The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
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."
This was the book that inspired me to do the work I do today. I read it at 17 and continue to pull from its wisdom in my talks. This book is particularly valuable for girls struggling with disordered eating. The information on the socio-economic underpinnings of beauty norms sheds light on why we have an epidemic of body loathing and provides knowledge which builds resilience.