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Ugly as Sin: The Truth About How We Look and Finding Freedom From Self-Hatred

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Powerful! A MUST READ!

    What a relief it was, after reading this book, to finally accept that I can relax in my imperfections and accept myself and the ugly parts of me! Toni Raiten-D'Antonio has written an incredibly important book that should be read by everyone, and translated for other cultures so that we can all understand how the fear of ugliness plagues us all, and touches at the core of being human. Next to questions about mortality, the fear of ugliness is probably the most basic of all human experiences. In "Ugly As Sin" Raiten-D'Antonio discusses this topic from a historic perspective, documenting how "ugliphobia" has been used as a form of oppression for centuries. With honesty and frankness, she discusses how this fear affected her own life, and with great compassion, includes the stories of men and women all over the world who responded to her question of "When do you feel ugly?". "Ugly As Sin" is riveting, touching, unifying, and inspiring. It asks us to take a hard look at how we are manipulated by media, controlled by those who set the standards of "beauty" and "correctness", and defeated by our own families and peers who hold to these false standards. When we can embrace our ugly parts, we can finally be freed by this artificial separation and begin to appreciate the true uniqueness and beauty that is in each and every one of us. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2010

    Every woman should read this!

    As someone who has often felt less than supermodel-gorgeous, this is a book that cuts through all of the issues that we struggle with as women and gets right to the real truth about ugliness. Toni's words truly spoke to me: she does a great job writing about this intense and personal topic in a way that will make you smile and laugh as you turn the pages. This book exposes the sneaky ways in which we are encouraged to feel bad about how we look and gives us tools to fight the battle head on.

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