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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL spécial de juillet-aout Pénélope Bagieu: Mainstream but feminist (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sun, 30 Jul 2017 11:23:58 +0300


In ten years, Pénélope Bagieu has become an inescapable first as a blogger and then as a comic booker in its own right. View from afar, it's comics " girly ". And close up view, too. ---- Penelope Bagieu is no longer present. Already, before the comic strip, her work as an illustrator for the press and advertising or her animated films had seduced the public, the critics and the sponsors. And since My Life is quite fascinating, the autobiographical and humorous blog that made it known, it features female characters who fall under the stereotypes of chick-litt (books written by women for the female market) . ---- Vein girly ---- She creates the character of Joséphine, brought to the cinema by Agnes Obadia. At Bagieu, girls therefore claim certain gender assignments, and some feminine folklore: to be coquettish, amorous, chipies or even a little badass - less than in Margaux Motin (I would have liked to be ethnologist) or Deeglee (ForeverBitch) Is allowed to find a more superficial hair. But this girly vein is accompanied by a more serious questioning of the place of women in society, and of a real interest of the author for the history of the women.

Involved project

Very attracted by the biographies, P. Bagieu published a fictionalized life of Cass Elliot (CaliforniaDreamin), singer of Mamas And The Papas, and touching character of girl with the difficult physics, which surpasses him by his generosity and his passions. More recently in 2016, the author designed the project to put a biography weekly for months, and this sum of thirty portraits is called Culottes, women who do only what they want. There are women who are already famous, others not at all, who have distinguished themselves by their political and feminist commitment, or by their conquest of milieux who did not want them: sport, science, the arts, Journalism, politics ... Women against the current, pioneers, obstinate, these exemplary lives have a liberating effect,

Life of illustrious women

This credibility is what the author claims through the girly genre: to get readers accustomed to identifying with stories of girls, genious but intelligent, interesting heroines. A feminist project and committed in its own way. In real life, without making the draftsman a radical activist, let us recall a few cases that have benefited from her talent and her relatively large mouth: in 2013 she denounces racism in advertising and her environment ; In 2014, the pedagogical comic that it is carrying out for a campaign against deep-sea trawling explodes the petition of the Bloom Association for protection of the seabed. In 2016, she participates with others in the Family Planning campaign to defend the right to abortion. A healthy reading for the middle classes who make the readership of Penelope Bagieu.
Mouchette (AL Paris-Nord-Est)

To read:

- Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Ed., 2008.
- Joséphine, Jean-Claude Gawsewitch Ed. (Several volumes).
- CaliforniaDreamin, Gallimard, 2015.
- Culotted, women who do what they want, Lesculottees.blog.lemonde.fr and Gallimard, 2 volumes.

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Penelope-Bagieu-Mainstream-mais-feministe
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