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The bestselling classic that redefined our view of the relationship between beauty and female identity.

In today's world, women have more power, legal recognition, and professional success than ever before. Alongside the evident progress of the women's movement, however, writer and journalist Naomi Wolf is troubled by a different kind of social control, which, she argues, may prove just as restrictive as the traditional image of homemaker and wife. It's the beauty myth, an obsession with physical perfection that traps the modern woman in an endless spiral of hope, self-consciousness, and self-hatred as she tries to fulfill society's impossible definition of "the flawless beauty."

©2002, 1991 Naomi Wolf (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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still revelant

even though it's almost 20 years since this updated version of the early 1990s book was published, it's still relevant today. eye-opening, stunning.

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Sadly, this is all still relevant

An important commentary you owe it to yourself, your wife, your daughters, your coworkers to read.

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Any Update??

I really enjoyed the perspective the author discussed, it led to a further thought process both into my own life and other women, but I would vastly enjoy an updated edition!

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Should be required for all women!

Absolutely eye-opening, provocative, and fiery. All women need to hear this message! Paradigm changer.

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Every western woman should read this book!

This book is both enlightening and frightening. It illuminates a lot of the issues that modern women face. I can't think of a book that better explains how patriarchial culture effects women and shapes the way we think and perceive reality and particularly our bodies. It's still completely relevant 25 years after it was written. I highly recommend it to any woman who has body issues or for anyone who is interested in the impact of social/cultural conditioning on western women.

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a total game changer.

20 years has not made this any less poignant. amazing. a must read for women world wide.

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Everyone needs this book

This book is the best thing that has ever happened to my life. The performance is seamless. Do yourself and everyone you love the favor to listen. I'm literally getting multiple physical copies and giving this book as a present to anyone I think might actually read this. Read this if you're a woman, or if you love one. #classic #feminist #patriarchy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

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Agenda Driven Jornalism

Naomi Wolf is not an original thinker. My perception is that instead of scholarly research into the past to understand today’s obsession with women’s physical beauty, she is taking an already established feminist agenda and then cherry picking facts and history to support her point of view. I did not feel enlightened, just cheated.

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Perfect

This should be read by every singl girl and boy at schools, and every grown up Women and men

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So conflicted...

The book makes salient points, but they're often overwhelmed by the over dramatic prose, lack of proper backing research, and overuse of hyperbole and anecdotes. Written with less melodrama, this book could have been great.

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  • 09-27-20

Enlightening and empowering

Confirmed what I somewhat knew all along and reaffirmed my positive self-beliefs. I have since stopped conforming and subscribing to modern day beauty ideals. I have stopped comparing myself to other women, changed my consumer habits and have never felt more liberated and happier. Loved every minute of this book.

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  • Lena-Marie
  • 05-02-15

Frightening, insightful and uplifting.

Women and men, everyone should read this and be liberated. Excellent performance of excellent writing.

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  • Mrs. I Fox
  • 08-10-19

Hard work, but worth it

I loved Suzie's voice, I felt really engaged by her.

The information itself was incredibly enlightening, but hard going and dry at points. I'm glad I kept going as the middle chapters about sex and porn were especially interested.

I would recommend, but be aware it's dryer than most modern non-fiction books

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  • A. Leslie
  • 10-26-15

Essential reading

Though now 24 years old, this book is still terrifyingly current.

The book I wish I had read at 14.

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  • Mariam
  • 07-19-20

Should be read by all women

This is very important book for each woman. Cosmetic surgeries are increasing in my region of the world. Yet personally Made me grateful that we in this same region are being paid equally to men!

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  • Brooke
  • 07-16-20

An essential read.

Absolute classic and yet two decades after publication Wolf’s message still hasn’t got through to enough people. We are making progress but the more people read this the better.

I’m so thankful that the audiobook version is available. This will certainly help more people access Wolf’s message, even those who are not so open to the truth that she reveals, audiobooks are far easier to consume than print books.

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  • Aztec
  • 07-09-19

Brilliant, harrowing, enlightening

Everyone should read this book. With the advent of social media, app filters and reality tv it is, if anything, more relevant today than when it was first written.

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  • Nosila
  • 01-04-19

Interesting, informative and shocking

This book definitely gave me food for thought and made me see things from a different perspective. Great book

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  • Saira khan
  • 11-09-19

A MUST READ FOR ANY WOMAN ANY AGE!!!

The revolution of consciousness in fairer relations between the sexes begins here with this book. Buy it for every woman that you love and every man that loves women.

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  • muki
  • 11-26-20

So important!

This is a difficult and provoking book. I listened to it when walking with my sleeping baby girl and came home crying once. A lot made sense and I thought a lot about my own past experiences and what I can do better from now on. I have one point of criticism though. The narrator spoke with an artificially cute and girly voice, while this book would have benefited from a much more assertive narrator.

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  • Jules
  • 07-25-21

Every woman (and man!) should be aware of this

I would recommend this book to all women and men, eye opening and life changing. Excellent narration.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-18

An absolute must read (or listen)!

I wish this book was taught to me at school. I want to share it with everyone I know.

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  • Alicia Croft
  • 08-15-18

Valuable for men and women

So accessible, relevant, and valuable for both genders. I loved it. I was really surprised - I thought it would be uncomfortably preachy, feminist or blaming, but it was thought-provoking, grounded, honest and intelligent. it's about so much more than beauty, it's about the invisible burden of inequality and how it affects women in many areas of life - I think this a hard thing for both genders to conceptualize and/or verbalise, because it's socialised from so young by all aspects of society. This book illuminates so many life experiences, it's valuable and important reading for everyone - and I never say that kind of thing. The narration is great. I highly recommend