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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL spécial de juillet-aout Standards of Oppression: The Dictates of Fashion (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 3 Aug 2017 10:06:51 +0300


It's summer. The opportunity to remind women that their bodies need to be transformed, standardized, to the maximum benefit of operating systems. ---- When summer is approaching, it is not the weather that informs us. Advertising posters and press gathered urge women to start the annual takeover (at the time you read me, it's too late) to be beautiful in swimsuit. And to be beautiful is not to be at ease, to go well, to enjoy one's body, to be happy. Stories of inner beauty are tales for children. ---- Slimming as ideal first ---- To be beautiful is first to be thin. Elle magazine, June 8, titled " 3 kilos before the jersey ", the site of Cosmopolitan displays on June 12 " 7 tricks slimming to be the most beautiful in jersey ". In other seasons, it would be necessary to be thin for the beginning of the school year or Christmas Eve, but this is especially necessary when the body is bare. No cellulite, no bead, just enough muscles to keep the under arms from hanging ... Most absurd regimes, restrictions, ineffective but expensive creams, gyms. Slimming is a necessary struggle and round women have no will.

A result known to all: a woman never foresees a menu, Never commands a dish without thinking of its line (it dismisses or not this thought but it necessarily has it). As for the mixed group, there is a predictable distribution of salads and fries around a table gathering guests of both sexes (both sexes but conditioned by the patriarchy to be what it is necessary to be in this system). 80% of the operations done to make lose are done on bodies of women whereas the proportion of obese is approximately equal for the two sexes. Another proof that the norms weighing on the bodies of women are more constraining. But obviously being thin is not enough. The standards imposed on the bodies of women by advertising and the cosmetic industry are countless. Light but visible makeup; Hairstyle according to the diktats of fashion in terms of color and length; Epilation from everywhere, including the mount of Venus or the stripe of the buttocks - suddenly one regrets the time when only the lower legs were the object of this harassment ; Tanning - that must be prepared before the summer and afterwards maintenance ; Eternal youth thanks to anti-wrinkle creams without effects and overpriced ; Sexy but not vulgar clothing ; Femininity - a trick not clearly defined pertaining to pleasing to straight heterosexual men ; Pretty breasts but not falling ; No odors ... I certainly forget. Today, progress is not stopped, there are also norms regarding the conformation of the vulva:

Many beauty standards

To these traditional norms of feminine beauty are added the norms imposed in addition to the racialized women to approach the Western physics, norm of the world beauty of course: straightening of the frizzy hair and lightening of the skin for the black women, Eyes and leg lengthening for the Chinese. Again, I certainly forget. There are still some " local " norms that are no more rewarding, nor more to defend, but here as elsewhere, the tendency is to crush the cultures by Western capitalism. All these standards are underpinned by the idea that a woman's body is ugly, dirty and stinky. This does not help to have a good sense of self. We can count on the arrival soon of norms concerning the interior of the body, a radiological beauty.
The conditioning to these norms and the fight lost in advance to reach them produce several benefits for the systems of oppression.
Women are convinced that they must meet the commercial criteria of heterosexual seduction in order to be able to mate, which must be their main aim, and thus provide domestic labor, the basis of patriarchal exploitation. This need for co-ordination is further accentuated by the lack of confidence in their ability to live alone and autonomously since many of the social mechanisms work to convince them that they are not of sufficient value, aesthetic in the case in hand, But also intellectual. Women are convinced that they must meet the commercial criteria of heterosexual seduction in order to be able to mate, which must be their main aim, and thus provide domestic labor, the basis of patriarchal exploitation. This need for co-ordination is further accentuated by the lack of confidence in their ability to live alone and autonomously since many of the social mechanisms work to convince them that they are not of sufficient value, aesthetic in the case in hand, But also intellectual. Women are convinced that they must meet the commercial criteria of heterosexual seduction in order to be able to mate, which must be their main aim, and thus provide domestic labor, the basis of patriarchal exploitation. This need for co-ordination is further accentuated by the lack of confidence in their ability to live alone and autonomously since many of the social mechanisms work to convince them that they are not of sufficient value, aesthetic in the case in hand, But also intellectual.

Great benefits for oppression systems

They enrich the cosmetics industry, whose global market amounts to more than 400 billion euros, a little more than the cost in Europe of extreme weather events between 1980 and 2013 (heat waves, intense rains and floods, storms ...) . Cosmetic surgery sales in France in 2015 amounted to 7.5 billion euros, to which must be added four times more money for cosmetic medicine. We can add seventy women's press titles, which cost 22 million euros to their readers. Add to that the money put in hair dryers and razors (roses), gyms, aesthetic salons, the world of fashion, accessories (jewelry, leather goods ...). It is a fortune that women devote to their appearance.
Racism is also reinforced by the world of beauty. If western aesthetics is the only one that is worth, how not to despise oneself and oneself when one is far from its norms. Above all, women devote considerable time and energy to controlling their bodies, leaving men free to control the world and lead it to catastrophe. English-speaking feminists are misusing the relatively untranslatable summer standards in French: " How to have abeach body ? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach ? Have a body and go to the beach. " If western aesthetics is the only one that is worth, how not to despise oneself and oneself when one is far from its norms. Above all, women devote considerable time and energy to controlling their bodies, leaving men free to control the world and lead it to catastrophe. English-speaking feminists are misusing the relatively untranslatable summer standards in French: " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach? Have a body and go to the beach. " If western aesthetics is the only one that is worth, how not to despise oneself and oneself when one is far from its norms. Above all, women devote considerable time and energy to controlling their bodies, leaving men free to control the world and lead it to catastrophe. English-speaking feminists are misusing the relatively untranslatable summer standards in French: " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach? Have a body and go to the beach. " Women devote considerable time and energy to controlling their bodies, leaving men free to control the world and lead to disaster. English-speaking feminists are misusing the relatively untranslatable summer standards in French: " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach? Have a body and go to the beach. " Women devote considerable time and energy to controlling their bodies, leaving men free to control the world and lead to disaster. English-speaking feminists are misusing the relatively untranslatable summer standards in French: " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach? Have a body and go to the beach. " " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach? Have a body and go to the beach. " " How to have abeach body? Have a body, and go to the beach . " Here is a possible translation, but less funny, since French does not have the sobriety of English: " How to have a body ready for the beach ? Have a body and go to the beach. "

A fight that passes in the midst of ourselves

Fighting these standards seems simple enough, just despise them. But how to disconcert that if one piles the legs, it is because one personally finds it prettier ; If one makes up makeup it is because one wants it ; If one is on the diet it is actually because one would feel better with less weight ... The standards of beauty have that of insidious that they are incorporated. And to explain that they are variable in time and in space does not help to detract from it. Every woman is free of the choices she makes for her body obviously. But one must be clear about the fact that most are absolutely conditioned by the systems of oppression. Let us grant ourselves the right to be shaggy, uncapped and dressed in the men's department stores, The items are so much more comfortable!
Christine (AL Orne-Sarthe)

http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/?Normes-d-oppression-Les-diktats-de-la-mode
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