Beauty Junkies

Inside Our $15 Billion Obsession With Cosmetic Surgery

Author: Alex Kuczynski

Publisher: Harmony

ISBN: 038551509X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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A star writer for the New York Times Styles section captures the follies, frauds, and fanaticism that fuel the American pursuit of youth and beauty in a wickedly revealing excursion into the burgeoning business of cosmetic enhancement. Americans are aging faster and getting fatter than any other population on the planet. At the same time, our popular notions of perfect beauty have become so strict it seems even Barbie wouldn’t have a chance of making it into the local beauty pageant. Aging may be a natural fact of life, but for a growing number of Americans its hallmarks—wrinkles, love handles, jiggling flesh—are seen as obstacles to be conquered on the path to lasting, flawless beauty. In Beauty Junkies Alex Kuczynski, whose sly wit and fearless reporting in the Times has won her fans across the country, delivers a fresh and irresistible look at America's increasingly desperate pursuit of ultimate beauty by any means necessary. From a group of high-maintenance New York City women who devote themselves to preserving their looks twenty-four hours a day, to a “surgery safari” in South Africa complete with “after” photographs of magically rejuvenated patients posing with wild animals, to a podiatrist's office in Manhattan where a “foot face-lift” provides women with the right fit for their $700 Jimmy Choos, Kuczynski portrays the all-American quest for self-transformation in all its extremes. In New York, lawyers become Botox junkies in an effort to remain poker-faced. In Los Angeles, women of an uncertain age nip and tuck their most private areas, so that every inch of their bodies is as taut as their lifted faces. Across the country, young women graduating from high school receive gifts of breast implants – from their parents. As medicine and technology stretch the boundaries of biology, Kuczynski asks whether cosmetic surgery might even be part of human evolution, a kind of cosmetic survival of the fittest – or firmest? With incomparable portraits of obsessive patients and the equally obsessed doctors who cater to their dreams, Beauty Junkies examines the hype, the hope, and the questionable ethics surrounding the advent of each new miraculous technique. Lively and entertaining, thought-provoking and disturbing, Beauty Junkies is destined to be one of the most talked-about books of the season.
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Blush: The Unbelievably Absurd Diary of a Gay Beauty Junkie

Author: Harvey Helms

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 1312602252

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: N.A

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blush: the unbelievably absurd diary of a gay beauty junkie is a memoir based "traumedy" taken from the pages of Harvey Helms' diary, about a young gay man who accidentally ends up as one of the very first MALE beauty advisors selling behind a department store cosmetic counter in the south. Throw in She-Dragons, Man Drama, Lipstick, Tammy Faye Baker, Senator Jesse Helms, plus more than a large dose of gay man craziness and mix! You'll have one of the most twisted Mint Juleps you've ever tasted! Through a humorous lens blush examines almost deadly bullying, and the not so pretty side of the cosmetic industry. Men behind cosmetic counters are seen as the norm today. When Harvey started it was more like he was part of a freak show that is vividly conveyed in the first chapter "I'm the Revlon Girl." The book also gives an in-depth look at growing up gay in an intolerant world and being authentically yourself against all odds.
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Botox Nation

Changing the Face of America

Author: Dana Berkowitz

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479825263

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

View: 1349

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery estimates there are about two-and-a-half million Botox procedures performed annually, and that number continues to increase. The procedure is used as a preventive measure against aging and a means by which bodies, particularly women’s, can be transformed and “improved” through the appearance of youth. But why is Botox so popular, and why is aging such a terrifying concept? Botox Nation draws from engaging, in-depth interviews with Botox users and providers as well as Dana Berkowitz’s own experiences receiving the injections. The interviews reveal the personal motivations for using Botox and help unpack how anti-aging practices are conceived by, and resonate with, everyday people. Berkowitz is particularly interested in how Botox is now being targeted to younger women; since Botox is a procedure that must be continually administered to work, the strategic choice to market to younger women, Berkowitz argues, aims to create lifetime consumers. Berkowitz also analyzes magazine articles, advertisements, and even medical documents to consider how narratives of aging are depicted. She employs a critical feminist lens to consider the construction of feminine bodies and selves, and explores the impact of cosmetic medical interventions aimed at maintaining the desired appearance of youth, the culture of preventative medicine, the application of medical procedures to seemingly healthy bodies, and the growth and technological advancement to the anti-aging industry. The first in-depth social investigation into the development of Botox as a phenomenon, Botox Nation is a captivating and critical story of how norms about bodies, gender, and aging are constructed and reproduced on both cultural and individual levels.
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The Beauty Bias

The Injustice of Appearance in Life and Law

Author: Deborah L. Rhode

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199779451

Category: Law

Page: 272

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"It hurts to be beautiful" has been a cliche for centuries. What has been far less appreciated is how much it hurts not to be beautiful. The Beauty Bias explores our cultural preoccupation with attractiveness, the costs it imposes, and the responses it demands. Beauty may be only skin deep, but the damages associated with its absence go much deeper. Unattractive individuals are less likely to be hired and promoted, and are assumed less likely to have desirable traits, such as goodness, kindness, and honesty. Three quarters of women consider appearance important to their self image and over a third rank it as the most important factor. Although appearance can be a significant source of pleasure, its price can also be excessive, not only in time and money, but also in physical and psychological health. Our annual global investment in appearance totals close to $200 billion. Many individuals experience stigma, discrimination, and related difficulties, such as eating disorders, depression, and risky dieting and cosmetic procedures. Women bear a vastly disproportionate share of these costs, in part because they face standards more exacting than those for men, and pay greater penalties for falling short. The Beauty Bias explores the social, biological, market, and media forces that have contributed to appearance-related problems, as well as feminism's difficulties in confronting them. The book also reviews why it matters. Appearance-related bias infringes fundamental rights, compromises merit principles, reinforces debilitating stereotypes, and compounds the disadvantages of race, class, and gender. Yet only one state and a half dozen localities explicitly prohibit such discrimination. The Beauty Bias provides the first systematic survey of how appearance laws work in practice, and a compelling argument for extending their reach. The book offers case histories of invidious discrimination and a plausible legal and political strategy for addressing them. Our prejudices run deep, but we can do far more to promote realistic and healthy images of attractiveness, and to reduce the price of their pursuit.
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What Women Want

An Agenda for the Women's Movement

Author: Deborah L. Rhode

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199348294

Category: Political Science

Page: 272

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American women fare worse than men on virtually every major dimension of social status, financial well-being, and physical safety. Sexual violence remains common, and reproductive rights are by no means secure. Women assume disproportionate burdens in the home and pay a heavy price in the workplace. Yet these issues are not political priorities. Nor is there a consensus that there still is a serious problem. In What Women Want, Deborah L. Rhode, one of the nation's leading scholars on women and law, brings to the discussion a broad array of interdisciplinary research as well as interviews with heads of leading women's organizations. Is the women's movement stalled? What are the major obstacles it confronts? What are its key priorities and what strategies might advance them? In addressing those questions, the book explores virtually all of the major policy issues confronting women. Topics include employment and appearance discrimination, the gender gap in pay and leadership opportunities, work/family policies, childcare, divorce, same-sex marriage, sexual harassment, domestic violence, rape, trafficking, abortion, poverty, and political representation, all with a particular focus on the capacities and limits of law as a strategy for social change. Why, despite four decades of equal employment legislation, is women's workplace status so far from equal? Why, despite a quarter century's effort at reforming rape law, is America's rate of reported rape the second highest in the developed world? Part of the problem lies in the absence of political mobilization around such issues and the underrepresentation of women in public office. In an age where many women are reluctant to identify as feminists, a broad-ranging, expert look at where American women are today is more necessary than ever. This path-breaking book explores how women can and should act on what they want.
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Mademoiselle

The Magazine for the Smart Young Woman

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

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Making the Cut

How Cosmetic Surgery is Transforming Our Lives

Author: Anthony Elliott

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861895658

Category: Medical

Page: 256

View: 9831

From London to New York, Madrid to Melbourne, Singapore to Tehran, the demand for cosmetic surgery is soaring. Botox injections, collagen fillers, breast implants, microdermabrasion, mini face-lifts: extreme reinvention is all the rage. For better or worse, ours is the era of cosmetic surgical culture. In this captivating book, which draws upon research conducted in Europe, America and Australasia, social commentator Anthony Elliott investigates the rise and rise of cosmetic surgery, lucidly reviewing recent developments in celebrity culture and the consumer industries, which many argue are responsible for the popularity of cosmetic and surgical forms of extreme reinvention. Yet it is not just cultural forces advancing the makeover industries: Elliott shows that cosmetic surgical culture has become increasingly global in our own time as a result of major institutional changes dominating public life in Western societies. He provocatively argues that personal vulnerabilities have reached the point where people turn to surgical culture in an effort to reinvent themselves and improve their life prospects Making the Cut paints a disturbing social portrait of a global culture held in thrall to immediacy, where cosmetic surgical enhancements of the body are fundamental to new forms of self-design and self-improvement.
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YOU - Du wirst mich lieben

Author: Caroline Kepnes

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3863965787

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Es wird dir so leidtun, wenn du erkennst, was ich deinetwegen tun musste. Doch keine Sorge: Ich bereue nichts. Als die angehende Schriftstellerin Guinevere Beck die Buchhandlung betritt, in der Joe Goldberg arbeitet, ist dieser augenblicklich hingerissen von ihr. Beck ist die perfekte Frau: wunderschön, clever und so sexy. Als sie ihren Einkauf mit ihrer Kreditkarte bezahlt, macht Joe das, was jeder normale Mensch in dieser Situation tun würde: Er googelt ihren Namen. Beck hat einen öffentlichen Facebook-Account, und sie twittert ununterbrochen. Kinderleicht findet Joe heraus, dass sie an der Brown University studiert, in der Bank Street wohnt und sich an diesem Abend mit ihren Freundinnen in einer Bar treffen wird - die perfekte Gelegenheit für ihn, sie "zufällig" wiederzusehen und mit ihr ins Gespräch zu kommen! Ohne dass Beck es bemerkt, beginnt Joe, ihr Leben in seine Hand zu nehmen. Stück für Stück zerstört er ihre Welt - und treibt sie dadurch auf direktem Weg in seine offenen Arme. Bald kann Beck gar nicht anders, als sich in den seltsamen, aber irgendwie charismatischen Typen zu verlieben, der wie für sie gemacht scheint. Nicht ahnend, dass Joe systematisch alle Hindernisse aus dem Weg räumt, die sich zwischen ihre Liebe drängen könnten - und er dabei auch nicht vor Mord zurückschreckt. "Gone Girl trifft auf eine böse Version von Girls." Marie Claire "Clever und eiskalt." Elle "Hypnotisch und unheimlich ... Ich habe noch nie etwas Vergleichbares gelesen." Stephen King "Ich bin GEFESSELT, ENTSETZT, ERREGT ... Einer dieser seltenen Fälle, bei denen Plot und Prosa gleichermaßen ausgezeichnet sind." Lena Dunham "Wenn Sie nur einen einzigen Thriller in diesem Jahr lesen, sorgen Sie dafür, dass es dieser hier ist." Daily Mail
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Obesity and Self-Image

Author: Judith Levin

Publisher: The Rosen Publishing Group, Inc

ISBN: 1404217681

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 64

View: 4470

Examines how our self-image affects our life, how messages from the media may affect our self-image, and how to make lifestyle changes that are positive.
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Plucked

A History of Hair Removal

Author: Rebecca M. Herzig

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479840254

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

View: 3524

From the clamshell razors and homemade lye depilatories used in colonial America to the diode lasers and prescription pharmaceuticals available today, Americans have used a staggering array of tools to remove hair deemed unsightly, unnatural, or excessive. This is true especially for women and girls; conservative estimates indicate that 99% of American women have tried hair removal, and at least 85% regularly remove hair from their faces, armpits, legs, and bikini lines. How and when does hair become a problem—what makes some growth “excessive”? Who or what separates the necessary from the superfluous? In Plucked, historian Rebecca Herzig addresses these questions about hair removal. She shows how, over time, dominant American beliefs about visible hair changed: where once elective hair removal was considered a “mutilation” practiced primarily by “savage” men, by the turn of the twentieth century, hair-free faces and limbs were expected for women. Visible hair growth—particularly on young, white women—came to be perceived as a sign of political extremism, sexual deviance, or mental illness. By the turn of the twenty-first century, more and more Americans were waxing, threading, shaving, or lasering themselves smooth. Herzig’s extraordinary account also reveals some of the collateral damages of the intensifying pursuit of hair-free skin. Moving beyond the experiences of particular patients or clients, Herzig describes the surprising histories of race, science, industry, and medicine behind today's hair-removing tools. Plucked is an unsettling, gripping, and original tale of the lengths to which Americans will go to remove hair.
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What Is Beauty

Author: Dorothy Schefer,Rizzoli,Bruce (FRW) Weber,Isabella (INT) Rossellini

Publisher: Universe Pub

ISBN: 9780789300638

Category: Art

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Luckiest Girl Alive

Author: Jessica Knoll

Publisher: BASTEI LÜBBE

ISBN: 3863965795

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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IHR PERFEKTES LEBEN IST EINE PERFEKTE LÜGE Ani FaNelli müsste die glücklichste Frau der Welt sein: Sie hat einen glamourösen Job, trägt die neueste Designerkleidung und wird in wenigen Wochen ihrem gut aussehenden, adeligen Verlobten auf einer sündhaft teuren Hochzeit das Jawort geben. Anis Leben ist perfekt. Fast. Denn Ani hat ein Geheimnis. Ein dunkles, brutales Geheimnis, das sie seit ihrer Jugend verfolgt. Jetzt hat es sie eingeholt. Und es droht, ihre perfekte Bilderbuchwelt für immer zu zerstören. Der Bestseller aus den USA!
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Glamour

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Beauty, Personal

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Digital Junkies

Internetabhängigkeit und ihre Folgen für uns und unsere Kinder

Author: Bert te Wildt

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426428032

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 6172

Sucht, Vereinsamung und Verwahrlosung sind die Kehrseiten des World Wide Web. Als Ersatz für unerfüllte Wünsche und unerreichte Ziele ist das Internet der Nährboden für neue Verhaltenssüchte. Online-Spielabhängigkeit, Cybersexsucht und die Abhängigkeit von sozialen Netzwerken entstehen im Netz, altbekannte Süchte wie Glücksspiel- und Kaufsucht verlagern sich dorthin. Bert te Wildt ist Deutschlands führender Experte für Internetabhängigkeit. Seit vielen Jahren beschäftigt sich der Arzt und Psychologe in Wissenschaft und Praxis mit Menschen, die unter einer exzessiven Internetnutzung leiden. In diesem Buch schlägt er Alarm, damit die Digital Natives nicht zu Digital Junkies werden. Dabei ist er weit davon entfernt, dass Internet und die digitale Entwicklung generell zu verdammen. Kritisch beleuchtet er anhand von ausgewählten Fallbeispielen die Gefahren einer exzessiven Internetnutzung, die zur Sucht und einer therapiebedürftigen psychischen Erkrankung werden kann.
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Frauen, die lieben

Roman

Author: Emma Straub

Publisher: Droemer eBook

ISBN: 3426440768

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

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Ein sensibler und unterhaltsamer Roman über die Komplexität moderner Beziehungen von der amerikanischen Bestsellerautorin Emma Straub. Was ist nach einem halben Leben von den Träumen und Hoffnungen der Jugend übrig? Durch einen Zufall findet Elisabeth heraus, dass ihr Mann Andrew sie vor Jahren betrogen hat. Elisabethʼ beste Freundin Zoe quält derweil der Gedanke, dass sie und ihre Frau Jane zwar als Geschäftspartnerinnen noch immer hervorragend funktionieren, die Gefühle im Alltag aber auf der Strecke geblieben sind. Und während die Mittvierziger mit alten Träumen und neuen Chancen hadern, machen ihre fast erwachsenen Kinder Harry und Ruby sich bereit, diesem Sommer ihren Stempel aufzudrücken und ins Leben aufzubrechen.
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Fame Junkies

Author: Morton Rhue

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783473583775

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Page: 313

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Making It Up

Makeup Minus the Rules

Author: Nicole Thompson

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781921024993

Category: Beauty, Personal

Page: 288

View: 395

Making It Up is a visually stunning, 'must have' beauty/makeup 'bible' for not just the avid makeup and beauty followers (aka 'junkies') but an essential tool for the makeup and beauty 'novice'. This book embraces diversity and experimentation but is filled with beautiful images the reader can relate to. Regardless of gender, race or age, Nicole encourages you to experiment after all, make up wipes off!
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The New Yorker

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literature

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