Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West / Edition 1

Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West / Edition 1

by Sheila Jeffreys
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415351820

ISBN-13: 9780415351829

Pub. Date: 08/28/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"Should western beauty practices, ranging from lipstick to labiaplasty, be included within the United Nations' understanding of harmful traditional/cultural practices? By examining the role of common beauty practices in damaging the health of women, creating sexual difference, and enforcing female deference, this book argues that they should." "In the 1970s feminists…  See more details below

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"Should western beauty practices, ranging from lipstick to labiaplasty, be included within the United Nations' understanding of harmful traditional/cultural practices? By examining the role of common beauty practices in damaging the health of women, creating sexual difference, and enforcing female deference, this book argues that they should." "In the 1970s feminists criticized pervasive beauty regimes such as dieting and depilation, but in the last two decades the brutality of western beauty practices has become much more severe. Today's practices can require the breaking of skin, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of body parts. Some "new" feminists argue that beauty practices are no longer oppressive now that women can "choose" them. This book seeks to make sense of why beauty practices are not only just as persistent 30 years after the feminist critique developed, but in many ways more extreme. By examining the pervasive use of makeup, the misogyny of fashion and high-heeled shoes, and by looking at the role of pornography in the creation of increasingly popular beauty practices such as breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia, Beauty and Misogyny seeks to explain why harmful beauty practices persist in the west and have become so extreme. It looks at the cosmetic surgery and body piercing/cutting industries as being forms of self-mutilation by proxy, in which the surgeons and piercers serve as proxies to harm women's bodies. It concludes by considering how a culture of resistance to these practices can be created." This essential work will appeal to students and teachers of feminist psychology, gender studies, cultural studies, and feminist sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to anyone with an interest in feminism, women and beauty, and women's health.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415351829
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2005
Series:
Women and Psychology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

1The "grip of culture on the body" : beauty practices as women's agency or women's subordination5
2Harmful cultural practices and Western culture28
3Transfemininity : "dressed" men reveal the naked reality of male power46
4Pornochic : prostitution constructs beauty67
5Fashion and misogyny87
6Making up is hard to do107
7Men's foot and shoe fetishism and the disabling of women128
8Cutting up women : beauty practices as self-mutilation by proxy149
Conclusion : a culture of resistance171

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