Sunday, January 27, 2019

The Illusionists

Part 1: New World Notes #569, 27:59  (January 29)
Broadcast quality MP3 (38 MB)
Decent quality MP3 (13 MB)

Part 2: New World Notes #570, 28:57 (February 5)
Broadcast quality MP3 (40 MB)
Decent quality MP3 (13 MB)

 A good documentary film by Elena Rossini (2015), newly adapted to radio by KD.

It's about the damage--social, physical, and psychological--wrought by the huge and profitable "beauty" industry.

One of this film's virtues is its international scope. Throughout the world, the bad effects of the beauty business are remarkably similar--but the regional variations are very interesting. The focus shifts among. Boston, Paris, Milan, Beirut, Mumbai, and Tokyo.

Another virtue: the film focuses on men--the industry's latest target--as well as women.

Part One explores how the industry promotes personal insecurity ... how people worldwide have been persuaded to desire European features ... and how Third-World people are encouraged to lighten their skin color. Introduction by KD (and a brief PS by W. Shakespeare).

Part Two explores the "skinny" ideal and the diet industry ...Photoshopping models to make them skinnier still ... warped images of men's beauty ... the sexualization of children, especially young girls ... the connections between the beauty business and the porn business ...  and how to fight back.

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