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“Be a lady”: the video on social pressures towards women


Cynthia Nixon narrates 'Be a lady, they said', a poem by the American Camille Rainville.

“Don't be too fat, don't be too thin. Eat. Slimming Stop eating so much. Do not eat too fast. God, you look like a skeleton! Why don't you eat? ”Are some of the phrases that actress Cynthia Nixon tells in this video from Girls magazine . Girls Girls The video, originally published on Vimeo, already exceeds 3.6 million views and has been retaken on several social networks.

Be a lady, they said, is a poem by Camille Rainville written in 2017 that details the social pressures that women experience, many of them contradictory and sexist. “You are trying too hard. You look exaggerated. Men do not like girls who try too hard, ”is one of the phrases in this text.

Rainville was studying at the University of Vermont when he wrote this poem that began to circulate on social networks and that gradually became viral. According to the author in her blog Writings of a furious woman, this is a text that "addresses the dichotomies of femininity."

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The video begins by talking about women's clothing and the criticisms about their clothes. Then it goes to the body and the demands on weight and continues with a mention of surgeries and body modifications. In addition, he reviews many of the criticisms that women receive about their sexual life. “Be demure. Be pure Do not be any one. Do not have casual sex. Men don't like foxes. ”

In addition to Nixon, this video shows actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Rose McGowan, one of the first complainants of producer Harvey Weinstein through the #MeToo movement, who on Monday was found guilty on Monday of sexual assault and rape.

'Be a lady they said'. Translated text

Be a lady, they said. Your skirt is very short. Your shirt is very low. Your pants are too tight. Don't show so much skin. Do not show your thighs. Do not show your breasts. Do not show your stomach. Do not show your cleavage. Do not show your underwear. Do not show your shoulders. Get covered. Leave something to the imagination. Dress modestly. Don't be a temptress. Men cannot control themselves. Men have needs. You look disheveled. Loosen up a bit. Show some skin. Show yourself sexy. It looks 'hot'. Don't be so provocative. You are asking for it. He wears black. Wear heels. You are very dressed. You are too dressed. Do not wear those pants; Looks like you got carried away.

Be a lady, they said. Don't be too fat Don't be too thin Don't be too big Don't be too small Eat. Slimming Stop eating so much. Do not eat too fast. Ask for a salad. Do not eat carbohydrates. Skip the dessert. You need to lose weight. Get in that dress. Go on a diet. Watch what you eat. Eat celery. Eat chewing gum. Drink a lot of water. You have to wear those jeans. God, you look like a skeleton. Why don't you eat You look emaciated. You look sick. Eat a hamburger Men like women with some meat in their bones. Be small Be light Be small Be feminine Be zero size. Be a double zero. I know nothing I know less than nothing.

Be a lady, they said. Take off body hair. Shave your legs. Shave your armpits. Shave the bikini line. Wax your face. Shave your arms. Wax for your eyebrows. Take off your mustache. Whiten this. Whiten that. Lighten your skin. Tan your skin. Erase your scars. Cover your stretch marks. Tighten your abs. Fill your lips Botox your wrinkles. Lift your face Get your belly. Thin your thighs. Tone your calves. Upload your breasts. It looks natural. Be yourself. Be genuine Have confidence. You are trying too hard. You look exaggerated. Men don't like girls who try too hard.

Be a lady, they said. Wear makeup Prepare your face Hide your imperfections. Contour your nose. Highlight your cheekbones. Line up your eyelids. Fill your eyebrows. Lengthen your eyelashes. Color your lips. Dust, blush, bronze, highlighted. Your hair is very short. Your hair is very long. You have stye. Highlight your hair. Your roots are being seen. Dye your hair. Not blue, that seems unnatural. You are turning gray. You look so old. He looks young. Go young. Have an ageless appearance. Don't get old Women do not age. The old is ugly. Men do not like the ugly.

Be a lady, they said. Take care of yourself. Be pure Be virginal Do not talk about sex. Do not flirt. Don't be a whore. Do not sleep there. Do not lose your dignity. Do not have sex with too many men. Do not give up. Men do not like foxes. Don't be a prude. Don't be so tense. Have a little fun. Smile more. Give men pleasure. Be experienced Be sexual Be innocent Be lewd. Be virginal Be sexy Be the great girl. Don't be like the other girls.

Be a lady, they said. Do not speak too loudly. Do not talk too much. Do not take up space. You don't feel that way. Don't stop like this. Do not be intimidating. Why are you so miserable? Don't be a bitch Don't be so bossy. Do not be assertive. Do not exaggerate. Don't be so emotional. Do not Cry. Do not scream. Do not swear. Be passive Be obedient. It supports the pain. Be nice Do not complain. Increase your ego. Make him fall in love with you. Men want what they can't have. Do not give up. Make me work for you. Men love persecution. Fold your clothes. Cook your dinner. Keep him happy. That is the work of a woman. You will be a good wife someday. Take your last name. Did you keep your name? Crazy feminist. Give him children. You don't want children? Some day you will. You will change your mind.

Be a lady, they said. That they don't rape you. Protect yourself. Do not drink too much. Do not walk alone. Do not go too late. You don't dress like that. Do not show too much. Do not get drunk. Do not leave your drink without care. Have a confidant. Walk where it is well lit. Stay in safe neighborhoods. Tell someone where you are going. Load pepper spray. Buy a rape whistle. Hold your keys like a weapon. Take a self defense course. Check your trunk. Close your doors. Do not go out alone. Do not make eye contact. Do not blink. Don't look easy Do not call attention. Do not work late. Don't make dirty jokes. You would not smile at strangers. Do not go out at night. Trust nobody. Do not say yes. Do not say no.

They simply said "be a lady".

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