Beauty myth merchants exploiting teenage girls

This video from the USA is about Naomi Wolf, and her book The Beauty Myth.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Teenagers turn to face cream to avoid ageing

Tuesday 26 May 2009

One in three women under the age of 25 is already using anti-ageing products, while 12 per cent started applying anti-ageing creams before their 16th birthday.

The shocking poll of 2,000 women between the ages of 18 and 25 also revealed on Tuesday that 47 per cent would even be prepared to have cosmetic surgery to shave some years off their appearance, despite the obvious health risks.

A Feminist Fightback spokesperson said: “It’s completely understandable that young women feel such pressures. It is beauty as defined by the free market and just another way for capitalism to control women.”

Nearly 70 per cent of respondents said that they dreaded signs of ageing and over half felt pressured to stay looking young.

A significant proportion felt that the most pressure came from exposure to celebrities.

But Simple Health Beauty, which carried out the research, warned that “the majority of these products are not designed for women under the age of 40.

“Some are formulated with harsh ingredients, such as retinol derivatives which are not suitable for sensitive skin. These ingredients may cause skin damage when used prematurely, which can lead to photosensitivity in later life.”

The number of incidents of self-harm in Scotland’s only all-female prison has “rocketed” by over 800 per cent, it was revealed on Tuesday: here.

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  1. bell hooks honorary doctor in Sweden

    26 May 2009 University of Gothenburg

    bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins, b. 1952) has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in 2009. bell hooks has made leading contributions within the Academy’s fields of expertise.

    bell hooks (Gloria Jean Watkins, b. 1952) is a US author, feminist and political activist. She is known for having contributed to the creation of the cross-disciplinary subject Gender Studies through teaching and research in the context of contemporary problems and opportunities. One of hooks’ main ideas is the necessity of “talking back” to the dominant culture, which tends to be sexist, racist, middle-class and homophobic. She has published about 30 books on subjects ranging from culture criticism to pedagogy. In recent years, her focus has been on sustainable and democratic societies. bell hooks serves as a great source of inspiration to our researchers and students studying cultural science.

    A faculty can acknowledge a worthy individual by making him or her an honorary doctor (doctor honoris causa). An honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Art is a mark of appreciation for leading scientific and other academic achievement within the Academy’s fields of expertise. Honorary doctorates are conferred by the faculty board and will be presented at the University of Gothenburg graduation ceremony on the 30th October.



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