Apr. 29th, 2008

caoilfhionn: (Maillol)
I am damn lucky to know the people I do.

Case in point: Fresca
"Body-image advice for American women often sounds like advice to colonized people on how to assimilate better into the master culture: 
work harder to please, and you will be rewarded.



"And so we will, but it will take our valuable energy, and it will not be on our terms. That is a recipe for domestication, not liberation."


Sure, I could get thinner. I could put some thought into my wardrobe and get up an hour earlier to do hair and makeup. I could have an image. But those are hours of exercise and food obsession and wage-earning that I could use for something I feel is vitally important. Energy I could put into something that makes me feel good and productive, rather than helpless and ugly. Something that might make a difference in the long run.

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An unrelated note via Making Light: Gin, Television, and Social Surplus, because I have the feeling it will feed my thesis somehow.
We're going to look at every place that a reader or a listener or a viewer or a user has been locked out, has been served up passive or a fixed or a canned experience, and ask ourselves, "If we carve out a little bit of the cognitive surplus and deploy it here, could we make a good thing happen?" And I'm betting the answer is yes.

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