Remaking the She-Devil: A Critical Look at Feminist Approaches to Beauty
Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2009
1991 by Hypatia, Inc.
Volume 6, Issue 2, pages 21–43, June 1991
How to Cite
Davis, K. (1991), Remaking the She-Devil: A Critical Look at Feminist Approaches to Beauty. Hypatia, 6: 21–43. doi: 10.1111/j.1527-2001.1991.tb01391.x
- Issue online: 9 JAN 2009
- Version of Record online: 9 JAN 2009
Cosmetic surgery provides a problematic case for feminist theorizing about femininity and women's relationship with their bodies. Feminist accounts of femininity and beauty are unable to explain cosmetic surgery without undermining the women who opt for it. I argue that cosmetic surgery may have less to do with beauty and more to do with being ordinary, taking one's life into one's own hands, and determining how much suffering is fair.