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Textual Relations: The Young-Girl and the Selfie
"...we spend inordinate amount of money on emphasizing the important of beauty, the importance of fashion, the importance of youthfulness and desirability and individuality. If the best way of making your womanhood legible is to adorn your body in a particular way — whether femme or punk rock or teeny bopper or whatever — then there is an injunction to perform that work. Women who do not do that work, particularly teenage girls who ‘opt out’ as it were, face social repercussions far more meaningful than some 40-year-old dude calling them narcissists. We elevate the work women do on their bodies to the utmost importance, and then punish the outcome of that labour."

"The selfie, in the end is about the gendered labour of young girls under capitalism. Do we honestly think that by ceasing to take and post selfies, the bodies of young women would cease to be spectacles? Teenage girls are Young-Girls, are spectacles, are narcissists, are consumers because those are the very criterion which must be met to be a young woman and also a part of society."
2013  2010s  cbc  writing  textual_relations  text-relations  john_berger  sarah_gram  the_current  andrew_keen  selfie  self-portrait  photography  culture  hegemony  capitalism  consumerism  punishment  disgust  gender  body  hal_niedviecki  sarah_nicole_pritchett  tiqqun  immanuel_kant  girl  young-girl  youth  instagram 
july 2013 by cluebucket

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