The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf
Brilliant and thought-provoking, this book examines the way that women are obsessed with the notion that looking beautiful means looking a certain way. And the premise? If we all feel deeply ugly, fat and unattractive there is no better way of keeping us in our place. The author challenges the beauty industry and its advertising and uncovers the reasons why women are consumed by the pursuit of beauty. Fascinating stuff!