by the Beauty Myth has the power to changes lives”
Kim Chernin, author of The Obsession and The Hungry Self
“The Beauty Myth is angry, gripping and frank… Knowledge is power, and Wolf arms us with the power to appreciate our bodies for what they are”