The Beauty Myth


Written by Naomi Wolf

9780099861904 | PB | pp. 348 | 1991 | Vintage Books

In The Beauty Myth, the author exposes the tyranny of this myth through the ages and its oppressive function today.

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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 is 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.”

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Naomi Wolf was born in 1962 in San Francisco. She studied at Yale before becoming a Rhodes Scholar at New College, Oxford, and working in Edinburgh. The Beauty Myth was published in 1990 and was an international bestseller. Some of her other books are Fire with Fire, Promiscuities, and Misconceptions.


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