The Ugly Side of Pretty

Put down and ripped off coverPut Down and Ripped Off: The American Woman and the Beauty Cult

Submitter: Here is a an interesting book on the plight of women in 1977. When it comes to weight loss, “For those who want an easy rule of thumb, here’s one to begin with. The more Spartan the Décor, the less likely it is that the owners/managers will rip you off.” Good to know!  My library system has three copies of this 39 year old book.

Holly: That Spartan decor comment has to do with health spas and weight loss clinics. The fancier the spa, the more they are ripping you off. Gotta pay for those water falls and lemongrass-infused steam saunas somehow! The book’s thesis is current as ever. It’s delivery is…not.


Put down and ripped off back cover

Chapter 4 Beastly Beautician

Chapter 3 The Body Shop

The Body Shop


  1. This looks fascinating, and it’s message is still relevant. You’re quite right on getting a more up-to-date book on these issues, though.

  2. Size 14’s not fat!
    “All American women know that their bustlines are too tiny” whaat? lots of American women have large busts. Including me!

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