Marie Kondo, the TV in bleach

I am not particularly a certified follower of Marie Kondobut I must admit that his collaboration with Netflix made me want to scream at blasphemy. I imagine that Marie Kondo took her big check and she is delighted but vindieu ... What did they do?

Let's start with the staging, which clearly has nothing to envy to "Super Nanny", "Pascal the big brother" or "D & CO" with Valérie Damidot, since it includes the comparison before / after with black images and sad white for the front. The only notable difference, but because the KonMari method wants it is that it is the subjects of the show that make discover the new house to Marie Kondo.

In truth, she does NOTHING - if, at first, she kneels in the house to thank her. But the idea is not at all that we give her home, we go to drink a coffee and when we come back, she organized everything. No, Marie Kondo, she's here to give instructions. So, the difference before / after is not super striking, as long as people have the habit of hiding their brothel in the drawers. If it was ugly at home, well it's still ugly after.

As in all tele-realities of this kind, Marie Kondo represents a character, here the little fairy, and caste the participants as the archetypes of a psychosocial category. In short, at the television innovation level, we are at the zero level.

The Ingalls in California

But the worst is yet to come. I think it's the most retrograde program I've seen in a long time. The drama immediately reaches its peak, since the worst episode is the first, the one with the Friend. From the outside, we seem to be dealing with a nice Californian family, but once at home, we discover that it is the reincarnation of the Ingalls family. Mom Ingalls takes care of the two young children and behind his scan and his smile, we understand quickly enough that the girl swims in full maternal burn-out. He is smiling, he is very much in love with his wife, but he is above all a fucking domestic tyrant.

Basically, he works between fifty and seventy hours a week as a CFO and he can not stand that his thing his wife, who is busy with all the domestic chores, takes a maid to do the laundry. There, we understand that she focused her burn-out on something: laundry. She can not stand it, so she hired a housekeeper. And it makes him crazy that it slams the money he is struggling to win for something that she could do herself, this bitch.

I'm not going to spoil you, but in the whole episode, it does not cross her mind for one second that she pays someone to do the housework that he does not do. He thinks she has an organizational problem; she thinks she has an organizational problem. So instead of choosing the Simone de Beauvoir team, they opted for Marie Kondo.

It must be said that generally in this series, there are a lot of tears of mothers who are convinced that it is their fault if the home is not pleasant and they fail because they do not arrive not to do everything. And there, rather than analyze the substance of the problem, they throw things. But in truth, what you should throw is patriarchy, that's what makes you unhappy.

Faced with these situations, Marie Kondo tries to suggest with force that husbands should at least take care of their business, but that does not hit the brains of those concerned. For example, at Friend's, this guy - who according to my criteria is the archetype of the asshole - exclaims at the end: "I am ready to live in joy and good humor for eternity", because his wife is doing the laundry herself and the house looks like what he wanted. The end of this episode is even more creepy than a film by Haneke.

Ah, he can be proud of him. | Screen capture via Netflix

Things and the past

Other episodes are more successful, like the one with the widow who wants to throw the affairs of her husband. But the series basically fails to show the method of Marie Kondo, and it is probably not a coincidence, as this method is opposed to the American culture. She advocates complete detachment from material things (I am doing a parenthesis to advise this criticism of the non-ecological aspect of the principle of throwing in the show).

Marie Kondo said that during her teenage years, she was obsessed with storage at a neurotic point, which led her to consider objects and her own home as enemies. No such manic storage was enough for him, since things were still there. She then understood that the problem was the things themselves: she had to get rid of all those who encumbered her.

I'll be clear: never in my life will I bend my panties, whether in length or width, rolled up or not, but his analysis of our neurotic relationship to objects is interesting. It allowed me to swing a lot of stuff and actually better tidy up.

The series shows that the reasons for our attachment to objects are various: for one, it is a link with his childhood and his fear of adulthood, for another, it is the fear of feeling cut off from his Pakistani roots in the heart of California, for yet another, it is the deprivations of childhood that he makes up for and the difficulties his parents have encountered since leaving Guatemala - in the show, the relationship to things in people Immigrants seem particularly complicated, so they are haunted by fear of loss. In any case, it always has a link with the past.

The idea of ​​the KonMari method is not just to put things away, but to confront the objects, to understand what we are hanging on for no reason, which scares us in moving forward, and so on. By seeing what objects are really important to us, we are refocusing or even discovering things that are or should be our priorities, because they bring us joy - by the way, in this method, we do not choose this that we throw but what we keep and that must have an impact on our general attitude in life.

Zero change of life

When Marie Kondo praises her method, she tells stories of her former clients who have dropped their husbands or changed jobs after performing the Grand Rangement-she also says that it facilitates the intestinal transit, that it makes the skin brighter and that it makes you lose weight, but let's move on.

This "life changing" aspect is not exploited by Netflix at all. It is amusing to see Marie Kondo episodes trying to instill a suspicion of questioning in women, without them understand the meaning (your guy does not care about a paddle, you get exploited , go away). I grant you that the innuendo is light, but if we decrypt the smile of Marie Kondo-she smiles all the time-there are nuances. I found that she had a smarter smile about couples who have just changed something, made a big decision in their lives, including moving in together.

Netflix has totally sanitized the KonMari method, as if the storage queen had been bleached - which in itself is a remarkable feat, since at first it was not Olympe de Gouges either. Affadir something like the KonMarie method, it was still a big challenge.

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