April 6, 2012

The culture of beauty

In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You
by Shari Graydon

From fairy tales to television, school to pageant, fashion to art, we're constantly reminded that being beautiful guarantees a life of success and fame. And yet, ideas about what's beautiful change all the time. Written in a breezy, conversational style, this book explains why we think youth and attractiveness are important, what we've done across history and cultures to fit in, who gets to decide what's hot and what's not, and what forces shape our views about beauty. It discusses double standards for men and women, how the beauty industry fosters insecurity and thus more sales, and the resulting effects on our careers and our health. 

By understand the pitfalls of beauty and putting it into perspective, we can stop feeling so controlled and overly influenced by it. Graydon encourages teens to look beyond the surface and focus on the things that matter more - feeling good about themselves and their accomplishments.

An eye-opening book.

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