By Sheila Jeffreys
Should western good looks practices, starting from lipstick to labiaplasty, be integrated in the United international locations understandings of destructive traditional/cultural practices? by means of studying the position of universal attractiveness practices in harmful the overall healthiness of girls, growing sexual distinction, and implementing girl deference, this ebook argues that they should.
In the Nineteen Seventies feminists criticized pervasive good looks regimes similar to eating regimen and depilation, yet a few ‘new’ feminists argue that good looks practices aren't any longer oppressive now that ladies can ‘choose’ them. despite the fact that, within the final twenty years the brutality of western good looks practices turns out to became even more serious, requiring the breaking of dermis, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of physique elements. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make experience of why good looks practices should not in simple terms simply as chronic, yet in lots of methods extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of style and high-heeled footwear, and appears on the position of pornography within the construction of more and more renowned good looks practices corresponding to breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia. It appears to be like on the plastic surgery and physique piercing/cutting industries as being sorts of self-mutilation by way of proxy, within which the surgeons and piercers function proxies to hurt women’s our bodies, and concludes by way of contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices might be created.
This crucial paintings will attract scholars and academics of feminist psychology, gender reviews, cultural reviews, and feminist sociology at either undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and to an individual with an curiosity in feminism, girls and wonder, and women’s health.