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(en) France, UCL AL #316 - Antipatriarchy, Aesthetic standards: what patriarchy does to women's bodies (ca, de, it, fr, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 12 Jun 2021 10:47:21 +0300

Beyond being poorly cared for when they are sick, women are also injured, mistreated, prevented, operated on when they are in good health, and even made sick. Aesthetic standards, poverty, sexual and reproductive exploitation, obstacles to development, the arduousness of reserved professions and obviously violence are all attacks on women's health. ---- The appearance of women is a major concern of the patriarchy. Many norms conveyed by advertising, fashion and the media lead women to modify and damage their bodies. "Classic" cosmetic surgery (mostly breasts), vulva surgery (thank you porn), stomach surgery linked to grossophobia: these are just a few examples of these mutilations in their surgical dimension, with sequelae that can be heavy.

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Beyond the wearing of high heels (explicitly or implicitly forced in certain professions) to anorexia, women are pushed to comply with the injunction to control themselves and to be desirable. On the job side, and although many of them are toxic, the arduousness of female jobs is less recognized since the arduousness criteria are defined on the basis of jobs in industry. Work accidents and recognized occupational diseases are on the rise for women.

Poverty strikes women more than men, and the sacred union of capitalism and patriarchy increases for them the risk of cardiovascular diseases, psychological and psychiatric disorders, lack of cancer and gynecological follow-up, failure to declare pregnancy. From childhood, girls are less encouraged or even discouraged from playing sports, and this leads to a lack of physical activity for 47% of adult women. Women's clothing, fitted and more decorative than comfortable, does not encourage (understatement) activity.

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Recently, the subject of rules has become less taboo, and it is possible to state social causes that make periods of bleeding difficult to live with. On the sexual side, women continue to have less access to orgasm than men.

The control of fertility remains a concern of the authorities and is exercised in opposite ways: whether by eugenic desire or to promote capitalist profitability, it always involves limiting the freedom of women. For their part, all religions continue to want to impose their opinion on abortion at the risk of the death of women.

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Women are exploited, for the pleasure of men who resort to prostitution or to satisfy the desire for children of people who consider it a right with surrogacy (surrogacy). As for porn, it also has considerable consequences in terms of physical and psychological health, especially on actresses.

Even when you have encountered feminism (or even libertarian communism) it sometimes takes a lifetime to get rid of the aesthetic and behavioral standards that the patriarchy imposes with its accomplice capitalism. Let's teach little (and big) girls that they are perfect the way they are. Let us make happy warriors who will destroy the patriarchy and its henchmen, human as well as companies.

Christine (UCL Sarthe)

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