What do think women will find helpful in this book and take away with them?
Do you think everyone should stop trying to be beautiful? Not at all. If this book has one message, it’s that empowerment isn’t the same as good grooming or a killer wardrobe. Yes, looks are important for certain biological and psychological reasons, and I sort some of these out in the book because they’re so funny and maddening, and link us all as mammals and human beings. But appearance is only one thread in the tapestry that makes us strong and valuable as women—or men. I did my experiment to take a close look at these other threads, and I did find some weaknesses, some I had to accept, some I’ve done work to change. Is seems so obvious to say, but I think it’s easy, when feeling lost or powerless, to confuse a looks-centric pop-culture version of female power with the kind of power that comes from self-acceptance, health, and a view of our complex world that is both realistic and compassionate. If we start with that most honest baseline, there’s nothing we can’t do.