Não termina esta reflexão sobre a mulher e o mundo sem uma referência a um livro que conquistou o seu lugar na bibliografia dos estudos femininos, nomeadamente à sua optimista exortação final. Eis o livro e a citação:
Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: how images of beauty are used against women, New York, Perennial, 2002 (1st ed. 1991).
"How to begin? Let's be shameless. Be greedy. Pursue pleasure. Avoid pain. Wear and touch and eat and drink what we feel like. Tolerate other women's choices. Seek out the sex we want and fight fiercely against the sex we do not want. Choose our own causes. And once we break through and change the rules so our sense of our own beauty cannot be shaken, sing that beuaty and dress it up and flaunt it and revel in it: In a sensual politics, female is beautiful.
A woman-loving definition of beauty supplants desperation with play, narcissism with self-love, dismemberment with wholeness, absence with presence, stillness with animation. It admits radiance: light coming out of the face and the body, rather than a spotlight on the body, dimming the self. It is sexual, various, and surprising. We will be able to see it in others and not be frightened, and able at last to see it in ourselves.
A generation ago, Germaine Greer wondered about women: "What will you do?" What women did brought about a quarter century of cataclysmic social revolution. The next phase of our movement forward as individual women, as women together, and as tenants of our bodies and this planet, depends now on what we decide to see when we look in the mirror.
What will we see?" (p. 291)