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The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

©2002, 1991 Naomi Wolf (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Feminist must-listen

After hearing this book quoted many times in podcasts I had to listen to it. It is definitely a must-listen for anyone who calls themselves a feminist or questions feminism

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An Honest Look at the Price of Beauty

This was a very real look at the problems of "traditional Western beauty" in our society, for men and women. There are so many knots that make up this mess of unhappiness with ourselves and the image we put out into the world, that I was impressed at how thorough the author was as she masterfully unweaved each thread. I would be very interested to listen to further studies of the Beauty Myth in other cultures as instituionalized unhappiness and unfullfillment for profit is a global market.

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  • SK
  • 2021-02-23

A must read for every young woman.

The book is old, a lot of things have changed since 1990 but sadly still has a lot of facts and truth in it. I wish there was am updated version for the beauty myth. It is excellant narrated! I recommend this book for every young woman.

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  • Angie B
  • 2017-03-05

still revelant

even though it's almost 20 years since this updated version of the early 1990s book was published, it's still relevant today. eye-opening, stunning.

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  • Melanie Pfautz
  • 2016-12-09

Sadly, this is all still relevant

An important commentary you owe it to yourself, your wife, your daughters, your coworkers to read.

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  • Heather
  • 2017-07-27

Any Update??

I really enjoyed the perspective the author discussed, it led to a further thought process both into my own life and other women, but I would vastly enjoy an updated edition!

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  • Kortney
  • 2016-11-04

Should be required for all women!

Absolutely eye-opening, provocative, and fiery. All women need to hear this message! Paradigm changer.

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  • tracy
  • 2016-07-25

Every western woman should read this book!

This book is both enlightening and frightening. It illuminates a lot of the issues that modern women face. I can't think of a book that better explains how patriarchial culture effects women and shapes the way we think and perceive reality and particularly our bodies. It's still completely relevant 25 years after it was written. I highly recommend it to any woman who has body issues or for anyone who is interested in the impact of social/cultural conditioning on western women.

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  • sierra
  • 2017-08-20

a total game changer.

20 years has not made this any less poignant. amazing. a must read for women world wide.

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  • Erickson
  • 2016-06-04

Everyone needs this book

This book is the best thing that has ever happened to my life. The performance is seamless. Do yourself and everyone you love the favor to listen. I'm literally getting multiple physical copies and giving this book as a present to anyone I think might actually read this. Read this if you're a woman, or if you love one. #classic #feminist #patriarchy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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  • C.E. Hayes
  • 2020-09-26

Agenda Driven Jornalism

Naomi Wolf is not an original thinker. My perception is that instead of scholarly research into the past to understand today’s obsession with women’s physical beauty, she is taking an already established feminist agenda and then cherry picking facts and history to support her point of view. I did not feel enlightened, just cheated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-08

Perfect

This should be read by every singl girl and boy at schools, and every grown up Women and men

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  • Lindey
  • 2015-10-09

So conflicted...

The book makes salient points, but they're often overwhelmed by the over dramatic prose, lack of proper backing research, and overuse of hyperbole and anecdotes. Written with less melodrama, this book could have been great.

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