Look at My Ugly Face!: Myths Musings Beauty Other Perilous Obsessions w/ Women's Appearance

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An exploration of the relationship among appearance, identity, and power shows how myths of beauty can be liberating rather than confining, developing insights that can connect women to the archetype of the all-powerful triple Goddess. 25,000 first printing. Tour.

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Having realized "what a huge and complex issue appearance is for woman of all cultures, all ages, and all ethnicities," Halprin, a former professor and filmmaker who is now a therapist, looks within and urges other women to do likewise. Drawing on personal insight and her background in literary and feminist scholarship, she employs myths, fairy tales, multicultural stories, and conversations with contemporaries to explore cultural perceptions of beauty and ugliness. At issue is the need to understand the powerful role that appearance plays in shaping one's identity. Halprin claims that women can creatively play with society's stereotypes of beauty and ugliness and learn to transcend them through introspection and self-analysis. This eclectic work is a mixture of feminist research, storytelling, mid-life catharsis, and self-help. Recommended for general and academic libraries with collections in women's issues and popular culture.
Carol A. McAllister, Coll. of William and Mary Lib., Williamsburg, Va.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

This examination of the concepts of female beauty and ugliness draws heavily on the myths and folktales of many countries to illustrate women's cross-cultural concern with their outward appearance. Halprin, a filmmaker and therapist, makes the unoriginal point that patriarchal Western society's demands that women look a certain way can be an obstacle to spiritual and psychological development. Her solution is for women not to ignore their appearance but to analyze their personal experiences with beauty and ugliness. To this end, Halprin provides exercises involving meditation and other activities. She also describes her own exploration of beauty and ugliness, which, she says, led to increased creativity. An interesting rumination on appearance and self-help laced with Eastern spiritualism and philosophy.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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