Body Politics: Female Beauty and The Beauty Myth

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Body Politics: Female Beauty and The Beauty Myth

  1. 1. Gender, Beauty, and The Female Body
  2. 2.  Girls need men  Girls need to know how to “catch” men  Girls need to be sexy  Girls bear all responsibility for the consequences
  3. 3.  Love yourself….. but look at how skinny you could be!
  4. 4.  Learning gender  Contradictory advice about how to navigate life as an adolescent girl  Inaccurate representations of bodies, experiences, and expectations
  5. 5. The idea that there is a universal standard of beauty that women must possess in order to be successful and attractive to men. 1. This is MYTH rather than REALITY. 2. A political tool, a consequence of backlash against feminism
  6. 6. How Does it Work? A. Uses images of women against women’s advancement (119) 1. Self-hatred 2. Physical obsessions 3. Fear of aging 4. Fear of loss of control
  7. 7. Why is the Beauty Myth so powerful? A. Most powerful remaining ideology to control women B. Subtle, seems to work toward “improving” women C. New technologies are invasive and promise “youth” and “beauty” D. Claims to be based in nature/biology
  8. 8. A. Beauty is not universal or changeless, because it is a construction B. Perpetuating the beauty myth maintains men’s institutions and institutional power C. The beauty myth prescribes behavior (not appearance) D. The beauty myth keeps young girls and women pre-occupied or busy.

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