n°134/ The Sexual Cold War

August 2014


by Nathalie Azoulai


In 1976, the whole world fell in love with Nadia Comaneci, a 14-year-old Romanian gymnast who blew away old gymnastic standards and collected a bunch of tens and gold medals at the Montreal Olympics. With her infantile body showing neither breast, hips or sweat, she performed amazing graceful dances denying joy and pain. A communist country just brought to life an adorable and overwhelming disciplined creature every other country wanted to copy. Nobody ever suspected the new sexual trend that was coming along but one year later, very young Jodie Foster and Brooke Shields did their breakthrough by performing infantile prostitutes in two famous American movies, as if the Western world was intending to challenge the new Eastern standards. The Cold War was so intensely creative then it could even take place on the sexual field and reshape the basics of female attraction. 


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