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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: May 2021 podcast playlist

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: Podcast Brunch Club listening list

Beauty is subjective…one person’s “beautiful” is another person’s “ugly.” Yet, as a society, beauty is an ideal many strive for. But, what does that mean exactly? Why does society value certain types of beauty over others? Has social media and selfie culture changed the way we revere beauty over other attributes? And how does a very narrow and specific definition of beauty play into power dynamics? This podcast playlist was curated in an effort to explore those questions and more.

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Podcast Listening List on BEAUTY

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Only Human: “Growing Up ‘Ugly'” (July 2016, 24 min)
Robert Hoge has been called “ugly” since the day he was born. Hear his story.

Ololgies: “Kalology (BEAUTY STANDARDS) with Renee Engeln” (August 2018, 1 hr 38 min)
Psychologist and beauty-researcher Dr. Renee Engeln, author of “Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women”, is the guest on this episode. She shares her research about the value that culture has placed on beauty and how truly messed up it is.

Thinking Allowed: “Beauty – Ugliness” (July 2018, 28 min)
Beauty and ugliness – to what extent are our ideas about physical perfection culturally and socially constructed?

BBC Earth Podcast: “The Ugly Animal Preservation Society” (April 2019, 26 min)
Never has the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ been more true, than in nature. This episode ponders a question: who really decides what is beautiful?

Code Switch: “Pretty Hurts” (January 2019, 48 min)
Some may think of beauty as frivolous and fun, but on this episode, we’re examining a few of the ugly ways that its been used to project power.

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We’ve started compiling recommended books from the podcast playlists and from our chapter meetings on our Amazon Idea List.

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Conversation Starter Questions:

  1. How do you define beauty?
  2. Do you think the culture in which you live values external or internal beauty more? Why?
  3. How do you think social media is playing into and/or challenging our beauty-based value system?

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