The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf
Naomi Wolf

The Beauty Myth

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Vivian Salazar
Vivian Salazarhas quoted3 months ago
The beauty myth is not about women at all. It is about men’s institutions and institutional power.
Vivian Salazar
Vivian Salazarhas quoted3 months ago
rong men battle for beautiful women, and beautiful women are more reproductively successful. Women’s beauty must correlate to their fertility, and since this system is based on sexual selection, it is inevitable and changeless
Shasha Setiyadi
Shasha Setiyadihas quoted4 months ago
Before the Industrial Revolution, the average woman could not have had the same feelings about “beauty” that modern women do who experience the myth as continual comparison to a mass-disseminated physical ideal. Before the development of technologies of mass production—daguerrotypes, photographs, etc.— an ordinary woman was exposed to few such images outside the Church. Since the family was a productive unit and women’s work complemented men’s, the value of women who were not aristocrats or prostitutes lay in their work skills, economic shrewdness, physical strength, and fertility. Physical attraction, obviously, played its part; but “beauty” as we understand it was not, for ordinary women, a serious issue in the marriage marketplace.
Shasha Setiyadi
Shasha Setiyadihas quoted4 months ago
the beauty myth is not based on evolution, sex, gender, aesthetics, or God, on what is it based? It claims to be about intimacy and sex and life, a celebration of women. It is actually composed of emotional distance, politics, finance, and sexual repression. The beauty myth is not about women at all. It is about men’s institutions and institutional power.
Shasha Setiyadi
Shasha Setiyadihas quoted4 months ago
Beauty” is a currency system like the gold standard. 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.
Shasha Setiyadi
Shasha Setiyadihas quoted4 months ago
As women released themselves from the feminine mystique of domesticity, the beauty myth took over its lost ground, expanding as it waned to carry on its work of social control.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
The beauty myth was institutionalized in the past two decades as a transformer between women and public life.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
It is summoned out of political fear on the part of male-dominated institutions threatened by women’s freedom, and it exploits female guilt and apprehension about our own liberation
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
As the economy, law, religion, sexual mores, education, and culture were forcibly opened up to include women more fairly, a private reality colonized female consciousness. By using ideas about “beauty,” it reconstructed an alternative female world with its own laws, economy, religion, sexuality, education, and culture, each element as repressive as any that had gone before.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
a version of childhood that required continual maternal supervision; a concept of female biology that required middle-class women to act out the roles of hysterics and hypochondriacs; a conviction that respectab
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
For the first time new technologies could reproduce—in fashion plates, daguerreotypes, tintypes, and rotogravures—images of how women should look.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
women’s identity must be premised upon our “beauty” so that we will remain vulnerable to outside approval, carrying the vital sensitive organ of self-esteem exposed to the air.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
composed of emotional distance, politics, finance, and sexual repression. The beauty myth is not about women at all. It is about men’s institutions and institutional power.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
If the beauty myth is not based on evolution, sex, gender, aesthetics, or God, on what is it based?
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
for women to compete with women through “beauty” is a reversal of the way in which natural selection affects all other mammals.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
None of this is true. “Beauty” is a currency system like the gold standard. 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.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
The quality called “beauty” objectively and universally exists. Women must want to embody it and men must want to possess women who embody it.
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
, the diet and skin care industries became the new cultural censors of women’s intellectual space, and because of their pressure, the gaunt, youthful model supplanted the happy housewife as the arbiter of successful womanhood
Agatha Hidalgo
Agatha Hidalgohas quoted5 months ago
We are in the midst of a violent backlash against feminism that uses images of female beauty as a political weapon against women’s advancement: the beauty myth.
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