'Beauty' is a currency like the gold standard. Like any economy it is determined by politics, and in the modern age in the West it is the last, best belief system that keeps male domination intact.
1990 The Beauty Myth, ch.1,'The Beauty Myth'.
The more legal and material hindrances women have broken through, themore strictlyand heavilyand cruelly images of female beauty have come to weigh upon them.Naomi Wolf
When women breached the power structure in the 1980s two economies finally merged. Beauty was no longer just a symbolic form of currency: it literally became money.Naomi Wolf