By Carla Rice
In a tradition the place good looks is forex, women’s our bodies are frequently perceived as measures of worth and price. the quest for visibility and self-acceptance should be daunting, in particular for these at the cultural margins of “beauty.”
Becoming Women bargains a considerate exam of the hunt for identification in an image-oriented global. That seek is advised in the course of the stories of a bunch of ladies who got here of age within the wake of moment and 3rd wave feminism, that includes voices from marginalized and misrepresented groups.
Carla Rice pairs renowned imagery with own narratives to reveal the “culture of contradiction” the place raises in person physique recognition were matched through much more restrictive female picture beliefs and norms. With insider insights from the Dove crusade for genuine good looks, Rice exposes the sweetness industry’s colonization of women’s our bodies, and examines why “the attractiveness fable” has but to be resolved.
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Moving from the broad sweep of history to the intimate stories of individual women, chapter 2 explores the process the women identified as pivotal in shaping their earliest sense of body: becoming gendered. While almost all vividly remember moments of playing with gender, they also relate the serious work of coming to know their gendered selvesÂ€– the frustrating, unfunny, and weighty ways they worked at embodying an acceptable gender. ” many looked to cultural icons and influential others to give them a first glimpse of womanhood.
After being raped, a young Christian woman who had pledged virginity grows vaginal teeth to exact her revenge. The film plays on the age-old cautionary tale about the vagina dentata or the toothed vagina, which was used to warn men against the dangers of sex with strange women. Feminists have argued that the vagina dentata myth reflects male fears of devouring women who threaten men with castration and emasculation. ” In other classic films such as Alien (1979) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968), the pregnant body is a frightening vessel from which malevolent forces erupt.
For example, cosmetic surgery advertisements often claim that surgery will restore a person’s “real” self hidden in the wrong body. Here people’s external appearances are seen to reflect their inner selves so body alteration is sold as the ticket to a more authentic or improved identity. Ads claim that girls will “blossom” with breast implants; vaginal surgery will enhance women’s sexual pleasure and “restore” their virginity; eyelid surgery will “uplift and open” Asian eyes; skin lightening will enable a lighter, prettier self to emerge from a darkened, diseased body; and straightened hair will transform an unhappy, unkempt individual into someone professional and puttogether.
Becoming Women: The Embodied Self in Image Culture by Carla Rice