Face Value

Face Value A Thought Provoking Examination Of How We Think And Talk About Beauty Today And The Unexpected And Often Positive Ways That Beauty Shapes Our LivesFor Decades, We Ve Discussed Our Insecurities In The Face Of Idealized, Retouched, Impossibly Perfect Images We Ve Worried Primping And Preening Are A Distraction And A Trap But Have We Focused Too Much On Beauty S Negative Influence In Face Value, Journalist Autumn Whitefield Madrano Thoughtfully Examines The Relationship Between Appearance And Science, Social Media, Sex, Friendship, Language, And Advertising To Show How Beauty Actually Affects Us Day To Day Through Meticulous Research And Interviews With Dozens Of Women Across All Walks Of Life, She Reveals Surprising Findings, Like That Wearing Makeup Can Actually Relax You, That You Can Convince People You Re Better Looking Just By Tweaking Your Personality, And The Ways Beauty Can Be A Powerful Tool Of Connection Among WomenEqual Parts Social Commentary, Cultural Analysis, Careful Investigation, And Powerful Personal Anecdotes, Face Value Is Provocative And Empowering And A Great Conversation Starter For Women Everywhere

Autumn Whitefield Madrano is the author of Face Value The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women s Lives Simon Schuster, 2016 Her writing has appeared in Marie Claire, Glamour, Salon, Jezebel, The Guardian, and She created The Beheld, a blog examining questions behind personal appearance Her work on the ways beauty shapes women s lives has been covered by The New York Times and the Today

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  • Face Value
  • Autumn Whitefield-Madrano
  • 27 December 2018
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10 thoughts on “Face Value

  1. says:

    My route to this book was circuitous it started with a makeup subreddit, which led to a YouTube video on consumerism and gender, which led to a podcast, which led to an NPR interview In this, the author spoke about the popular Dove body positivity campaign and how it and its ilk manipulate women into thinking they have self esteem issues by sending out the message that thinking you re average is pathetic, and you should consider yourself beautiful.That sound byte encapsulated the little niggling annoyance I had with increasingly popular ad campaigns like this, but one I could never quite articulate I bought the book immediately, expecting it to be rife with gems like this.What I got instead was a mixed bag of anecdotes, quotes from books I ve already read, too few gems, and the belief that all of this would ve been better off as a series of articles in one of the magazines for which the author once worked For me, this concept doesn t make sense as a book because there is no clear point of view, no opinion, no thesis statement to it This in particular was an issue in chapter 3, wherein the author made an attempt to discuss the motivation behind beauty rituals, how it relates to feminism and evolution, and the contradictions behind our society s rules regarding the privacy of the act of beauty but requiring the public demonstration of it It s a weighty topic and one not fitting the light Carrie Bradshaw esque voice of the author or her clear anxiety about offending any certain group by maintaining a firm stance either way.None of this is helped by the feeling of cognitive dissonance I got while reading some of the anecdotes from the author s life or from the lives of her interview subjects She claims in the beginning to interview women demographically different than herself, but it still felt like too small of a pool, and I had little to no frame of reference for many of the experiences she was describing, and I really don t feel that many of my female friends, coworkers, or relatives would either It reminded me of one of those rom coms you watch that begins with the kooky, clutzy heroine saying something like, It s every little girl s dream to get married and you re just left thinking, Well, it s not mine Oh, god, am I really so different from every other woman Some passages of this book are truly excellent, which I have outlined below, and I think Ms Whitefield Madrano has some solid ideas Unfortunately, the botched passages made large chunks of this book nearly impossible to get through I would love to see someone take smaller bites out of this material and write it with a clear voice, one that has something to say instead of offering a vague shrug.Read in its entirely Chapters 1, 2, 8Skim carefully Chapters 4, 5, 7 but read the passage on selfies in its entiretySkim barely Chapter 6Skip Chapter 3

  2. says:

    Je traverse un sale moment Sans aller dans les d tails, je constate quotidiennement qu une situation difficile ne peut se contenir en elle m me Plus elle atteint le coeur de la personne et son identit , plus l impact se fait sentir dans d autres sph res de la vie Tout cela pour dire que cette situation me pousse r fl chir, entre autres, au rapport des femmes l image du corps de leur corps et celui des autres et la beaut.Nous ne sommes pas dans la m me lign e que Naomi Wolf et son essai The Beauty Myth, je pr f re le mentionner Whitefield Madrano est r dactrice dans le domaine de la beaut depuis de nombreuses ann es Elle propose un essai int ressant sur les fa ons dont la beaut et ses rituels alt re la vie des femmes au quotidien Plusieurs de ses observations portent la r flexion L une des plus r ussies, selon moi, est sa cartographie du vocabulaire de la beaut auquel on essaie de donner une certaine forme d objectivit , mais qui ne trompe personne Se dire belle ou se dire cute ne veulent pas dire la m me chose On comprend aussi que se faire dire par quelqu un.e qu on est belle ou qu on est cute , a n a pas la m me connotation non plus L autrice couvre beaucoup de sujets, dont la fa on dont les rituels de la beaut peut rapprocher Elle souligne aussi plusieurs reprises que les tudes portant sur l image corporelle des femmes rarement contextualis es quand elles sont rapport es dans les m dias, c est dire qu elles sont effectu es pour la plupart sur des tudiantes universitaires, des jeunes femmes entre 18 25 ans Ceci dit, on a tendance universaliser les r sultats tous les ges, m me si au plan d veloppemental une femme vit autre chose 40 ans, par exemple Elle pointe avec justesse les dommages de certaines mouvances encore pr sentes aujourd hui, dont la physiognomonie, une pseudo science du 19e si cle la base de certains pr jug s tenaces Associer l apparence physique des traits de personnalit se fait encore trop souvent Tu es belle Tu es fine Tu es laide T es pas particuli rement sympathique Tu es grosse T as pas de discipline de vie Je caricature mais a peut aller loin tout cela et a devient pervers assez vite L expression des id es de Whitefield Madrano est souvent brouillonne, oui, mais a se lit assez bien malgr tout Regardless of whatever truth it may contain, there s something unsatisfactory about the whole eye of the beholder bit beauty as a lived experience doesn t always feel subjective, particularly when you suspect you re lacking in it. p.12 Cette phrase l m a vraiment frapp e On se fait tellement dire que la beaut n a pas d importance, que voyons, tu es tellement plus que a En tant que femme d sesp r ment ordinaire au plan physique, ce livre l m a fait prendre conscience du poids crasant de la honte que je porte face ce message La honte d admettre que oui, c est important pour moi.

  3. says:

    Summary I really enjoyed this thoughtful, balanced look at both the empowering and enjoyable side of beauty and the negative ways it affects women s lives In Face Value, journalist Autumn Whitefield Madrano thoughtfully examines the relationship between appearance and science, social media, sex, friendship, language, and advertising to show how beauty actually affects us day to day Through meticulous research and interviews with dozens of women across all walks of life, she reveals surprising findings, like that wearing makeup can actually relax you, that you can convince people you re better looking just by tweaking your personality, and the ways beauty can be a powerful tool of connection among women source As soon as I picked this book up, I found that it was making me think about ways beauty impacts our lives that had never occurred to me The author s own enjoyment of beauty and makeup, as well as her career as a beauty journalist and experiences as a professional woman, gave her a very balanced perspective on both the good and bad ways beauty can affect the lives of women I enjoyed the anecdotes and personal stories she shared, especially since they were often paired with science studies although not quite as often as I would have liked I would love to have read this with a book club, because I think it would have made for some great discussion.My only complaint about this book was the organization Each chapter had a theme, but I often had to think pretty hard to remember what it was once I got into the middle of a chapter The subsections in each chapter read almost like their own essays and while they flowed well, there wasn t as much overall structure as I would have liked I particularly would have appreciated summaries of the points in each chapter at the end, because there were so many good points and interesting facts I would have liked to remember I enjoyed the book a lot anyway and would definitely recommend it, especially for book clubs, but I think I ll remember it less well than I might have with help from the author.This review was originally posted on Doing Dewey

  4. says:

    Thanks to NetGalley for supplying me with a free copy of this book for review This is a book about beauty Specifically, it deals with many of the social issues that have surfaced as a result of a beauty obsessed society Some of these social issues include photoshopping in beauty magazines, why women buy make up, self acceptance, dressing for identity, beauty aids for men The author uses lots of annecdotes to support the discussions as well as a smattering of facts and references to popular books magazines I had this nagging feeling while reading that these discussions were already something that I had already well, discussed To boot, I had already discussed them with a close friend I imagine many women have For me, therefore, this read was part dejavu, part pointless rehashing of information.I was hopefully expecting the book to delve into psychological motivations behind such acts I wanted facts, figures, science I got discussions with no solutions and lots of personal stories Perhaps this expectation was unfair The writer is someone who has made a career writing for beauty magazines, so she was speaking from her area of expertise The problem was that area of expertise individual s experiences with beauty is something that has been talked to death Whitefield Madrano discusses body image and dove campaigns, the disparity between men s beauty regime expectations and women s, super slim catwalk models and their negative influence on teen s body images, the bravery of women posting selfies without make up The problem is these are all topics that have been covered and re covered in news articles, magazines, radio talks, there s no need to print a book saying yes these are still issues, we still haven t found a solution for the issues, so let s still just discuss the issues Unfortunately there just wasn t anything new the author had to say on beauty The idea behind the book is great, but a great idea needed to be supported with fresh thinking.

  5. says:

    This book was a whirlwind for me, and definitely nothing that I expected It started out strong In the first chapter, I think her summations of the flaws in the research on beauty as well as the sensationalist reporting by the media were both reasonable and correct I was impressed by how clear and informative the writing was, though I was irked by a few casual familiar phrases that I didn t feel belonged, like bona fide shitstorm and whatcha gonna do I only became less interested as the book went on It s less on makeup than I expected and on the concept of beauty and looks in general, and while it could be interesting, none of it is anything I haven t really heard before No shocking epiphanies, just calls for women to feel comfortable in their bodies, which is important, but hardly novel I thought for a while it would ve been appealing to women having insecurity issues, to feel like it s common than we think, but by the end of her book, Whitefield Madrano seems to be trying to say that we have overhyped women s insecurity for decades and that s the real body image crisis in America I was willing to keep reading even though we disagreed, but the selfie chapter and the chapter on men for whatever reason, both chapter 7 are where she lost me While relevant to the topic of beauty, Whitefield Madrano seemed under the impression that we should be using selfies and makeup as revolutionary or political and that it is disappointing that we are not, and I just don t agree At this point I m losing interest in her arguments I appreciate the balanced way she often writes, because I find myself agreeing with many things that she writes, but then she ll completely counteract it with her own opinion or interpretation of facts, while that s completely valid, it doesn t lend itself to very enjoyable reading I liked the conclusion I liked her writing and I liked her voice most of the time She cuts out the stuff in the first chapter pretty much but I wasn t interested enough in the book to want to do much than finish it and I really just don t agree with her conclusions on many things She indeed made the personal political and I think that she did a good job with that aspect of it, but her authority on the concepts she tried to challenge just didn t come through and she changed her position depending on the scientific study she was discussing I started picking apart individual arguments then asked myself why I was bothering I don t think she meant to, but Whitefield Madrano often came across as one of those people who think feminism has gone far enough and it s time to start thinking about the men again I received an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review

  6. says:

    230618 this is an excellent work on the getting, living, giving, of beauty primarily by women i did not feel lost in jargon or missing allusions to other works, mostly to Naomi Wolf s beauty myth , so this was a quick, engaging, intro to thought of beauty this is not polemical, not judging, not all the fault of impossibly thin fashion models, or a society still in the grip of patriarchy few men will admit, and most women will sufferi have no idea why i put this on hold i was immediately won over by her reasonable, calm voice, as she deconstructed things like the neg insult compliment that male pickup artists deploy on women who are not entirely confident so willing to listen after the insult some chapters on common insecurity of women, of trying to quantifying beauty, of cliques rejecting women, of the usual misconception of cattiness, jealousy, envy, high school kind of thing , of bonding, competition, and what does a woman want from another woman both straight or how wanting is different from men lesbian there is some corrective about the media as having a role in low self esteem, but only a small role, then social media, social networks, how men are now getting pulled into the whirlpool of their own beauty, how it is similar and how it is not, a great part about the therapeutic beauty narrative , its flexibility, its use in fashion industry advertisement but it is really best in the last chapter where she says, hey, you know, beauty is not all that accept it is real but do not chase after it, concentrate on what is important in life, career, friendship, familythis book reminds me of living with C, seeing all her fashion celebrity magazines, trying to read, discovering that women seem to have other things they want to think about than most men beauty of girlfriends was important but usually not central, most guys just liked or loved her with little reference to how beautiful she was, little interested in the manipulations laid out to start or revive passionate love affairs C had perhaps sort of utilitarian attitude to these magazines she modeled but i sincerely doubt she was ever as confident, ever as real, as when she did well at u geology we were possibly too young 21 23 to have mature sense of worth in exactly what i suggest aboveseeing those mags, knowing some of fascination with beauty, knowing some never ending esteem issues but by now i can only agree that there is beauty and it is always going to add or subtract from our wanting to see it again it is a part of being human

  7. says:

    This was a pretty great book Autumn Whitefield Madrano does a great job at discussing the complex relationship we have with beauty, from the vocabulary we do and don t use to the problematic Dove commercials to how even men are affected She masterfully weaves personal stories of her own and those she interviewed with case studies that reveal the subject is not as straight forward as we d like to think For example, while people decry photoshopping images and using unnatural looking models, records prove magazines that embrace a real woman on their cover actually tend to sell less than one that doesn t There is also some strange, conflicting data out there suggesting that media doesn t always negatively affect women s perspective on their own looks At no time does the author offer a simple solution or try to sugarcoat the situation our self image is complex and every changing, from day to day even by hour I appreciated her candor, her well cited sources and her ability to cover so much ground.

  8. says:

    Discussing cosmetics, selfies, ad campaigns, self esteem, and the marketing of cosmetics to men, Face Value wants to be an informative read on the industry But it s a bit all over the place and never really commits to one path or point of view.Given that Whitefield Madrano has worked for years at various fashion mags, I guess it was optimistic of me to hope for a call to just stop buying into the manipulation, but that didn t happen.I wanted to like Face Value, I wanted to believe that Whitefield Madrano s background gave her insight that the rest of us didn t have But like most fashion and cosmetics ads, it was a lot of airbrushing intended to make us hand over our money and still feel bad about ourselves in the end.

  9. says:

    Very thoughtful and perceptive Obviously our conceptions of beauty aren t simple, but I m not sure we have realized how nuanced beauty and its performance is Any progress to be made will have to be able to accept and act on a beauty culture that is both empowering and disenfranchising I really found Whitefield Madrano s writing on attraction versus beauty the most striking.

  10. says:

    The author writes about beauty in magazines and has worked with the beauty industry, alongside beautiful models and is therefore quite an authority This book is a mixture of anecdotes, journalistic work, and scientific investigation As we will see, the discussion of beauty is fraught with danger 1 Science attempts to quantify beautify and to quantify its effect on many things self esteem, effect on earning power, mating strategy, matching, and even effect on donation However popular reports often misinterpret or sensationalize the findings 2 We use many kinds of words to describe beauty hot, attractive, beautiful, cute Each has its own historical and cultural baggage 3 Make up is complicated It can mean respect for formal occasions, self actualization, or going along with the expectation of women by society The fascination of the before and after photos show that we believe that we can use make up as a personal project to improve ourselves The taking of no make up selfies is commonly posted online, protesting that women can be beautiful without make up However when a website ask for made up photos of women, nobody sent anything because there is always the fear that that is all you got 4 Unrealistic, hyper photoshopped beauty in the media is often blamed for women s self esteem and anorexic problems The author pointed out that it is only one of the factors Most women do not compare themselves with the models but to their peers They may feel discouraged when going out with their stunning friend, and may hesitate to introduce her to boyfriends 5 Beauty companies had tried to use women who are not conventionally beautiful in their marketing, the most famous one being Dove, and Because you are worth it In the end however the author felt that it is as though normal looking women should thank them for even acknowledging that they exist This is a tough book to read With arguments and counter arguments galore I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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