Where the hell was this idea when I was dropping out of an MA in the humanities?
For [Dave] Hickey, writing near the beginning of the nineties, only a full-blooded acknowledgement of the pleasure and sociality that intersect in disputatious experiences of beauty could rescue the academic art world from its arid purism. (2)
From Mitchell Morris’ The Persistence of Sentiment.
The nasty but unavoidable truth is that political outrage and the good old-fashioned desire to punish “bad” women are not disconnected. That field for one has been fertilized (or, if you prefer, salted) by the other. Complex, deep, and necessary critiqes– like the feminist critique of mainstream beauty standards, in Jenner’s or Beyonce’s case, or the anti-racist critique of [Miley] Cyrus’s appropriation of black aesthetics and the industry’s simultaneous dismissal of black artists (Nicki Minaj wound up having to make a few)– are appropriated and imitated by the mainstream to rationalize our culture’s underlying pattern of demolishing sexually unruly women. (34)
From Sady Doyle’s Trainwreck.
You asked me just now for the truth– well, the truth about any girl is that once she’s talked about she’s done for; and the more she explains her case the worse it looks. (bk. 2, ch. 4)
From Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.