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Fashion Beast # 3 - Moore, McLaren Percio

Written by Arion on Sunday, December 23 2012 and posted in Blog

Doll is out there, roaming the streets, unaware of some very real urban dangers. Soon, Doll is attacked by a group of conservative people who despise transvestites; dressed up as suburban men and women from the 50s, they brutally beat up Doll. 

What is the origin of this aggression? Isn’t it a futile attempt of counterattacking the gender and sexual transgression carried out by Doll? Doll’s crime, if such a term might be applied to her actions, is to pose herself as a transgendered individual. If a man cross-dresses as woman he’s desacralizing the image of the mother, because women’s body became sexualized centuries ago based on her role as a child bearer. The concept "hysteria" was invented as a result of sexual problems. So it’s only logical that traditional people that think in terms of sacred motherhood should have hysterical and violent reactions when confronted with someone like Doll.

If we consider that genre is, besides a cultural referent, a “corporeal field of play”, then it is quite evident that society will impose strict punishments for those who defy the tradition by performing freely, without concern for sex and gender. After surviving the attack, Doll returns to Celestine’s Headquarters. And sees a large manifestation of people that are against the fashion industry. This anti-fashion brigade share the same outdated clothing style of the people who harmed Doll. 

Doll, then, gains access into the heart of the Celestine building. And it’s there when she speaks with the legend, with the powerful patron of fashion, with Celestine himself. The founder of the most powerful fashion empire decides to promote Doll as his main model. In the end, it doesn’t matter if Doll is indeed a girl or a boy that dresses up as a girl, all that matters is that she will become the object of admiration of millions. 

Doll and Tomboy are in constant contact with the sedimented expectations of gendered existence. As Judith Butler would explain “there is a sedimentation of gender norms that produces the peculiar phenomenon of a natural sex, or a real woman, or any number of prevalent and compelling social fictions”, this sedimentation includes the things that men demand from women, whether in the past or in the present; the result is a “set of corporeal styles which, in reified form, appear as the natural configuration of bodies into sexes which exist in a binary relation to one another”. ________________________________________________________________________ 

Doll vagabundea por las calles, sin preocuparse por los peligros urbanos. De un momento a otro, sufre el ataque de un grupo de personas conservadoras que detestan a los travestis; vestidos como hombres y mujeres de los suburbios en los años 50, ellos golpean a Doll de manera brutal.

¿Cuál es el origen de esta agresión? ¿No es un fútil intento de contraatacar la transgresión sexual y de género realizada por Doll? El crimen de Doll, si semejante término puede aplicarse a sus acciones, es la posición del individuo transgénero. Si un hombre se trasviste como mujer, él desacraliza la imagen de la madre, porque el cuerpo de la mujer ha sido sexualizado hace siglos sobre la base de su rol como portadora de crías. El concepto 'histeria' fue inventado como resultado de los problemas sexuales. Así que es bastante lógico que la gente tradicional piense en términos de maternidad sagrada y tenga reacciones histéricas y violentas al confrontar a alguien como Doll.

Si consideramos que el género es, además de un referente cultural, un "un campo de juegos corpóreo", entonces es bastante evidente que la sociedad impondrá castigos estrictos a aquellos que desafíen la tradición al actuar libremente, sin preocuparse por el sexo y el género. Después de sobrevivir a este ataque, Doll regresa al cuartel general de Celestine. Y ve una gran manifestación de gente en contra de la industria de la moda. Esta brigada anti-moda comparte con los que hirieron a Doll el mismo estilo de ropa desfasado.
Fashion Beast # 3 - Moore, McLaren Percio
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Doll, entonces, accede al corazón del edificio de Celestine. Y es allí cuando habla con la leyenda, con el poderoso patrón de la moda, con el mismo Celestine. El fundador del más poderoso imperio de moda decide ascender a Doll como su modelo principal. Al final, no importa si Doll es de hecho una chica o un chico que se viste como chica, todo lo que importa es que ella se convertirá en el objeto de admiración de millones. 

Doll y Tomboy están en constante contacto con las expectativas sedimentadas de una existencia de género. Como explicaría Judith Butler "hay una sedimentación de las normas de género que produce el fenómeno peculiar de un sexo natural, o una mujer real, o un cierto número de ficciones sociales prevalentes y atractivas", esta sedimentación incluye aquello que los hombres demandan de las mujeres, ya sea en el pasado o en el presente; el resultado es un "conjunto de estilos corpóreos, en forma reificada, que aparecen como la configuración natural de los cuerpos dentro de los sexos que existen en una relación binaria del uno con el otro".

Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2012/12/fashion-beast-3-moore-mclaren-percio.html


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