[Marxism] Rodents of Unusual Size; Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Sep 17 13:24:20 MDT 2018

At first blush, the two documentaries “Rodents of Unusual Size” and 
“Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco” seem to have very little in 
common. The first is about the introduction of nutrias from Argentina 
into Louisiana in the 1930s, an invasive species that has wreaked havoc 
on the wetlands on the southern coast. The second is about a charismatic 
fashion illustrator who was part of the wild party scenes at places like 
Max’s Kansas City in New York and Club Sept in Paris in the 1970s. But 
what they have in common is the fashion industry and social history with 
fascinating glimpses into Cajun country and the cultural underground 
that swirled around figures such as Andy Warhol, Karl Lagerfeld and 
models like Grace Jones. It turns out that the nutria were introduced in 
order to launch a native fur industry in Depression-wracked America 
while Antonio Lopez was a product of the subculture of a fashion 
industry deeply influenced by the 1960s radicalization that unlike 
Depression-era has left profound markers on race, gender and sexuality. 
As distant as the labor struggles of the 30s seem today, the 1960s 
remains relevant 50 years after its passing as symbolized by the endless 
controversies over “diversity”.


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