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October 23 - October 23, 2007 I. Naomi Wolf, "The...

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October 23, 2007 I. Naomi Wolf, “The Beauty Myth” (1991) a. How women are reduced to physical beauty i. Advertising/beauty industry ii. American women iii. 20 th century iv. White, middle-class women b. Beauty myth: i. A story that masquerades as objective and universal ii. A form of social coercion iii. A social fiction said to be natural c. Should we stop using beauty products altogether? *NOT HER POINT!* d. How do women feel about themselves physically? e. How does our culture assess female worth? f. Beauty myth makes women feel inadequate, unattractive, in need of help g. 33,000 American women would rather lose 10-15 pounds than achieve ANY OTHER GOAL h. Obsession with size is gendered i. “The beauty myth is always actually prescribing behavior and not appearance” j. Putting self second, not claiming status as equal k. An expression of power relations l. Culturally specific (America vs. Maori or Padung) m. Fatima Mernissi, Scheherazade Goes West i. Heavy is happy: “To be plump is a sign that a woman is in control of her fate… I
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