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Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio

Does everything need to be answered? I guess that’s the writer’s prerogative. But when the final issue of a miniseries is released, the reader will be expecting some sort of conclusion, a neat little bow that wraps up all the subplots and narrative premises. Now, if you’re waiting for such an ending in Fashion Beast, you will be disappointed. But, like I said, providing a proper resolution is the author’s decision. And in this case, the participation of Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren and Anthony Johnston as authors makes it difficult to know exactly who was in charge of the final pages...

Tomboy is accused of sodomy and is quickly expelled from the army. If, as Foucault wrote "The sodomite was a recidivist, but the homosexual is now a species", Tomboy should be a part of that new species (except that his homosexuality inexplicably ceases to exist in this final chapter). He returns to Celestine’s HQ and creates an entire new line of clothing that defies the sexual repression instituted by the now deceased Celestine.
Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
Doll versus Madame

Up to this point we had seen the results of the repression of sexuality in the fashion industry. Sexuality was unmentionable for Celestine, something impossible to speak about. Tomboy brings about a much needed sexual revolution, perhaps following the ideas of the psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich (who affirmed that to conserve your mental health you needed to liberate your sexual energy). The past was a dark age where sexuality had been something forbidden, and with the new designs proposed by Tomboy, everything is about to change.

At the beginning of the story Doll and Tomboy were presented as transsexual individuals, characters of an undefined gender and sexuality. Now, however, Doll is no longer an ambiguous character, she’s just a normal woman; and Tomboy is a just a man. At the end, the sexual union between Doll and Tomboy prevails. What started as a very audacious proposal turns out to be a foundational fiction, built upon the union of male and female heroes, the victory of fertility and the confirmation of the heterosexual normativity.

In case you missed my previous reviews, just click here: Fashion Beast # 1, Fashion Beast # 2, Fashion Beast # 3, Fashion Beast # 4, Fashion Beast # 5, Fashion Beast # 6, Fashion Beast # 7, Fashion Beast # 8 & Fashion Beast # 9.
Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
The wedding dress / El vestido de novia
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Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
the confirmation of the heterosexual normativity /
la confirmación de la normatividad heterosexual

¿Todo necesita ser respondido? Supongo que esa es la prerrogativa del escritor. Pero cuando llega el último número de una miniserie, el lector estará esperando algún tipo de conclusión, un nudo que ate todas las líneas argumentales y premisas narrativas. Si están esperando un final así en Fashion Beast, quedarán decepcionados. Pero, como dije, proporcionar una resolución apropiada es decisión del autor. Y en este caso, la participación de Alan Moore, Malcolm McLaren y Anthony Johnston como autores hace difícil saber exactamente quién estuvo a cargo de las páginas finales...

Tomboy es acusado de sodomía y es rápidamente expulsado del ejército. Si, como escribió Foucault, "El sodomita era un reincidente, pero ahora el homosexual era una nueva especie", Tomboy debería ser parte de esta nueva especie (excepto que su homosexualidad inexplicablemente cesa de existir en este capítulo final). Él regresa al cuartel general de Celestine y crea una nueva línea de ropa que desafía la represión sexual instituida por el difunto Celestine.
Fashion Beast # 10 - Alan Moore Facundo Percio
my drawing: from pencils to inks /
mi dibujo: del lápiz a la tinta

Hasta este momento, habíamos visto los resultados de la represión de la sexualidad en la industria de la moda. La sexualidad no podía ser mencionada por Celestine, eso era algo imposible. Tomboy impulsa una muy necesaria revolución sexual, tal vez siguiendo las ideas del psicoanalista Wilhelm Reich (quien afirmaba que para conservar tu salud mental necesitabas liberar tu energía sexual). El pasado fue una edad oscura en la que la sexualidad había sido algo prohibido, y con los nuevos diseños propuestos por Tomboy, todo está a punto de cambiar.

Al comienzo de la historia, Doll y Tomboy fueron presentados como transexuales, individuos de un género y de una sexualidad indefinida. Sin embargo, ahora Doll ya no es un personaje ambiguo, es una mujer normal; y Tomboy es simplemente un hombre. Al final, la unión sexual entre Doll y Tomboy prevalece. Lo que empezó como una propuesta muy audaz se convierte en una ficción fundacional, construida sobre la unión de los héroes masculinos y femeninos, la victoria de la fertilidad y la confirmación de la normatividad heterosexual.

Si quieren leer los posts anteriores, pueden hacerlo ahora: Fashion Beast # 1Fashion Beast # 2Fashion Beast # 3Fashion Beast # 4Fashion Beast # 5Fashion Beast # 6Fashion Beast # 7Fashion Beast # 8 & Fashion Beast # 9.

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