Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women

Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women Author Renee Engeln PhD
ISBN-10 0062469770
ISBN-13 9780062469779
Year 2017-04-18
Pages 400
Language English
Publisher Harper
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An award winning Northwestern University psychology professor reveals how the culturalobsession with women s appearanceis an epidemic that harms women s ability to get ahead and to live happy meaningful lives in this powerful eye opening work in the vein of Naomi Wolf Peggy Orenstein and Sheryl Sandberg Todays young women face a bewildering set of contradictions when it comes to beauty They dont want to be Barbie dolls but like generations of women before them are toldthey must look like them Theyre angry about the medias treatment of women but hungrily consume the very outlets that belittle them They mock modern cultures absurd beauty ideal and make videos exposing Photoshopping tricks butfeel pressuredto emulate the same images they criticize by posing with a skinny arm They understand that what they see isnt real but still download apps to airbrush their selfies Yet these same young women are fierce fighters for the issues they care about They are ready to fight back against their beauty sick culture and create a different world for themselves but they need a way forward In Beauty Sick Dr Renee Engeln whose TEDx talk on beauty sickness has received more than 250 000 views reveals the shocking consequences of our obsession withgirls appearance on their emotional and physical health and their wallets and ambitions including depression eating disorders disruptions in cognitive processing and lost money and time Combining scientific studies with the voices of real women of all ages she makes clear that to truly fulfill their potential we must break free fromcultural forces that feeddestructive desires attitudes and wordsfrom fat shaming to denigrating commentary about other women She provides inspiration and workable solutions to helpgirls and womenovercome negative attitudes and embrace their whole selves to transform their lives claim the futures they deserve and ultimately change their world

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