politics of bodies and designs

Congratulations Mexico City!

Side effects from reading this report on the politics of content in higher-education literature courses may include nausea, headache, body pains, trichotillomania and depression.

On a different note, am I the only person who likes toile? There was a lot of toile at the fabric store, but I’m hesitant to buy it because it seems… weird somehow. Like I should feel guilty for liking it. Like it represents a certain politics I don’t want to participate in. But it’s so pretty!


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7 Responses to politics of bodies and designs

  1. shannon says:

    i love toile. but i know what you mean i always feel kind of like i shouldn’t too. but i also love fabric! : )

  2. Jessica Smith says:

    it seems like the patterns often glorify a certain affluent pre-Revolutionary French culture, and that it is perhaps this glorification that leads to toile’s current use by the country club set and girls who have embroidered tote bags. class, conspicuous consumption.

    but the history of toile isn’t as specific as all that, so maybe toile that depicts something other than the courting procedures of the leisurely class would be ok?

  3. Michelle Morgan says:

    yes, like little kids and windmills and geese would be okay.

    i’ve always loved toile, too. cannot explain why it appeals.

  4. Jessica Smith says:

    windmills! i love holland-y stuff.

  5. Ernesto says:

    re: mexico city, it wasn’t easy, but it finally passed. The extreme right is getting more and more radical and that is a bit scary. But it is, indeed, a triumph.

  6. Jessica Smith says:

    Ha- I was thinking about you when I wrote that! It does seem like a major breakthrough. Congratulations.

  7. Ernesto says:

    Thanks. A group of Mexican men in the arts and humanities managed to publish a letter with hundreds of signatures in two main Mexican newspapers. It wasn’t much, but at least we -as men- managed to publicly express our views on the abortion question.

    It’s a small step, but an important one. Thank you for reporting it here, Jessica.

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