I Read “The Beauty Myth” So You Don’t Have To

Let it be known that I, Miss Angelica Northup, am a feminist. To the core of my being, I wholeheartedly believe that women should be equal to men. Honestly, it boggles my brain that this is still even a question.

Unfortunately, and despite what some might tell you, we are nowhere near equality even in this, the stepped on Lego® of a year that is 2020.

I am rarely vocal regarding my political affiliations (current presidential disaster excluded). That being said, sexism, misogyny, rape culture, and inequality towards women outrage me to no end so don’t even bother trying to fight me on it because I’ll argue with you until I’m blue in the face.

So when I heard about The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf, I was all in.

Synopsis

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… [D]uring the past decade, women breached the power structure; meanwhile, eating disorders rose exponentially and cosmetic surgery became the fastest-growing specialty… [P]ornography became the main media category, ahead of legitimate films and records combined, and thirty-three thousand American women told researchers that they would rather lose ten to fifteen pounds than achieve any other goal…More women have more money and power and scope and legal recognition than we have ever had before; but in terms of how we feel about ourselves physically, we may actually be worse off than our unliberated grandmothers.

A Synopsis of The Beauty Myth, via Wikipedia, obviously

Review

Where does one even begin with this incredible book?

Naomi Wolf does an incredible job outlining the origins of this absurd and never ending fascination with beauty held by women that has seeped into every crevice of our health and wellness. Wolf also details how beauty has become a strategic political tool used to suppress women in all avenues of life spanning the home to the workplace.

She then explains women’s’ deep-rooted struggles with both our body image as well as our sexuality. Finally, Wolf further begs the question, Why do we feel such poignant hatred towards our physical ourselves?

Spoiler alert: There is literally not one single reason for you to hate your body. You are perfect just the way you are.

The title of this blog is “I Read The Beauty Myth So You Don’t Have To,” but…

If you are a woman or have any feminist tendencies whatsoever, I highly highly recommend The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf. This book will INFURIATE you, ENLIGHTEN you, INSPIRE you, and EMPOWER you. 10/10 it’s an instant favorite and I will sing its praises until the day that I die.

If you do not have feminist tendencies, I would firstly encourage you to ask yourself why not? How have you educated yourself on women’s rights and issues? If you realize that you’re maybe part of the problem and **hopefully** want to make a change, this is a great book to help steer you in the right direction. It’s still 10/10. Chef’s kiss. Beautiful. Check it out.

Point being, this is a must-read for literally any human being with a pulse and a functional anterior insular cortex.

You can, and should, purchase The Beauty Myth from Powell’s, the largest independent bookstore. Or you can do what I did, and consume it via Audible.

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