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Dr. Naomi Wolf's books include the New York Times bestsellers Vagina, Give Me Liberty, and The End of America, as well as the landmark bestseller The Beauty Myth. She lives in the Hudson River Valley.
Image credit: Credit: David Shankbone, Brooklyn Book Festival, Sept. 14, 2008

Obras de Naomi Wolf

Associated Works

Race, Class, and Gender: An Anthology (1992) — Contribuinte — 446 cópias
What You Should Know About Politics But Don't: A Nonpartisan Guide to the Issues (2008) — Introdução, algumas edições271 cópias
An Inconvenient Truth [2006 documentary film] (2006) — Contribuinte, algumas edições243 cópias
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contribuinte — 240 cópias
Minding the Body: Women Writers on Body and Soul (1994) — Contribuinte — 214 cópias
Skin Deep: Black Women and White Women Write About Race (1995) — Contribuinte — 90 cópias
Child of Mine: Original Essays on Becoming a Mother (1997) — Contribuinte — 53 cópias
Virago Is 40 (2013) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Race Relations: Opposing Viewpoints (2000) — Contribuinte — 14 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Naomi Wolf is not a figure without controversy, particularly when it comes to her tendency to play fast and loose with figures and statistics in order to support her arguments. This was her first major work, originally published in 1990, and is generally considered a feminist classic. It posits that as women made increasing gains of economic and political power through the early 20th century, the existing power structure began to increasingly seek to re-assert control over them through narrowly defined and strictly enforced beauty standards. No matter what else we may seek to and actually accomplish, it has become widely understood that being attractive is a fundamental requirement for those accomplishments to have any real meaning. She reviews the ways that beauty standards are enforced in the workplace, the way skincare is marketed, the way pornography has become increasingly accessible and demonstrative of violence against women, and the spread of disordered eating. There’s some interesting stuff in here that rings true as a person who has lived as a woman in the world, spent too much money on moisturizers, lived through a high school bout of anorexia, and wrestled with shame over my post-baby body. But the errors in her numerical citations, particularly around eating disorders, diminish her credibility. As does the extremely cringey portion in which she likens social pressure to be thin with literal starvation in concentration camps, her blinders about race and class, and some of the more spurious arguments she makes that seem like they might be as much to fill out a word count as anything else. There’s just not enough here, or if there is it’s not well-developed enough, for an entire book. This should have been a long-form essay (though I did find it more interesting than not).… (mais)
ghneumann | outras 29 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
This was an OK book. I did learn alot about Pfeizer from here but didn't go through all of the covid stuff the author did.
MorrisonLibrary21512 | May 30, 2024 |
I couldn’t finish. The author takes a swing at an interesting topic and misses. Overall the book just felt lazy. She lost me when she vastly glosses over misinformation on the Internet while making a comparison that just doesn’t stand up. Just all over the place.
michelleannlib | 1 outra resenha | Aug 12, 2023 |
Good arguments but presented really poorly. The first couple of chapters talk about the beauty myth like a conspiracy, as if there's a group of men holding meetings going "Hmm, how shall we make women feel inferior this time?" Naomi Wolf never clearly identifies "the oppressors" (which I infer from the text that it's a combination of various factors, including social hierarchy, the economy, and so on) though she does mention much later in the book that regular men are not into the thinness and beauty standards set by the beauty myth. For most of the book she writes as if women are victims with no agency of their own, and her very brief discussion of eating disorders reduces the women who suffer from them to victims who caved into societal and cultural pressure, whereas it comes from a combination of things including depression and genetics, rather than simply aggressive advertising. It's really a shame, since this is such an important topic that everyone, male or female, should read about, but it's just written about so poorly here, with little evidence to back things up. Despite these flaws, Wolf does, however, paint a very clear and precise picture of the ways that women's minds and bodies are attacked (psychologically, metaphorically) on a daily basis.… (mais)
serru | outras 29 resenhas | Oct 6, 2022 |



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