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quotes: on becoming-girl

Posted by rigorousm on March 21, 2011

The YoungGirl is fascinating in the same way as everything that expresses its being closed in upon itself, a mechanical self-sufficiency or an indifference to the observer; like an insect, an infant, a robot, or Foucault’s pendulum.

The YoungGirl loves her illusions in the same way as she loves her reification: by proclaiming them.

Smiles have never been any good as arguments. There is also such a thing as the smile of skeletons.

The YoungGirl carries in her laughter all the desolation of late-night bars.

The YoungGirl is the only insect that consents to the entomology of women’s magazines.

The YoungGirl is resentment that smiles.

The YoungGirl swims in deja-vus. for her, the first time something is lived is always [at least] the second time it has been represented.

— from Raw Materials for a Theory of the “YoungGirl” (original in French here, translation here)


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