II—No Duty to Resist: Why Individual Resistance Is an Ineffective Response to Dominant Beauty Ideals

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Abstract

In this paper I argue that the way to reduce the power of overdemanding beauty ideals is not to advocate that individuals have a ‘duty to resist’, a duty to stop engaging in appearance enhancing practices and body work. I begin by arguing against the claim that women who ‘do’ beauty are suffering from false consciousness. I then give four further additional arguments against advocating a ‘duty to resist’ as an effective means to challenge dominant beauty norms. First, that as a tactic it is ineffective. Second, it is an individual approach which divides and silences. Third, it induces shame and blame, and undermines effective collective action. Fourth, it fails to recognize the privilege of the group norms which make resistance possible.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberaoab014
JournalAristotelian Society. Proceedings
Early online date11 Jan 2022
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jan 2022

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