The Beauty Demands Network has published a briefing paper addressing the pressures faced by women to conform to the global narrow stereotype of beauty. The white paper makes recommendations for policy makers and practitioners.
The briefing paper focuses on the most policy-relevant aspects of the discussions of the network. What beauty demands adds to other recent interventions and recommendations is its multidisciplinary and broad focus. It emphasises social and cultural concerns, and recognises the pressures of visual culture and the importance of appearance for identity. The briefing paper is divided into three sections. It focuses on ethical concerns, psychological concerns and governance, regulatory, and legal issues which are policy-relevant. Its aim is to be accessible and useful to policy-makers and to those who practice and/or engage with beauty practices and procedures. Central to the beauty demands briefing document are the recommendations it makes in each section.