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It is very pleasant work teaching girls, espec…

It is very pleasant work teaching girls, especially pretty ones, who somehow always seemed to make the best students …. It is certainly remarkable that the prettier the girl the better the study.

Beauty? What is that? – Beauty in itself is no…

Beauty? What is that? – Beauty in itself is nothing.

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The construction of femininity is historical. …

The construction of femininity is historical. It is lived by women economically, socially and ideologically. Women occupy a particular position within a patriarchal, bourgeois society, a relation of inequality to its structures of power. Power is not only a matter of coercive forces. It operates through exclusions from access to those institutions and practices through which dominance is exercised. One of these is language, by which we mean not just speech or grammar, but the discursive systems through which the world we live in is represented by and to us.

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Just think of that; isn’t it almost a new religion that these Japanese teach us, who are so simple and live in nature as if they themselves were flowers?

Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother, Theo van Gogh.

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