Funky design layouts – I especially like the fabric designs
In part, a response to Alana Massey
Alana Massey recently guest-wrote a short article for The New Inquiry’s beauty blog “The Beheld,” which is usually run by Autumn Whitefield-Madrano. Its title is rather excruciating: “The Party’s girls and party girls: Negotiating beauty in the Soviet Union.” Parts of it are okay, however, the insufferable puns notwithstanding.
What follows is a brief reflection on her piece and some thoughts of my own, concerning one of its major lacunae.
Let’s get a few other minor quibbles out of the way before proceeding to the stronger points Massey makes, though:
- First, there’s this tone of casual familiarity to the whole piece that really grates on me, and I could’ve done without the self-indulgent anecdote about getting a bikini wax at Spa Jolie. Could be that I’m just old-fashioned, even slightly prudish. Don’t think so, though.
- Beyond that, the Tiqqunesque typologies — the
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