Look what happened now...
Is it just me, or is August just flying by? I feel like between all the traveling, working, and repacking, that it’s been hard to catch up. And sadly I have to admit I started this post way back in MAY! WTF?!
But May was a busy month....I had company, a large project to get off the ground at work, new challenges with xxxx (I will share that one later) and then all the normal stuff. But I did manage to read a few new good books! Reading helps me relax, so no matter how busy I am, I usually can carve out time to read.
The Beauty Myth - It was recommended to me from a British mate. It's a smart book we all should read, but WARNING - it will make you angry.
Why? There are so many subtle ways we are culturally defined as women! I feel after having lived not only in the US but in Europe that it is much worse in America and in particular in the southern United States. So yeah, it's a smart book. It is well written and it will make you stop and think about what we consider as "normal" espically how women are judged and defined by their beauty.
And honestly this book hooked me from the beginning, with the fascinating topic of "How images of beauty are used against women." Heady stuff that will piss you off and make you question what you accept about yourself or your daughters/sisters/girlfriends.
Also just how does religion play into this? Honestly I never considered religion in the whole beauty debacle so that was an eye opening theory too.
So it is worth a read?
Actually, I dare you to read it-
You might think, "Oh it's cultural," but honestly I think it's a global attitude about women. Yes, of course it is much worse in some countries, but even in more forward thinking countries it is totally crazy how women are compared, judged and held to crazy standard while men are not. But its even more unbelievable that we as intelligent, educated women accept it!
So yes, I think you should read this book and then tell me what you think. Do you think it's accurate where you live? Let's discuss. I want to hear your take on it.
I'm off now to work on more long, over due posts!
See you at the bookstore~
Just a Woman in the World. Sometimes a lonely traveler, sometimes with the Krewe. Eating, shopping and meditating my way through life...
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