In this book, one of the most accomplished and thoughtful cultural commentators of the day, considers the contradictory nature of cultural relations. Elizabeth Wilson explores these themes through an examination of fashion, feminism, consumer culture, representation and postmodernism. Debates within feminism on the nature and effects of pornography are used to illustrate a particular kind of cultural contradiction. Wilson recognizes that postmodernism permitted the reappropriation of subjects that were not previously considered worthy of attention, or opposed to the idea of emancipation, chief among these was fashion. She shows that the association of an interest in this culturally significant subject with a revisionist project raises doubt
Chapter 11: Living Dolls
I want to be a machine
The forecourt of the Beaubourg was pale with cold this January afternoon. The cobbled square sloped upwards and away from the massed pipes, tubes and escalators of the Centre. Every movement stirred the frozen air around us, gripped us, slowed us down, but it hurt even more to stand still. Feet and fingers ached with cold. Our breath made empty speech balloons of foggy whiteness
He stood near the top of the slope. At a safe distance from him a little knot of onlookers huddled and stared. He exhaled nothing, no cloud of breath escaped his lips; so this he must surely be – a doll, a statue, a clockwork figure, an it. We huddled in our ...