I hope when women wear Céline they feel confident and strong. I guess there is a bit of a political statement behind Céline, which is that we should be teaching young girls to feel good … I am not a big fan of women being sexualised through clothes, as you can probably tell from my work. I have no problem with a woman wearing anything as long as she has chosen to wear it for herself. But I do think there are too many images of women that are sexualised and too many examples of women dressing for other people and disempowering themselves in the process.
Since I first read that, I’ve seen “cuteness” as a dangerous terrain. Specifically, I’ve noticed that so much of our pleasure derived from looking at cute things is facilitated by a lens of dominance. We look at a remove. We look upon cute things, and rarely identify with those cute things. “Cute” justifies hierarchical positions of seeing. Ngai points out the sadistic dimension of looking at cute things. Part of the pleasure of looking at a cute kitten, for example, must be its ability to tell us that we are right and that our position as the seer is just.
It seems like making people laugh is on the same linear scale. Humiliating yourself through humour to enforce your peers ego is related however cute is strictly passive and inactive (pity is the cute viewers main emotion) which means it is inherently feminine while comedy is masculine because it is an active ‘skill’