Beauty and Misogyny has ratings and 22 reviews. I have never agreed with Sheila Jeffreys or Janice Raymond, and for many years have been on quite . Buy Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West (Women and Psychology) 1 by Sheila Jeffreys (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book. BEAUTY AND MISOGYNY Harmful cultural practices in the west Sheila Jeffreys Routledge Taylor & Francis Group LONDON AND NEW YORK Also available as .
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Beauty and Misogyny by Sheila Jeffreys. By examining the role of common beauty practices in damaging the health of women, creating sexual difference, and enforcing female deference, this book argues that they should. In the s feminists criticized pervasive beauty regimes such as dieting and depilation, but some new feminists argue that beauty practices are no longer oppressive now that women can choose them.
However, in the last two decades the brutality of western beauty practices seems to have become much more severe, requiring the breaking of skin, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of body parts. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make sense of why beauty practices are not only just as persistent, but in many ways more extreme.
It examines the pervasive use of makeup, the misogyny of fashion and high-heeled shoes, and looks at the role of pornography in the creation of increasingly popular beauty practices such as breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia.
This essential work will appeal to students and teachers of feminist psychology, gender studies, cultural studies, and feminist sociology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and to anyone with an interest in feminism, women and beauty, and women s health.
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Lists with This Book. Nov 04, Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Although there is a certain amount to recommend in this thorough critique of beauty practises, it also contains some significantly problematic elements. For that, it deserves three stars. It also a Although there is a certain amount to recommend in this thorough critique of beauty practises, it also contains some significantly problematic elements.
The Return of Sexism ; the commoditisation of stereotypical femininity and its rebranding as empowerment. This misogyn an interesting perspective on how the Western-dominated UN only admits the existence of cultural practises that are harmful to women in the developing world. Although the term is generally applied to female genital mutilation and forced marriage, it could apply to elements of Western beauty practises.
Beauty and Misogyny : Harmful cultural practices in the West
In particular, I would pick out the commentary on how a community of women discussing and enforcing beauty rules be it for foot-binding or dieting does not mean that beautg beauty rules are generated by women themselves.
Such communities arise from the oppression that obliges women to bind their feet or diet in order to be culturally acceptable. Moreover, Jeffreys comments in chapter eight on plastic surgery discussion fora that, ‘they demonstrate how forms of interaction that women have developed to deal with oppression – that is, gossip, sharing of experiences, encouragement and support – have been exploited to increase jeffreys profits of the industry’.
There are major elements of the book that trouble me, however. Chapter three is especially problematic, as it discounts any biological basis for being trans and elides trans issues with sexual fetishisation of gender roles. This seems to me a cis person pretty offensive to trans people and their struggles to achieve recognition of their gender.
To her credit, Jeffreys identifies why this problematisation occurs; she wishes gender to be destroyed. At heart I am a pragmatist and object to picking on an oppressed group for no apparent reason. I am somewhat ambivalent about the chapter on fashion. It raises some important points that I anf with. Firstly, Jeffreys highlights the increasing use of pornographic imagery in fashion editorials and fashion advertising. Secondly, she comments on the use of nudity in fashion shows, seemingly for shock value.
Thirdly, she articulates very neatly a gender divide in clothing that constantly annoys me: They are not devoted to revealing the male body as a sex object to the female viewer. I saw all these lovely tweed coats, woolly jumpers, tailored shirts, and waistcoats I would gladly have worn them, as they looked warm, practical, and smart.
But as I am short and have hips and breasts, not a one was available in my size. What rankles most to me, and Jeffreys also picks this up, shekla that men get the choice to wear suits. It is so difficult to find a well-fitting trouser suit in womenswear! I consider both of them to have created some truly beautiful pieces of clothing. To me this ambivalence is much as if I were looking at a beautiful painting depicting some misogynistic scene.
Some part of me finds beauty in the craft on display, even if that craft is being used to purvey messages that I dislike. It is tempting to ignore the misogyny in order to appreciate the beauty.
I feel similarly about high heels – they can sometimes be jefferys to look at as objects, so long as I ignore how painful they are to actually wear. In the latter chapters, I find that this book spends excessive time and places excessive importance on male sexual fetishism and sadomasochism. Again the assumption that the vast majority of fetishists are male gets an airing.
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Maybe they have been socialised not to consider their fetishes as such. Perhaps the whole concept is deliberately defined in masculine terms. I am reminded of the section in Understanding Asexuality when female sexuality is painted as terribly mysterious and complex.
There seems to me to be a great irony in this. Instead, she seemingly internalises the individualism of this ideology by focussing her critique on individual male psyches. This seems to me ultimately unhelpful as it does not lend itself to useful responses or potential solutions.
Jeffreys suggests giving up beauty practises and campaigning for government regulation. These proscriptions do not seem to me new, nor sufficient. Thus I am still searching hopefully for a critique of sexist capitalism – where is the feminist economic theory?
View all 3 comments. Jul 07, Yve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jeffreys makes lucid and incisive analysis of the harmful standards of beauty and the choices women have under them, which are no choices at all.
A true antidote to the poisonous philosophies of the sex-pozzies: She also brings up important cultural points, like the othering of non-Western cultures that makes it easy for people to recognize practices like female genital mutilation as definitely wrong, but not Western practices like labiaplasty that women supposedly choose freely. Her argument that the beauty routines women are expected to go through should constitute human rights violations is well thought out, easy to follow, and one I agree with.
Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West
Jan 05, missy jean rated it really liked it Shelves: Jeffreys details the physical and psychological harms caused by Western beauty practices, and argues that they should be considered as being from the same mold as harmful cultural practices from other parts of the world.
I think this is such an important perspective, and one that can help Western feminists avoid slipping into paternalistic language about the ways in which “other” women suffer, because it binds cultural oppressions from foot-binding to high heels together into whole cloth.
While I’m not sure about some of her assertions including her take on transfemininity and social constructions of homosexualityso jeffrwys of this book really resonated with me. I think it’s so critical for women to consider where we get these ideas that the natural forms of our bodies are somehow strange–that undecorated women are somehow aberrant and decorated men are aberrant in their own beautg, because the male form demands no alteration.
Jeffreys argues that the main purpose of cultural practices like these is to further visually and viscerally encode perceived differences between the jefffreys as a method of perpetuating power structures in relationships and societies. Once we start thinking about where these ideas come from, it is possible to start seeing who is benefiting from them, both financially and in terms of power dynamics. Apr 10, Liz Gum rated it really liked it.
As a recent “born again” radical feminist former liberal feministI have been digging into any radical feminist literature I can get my hands on. I learned so much from this book.
Things that I feel like I always “knew” but could never quite come to terms with psychologically. Jeffreys makes clear the material reality that Western women live in, and it can be hard to swallow for some. However, she ends on a hopeful note, showing the reader that just because misogyny is the nor Fantastic book.
However, she ends on a hopeful note, showing the reader that just because misogyny is the norm, it does not mean we have to accept it. I would recommend this to all women. Aug 07, Dernica rated it really liked it Shelves: An eye opening read for sure, especially as Sheila Jeffreys is my lecturer at the moment.
Her commentary though radical is thought provoking and that I can appreciate. Though I didn’t agree with it all, I was able to indulge in new viewpoints that I’ve ner considered before.
Nov 16, Melanie rated it liked it Shelves: I found this book of hard-core, old-school feminism whilst browsing the half-empty shelves of my soon-to-be demolished local library. Not sure that I understood all of it I skipped some pagesnor agreed with everything, but I do agree that most of us are spending too much time waxing, plucking, dying, exfoli I found jefrfeys book of hard-core, anv feminism whilst browsing the half-empty shelves of my soon-to-be demolished local library.
Not sure that I understood all of it I skipped some pagesnor agreed with everything, but Misogymy do agree that most of us are spending too much time waxing, plucking, dying, exfoliating, dieting and just goddamn WORRYING about how we look.
May 03, Lestari Hairul rated it it was amazing. The book that haunted me long after I was done with misofyny. I stopped wearing makeup and bras, f’real. Feb 03, Kenny! I give this book 5 stars for presenting fresh, controversial perspectives on sexism and gender in America and the UK. I found this book randomly and read it from start to finish in one day. I lowered my rating to 4 stars because I reserve 5 stars for books I would happily read more than once.
I don’t need to agree with all or most of the arguments an author presents. What I need is for an author to present arguments and ideas in misogyng way that blows my mind and makes me critically think about how I I give this book 5 stars for presenting fresh, controversial perspectives on sexism and gender in America and the UK.