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Face

Written by: Justine Bateman
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Writer/director/producer Justine Bateman examines the aggressive ways that society reacts to the aging of women's faces. 

Face is a book of fictional vignettes that examines the fear and vestigial evolutionary habits that have caused women and men to cultivate the imagined reality that older women’s faces are unattractive, undesirable, and something to be "fixed". 

Based on "older face" experiences of the author, Justine Bateman, and those of dozens of women and men she interviewed, the book presents the listener with the many root causes for society’s often negative attitudes toward women’s older faces. In doing so, Bateman rejects those ingrained assumptions about the necessity of fixing older women’s faces, suggesting that we move on from judging someone’s worth based on the condition of her face. 

With impassioned prose and a laser-sharp eye, Bateman argues that a woman's confidence should grow as she ages, not be destroyed by society's misled attitude about that one square foot of skin.

©2021 Justine Bateman (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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so good

I loved this book and would recommend to anyone. I think I'll listen once again.

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Refreshing

Thank you for reminding us of the truth. It all comes back to loving ourselves for who we are. However, society has made that tough with all of the big misbeliefs around a female face. The reminder being, we don’t need to listen….in fact, we need to actively NOT listen.

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A must read

Very interesting to listen to others experience of getting older. Getting wiser with experience is a good thing. Well wriiten and read. Really enjoyed.

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AMAZINGLY UPLIFTING !!!

This book has changed my life!! Incredible listen. So powerful 💘 Thank you so much for sharing this with the world.

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  • Deaniemom
  • 2021-05-16

There’s Nothing Wrong With Women’s Faces.

I grew up watching Justine as “Mallory” on “Family Ties”, she was the “it” girl, pretty, popular and hung out it’s all the right people.

It’s not only so refreshing to know that Justine went on to college and pursued her passions, instead of acquiescing the “middle age” desperation to still be relevant like so many other fading male and especially female child actors have done....

Kudos to Justine for following her dreams and heart and rewriting the script. Choosing to expose the perversion and “different rules” that apply in this still sexist industry.

Justin is Beautiful and always will be.
Genuineness is Beautiful.
Truth is Beautiful.
Strength is Beautiful.
Having courage to be unapologetically yourself is Beautiful.

Thank you till the ends of the Earth for making it your mission to expose the lies, that we as women over 30 are somehow discounted, discarded and are worth only as much as our “outer youth”= beauty. In an industry that uses women for their own entertainment and $$$ and calls NEXT way before expiration time.

Justine is a Breath of fresh air in a toxic sewer tank of a broken ideological industry.

Congrats on having mondo balls and the courage and heart to speak your truth and in turn allowing other women to slowly disentangle this lie that has been fed to us from main stream media for longer than I can ever remember.

Justine minces NOTHING!!!!!!!!!

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  • Tina
  • 2021-07-05

Not what I expected

This book is good and it does say what needs to be said about the ridiculous expectations people have on women. The part I'm disappointed about is that I thought it was going to dive into the why's and go deeper on the subject. Instead it's one short story after another of how women are affected by the pressures of looking young. Which is great, but it just gets very repetitive and I kinda lost interest.

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  • jammer
  • 2023-04-19

Wish I had read Amazon reviews, too

So depressing. I wish I could unhear what I heard in just half of this audiobook. I found myself falling into a depressive and cynical mood. I started to wonder if it's possible to find a man who wants to grow old with me. I then realized that what these women are relaying is not everyone's experience. Some valid points and revelations, but nothing that will help to cope with the aging process. Now I'm watching YouTube interviews with happily married elderly couples so that I give myself hope again. Yeesh.

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  • Kerrpe
  • 2022-11-04

Dissapointing

Like many of the other reviews, I had really been looking forward to this.
This is a collection of short stories justifying moral superiority over people who choose plastic surgery / enhancements or indignation at being judged for not getting enhancements.
I am not concerned with other people. I was hoping for a discussion on making choices to age naturally and being at peace with those choices. This is not that discussion.

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  • Maureen Murphy
  • 2023-05-05

Depressing

I didn’t need to hear this. So many awful stories to listen to before reaching an obvious, and all-too-short conclusion. A balance of stories from confident women who couldn’t care less about what others think would have helped this book tremendously. Not recommended.

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  • zipzip
  • 2021-08-26

in a word? DAMN.

i don’t normally write reviews. but i cannot overstate how much this book spoke to me. i grew up watching (okay fine, idolizing) justine as mallory on family ties and have often wondered what she did with the rest of her life. quite a bit, as it turns out. this exploration is brutal, poignant, and deftly performed. i have to wonder if there is anyone more qualified to examine this topic, but it’s clear the author has done her research nonetheless. i look forward to the film adaptation of Face, and hope other women find this work as empowering as i did.

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  • Jodi.
  • 2023-04-17

Horrible

Shallow, dirty language with well known attitudes on aging. Waste of a credit and time.

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  • Alan Daniels
  • 2022-11-15

An Important, Beautiful Book

This book is one of the most impressive—and Ms. Bateman’s performance one of the most moving—I’ve ever heard on Audible. It lays bare the cultural and moral poverty that has created wealth for innumerable plastic surgeons and other so-called aestheticians who now so matter-of-factly lure women away from their true beauty and plunge them into an anxious pursuit of a superficial, elusive, unsatisfying, and even un-human “look.” And I need to say that the heart of this message helped me too since men are hardly immune from social pressure to look a certain way if we want our lives to add up to anything anyone will ever notice. I loved every moment I spent listening to this book, and I am certain you will too.

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  • Bessie Mae
  • 2022-10-30

Not for Me

I wonder if the author is aware of the work of feminists on this topic for the last sixty years. I wonder if the author put in any effort to tell the stories of women's faces from a variety of racial identities, cultures, and nations. It reads like a long barrage of reminders of why society and human judgement of each other is so miserably terrible.

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  • Cheryl Farmer
  • 2021-11-27

An Assault on an Unfortunate Culture

I loved this book because it exposes some of women’s’ deepest thoughts and insecurities regarding their faces and aging, and the mostly critical and negative view of a woman’s natural aging process. The craze of esthetics and plastic surgery in our current age is exposed as an erasure of the value of the older, wiser, non-youthful face that one can only earn through experience.

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