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Publisher's Summary

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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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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  • CottonKandy
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mamabird
  • 2021-11-20

What I needed to hear

I’ve never connected to something more closely. I am so grateful to Justine Bateman for providing this much-needed content. Thank you!

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  • V. Yancey
  • 2021-11-18

Love yourself

I loved this! Really made me understand how shallow & cruel our society is.

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  • Scentart
  • 2021-11-18

justine Bateman is a force to be reckoned with

When will women be judged for who they are? Justine recounts example after example of the hideous superficial value of beauty. Her writing has advanced in sophistication and technique since Fame. I eagerly look forward to her next book.

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  • Sarah Kit Farrell
  • 2021-05-23

As I finished, I wept

Raw, honest, powerful, at times surprising, and always penetrating. As I finished, I wept. Thanks to all the vulnerable souls who contributed to this work. And thanks to Justine Bateman for being exactly the kind of woman she thanks in this truly special book.

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  • lookn4quality
  • 2022-08-08

Impressive discussion of meaning assigned to beauty and aging

A series of well developed relatable characters are offered and it was particularly rich with Justine performing. She is shockingly talented though she credits a team at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-08-05

Disappointed

Some people are curious about a topic and they research and present their findings. Others build research around support of their argument - which is the case here. Yet I’d hesitate to call it research because the personal “stories” aren’t real people at all, but composited info from interviews or anecdotal situations that have been concocted to support Justine’s view of societal pressures and personal insecurities that drive people to alter their faces with injections and more. Which is a viable topic. I just don’t like how it is manipulated here.