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