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20 January, 2013

Milonguera

PRETTY IS SOMETHING YOU'RE BORN WITH. BUT BEAUTIFUL, THAT'S AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY ADJECTIVE. - RALPH WALDO EMERSON

Some intriguing reading from UCLA's Marta Savigliano

The decisive moment for the judgement of the milonguera's beauty resides in movement, not in the still pose as is the case with pin-ups and models.
The milonga environment is charged with a female sensuality that is beyond everyday life parameters, and the women who practice it enjoy it. It is a practice of pleasure. In the milonga not only do they have the choice to publicly expose their body shape with an aesthetic that defies otherwise accepted age parameters of old and young and their corresponding ethical (mis)judgements [ . . .] but this practice also asserts their ability to compete with younger milongueras' strategies of visual seduction. In the milongas, mature women are still in the running. What (really) matters is the confidence with which the milonguera moves her body on the dance floor.