'I want to put my face in my hands, to howl, for...all the women of Paris, for the burden of having what men desire, for the heaviness of knowing it is ours to give, that with our flesh we make our way in the world.' (p. 284)I see you struggling. Starving, you live in squalor and your future is bleak. But I can sleep easy without lifting a finger to help. In fact I'm wise not to help because you'd only take advantage of me. Your facial features, they give it away.
This type of blame-the-victim thinking was known as physiognomies.
Cathy Marie Buchanan's author notes explains that one of the inspirations for The Painted Girls was the discovery that 'Degas bought into the idea that certain facial features hinted at a person's innate criminality and sought to incorporate it into his artwork.' And she wondered, '[h]ow might such perception have affected the life of his teenage model.'
an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
February 19th is...
'a national day of celebration of Canadian books for young people.'
Next Sunday Evening...
Short story collection
Stories of My Life
A collection of short story that was inspired by my life.
Are you following me?