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Sheila is one of my favorite feminist authors if not the one. I see several of her books brought up here but has anyone read the Beauty and Mysogyny? I was introduced to it by following the Korean "tal corset" 4b6t movement, it seems to be one of the most prominent works to the Korean lesbian feminists. Please share your thoughts if you have read it.

Sheila is one of my favorite feminist authors if not the one. I see several of her books brought up here but has anyone read the Beauty and Mysogyny? I was introduced to it by following the Korean "tal corset" 4b6t movement, it seems to be one of the most prominent works to the Korean lesbian feminists. Please share your thoughts if you have read it.

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Excellent book. It helped me realize the true purpose of performing femininity is to limit our mobility, waste our time, drain our resources, etc. Anything to make women weaker so we are more easily dominated by men.

Yes, the way she framed the requirements of beauty and femininity as a constant unpaid service to the dominant class was very powerful. There was also a very interesting analysis of misogyny by men in the fashion industry. I've read other stuff on beauty/body positivity, and it usually lacks a radical feminist framework so the authors can't really give a deep analysis other than "beauty expectations", "photoshop" and "fatphobia", which doesn't really explain how this stuff arises, and they also usually hurry to add that lots of people enjoy doing beauty and it can be self-care or self-expression etc.

I have started it. It is tough going a it makes me rethink everything. I have a toddler and dealing with emotional dysregulation so I'm not at the level of regular feminist theory just yet. In the meantime I'm growing out my body hair and working through my, and my sister's, feelings of discomfort with it. Interesting process! πŸ˜‚

Good luck! This book inspired me to stop shaving and wearing make-up. It took me years to feel comfortable just existing in my natural body. But I like to think about all the time and money I save. It’s good motivation.

[–] demonista 1 points Edited

I read it... about 15 or years ago but I quite liked it. I remember having an aha moment with the pornified misogyny of ballet (how the en pointe shoes damage and mutilate women's feet, and how men got off on them, sometimes even because of the damage they caused women). I still use her view on feminine beauty practices as harmful cultural practices (as per the UN) at times.