To be called beautiful is thought to name something essential to women’s character and concerns. (In contrast by men- whose __1__ essence is to be strong, or effective, or competent.)

It does not  need someone in the throes of feminist awareness to perceive that __2__ the way women are taught to be involved in beauty encourages __3__ narcissism, reinforces independence and immaturity.

Everybody knows __4__ that. For it is “everybody”, a whole society, which has identified __5__ being feminine with caring about how one looks.

Giving these __6__ stereotypes, it is no wonder that beauty enjoys, at best, a rather mixed reputation.

It is not, of course, the desire to be beautiful is wrong but the __7__  obligation to be. Women are taught to see their bodies in parts, and to assess each part separately.

Breasts, feet, hips, waistline, neck, __8__ eyes, nose, complexion, hair, and so on–each by turn is submitted __9__ to an anxious scrutiny. Even if some pass the scrutiny, some will always be found wanted. Nothing less than perfection will do. __10__


1.by改为 to/with

词组 in contrast to/ with 表示“与……相比”,不能用其他介词。

2. need改为take

虽然need的汉语意思是“需要”,但英语中It takes 往往作为一个固定搭配,表示“做某事需要某物或者某种品质”。


be involved in 表示“介入,参与”,后面一般跟事。

而 be involved with 则表示“和……有关系,有关联”,后面一般跟人。

如: He was involved in a car accident.

I never wanted to get emotionally involved with him.



句子的主干是 it is…that…表示强调。


given 一词后面接名词词组可表示“考虑到,鉴于…”。

7.beautiful 后面加that




如: We should assess an apartment on the amount for which it is likely to be rented.


Teachers evaluate a student’s thesis for content and organization.


by turns 表示“交替地,轮番地 ”。 in turn 表示一系列动作按照一定顺序发生,或者某人先后做某事。根据题意,这里要用in turn。

10. wanted改为wanting

to find something or somebody wanting 表示“(某物或某人)缺乏应有的素质,不够格”。