Autumn Whitefield-Madrano

Jan. 24
7 p.m.

If you’ve ever noticed how women refuse to take compliments from one another, wondered how an unattractive guy got a gorgeous girl, or asked yourself, “What does she have that I don’t?” you’ll want to hear author Autumn Whitefield-Madrano discuss her book Face Value: The Hidden Ways Beauty Shapes Women’s Lives with the local publishers of the Riveter this Tuesday. Blending scientific research, cultural criticism, and personal experiences, the book examines mainstream messages about beauty through multiple lenses: advertising, evolution, language, social media, and relationships. Incorporating interviews with subjects from diverse backgrounds, Whitefield-Madrano, who has a background in women’s magazines, uses Face Value to pick up where Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth left off. With a nonjudgmental tone, the author identifies the negative influences and the positive upshots of America’s beauty-crazed society. Whether you’re obsessed with — or appalled by — the proliferation of selfies, Facebook profile tweaks, and makeup trends, there’s plenty to unpack in these pages.