Analysis Of The Book ' The Beauty Myth ' Essay

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Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all! When we think about standards of beauty we think about celebrities and beauty queens. But what does it take to be beautiful like them? In the article U.S. Trends in Feminine Beauty and Overadaptation author Allan Mazur states that “Men place more importance on the physical attractiveness of women.” Because of this the average women today is affected by media to conform their physical beauty to portray the standards of beauty in today’s society.
There are many definitions to what beauty is. Many women have their own definition of what beauty should be but are stopped by what the cultural standard of beauty is. The myth that lies behind beauty is what men desire from women. Beauty is “an external radiance, an inner tranquility, a sexual allure, a fact of social exchange” (Elwood 9). In the book The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf analysis the concept of beauty and the myth behind beauty. Part of the myth states that beauty is “necessary and natural because it is biological, sexual, and evolutionary. Strong men battle for beautiful women, and beautiful women are more reproductively successful.” She goes on to say that this is false (Elwood 9).
Throughout time the standards of beauty has been susceptible to change. What once was the ideal beauty is not the ideal beauty today. In history every era has had at least one women that was the ideal beauty. For the last seventy nine years many would say that Miss America is the…

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