Written by the French writer and activist collective, Tiqqun, this little, bright pink book caught my attention immediately in the Rhodes University Library. It looked so innocuous and sweet, a “light” feminist read, if you will, that I decided to take it out even though I was beyond my human limit with coursework reading.
Preliminary materials for a Theory of the Young-Girl, in this case, means it is a “trash-theory” – a basic accumulation of quotes, book and chapter excerpts, newspaper headlines (any sort of written material) that highlighted characteristics of the Young-Girl theory. Different fonts were used for different extracts, cementing their meaning in my mind. The typographic aspect to the book was a definite plus – it made dense pieces more interesting to read and playing with the fonts played with my understanding of the actual text. And I love mental gymnastics,so this was up my alley.
That fluorescent pink cover was misleading. Yes, don’t tell me that old adage about books and judgment and covers. I learnt my lesson. This book was a bomb-shell and a very heavy read because of unwritten things (yes, this is just the preliminary theory – I shudder at the thought of a full-blown theory!) and my mind went on quite a few tangents.
I strongly recommend this tough read for those with ovaries of steel. It may not take too long to read, but it deals with big issues like hyper-sexualisation, eating disorders, self-love, consumerism and capitalism and trust me: one of those juicy, typographically interesting, nuggets will linger in your mind.