Beauty Myth - How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women

Author(s): Naomi Wolf

Feminism/Women's Studies

Provocative, punchy and important, this is one of the essential classics of modern feminist literature.


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."

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"A smart, angry, insightful book, and a clarion call to freedom. Every woman should read it." -- Gloria Steinem

"Powerful... No other work has...so honestly depicted the confusion of accomplished women who feel emotionally and physically tortured by the need to look like movie stars" --New York Times

"The most important feminist publication since The Female Eunuch" -- Germaine Greer

"A brilliant, bracing book...The world has changed - a bit - over the past decade and a half, but not enough: this remains essential reading" --Guardian

"Essential reading" -- Fay Weldon

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. This was followed by Fire with Fire, Promiscuities, Misconceptions and The Tree House.

General Fields

  • : 9780099595748
  • : penguin random house
  • : Vintage
  • : January 2015
  • : United Kingdom
  • : March 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Naomi Wolf
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 305.42
  • : 352