October 17, 2023

EP. 184 — How to Divorce Yourself from Modern Beauty Standards with Emma Dabiri

Jameela is joined this week by Irish-Nigerian bestselling author Emma Dabiri to find out where & why beauty standards started, how European philosophers created & influenced binary theory and what we can do to disconnect from these beauty standards. They discuss finding the pleasure in ritual and community, loving make-up (or not a la Pamela Anderson!), the importance and privilege of growing older and finding more ways to have value as modern women outside of appearance.

Emma’s book “Disobedient Bodies: Reclaim Your Unruly Beauty” is out now, and you can follow her on Twitter @emmadabiri and IG @emmadabiri

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Transcript

Jameela Intro [00:00:00] Hello and welcome to another episode of I Weigh was Jameela Jamil, a podcast against shame. I hope you’re well and I hope you are ready for a real schooling about beauty because my guest is a true expert on it. She’s done her doctorate on it, for goodness sake, and she has a new book out called “Disobedient Bodies” that really investigates the history of where all of our ideas about what is beautiful and not, what is good and not, what people are supposed to look like, where all of these things come from. And I think, you know, we have a kind of rough idea about that on the Internet, that some of it’s linked to patriarchy or some of it’s linked to, you know, white supremacy and colonization. But in this episode, my guest really gets into the nitty gritty of exactly where it came from, when it started to happen around the world, what the world looked like before all of this shit that now has ruined most of our self-confidence

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