Against the Grain

Beauty Ideals and Feminist Thought

In what ways do media-propagated ideals of beauty affect women and girls? Whose interests do such ideals serve? Meeta Rani Jha draws from the ideas of second- and third-wave feminism in her examination of the beauty pageant phenomenon; hair-straightening and other appearance-changing practices; and antiracist challenges to the dominant white beauty standard. Also: Angela Davis on black women and the blues.

Meeta Rani Jha, The Global Beauty Industry: Colorism, Racism, and the National Body Routledge, 2015

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