Who are these angry girls?

Adult women who call themselves a “girl” can be unfortunate, as can adult men who refer to themselves as a “boy.” It can be called coquettish, coquettish: I am a crazy person, I am not old, but still kind and loose. Don’t take me seriously. Or, as Marja Pruis (1959) wrote in angry girl. About women and friction: ‘Girl. The deficiency is latent. However, she does use the term as a badge of honor.

Who, then, are the bad girls in Prussia? Women who can be taken seriously, and who take themselves very seriously. Women who naturally occupy space, ignoring everything that traditionally worries women. Who does not laugh just because it ought to be, but simply because they are cheerful, never muffle their voices and never indiscriminately apologize, so as not to offend anyone. Bruce himself is different: “I am hesitant at the traffic light. I still want a poster from the teacher. In my opinion I play the bass, in fact I am collegiate.

“Graceful and decent” is what is traditionally called the behavior described for women in the piece contributed by Eileen Montaigne. the outside. The role of women in appearanceCompiled by NRC editor Milou van Rossum (1965). It was the title of a book she got when she was twelve years old, a book she longed for, but was disappointed in: “in this book [bleken] The requirements for attractiveness and etiquette are quite in line with each other. It was full of “warnings”: “To always be on time for the appointment, and not to whisper in company.” Montaigne, from whom she would love to read a thick book about her evolution from here, was looking for tips to be simply beautiful, how to make her hair shine, and look thinner. Beauty was her greatest good, as it is for most girls. Jamil was “a scale you always carried with you”. “Internal oppression,” she calls it retroactively: “You are enslaved, but you also want it.”

Be beautiful even though you are wiser

The fact that “wanting it yourself” is an interesting issue is always discussed, or at least briefly mentioned, in the docs at the outside† It turns out because all women want to be beautiful, even if they are wiser. Anja Meulenbelt prefers not to look in the mirror. Briggy Hofstede doing abdominal exercises alongside her boisterous baby: ‘I guess I’m sorry about the sit-ups. I’m sorry that it makes you think later that you have to do sit-ups and that I pass these stupid sit-ups to you with a delay of about twelve years.

She, despite her own training, wants to save her daughter from the importance attached to appearance. “But I know I’m going to fail miserably at this. You’ll want to live up to it, like everyone else. Because that sounds safe. You won’t recognize the bigger insecurities of the base, like everyone else, until later. That’s beautifully crafted.”

the outside It is about the desire to meet the standard and to depart from it: this double pursuit is always united in one bosom. It’s about being fat, old, pierced or pregnant, and also wearing it and taking it off again. However, it has become a bit of a “sermon for one’s parish group”. There are no really perverted views, you do not read anything from, for example, advocates of plastic surgery.

It’s a bit one-sided that everyone pre-thinks that attachment to beauty is a no-no anyway. The consideration of Xandra Schutte, who has a more personal and historical perspective, is most important to the bone. In the meantime, Manon Uphoff gives the best writing: “In me lives a tough fellow who wants to get out and move in the smooth elegance of a seal in the water, without wondering if you can take up too much space.”

Also read this interview: Marja Bruce: I don’t hate being the best at something

This ties in well with the angry Prussian girl. Turns out, her look isn’t a new phenomenon: Pruis’ bookshelves were already full of her. in angry girl There are reflections on the work of Rachel Kosek, Renate Rubinstein, and Vivian Gornick, for example. It’s an interesting, if not surprising, cut.

peace in your lap

Pruis, who also wrote an article on the outsideShe also talks about other “angry girls” in her book, as in articles on Sigrid Kaag and Neelie Kroes. Those pieces in themselves are full of great notes and ideas that arise from them, and there is also a sense of humor. However, they become difficult and very brainy at times. Pruis sometimes chooses very imposing words and here and there she sums up her sentences too much. Slightly light writing reads better.

One whole unit angry girl Also not substantial, so the question is what’s the deviation from Sander Collards’ coronation? From the life of a dog With the 2020 Liberace Prize for Literature in it. The most powerful moments are the moments when Bruce puts her hand in her lap, and does not stray too far, when she questions her assumptions and opinions, ruthlessly and frankly. as the “angry girl” who dared to write it for years.

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