“It’s not sex he finds erotic… it’s the buttons and stays that get in the way of sex! His clothes don’t allow any sexual access, reducing people to a lot of furtive groping under layers of gown for something they’re not even allowed to see”. That’s such a brilliant line, and in way it also sums up how we deal with sexuality and eroticism. The idea of the naked body as something shameful is part of us now, it wasn’t necessarily that way in Ancient Greece or the Roman Empire, but today we feel the need to cover, only to covet for what lies beneath.
In the fourth installment of Fashion Beast, Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston explore even further this world of fashion, this frivolous city in which everyone pays more attention to Celestine’s spring collection than to the impending threat of a nuclear winter.
Now that Doll is Celestine’s main model, she is also the only one authorized to modify the designs of the ultimate designer; meanwhile, Tomboy helps Doll with advices about fashion. Tomboy has no respect for Celestine, and by redesigning clothes she is also redefining the feminine essence. Simone de Beauvoir claimed once that “one is not born, but, rather, becomes a woman”. Tomboy was born a female, however, she wants to become a male. Either way it’s clear that gender is in no way a stable identity or locus of agency, nor is it a result of biological mandates.
Gender should be understood as an identity tenuously constituted in time through reiterative acts. In order to be a woman, one must act as a woman every second of the day. There is no such thing as a substantial model of identity in any given sex -male or female- the conception of gender has greatly varied in different eras and different civilizarions, it is what we could denominate a “conception of a constituted social temporality”.
"No es el sexo lo que él encuentra erótico... son los botones y las costuras que impiden el camino al sexo. Sus ropas no permiten ningún acceso sexual, reduciendo a la gente a los manoseos furtivos bajo capas de vestidos en busca de algo que no se les permite ver". Una línea brillante, y en cierto modo resume cómo lidiamos con la sexualidad y el erotismo. La idea del cuerpo desnudo como algo vergonzoso es parte de nosotros, esto no sucedía en la antigua Grecia o el imperio romano, pero hoy día sentimos la necesidad de cubrir, sólo para codiciar aquello que está cubierto.
En el cuarto capítulo de "Fashion Beast", Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren y Anthony Johnston exploran aún más este mundo de la moda, esta ciudad frívola en la que todos prestan más atención a la colección de primavera de Celestine que a la amenaza de un invierno nuclear.
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El género debería ser entendido como una identidad tenuemente constituida en el tiempo a través de actos reiterativos. Para ser mujer, uno debe actuar como mujer cada segundo del día. No hay tal cosa como un modelo substancial de identidad para ninguno de los sexos -masculino o femenino- la concepción de género ha variado mucho en diferentes épocas y diferentes civilizaciones, es lo que podríamos denominar una "concepción de una temporalidad social constituida".
Originally Published at http://artbyarion.blogspot.com/2013/01/fashion-beast-4-alan-moore-facundo.html
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