The Beauty Suit: How My Year of Religious Modesty Made Me a Better Feminist

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Beacon Press
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5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.55 pounds
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About the Author

Lauren Shields holds BFAs in religious studies and television, film, and music production, and a master of divinity degree. She is seeking ordination in the United Church of Christ, and lives in San Jose with her husband.


"This is not about men at all; it's about women finding new concepts of beauty and empowerment, especially within religiously inspired norms . . . [Shields] allows readers an extended reflection on our notions of self."
--Library Journal

"In The Beauty Suit, Lauren Shields takes a much-needed, nuanced look at expectations of feminine beauty and sexuality through the lens of the world's major religions and current events such as the Women's March on Washington. She explores the uses and limitations of modesty as a feminist tool of empowerment, in turn challenging the assumption that Western culture is the apex of women's liberation. Shields eschews easy answers to questions around sex, control, and harassment, which are more relevant than ever, given the #metoo movement. The Beauty Suit is an important addition to our understanding of what it can mean to be an empowered woman."
--Carrie Pitzulo, author of Bachelors and Bunnies: The Sexual Politics of Playboy