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By Sheila Jeffreys

ISBN-10: 0203698568

ISBN-13: 9780203698563

ISBN-10: 0415351839

ISBN-13: 9780415351836

Should western good looks practices, starting from lipstick to labiaplasty, be integrated in the United countries understandings of destructive traditional/cultural practices? by means of reading the position of universal attractiveness practices in harmful the well-being of ladies, developing sexual distinction, and implementing girl deference, this e-book argues that they should.

In the Nineteen Seventies feminists criticized pervasive attractiveness regimes corresponding to eating regimen and depilation, yet a few ‘new’ feminists argue that good looks practices are not any longer oppressive now that girls can ‘choose’ them. besides the fact that, within the final twenty years the brutality of western attractiveness practices turns out to became even more serious, requiring the breaking of epidermis, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of physique elements. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make feel of why attractiveness practices are usually not in basic terms simply as power, yet in lots of methods extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of style and high-heeled sneakers, and appears on the position 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 appears to be like on the plastic surgery and physique piercing/cutting industries as being different types of self-mutilation by way of proxy, during which the surgeons and piercers function proxies to hurt women’s our bodies, and concludes through contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices may be created.

This crucial paintings will entice scholars and academics of feminist psychology, gender stories, cultural reports, 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.

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The concentration on the health consequences of such practices arises from the tendency in the west to want harm to be subject to easy measurement. Harm to women's status as equal citizens is less easy to measure but is a likely result of all cultural practices based on women's subordination. Ruth Lister's work on women's citizenship, for instance, argues that the role of housewife with its accompanying requirements that women do various forms of unpaid labour severely damages women's status as citizens while supporting men's citizenship (Lister, 1997).

In this chapter I argue that the culture of western male dominance does produce practices, including beauty practices, that are harmful to women. In the last decade a particularly brutal western beauty practice, labiaplasty, has grown in popularity with cosmetic surgeons. An Internet search under the term ``labiaplasty'' turned up 2,200 websites, most of which were for US cosmetic surgeons offering the procedure. com, 2002). The websites list the practice routinely among the other surgeries offered which cut up the female body to conform to male desires.

3). Beauty practices in the west are certainly seldom questioned. They are understood to be natural and inevitable, justi®ed cross-historically and cross-culturally as something inherent in women's biology (Marwick, 1988). The rejection of the practices creates anger and mockery, such as references to feminists as bra-burners, as ugly, hairy legged, can't get a man. Western beauty practices possess the morality of nature. Women who fail to practise them can be seen as ``loose'', disreputable, unnatural and threatening to the social fabric.

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