Books That Made a Difference to Isla Fisher
By Naomi Wolf
This is such an important book. Wolf's idea is that women—mainly middle-class Western women—are oppressed and controlled by the imposition of beauty requirements in every aspect of our lives: the media, religion, the office. Women spend so much time plucking and grooming, trimming and styling to live up to this two-dimensional plastic ideal of beauty. All that time, Wolf argues, could go into something else. My mum gave this book to me when I was 21; I started thinking about it again recently because I have a daughter; you suddenly panic about the possibility of your child being subjected to a barrage of images promoting an ideal that doesn't exist in real life.