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the formality of being feminine

with respect to the beauty debt:

http://deathbyshinies.livejournal.com/403162.html

how does this sound?

- the female beauty debt exists because there is a formal definition of femininity. this formal femininity may be supplied by models or global mainstream media; or even peers, parents and diet charts. this formal definition of femininity is not subcultural.

- the male competition for status is not constrained by a male beauty debt because there is no formal definition of masculinity in global mainstream media. to wit, the last vestiges of formal masculinity as a global mainstream movement were embodied in the militarism leading up to ww1. instead, only hazily demarcated areas of unmanly or inauthentic masculinity exist, and these are largely reclaimed by active subcultures.

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deathbyshinies
Jun. 9th, 2009 11:33 am (UTC)
Ooh, also: the female beauty debt exists because there is a formal definition of femininity. this formal femininity may be supplied by models or global mainstream media; or even peers, parents and diet charts. this formal definition of femininity is not subcultural.

But subculture can allow one to negotiate it to a certain extent - for example, there is a definite standard of Goth beauty, and although it overlaps with mainstream beauty to some extent, the correspondence is not complete. If a woman starts out with, say, black hair and pale skin, her efforts will 'buy' her more closeness to the ideal if she attempts Goth beauty, rather than mainstream beauty.
thekit
Jun. 9th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
I'm playing with the following hypothesis: The liberalization of female gender roles can be achieved by the abandonment of a single global formal femininity.

Of course, it took ww2 and the near annihilation of the world to put an end to formal masculinity, especially in countries like japan (who traded their samurai for salary men until the late 90s).

Also it is further complicated by the global media being a male directed construct which influences femininity, while military masculinity was a male construct which influences masculinity.

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