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英语四级阅读理解精炼50篇029: 爱美没商量(含答案)

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英语四级阅读理解精炼第029篇,练习关于爱美没商量 的阅读理解,含有四级阅读练习题,参考译文,答案等内容。供正在准备英语四级考试的学习者参考学习。

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29. pots of promise

medieval noblewomen swallowed arsenic and dabbed on bats blood to improve their complexions; 18 th century americans prized the warm urine of young boys to erase their freckles; victorian ladies removed their ribs to give themselves a wasp waist. the desire to be beautiful is as old as civilization, as is the pain that it can cause.

the pain has not stopped the passion from creating a 160 billion-a-year global industry,encompassing make -up, skin and hair care, fragrances, cosmetic surgery, health clubs and diet pills. americans spend more each year on beauty than they do on education.

such spending is not mere vanity. being pretty — or just not ugly — confers1 enormous genetic and social advantages. attractive people ( both men and women) are judged to be more intelligent and sexy; they earn more and they are more likely to marry.

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