A woman must continually watch herself

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“In Ways of Seeing, John Berger, Marxist art critic, screenwriter and novelist, has discussed the way in which the display of women in the visual arts and publicity images results in [and Modleski quotes Berger:] a woman’s self being split into two. A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself. Whilst she is walking across a room or whilst she is weeping at the death of her father, she can scarcely avoid envisaging herself walking or weeping. From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually.'” (37)

Ref: Tania Modleski (1982) Loving with a Vengeance: Mass-produced Fantasies for Women. Archon Books: Hamden, Connecticut

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