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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #226 - Read Mona Chollet "Fatal Beauty" (fr) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 04 May 2013 14:11:45 +0300


The subtitle of the book " The New Face of female alienation "clearly announces the thesis Mona Chollet. Women are brought to the roles and areas that are traditionally theirs and this is reinforced by the economic and social crisis that pushes companies to close. Political disenchantment, lack of ideal growing to meet the demands permanent use.
Film, advertising, TV, women's magazines, impose a single model of woman: white, young, slim, sexy and primed. And women are exhausted trying to comply for fear of not being loved, of being rejected: consultation and commentary on fashion and beauty blogs, buying accessories, cosmetics consumption, obsession with thinness of up 'to anorexia (which we deny the social dimension in order to retain the character of individual psychological), plastic surgery, hair removal imposed straightening and depigmentation.

Artists are not asked about their art but beauty products they use, the tabloids scans the microscope their looks and comment very critical (weight, neglect / elegance).

Women's magazines full of hype it be in the aesthetic standard by the boards shrink to résumables: do not be (too) independent.

French media further reinforce this alienation by claiming that there is equality in the social relations of seduction and gallantry is a French exception to preserve. It is a way of thinking that keeps women in a state of inferiority.

They sacrifice to these forms of alienation of their time, money, energy that could be spent on other things and self-esteem. Capacities are underutilized and their freedom is diminished.

However, the traditionally female areas (order of appearance, sensitivity to objects, taste of home life and nature) are a form of culture and not in absolute abêtissants if women are not confined. Similarly, women's magazines talk about women in their lives when the mainstream media is not interested in everyday life.

The numerous quotations and references, biographies of movie stars and fashion, reduced to roles hangers skinny, richly illustrate the thesis Mona Chollet. We leave the reading a little stunned by the size-e battlefield and decided to offer it to all those who say, " I pomponne but only for me . "

Christine (AL Orne)

• Mona Chollet, Fatal Beauty , Areas, 2012, 240 pages, 18 euros.
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