By Sheila Jeffreys
Should western good looks practices, starting from lipstick to labiaplasty, be incorporated in the United countries understandings of damaging traditional/cultural practices? via analyzing the position of universal good looks practices in harmful the health and wellbeing of girls, developing sexual distinction, and imposing woman deference, this booklet argues that they should.
In the Nineteen Seventies feminists criticized pervasive good looks regimes corresponding to weight loss plan and depilation, yet a few ‘new’ feminists argue that good looks practices are not any longer oppressive now that ladies can ‘choose’ them. even though, within the final 20 years the brutality of western attractiveness practices turns out to became even more critical, requiring the breaking of pores and skin, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of physique elements. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make feel of why good looks practices are usually not in simple terms simply as continual, yet in lots of methods extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of favor and high-heeled footwear, and appears on the function of pornography within the production of more and more well known attractiveness practices similar to breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia. It seems to be on the plastic surgery and physique piercing/cutting industries as being kinds of self-mutilation by means of proxy, within which the surgeons and piercers function proxies to hurt women’s our bodies, and concludes via contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices will be created.
This crucial paintings will entice scholars and lecturers of feminist psychology, gender experiences, cultural reviews, and feminist sociology at either undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and to an individual with an curiosity in feminism, ladies and wonder, and women’s health.