Beauty Bound

Beauty Bound

by Rita Jackaway Freedman
     
 

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Most women take for granted that part of being female is looking the part, seldom questioning the social conditioning and sexist role-modeling this bespeaks. The props and paint, the shaping up, the obsession with youth are, the author writes, part of a social myth of female beauty which serves to keep women in their place as ``the fair sex,'' powerless, weak and properly submissive. Stiletto heels, incessant dieting and elaborate cosmetic rituals are no different from such cultural keep-her-in-her-place dictums as Chinese foot-binding or veiling the female form in Arab countries, observes Freedman, a New York psychologist. Designed to appeal to men's, not women's, taste, the prescriptions for female beauty mean that most women ``put on their face'' in the morning, dislike some part of their bodies, perhaps even resort to cosmetic surgery. Freedman discusses her subject in a low-key, convincing way that provides excellent historical background on the ways concepts of beauty have shaped women's sense of self. Major ad/promo. November

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780669139556
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
10/28/1986
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.91(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)

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