In longer versions of The Beauty Myth, Naomi Wolf references “The Iron Maiden,” which
a medieval torture device was designed to trap people inside a (usually female). Why does
she refer to it as a metaphor? How does it relate to her larger point about beauty in our
culture? Do you think this metaphor is still useful today?
The current society has bestowed on women the double beauty standard that is slowly
choking them to bits without knowing. “All in the name of beauty” they claim not understanding
the implications that tag along with this beauty is horrid and terrifying. (Wolf, 2013) in her
article, ‘The beauty myth,’ tries to bring out how women suffer in the current society at the
expense of beauty using the metaphorical illustration of ‘The iron maiden.’ This metaphor is
directly applicable to real-life situations in the lives of women and young girls around the world
who go through painful experiences to attain ultimate beauty.
To relate the metaphor of ‘The iron maiden’ to Wolf’s article ‘The beauty myth,’ it is
essential first of all to derive the similarity between the two or find common ground that binds
them together. Metaphors are generally figures...