In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and Youby Shari Graydon
From Bedtime Fairy Tales and blockbuster movies to magazine advertisements and reality TV, we absorb the lesson early and often: beauty rules. What's more, the publicity machine of modern business has never before delivered so many messages glorifying the benefits of being beautiful. For teens that can mean fitting in and measuring up becomes an overpowering force. But, as Shari Graydon points out, every day, in dozens of small ways, you can choose what messages seem right to you. By putting images of beauty into perspective, In Your Face encourages readers to stop feeling so controlled by it. Engrossing, enlightening, fun, and provocative, this is a no-nonsense guide to thinking critically about beauty culture.
- Annick Press, Limited
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- Product dimensions:
- 6.25(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.37(d)
- Age Range:
- 12 - 17 Years
Meet the Author
Shari Graydon is an award-winning writer, educator, and activist who has authored the bestselling Made You Look and edited an essay collection for adults, I Feel Great About My Hands. She lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
Karen Klassen is an illustrator and painter who has worked with a variety of editorial and advertising clients. She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Katy Lemay is a collage artist whose work has appeared in many newspapers and magazines. She lives in Quebec.
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A great book for middle and high school libraries. Teens will be drawn to the bright colors and the format which they will quickly compare with that of a fashion magazine. Page four lists what to expect from the book: learning why people are fascinated by beauty, how fashion and the image of fitting in has changed over the years, how the "it" looks are determined and by whom, and just what it is that makes us think a certain way about fashion and other things. And the book definitely delivers. A text box reminds the reader that voluptuous women were once thought to be ideal as far as beauty; compare that to stick-thin models who in marketer's minds seems to be the ideal size in the 21st century. Two pages discuss how beauty in one country or culture may mean large hips or pierced body parts while other cultures frown on these attributes as they desire other body types. The author includes plenty of information about teen boys--mostly ABOUT boys and beauty, not particularly FOR boys. Quotes from well-known people, mainly in the beauty or entertainment fields, are included. This book won't stay on the shelf for long.