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By Sheila Jeffreys

Should western attractiveness practices, starting from lipstick to labiaplasty, be incorporated in the United international locations understandings of damaging traditional/cultural practices? by way of reading the function of universal good looks practices in harmful the healthiness of girls, growing sexual distinction, and implementing girl deference, this publication argues that they should.

In the Seventies feminists criticized pervasive attractiveness regimes akin to weight loss plan and depilation, yet a few ‘new’ feminists argue that attractiveness practices aren't any longer oppressive now that girls can ‘choose’ them. although, within the final 20 years the brutality of western attractiveness practices turns out to became even more critical, requiring the breaking of epidermis, spilling of blood and rearrangement or amputation of physique components. Beauty and Misogyny seeks to make experience of why good looks practices usually are not in simple terms simply as chronic, yet in lots of methods extra severe. It examines the pervasive use of make-up, the misogyny of style and high-heeled sneakers, and appears on the position of pornography within the construction of more and more renowned attractiveness practices similar to breast implants, genital waxing and surgical alteration of the labia. It seems on the plastic surgery and physique piercing/cutting industries as being kinds of self-mutilation by means of proxy, during which the surgeons and piercers function proxies to hurt women’s our bodies, and concludes through contemplating how a tradition of resistance to those practices will be created.

This crucial paintings will entice scholars and academics of feminist psychology, gender stories, cultural experiences, and feminist sociology at either undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and to someone with an curiosity in feminism, ladies and wonder, and women’s health.

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Article 2(f ) of CEDAW states that parties to the Convention will ``take all appropriate measures, including legislation, to modify or abolish existing laws, regulations, customs and practices which constitute discrimination against women''. CEDAW also enjoins States Parties to take measures to: modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women.

Though women in the west sometimes say that they choose to engage in beauty practices for their own sake, or for other women and not for men, men bene®t in several ways. They gain the advantage of having their superior sex class status marked out, and the satisfaction of being reminded of their superior status every time they look at a woman. They also gain the advantage of being sexually stimulated by ``beautiful'' women. These advantages can be summed up in the understanding that women are expected to both ``complement'' and ``compliment'' men.

The rejection of the practices creates anger and mockery, such as references to feminists as bra-burners, as ugly, hairy legged, can't get a man. Western beauty practices possess the morality of nature. Women who fail to practise them can be seen as ``loose'', disreputable, unnatural and threatening to the social fabric. The UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, explains that attempts by states to modernize their economies often leave abuses of women's rights in the form of harmful traditional practices intact (Coomaraswamy, 1997).

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