Essay on The Beauty Myth

This essay has a total of 600 words and 3 pages.

The Beauty Myth


By: Kelly Winch

The Beauty Myth, published by Doubleday in New York City, hit the shelves in 1992. Naomi
Wolf wrote this 348-page book. Wolf attended Yale University and New College, Oxford
University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her essays have been printed in many
well-known magazines and newspapers, including Esquire and the New York Times. The Beauty
Myth was Wolf's first book. She has also written two other books, Fire With Fire and
Promiscuities. Wolf is a recognized feminist. She has done a lot of writing and has spoken
to many audiences about issues involving feminism. In The Beauty Myth, Wolf's basic thesis
states that there is a connection between female liberation and female beauty. She writes:
The more legal and material hindrances women have broken through, the more strictly and
heavily and cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon us….During the past
decade, women breached the power structure; meanwhile, eating disorders rose exponentially
and cosmetic surgery became the fastest-growing medical specialty….Recent research
consistently shows that inside the majority of the…attractive, successful working women,
there is a …dark vein of self-hatred, physical obsessions, terror of aging, and dread of
lost control. (Wolf 10) Wolf's research shows that there is an attack against feminism
that uses images of female beauty to keep women "in their place". Women today are more
powerful than ever before, yet they are more self-conscience as well. The media has
created a standard of beauty that is impossible to attain and women are developing
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