3 thoughts on “Bodies, Objects, Violence

  1. I’ve been a little surprised by this turn of events myself. Not only is it a reversal of the model provided by feminists in the 1970’s, but it takes the importance of female appearance to new extremes. Of course, it all comes down to capitalism: women are intentionally being intimidated into buying products that they don’t need. The marketers have women just where they want them, yo-yoing between obesity and anorexia.

  2. I recently read a good biography, Vindication: A Life of Mary Wollstonecraft, by Lyndall Gordon. It is easy to see how Wollstonecraft’s outlook could be contemporary. I was struck by her relationship with the American, Gilbert Imlay. Here we had one of the most interesting times in history, with the Enlightenment, the American Revolution, and the French Revolution. And Imlay travels to France for what? To profit from the revolution just as any modern-day capitalist would. Of course, he abandoned Wollstonecraft along with his child, who later committed suicide. Indeed very little has changed in two centuries.

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