PATRICK RESEARCH WORK ON FEMINISM 1 – THE CONCEPT OF FEMINISM: INTRODUCTION

PATRICK STORIES

1200px-Feminism_symbol.svgTHE CONCEPT OF FEMINISM: INTRODUCTION

After a long suffering and discrimination of woman in the society, she is nowadays playing an important role in society as a politician, socialist and economist. Those achievements emerged by the coming of feminism which granted woman’s rights.

This research work studies woman suffering, dehumanization and segregation by man. It deals also with the efforts of Feminism to change woman’s oppression in the entire world and to ask for her equal rights and existence in all the domains (politics, socialism and economy)

This research tries to see at what extend does feminism influence woman’s fighting path and to answer the following questions:

1. How was the situation of woman in the past?
2. What did feminism brought to woman?
3. Was feminism efficient to change woman’s life?

The questions asked in this research aims to find if feminism was able to change the stereotypical image…

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Anaïs Anaïs

Anaïs Anaïs has always been the perfume of my dreams. I remember as a 11 years old feeling its scent for the first time in a (now extinct) department store and thinking ‘One day I will be so rich I will have one of these in my own house!’. Those times I would always spray myself some French perfume at the mall before going on a date – I washed, put my clothes on at home and made my make up and put on cologne at the mall, in one of these beauty stores. The staff would give me the nasty eye and I would promise to myself one day I would come to own all these products.

And now I do.

Sometimes you just have to take a step back and realise how true you were to your younger self. You promised and you kept your word. You achieved your goals. You did not betray your younger you trust. Here is my 11 years old self dream – she is saying ‘I can’t beleive you remembered!’ and my current self replies ‘I would never forget it, because you have always deserved it and now it is yours to keep.’

Gigi (MGM, 1958)

Leslie Caron as Gigi

As an admitedly French admirer, it comes as no surprise one of my favourite movies is Gigi, a Classic Hollywood musical shot in reconstructed/enacted 1900’s Paris, starring one of my most adored actresses, Mme Leslie Caron, which had 27 years at the time, interpreting a 15 years old French naïve girl, tutored by her grandma and aunt to became a courtisan.

Now sugarcoat it as you want, but what in all the realms is a courtisan? A courtisan is an upper echelon prostitute. Maybe not a wh*re, let alone a sl*t, but still someone who sells her body for money or, as the retired courtisans who raised Gigi, now sympathetic grannies of the movie call it, ‘men’s protection’ . It is still a transaction where sexual favours are returned with material benefits though, so my point stands.

Gigi is sent every Tuesday to her grandma’s sister, aun Alicia, to be taught how to pick cigars, to walk with mellifluous grace and to distinguish phony and true jewelry. As almost a little tomboy, she is as bored as can be, which paralels to her match, Gaston, who claims every little magic aspect of Paris ‘Is a bore!’.

Gigi learns how to evaluate a true gem from a fake admirer

At some point, Gigi questions her unavaliability to have friends and get married, the answer of her aunt being she must avoid commoners because “We don’t marry at once, we marry at last”.

This is such a terrifying, if you start to reflect upon it. Not only Gigi is forbiden to socialize and pick friends, a boyfriend and maybe a spouse according to her own taste, she is also being expected to prostitute herself to whoever pays more, following the lead of the mistresses’ ‘family business’. Please, what else can this be except highly disturbing.

If this sounds painfully bizarre to me as a watcher, I can only imagine how it sounded to the character. When the tutoring deepens, Gaston decidedly acknowledges the interest he has been nurturing for Gigi since long and her grandma finally dots the ‘i’s of everything she is expected to perform, Gigi’s reaction is one of bewilderment, unfairness and hurt. Coming to understand how narrowed are her options in this hypocritical society, Gigi comes to understand there are not many options standing in front of her other than plain prostitution or labour slavery and states “Gaston, if I have to be unhappy, I’d rather be unhappy with you”. This heartbreaking line expresses the lack of free will Gigi is submitted to, being forced to put her own body into the market, her only privilege being the right to pick who is going to buy the merchandise.

Gigi and Gaston at Maxim’s. Notice how the glow of Gigi seems stiff

Since this is a Cinderella retelling and Colette (a woman) being the original author of the tale, it all comes to a happy ending when Gaston understands he wants a wife, not a mistress, and the original Gigi, not the doctrined seductress she has been turned into. All is well again, except for a creepy old bachelor singing into a crowded Bois de Bologne park ‘Thank Heaven for Little Girls’ a slightly paedophilous theme about what would boys do without them.

Some may argue Gigi is a movie that hasn’t aged well, I on the other hand defend Gigi is a very ahead of its time movie. Why? Because it doted the ‘i’s about how women have always been expected to base their existences on the art of pleasing men. We are in 2019 and girls are being expected to excel in PE, care about their skin & hair, not to drink at parties to avoid date rape, get a serious boyfriend after college and not stay single for longer than one year. Is Gigi too modern for 2019?

Les Misérables

Who are the Miserables of the famous novel by Victor Hugo and the West End Muscial?

Remember the theme of the ending song of the Musical

To love another person is to see the face of God

According to this logic, the only truly miserable are the Thénadiers and Javert, for they are incapable of loving another human being.

Jean Valjean is a thief who stole to feed his sister and nephew. He also loved Cosette and raised her as his own daughter.

Fantine loved Cosette and blessed her in her last words.

Cosette loved Jean Valjean and Marius.

Marius loved Cosette, his deceited colleagues and was grateful for Jean Valjean.

Eponine loved her (loathesome) parents and Marius.

Gavroche loved his siblings and the Revolution.

I strongly beleive the main concept of Les Miserables is how resilient is the human race and even in the toughest conditions, being wronged politically, suffering endless injustice, nearly starving and physically exhaused there is still love to be reached and beauty to be found inside one’s own heart.