In this video slam poet Makkai tells the story of her past personal experience with one meaning of “pretty,” and then imagines its place (or replacement) in her future. I was reminded of it by the reading for tomorrow’s class about cosmetic surgery.
The poet’s is definitely a different take from Kathy Davis’s in “Remaking the She-Devil”– one which is perhaps more in agreement with the “‘cultural dope’ approach” Davis problematizes.
What is the message Makkai’s words to her daughter, at the end of her performance, seek to encourage? Discourage?