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In Your Face

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Shari Graydon is a media literacy activist and author of "Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know." She taught media literacy at university and is a former president of MediaWatch, and she has written chapters for textbooks, newspaper columns, television programs and radio commentaries.


Gr 6 Up-Self-empowerment through personal choice is the message of this lively survey. Graydon examines our fascination with beauty and the people and forces that determine our views of what we see as beautiful. From fairy tales to television, mythology to Miss America, fashion to fine art, "beauty rules," she acknowledges, "and yet, ideas about what's `beautiful' change all the time." Written in a breezy, conversational style, the book looks at double standards for men and women and the resulting effects on careers and health. The author traces the concept throughout history and in various cultures, touching on corsets and foot-binding, plastic surgery, steroids, and cosmetics. Graydon exposes the fickle side of the beauty industry without unnecessary blaming. Each chapter ends with a list of "Image Reflections" to consider. Black-and-white photos and reproductions depict historically changing views. Thought-provoking cartoons open each chapter, and sidebars add punch with quotes and factoids. Extensive reference notes add to the book's research value, enhancing its broad appeal to teens dealing daily with their own place in the beauty culture. Helen Reynolds's "A Fashionable History of Costume" series (Raintree) features bright color photos of changing artifacts.-Joyce Adams Burner, Hillcrest Library, Prairie Village, KS Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Breezy, conversational... This profusely illustrated title with many boxed quotes, sidebars, photos, and cartoons is sure to interest teens. In her down-to-earth manner...[Shari Graydon] she skillfully avoids tired cliches and takes the reader on an exhilarating ride. Highly Recommended.--Julie Chychota"Canadian Materials" (09/02/2005) This excellent book written for teenagers explains the beauty myths... This author knows what she is talking about and the content of the book will provide her YA readers with new insights.--Nola Theiss"Kliatt" (01/01/2006) An insightful examination into our consumer culture... clear and honest.--Elizabeth Shaffer"BC Parent" (10/01/2004) Eye-opening guide aimed at teens that encourages them to start thinking critically about the beauty industry.--Elizabeth Payne"Ottawa Citizen" (11/13/2004) Provocative... This fabulously educational and informative book should be required reading for all teens.--Heather Acerro"VOYA" (06/01/2005) Does for young girls what Naomi Wolf's The Beauty Myth did for their mothers. Written in an upbeat engaging style... Puts into perspective the pervasive images of beauty pumped into our collective consciousness.--Sandy Naiman"Toronto Sun" (07/03/2005) Essentially, In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You endorses the old adage that handsome is as handsome does--but readers won't mind, because it does it oh, so beautifully! In her down-to-earth manner, author Shari Graydon puts on a show-and-tell of beauty past and present. Over the course of eleven chapters, [she] models healthy skepticism of beauty products and procedures, so that readers, in turn, will begin to exercise their critical thinking skills with respect to the politics of beauty... about "putting beauty into perspective" so that readers may make informed decisions... While the author arrives at a predictable conclusion, that personality and attitude are of greater value than appearance, she skillfully avoids tired cliches and takes the reader on an exhilarating ride... The concerns driving this book have less to do with a reader's arrival at a final destination than they have to do with a reader's cognitive journey. Highly Recommended."--Julie Chychota"Canadian Materials" (09/02/2005)

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