Jan 23, 2020
Female Beauty Systems: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States, Middle Ages to the Present
Posted by Christine Adams Tracy Adams

Female beauty systems everywhere are complex, integrating markers of class, status, power, and sexuality to perform the fundamental function of sorting individuals into categories of or less desirable Heirs to the tradition of courtly love, modern western female beauty systems tend to share the norm of man as pursuer, woman as pursued, having developed around the troFemale beauty systems everywhere are complex, integrating markers of class, status, power, and sexuality to perform the fundamental function of sorting individuals into categories of or less desirable Heirs to the tradition of courtly love, modern western female beauty systems tend to share the norm of man as pursuer, woman as pursued, having developed around the trope of the madly desiring poet or knight supplicating his aloof and lovely lady for her favor The apparent longevity of the courtly love tradition raises the question of whether the way in which it structures male desire in reaction to female beauty is part of a universal tendency, an evolutionary adaptation, despite clear evidence that female beauty systems are also, in fact, socially constructed, and reflect enormous ambivalence about the power and performance of beauty Although modern western female beauty systems are routinely demystified and contested today, the purveyors of culture that support them institutional, intellectual, artistic, commercial, and popular continue as they always have to construe women as objects of male desire Still, within this basic structure, the systems have varied greatly across time and space, with women using beauty as a form of social capital in widely differing ways Moreover, as individuals have begun to experience their bodies as malleable and endlessly transformable, rather than unruly and unyielding, many have begun to experience beauty less as a given and as a project The nine essays collected here examine a number of different Western female beauty systems over the centuries, considering how women have complied with, contributed to, profited or suffered from, and resisted them.

  • Title: Female Beauty Systems: Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States, Middle Ages to the Present
  • Author: Christine Adams Tracy Adams
  • ISBN: 9781443878241
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Female Beauty Systems Beauty as Social Capital in Western Europe and the United States Middle Ages to the Present Female beauty systems everywhere are complex integrating markers of class status power and sexuality to perform the fundamental function of sorting individuals into categories of or less desirable


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