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101 – Everyone is Beautiful and No One is Horny

Today we read from the essay “Everyone is Beautiful and No One is Horny” by Raquel S. Benedict, which examines the evolution of fitness culture in the realm of Hollywood films, contrasting the current moment primarily with the cinematic expressions of the 1980s and 90s. Interesting parallels are drawn between social atomization, residential architecture, a society gripped by fear and the need to be “battle-ready,” and this sexless pursuit of physical perfection, the body rendered solely or predominately as an investment of capital, just like a McMansion, some stock, or the eighteenth producer credit on another cape movie.

Before all of that we talk about George W. Bush's dumbass speech on 9/11, and the massive governmental failure to prevent millions of people from getting evicted, all in service of taking the Emergency Rental Assistance funds back from the states that have  been extraordinarily slow to disburse them.

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