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...ries, women spent enormous time and money acquiring makeup, cloth, and other means by which to mimic Western fashion. Although many of these women looked overdressed and over-primped, they did it “to cheer themselves up in a grim everyday life…In fact, they [were] doing it to show difference; there [were] not many other ways to differentiate oneself” (Drakulic, p.27). Drakulic described these women and their efforts to assert individuality: “In the party-controlled magazines for women, where they are instructed to be good workers and party members first, then mothers, housewives, and sex objects next, - never themselves? To be yourself, to cultivate individualism, to perceive yourself as an individual in a mass society is dangerous. You might become living proof that the system is failing. Make-up and fashion are crucial because they are political.” (Drakulic, p.26).
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