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October 4, 2006

Narcissism as Liberation

Filed under: Uncategorized — krysta @ 9:14 pm

1. Douglas uses many critcal and sarcastic comments to portray her point to the reader. One of her main points was the idea that womens thighs and butts need to be smooth, with no dimples. Our society will not excpet even the least bit of natural cellulite that is on womens legs. Legs are supposed to be perfect, fit, and smooth. There is not an emphasis on being healthy and working out, rather only appearance is taken into account. Another topic she discussed was women’s obsession with facial products. Women spend so much money on creams that are supposed to provide a more youthful look. Douglas says that she doesn’t believe in this because your face shows character and what you have personally been through. An idea I was drawn to was..what if every women woke up, looked in the mirror and was happy with her self image? Our society would be a lot different, and a less conceited, and judgemental of women’s looks.

2. The way that Douglas presents her writing, draws the reader in. She pokes fun at how society analyzes the womenly figure, and does it in a way to capture the reader’s attention. She is almost always correct in her assumptions and points. She backs up her writing with knowldegable comparrisons, ones that the reader can relate to. There was a lot of comparrisons to popular magazines, and how they depict how a women is “supposed” to look. If these societal concepts would be turned down a notch, over all women would be a lot happier, and a lot more focused on more important issues. It is sad to say that some girls only care about their appearance, and are constantly on a search for exceptance of others. If this attention would be focused differently, we would have more money to contribute to better causes such as Hurricane Katrina, or the Soldiers in Iraq.



  1. I like how you mentioned media’s view of sexuality over fitness, it’s very true.

    Maybe you could have mentioned how Douglas uses the term “deconstruction” in hr essay, and how deconstruction affects our assumptions about women.

    Comment by Allison Crerie — October 4, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

  2. It’s kind of hard to imagine a world where everyone felt the same way about themselves, I like that idea as well. I also like the way you describe how our culture demands this perfect body when most people probably don’t look that way.

    Comment by Cesar — October 4, 2006 @ 10:19 pm

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