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The much-hyped new magazine for 'middle-youth' females, Red, proclaims this month 'Our fashion pages will be for women, not waifs. You won't find food that takes hours to prepare. Our home pages won't be full of absurdly minimal loft spaces.' The implicit connection made in Red's manifesto between pared-down minimalist space and bodily anorexia is thought-provoking. Both the waifs and the loft space can be understood as in retreat from the messy materiality of everyday existence.

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