The Beauty Myth

  • by Naomi Wolf
  • Narrated by Suzy Jackson
  • 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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."


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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.
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- Erickson

Needs updating, research and lacks clarity

What disappointed you about The Beauty Myth?

The subject is still very relevant to women today but the writing has not aged well. The book has an unfortunate tendency towards hyperbole and the authors description of patriarchy in western history and her hypothesis on how it creates the pressure to be beautiful needs to be overhauled in a new edition or taken with a large dose of salt.

What was most disappointing about Naomi Wolf’s story?

This is a topic that is deeply relevant to every woman, feminist or not, and the book doesn't do it justice.

Which character – as performed by Suzy Jackson – was your favorite?

The narration is excellent, Suzy conveys the tone of the writing without making it laughable and is very easy to listen to.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The narration is excellent and made slogging through the writing to get to the underlying truth less painful.

Any additional comments?

An important topic, but I'd you're already past feminism 101 I'd skim through this in print.

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- Heather

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-21-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios