Beauty and Misogyny has ratings and 22 reviews. I have never agreed with Sheila Jeffreys or Janice Raymond, and for many years have been on quite . Buy Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West (Women and Psychology) 1 by Sheila Jeffreys (ISBN: ) from Amazon’s Book. BEAUTY AND MISOGYNY Harmful cultural practices in the west Sheila Jeffreys Routledge Taylor & Francis Group LONDON AND NEW YORK Also available as .

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Jeffreys’ argument that the misoyyny sexual revolution ” on men’s terms contributed less to women’s freedom than to their continued oppression has commanded respect and attracted intense criticism.

Beauty and Misogyny : Harmful cultural practices in the West

Nussbaum also says that because FGM is usually carried out on children consent is not an issue. They are all interested in milking the per- formance of gendered behaviour for its sadomasochistic excitements. I haven’t touched upon chapter three which discusses trans people and as Jeffreys wants to abolish sex gender. Jeffreys writes, “the right of men to women’s bodies for sexual use has not gone but remains an assumption at the basis of heterosexual relationships”, and draws links between marriage and prostitution, such as mail-order brides, which she sees as a form of trafficking.

I do not agree with her interpretations of Christianity, but I do sure agree that many beauty practices directed towards women are influenced by prostitution and pornography, and she’s quick to criticize the liberal movement for it. The effect of such male policing behaviour is that, “Subject to the evaluating eye of the male connoisseur, women learn to evaluate themselves first and best'” Bartky,p.

Beauty and Misogyny : Sheila Jeffreys :

Men, Women and Rape Pornography: Transsexual surgery was not available. Jeffreys sees sexuality as the basis of the oppression of women by men, in much the same way as Marx saw capitalism as the scourge of the working class.

In the latter chapters, I find that this book spends excessive time and places excessive importance on male sexual fetishism and sadomasochism. She understands Madonna to have aided in the normalization of prostitution in malestream culture. The American radical femin- ist theorist Catharine A. This area is elevated by performing the opposite of an abdominoplasty or tummy tuck; excess skin above the pubic hair is excised, raising the pubis. At that time homosexuality was understood to be biologically determined by a fault in sexual develop- ment.

Women can have access to the privilege possessed by men of not having to be concerned for appearance and being able to go out in public barefaced and bareheaded. Covering can reduce this kind of friction but is not therefore a sign of freedom so much as an accommodation to oppression.


It advises such men to develop feminine auras that cause them to be perceived as women despite their appearance. This is a most tenaciously enduring myth and difficult to challenge. She details the distinctions in female literacy rates between the USA and some African countries as a basis for arguing that African women do not have access to choice and consent in the way that US women do.

Thirdly, she articulates very neatly a gender divide in clothing that constantly annoys me: It is tempting to ignore the misogyny in order to appreciate the beauty. Understanding Depression Janet M. Women and Psychology Paperback: The latest, conducted in by the International Epidemiology Institute of Rockville and funded by Dow Corning Corp, a former maker of silicone gel breast implants, included a study of 2, women, some of whom received implants as long as 30 years ago.

Beauty and Misogyny: Harmful Cultural Practices in the West

Jeffreys equates beauty practices in the West to what the UN defines as harmful cultural practices. Although there is a certain amount to recommend in this thorough critique of beauty practises, it also contains some significantly problematic elements.

I had to lie down a lot with an ice pack between my legs, and on the third day, when I went for a short walk, it started throbbing, so I had to go home and reapply the ice.

I oppose this use of social construction absolutely, and consider it to be a false, misleading, and oppressive use of the theory. She explains that it is not sufficient for a man simply to look at the woman secretly, he must make her aware of his looking with the whistle. All have become recognizable and familiar elements of much of contemporary intellectual discourse.

These are the sexiest clothes they can imagine. Retrieved 1 August Feminism and Sexuality —published inJeffreys examines feminist involvement in the Social Purity movement at the turn of the century.

It all kind of goes together.

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Porn performers dance on stage at music award shows. The powerful express their privilege in certain ways that are forbidden to subordinates.

The model was otherwise naked except for an apron of transparent cloth covering her upper body. But in both cases bdauty is considerable evidence of the pressures arising from male dominance that cause the behaviours. As any radical feminist, she’s pro-abortion, jeffreeys her dismantling of the choice discourse could prove useful to dismantle the abortion myths mantained by the contradictions of her position. There does not seem to be a limit to the varieties of cutting up that members of the medical profession are prepared to engage in for profit.


I am reminded of the section in Understanding Asexuality when female sexuality is painted as terribly mysterious and complex. Postmodern approaches are more subtle than that of Camille Paglia, though, I would argue, the basic message is the same; that is, Madonna as transgressive role model for young women. Eagleton invites his readers to imagine that a political movement has suffered a historic defeat: For some women it is just an extension of the bikini wax: I have been made into an object” Bartky,p.

Gerda Lerner explains in The Creation of Patriarchy, that the code, which predated the three religions, required women who were not prostitutes to cover themselves so that they could indicate that they were the property of individual men Lerner, This may cause some boys to seek to exit the bodies in which they were abused or possibly to fall back into the default category of femininity once their road to male power has been blocked by being subordinated to male perpetrators Webb, This is an example of how the beauty industry has been porno- graphized.

While I’m not sure about some of her assertions including her take on transfemininity and social constructions of homosexualityso much of this book really resonated with me. We form ourselves within the vocabularies that we did not choose, and sometimes we have to reject those vocabularies, or actively develop new ones.

The upsurge in the requirement that women should have large breasts, and the concomitant profits of the breast implant industry, owe a great deal to pornography but I deal with this issue in a later chapter. It seems reasonable to me too, that men can either project the clothing and behaviour that represents subordination onto women for their excitement, or shortcircuit the process by just adopting it themselves.

The result of the normalization of pornography in the s and s, through the cult of Madonna and the Internet, is that the image of what is beautiful for young women and girls has become inextricably intertwined with the sex industry. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make sense of why beauty practices are not only just as persistent, but in many ways more extreme.