@houseplant I don't think that Harrison meant to imply that the book was written specifically to scandalize Anglos - what she says is that Roche is kicking back against Anglo-American hygiene habits as encouraged by the Anglo-American hygiene industry. Which are things that affect the culture of pretty much all European countries despite our differences - we have the same multinationals telling us we need a special type of razor for sensitive lady armpits (which increases the sense that it is mandatory to be shaving them), we share a whole body of visual culture that affects our understanding of what is the normative beauty regimen.
Harrison does have the sense that Germans are less squeamish about their bodies and bodily functions than Anglos - i'm surprised she didn't trot out the old comparison of toilet shapes - but she seems pretty aware that the book was written to be shocking in Germany also.
@Bette: Sparkles for Everyone
+1 on the tagging, it's a skill and an art.
hope you have a great time at Jezebel, Emma!
@snakelet I don't understand -- are you suggesting that we shouldn't have to read a quote which makes it obvious that SBA said and believed racist things? I kind of feel like that would be more of a problem, morally speaking: that would be to fictionalise her into a paragon. (and then, of course, we in time could 'discover' that she also believed and said racist things, and then decide that she is in fact an ultimate monster and nothing she did was of value because of her moral turpitude.)
Isn't it essential that we be willing to talk about the fact that people can hold opinions that are morally unconscionable to you or i, and also simultaneously do things that are great or noble or advance the course of human freedom?
@AnnieM can i suggest you NEVER investigate the episodes in which a swarm of bees attack some hornets because they are beyond nightmare fodder.
I wonder how much of the idea for the WSJ article came from the Awl piece on LJ Smith from a couple of months back...
@ru_ri the british poet laureate also traditionally receives, annually, a hundred pounds and a "butt of sack". Poets need their wine!
On "PRODUCT DETAILS: This attachment for your bath will hold your beverage in a wine glass while you bathe."
@KJZ special wine, real good wine
@katzenklavier yeah, I think too much familiarity with the languages in question kind of ruins it - the Japanese contained consonant mixtures that aren't normally possible (and the clipped bits of it had a rhythm more like Korean) and that threw me entirely.
On Hair Removal Techniques from 1532: "Boil together a solution of one pint of arsenic & an eighth of a pint of quicklime..."
A friend of mine pointed out, after one of multiple iterations of the 'ruskin freaked out by pubic hair' story, that it isn't as if we see body hair on male nudes either-- but women are expected to live to the image in a way that men are not.
"PUTTING A BRA ON VS LIVING MY BEST LIFE"
brb getting this picked out in studs on the back of a leather jacket i will wear forever