By Sheila Jeffreys
Should western attractiveness practices, starting from lipstick to labiaplasty, be integrated in the United countries understandings of damaging traditional/cultural practices? through studying the function of universal attractiveness practices in destructive the well-being of girls, developing sexual distinction, and imposing girl deference, this ebook argues that they should.
In the Seventies feminists criticized pervasive good looks regimes resembling weight loss diet and depilation, yet a few вЂnewвЂ™ feminists argue that attractiveness practices aren't any longer oppressive now that ladies can вЂchooseвЂ™ them. despite the fact that, within the final twenty years the brutality of western attractiveness practices turns out to became even more serious, requiring the breaking of dermis, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of physique components. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make feel of why good looks practices aren't basically simply as continual, yet in lots of methods extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of favor and high-heeled footwear, and appears on the position of pornography within the production of more and more well known good looks practices similar to breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia. It appears to be like on the plastic surgery and physique piercing/cutting industries as being types of self-mutilation through proxy, within which the surgeons and piercers function proxies to hurt womenвЂ™s our bodies, and concludes through contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices may be created.
This crucial paintings will entice scholars and lecturers of feminist psychology, gender reviews, cultural experiences, and feminist sociology at either undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and to someone with an curiosity in feminism, ladies and wonder, and womenвЂ™s health.