Excellent article on the backlash we are now witnessing
In 1991, two incredibly significant feminist texts were published, which helped to shape the politics and beliefs of a generation of young women and men. These were Naomi Wolf‘s The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women and Susan Faludi‘s Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women.
In The Beauty Myth, Wolf argued that as women gained increased social power and freedoms, the expected standards for physical beauty had grown more demanding for women, and that women in the public eye were being discredited through undue emphasis on their appearance. She said, “We are in the midst of a violent backlash against feminism that uses images of female beauty as a political weapon against women’s advancement: the beauty myth.”
In Backlash, Faludi argued that there was a media-driven backlash against the feminist advances that had been made by women since the 1970s. This…
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