march/12 Feminist non-fiction: Sheila Jeffrey's Beauty & Misogyny

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StewieGriffinsMom Sun 11-Mar-12 22:04:44

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SmellsLikeTeenStrop Thu 29-Mar-12 23:03:14

No, you don't. It's been years since I've worn heels but iirc, if you try to run you just sort of clip clop, you're putting the force of the impact as your foot hits the ground on the ball of your foot rather than the heel. It's no wonder women who wear heels all the time end up with micro-fractures in their toes.

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SmellsLikeTeenStrop Thu 29-Mar-12 21:38:15

Ooops, I'm very late.

Still, I'll put my 2p in. Yesterday I bumped in to one of the other mums with a DC in DDs school. She was telling me that she'd been back to work for the first time since going on maternity leave and she said her feet were killing her because she'd worn heels for the first time in nearly a year. She said they were so unbearably uncomfortable that eventually she had to change them and go around in a big pair of clumpy boots. I asked her why she didn't just get a nice pair of flats and she looked at me is if I'd suggested she go to work naked.

I had a good long look at my feet after reading the chapter on shoes, I've never paid them much attention before but looking at them, they're a good strong pair of feet. The toes are straight, not a bunion in site, or a blister. Did anyone else do that? blush

This book really made me see how sick our society is that there is this expectation on women do undergo beauty practices which cause discomfort, pain and possible life long damage - and all for the sake of looking sexually attractive for men. Why is the natural female form despised so much?

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SweetTheSting Wed 28-Mar-12 22:47:33

TIme for me to go to bed, I've enjoyed the discussion, thanks everyone!

StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:46:04

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:37:08

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:27:02

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:25:05

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Nyac Wed 28-Mar-12 22:23:30

It's been used for BDSM come to think about it, or at least that's self harm by proxy. All connected.

Nyac Wed 28-Mar-12 22:21:56

Yes the self mutilation point is a good one. Although with some cosmetic surgeons they are straight mutilators. Women can be horribly disfigured. Liposuction is the one that gets me - because it's such a good idea to have your fat cells sucked out with a hoover attachment.

I think she and other feminists have also used the self-mutilation by proxy analsyis for trans - when people are having their genitals diced and sliced. That's not about loving and accepting yourself or your body.

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SweetTheSting Wed 28-Mar-12 22:20:55

Oh, wow, that explains it, thanks.

Agree, what a bizarre censorship.

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:18:37

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:17:14

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SweetTheSting Wed 28-Mar-12 22:15:47

Umm, could anyone help me understand what she meant by porn magazines in Australia being able to avoid plastic wrapping by digitally altering pictures of women's genitals so that they are not 'realistic'? I mean, surely, if they are still recognisbly genitals, it's still porn and should be plastic wrapped? Unless they are Barbie-smoothed out altogether? I didn't get this.

FromGirders Wed 28-Mar-12 22:13:27

Good god, I've never even heard of that!
I'm actually quite shocked.

SweetTheSting Wed 28-Mar-12 22:12:10

Thanks, I will google!

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StewieGriffinsMom Wed 28-Mar-12 22:06:54

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