This summer, behave like a little rat

This week, Lucie Ronfaut analyzes the summer 2022 trend: many women reject the injunctions to perfection that are spreading on Instagram and caricature the lack of self-care, non-productivity and idleness.

I was the kind of kid to do my back-to-school shopping in July. I harassed my parents to go to the supermarket, then I spent a lot of time comparing different diary designs, stabilo colors and planning the number of dividers needed in my sorter. One might think that as a result, I was eager for the summer to end. On the contrary, I loved this period, because it was full of possibilities. Maybe by choosing a L’Étudiant diary rather than Anne Geddes, I would look like a mature girl for her age. Maybe this school year I’ll be cooler.

(Lucie, 13 years old, I have bad news for you)

Summer has been sold to us as a time of transformation (and consumption) for a long time, our hopes influenced by a cohort of books, films, TV series and perky songs. This also includes, of course, memes on social media. We lived the hot girl summer (the first meme of its kind, inspired by a song by rapper Megan Thee Stallion, in 2019), the hot vax summer, the white boy summerbut also the summer flop, when we admitted that sunshine and inspiring tweets wouldn’t solve all our problems. The mythification of summer online has not yet reached the level of autumn, but we observe similar phenomena: a season becomes a parable of our desires and our identities, which we express with the tools digital at our disposal.

This year, the collective intelligence of TikTok told us that our summer would be different. Place at feral girl summer ! ” The idea is to behave like a little rat “, explain to us Mel Magazine. In other words, to embrace the chaos and not care what other people think.

This article is taken from our weekly newsletter Ordre30, published by Numerama and written by Lucie Ronfaut. This is the issue of July 20, 2022. To subscribe for free, it’s here.

What is a feral girl?

The feral girl is more of a philosophy than a manual. For some people, that will mean taking three shots on a Tuesday night at 9 p.m., then throwing them up in the gutter, splashing the shoes of the person with you if possible. For others, it may mean spending the weekend slumped in bed on his panties, watching old episodes of It’s my choice on YouTube while emptying an entire box of Kiri Goûter. The important thing, note Mel Magazineis to demonstrate a total lack of personal discipline, in opposition to what is generally expected of women online (and away from our screens): a beauty of appearance without effort, but strictly under control.

It is no coincidence that the feral girl joins other popular chaotic symbols on social networks in recent years: Shrek, the comeback of assumed bad taste, the meme of goblin mode, etc. There’s something fun about celebrating our willful loss of control, becoming uglier, dumber versions of ourselves, in a world that’s out of control anyway. There is also, no doubt, something ironic in claiming our I don’t care by wisely placing ourselves in the little boxes of our digital identities. But the forests are burning, the right to abortion is backing down, covid is in its seventh wave, the price of my groceries is exploding, and I can’t control social networks either, their algorithms and their influence on my life and my desires. So I can at least choose to be a goblin for a summer.

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Something to read/watch/listen to/play

In the near future, scientists are developing a revolutionary device, the DC Mini, capable of recording dreams and altering their course. The goal of its inventor, Dr. Atsuko Chiba, is to help psychiatric patients by intervening in their unconscious with the help of her dreamlike alter ego, the bubbly Paprika. But while the machine is still in the test phase, one of its prototypes is stolen. A chase between reality and dreams begins.

If you have never seen Paprika, I am very jealous of your luck: I would love to watch this film for the first time, and relive the fictional, visual and sound slap it gave me. Otherwise, I am delighted that this masterpiece is available for free, all summer, on the France Télévisions streaming platform. Sixteen years after its first broadcast, Paprika remains a fundamental work in the history of animation and science fiction, which tells the chaos of a technology that gradually takes possession of our bodies, but where the threat remains the desires of men. A bit like sleeping on a hot evening, watching Paprikais living a fever dream. Close the shutters, and open your eyes.

Paprika, a film by Satoshi Kon, to watch on the France tv website until August 31

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