As with food so it is with the law which regulates clothes A committee has

As with food so it is with the law which regulates

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fraternise and also to simplify the housework for women. As with food, so it is with the law which regulates clothes. A committee has consulted everyone, has examined the clothes worn in every country, has made a list of them with their shapes and colours (a magnificent book which every family possesses), has indicated which should be adopted and which must be avoided, and has classified them according to their necessity, utility, and pleasure. Everything that was extravagant or tasteless has been carefully banned. Everyone possesses the same clothes, so there is no room for envy or pride. And yet one should not think that uniformity here is not without variety. Not only are the two sexes dressed differently, but each of them changes clothes frequently, according to age and condition. Childhood and youth, adolescence and maturity, the condition of celibacy or marriage, or widowhood and re- marriage, as well as the various professions are indicated by the clothes. Thus, all the individuals belonging to the same essential condition wear the same uniform; but a thousand various uniforms correspond to a thousand various conditions. Consider that one colour might be chosen for girls with brunette hair and another colour more fitting for blondes, and that a worker might have one set of clothes for the home, another for work, another for public meetings, and yet another for common meals in such a way you can see that the variety in costumes is almost infinite. The shape of each garment has been fixed in such a manner that it can be manufactured in the most easy, rapid and economic way possible. They are nearly all done by machine, and so the workers have little to do to finish them. And practically all the clothes, hats and shoes are elastic, in such a way that can suit people of different sizes. All of the clothes are manufactured in enormous quantities, and are afterwards deposited in immense storehouses where everyone is always sure to find immediately all that they need and is due unto them according to the law. I have talked to you in this letter of the women: O my dear Camille, how you would love these Icarians, if you saw how they surround women with attention, respect and homages, how they 1 The ‘street - cars’ referred to here had not been invented at the time that Voyage to Icaria was written.
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concentrate all their thoughts and happiness upon them, and how they constantly endeavour to please them. Happy women! Happy Icaria! Unhappy France! Your brother, Eugène What does this extract tell us about the political and social values of the author?
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