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The truth about French women / Marie-Morgane Le Moël.

By: Le Moël, Marie-Morgane [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Sydney, NSW a Vintage book published by Random House Australia, 2015Copyright date: © 2015Description: 232 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780857981745.Subject(s): Women -- France -- Conduct of life | Women -- France -- Attitudes | France -- Social life and customsDDC classification: 305.40944 Summary: In France, criticizing oneselves is a national sport, even more important than football. But there's one thing every foreigner does need to understand if they ever plan to spend some time with a French person. Or even more dangerously, marry a French person. Or, pure madness, live in France with lots of French persons. French people hate it when foreigners criticize them. Immediately this provokes a strange physical phenomenon. The heart starts pumping a little bit faster, reminiscences of the Marseillaise are heard by their gallic ears, and they reach mentally for the sword. For years now, French women have become a target for all sorts of representations. In fact, the number of books written about French women is becoming a publishing market in itself. No year goes by without a new book about them. And yet, in spite of her reserves in differentiating French women from other women, Marie Le Moel found some aspects can't be so easily dismissed. Of course, women, and men, all around the world, share similarities. And yet, they remain a product of their environment. French environment, culture and rich history, has produced a certain type of men and women. It has produced, too, a certain type of relationship between the two genders, where seduction and games play, still now, an important part. And in order to better fight the stereotypes, one has to try to put the finger on what constitutes a modern French woman, and why she has become, for many, an example.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

The Truth About French Women shows us that French women really are fascinating, but not for the reasons you think.

French women have a mystique about them. They have, throughout the ages, been considered by some as a species apart - apparently flawless women, for whom sex and sensuality are central to their identity. But are French women really a model of elegance, always perfectly dressed with designer clothes as the stereotype would have us believe? Are they all intellectual, classy creatures with a perfect waistline, even if they eat croissants au beurre all day long? Are they all sexually liberated, wearing kinky lingerie and bedding other women's husbands (seducing them with a bottle of champagne kept near the bed, of course) ?


The Truth About French Women focuses on who French women really are, and why they're more interesting than the clichUs. It calls on women throughout French history who have defied societal norms and created their own destiny. French women who include heroines such as Jeanne d'Arc, the teenage girl who led the French army to success; the legendary sans culottes, who were instrumental during the French Revolution and Coco Chanel, who not only built a fashion empire, but also liberated women from the constraints of the corset, allowing an unprecedented amount of physical freedom for the fairer sex.

It's also a study into the realities of everyday life for the contemporary French woman, and how she interprets love, art and politics.

Vintage book published by Random House.

Includes bibliographical references: pages [227]-232.

In France, criticizing oneselves is a national sport, even more important than football. But there's one thing every foreigner does need to understand if they ever plan to spend some time with a French person. Or even more dangerously, marry a French person. Or, pure madness, live in France with lots of French persons. French people hate it when foreigners criticize them. Immediately this provokes a strange physical phenomenon. The heart starts pumping a little bit faster, reminiscences of the Marseillaise are heard by their gallic ears, and they reach mentally for the sword. For years now, French women have become a target for all sorts of representations. In fact, the number of books written about French women is becoming a publishing market in itself. No year goes by without a new book about them. And yet, in spite of her reserves in differentiating French women from other women, Marie Le Moel found some aspects can't be so easily dismissed. Of course, women, and men, all around the world, share similarities. And yet, they remain a product of their environment. French environment, culture and rich history, has produced a certain type of men and women. It has produced, too, a certain type of relationship between the two genders, where seduction and games play, still now, an important part. And in order to better fight the stereotypes, one has to try to put the finger on what constitutes a modern French woman, and why she has become, for many, an example.

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