“Men are exposed to male fashion models but do not see them as role models. Why do women react so strongly to nothing, really—images, scraps of paper? Is their identity so weak? Why do they feel they must treat “models”—mannequins—as if they were “models”—paradigms?”
~ The Beauty Myth (Naomi Wolf)
Rereading this again after 11 years (when I first read parts of it for a dissertation) and feeling renewed and strong and completely unapologetic about the fact that my eyebrows have all grown out of shape, I’m decidedly too-many-pounds overweight and I own makeup only because I like to look at shiny packaging.
So why do we (women) place so, SO much emphasis, time, effort, resources, energy, thought on beauty? Heck, I’ve even got a whole blog about this. There are some people who say that talking about this puts the power back into women’s hands, especially now that we have such unfettered, free spaces to talk about beauty on our terms, how we wish to define it. But there are also others who say that the fact we’re still talking about beauty and bodies is itself a problem: it is still an issue, when really, we’d all like to just not be one.
What do you think?
PS read the book if you haven’t already. Naomi Wolf’s voice is one that needs to be read, just for its sheer will and strength and force.
#90daysofmindfulness Day 8