The beauty myth by Naomi Wolf.

One of  feminist theorists, who catch my attention in particular is Naomi Wolf and her book ‘The beauty myth’.

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In the book, the author generally speaks critically about women, that are oppressed by the pressure to fit into the false ideal of beauty. The definition of beauty is widespread in contemporary culture by  white, thin and made-up female model.

In the book I found a lot of interesting and relevant to my topic quotes.

“A cultural fixation on female thinness is not an obsession about female beauty but an obsession about female obedience.”

“Sadly, the signals that allow men and women to find the partners who most please them are scrambled by the sexual insecurity initiated by beauty thinking. A woman who is self-conscious can’t relax to let her sensuality come into play. If she is hungry she will be tense. If she is “done up” she will be on the alert for her reflection in his eyes. If she is ashamed of her body, its movement will be stilled. If she does not feel entitled to claim attention, she will not demand that airspace to shine in. If his field of vision has been boxed in by “beauty”–a box continually shrinking–he simply will not see her, his real love, standing right before him.”

“No matter what a woman’s appearance may be, it will be used to undermine what she is saying and taken to individualize – as her personal problem – observations she makes about the beauty myth in society.”

“Female thinness and youth are not in themselves next to godliness in this culture. Society really doesn’t care about women’s appearance per se. What genuinely matters is that women remain willing to let others tell them what they can and cannot have. Women are watched, in other words, not to make sure that they will “be good,” but to make sure that they will know they are being watched.”

“Dieting makes women think of ourselves as sick, religious babies.”
I think that the quotes reflect the fashion for looking perfect and thin in contemporary culture.
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