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Diane Poitras

1980, 28:30 minutes, b&w, French


" I wanted this tape to be used for workshop purposes, first with the women workers, but also in the unions, women's groups, etc. This tape shows and criticizes the effects of sexual stereotyping in the office as well as the social depreciation of women's work in general.
When it was done (1979-80), it was one of the first oportunities secretaries in Quebec had to speak about their workplace. This is why there is no so-called objective voice-over. Their point of view is the prevailing word of the tape". D.P.

Elément de stabilité dans la cellule familiale, la femme secrétaire reproduit les mêmes fonctions au bureau: réception, permanence, classement, etc. Comme à la maison, son travail est répétitif, invisible... et pourtant indispensable. De plus, on encourage chez ces employées le développement d'attitudes et de qualités dites féminines: descrétion, souplesse, disponibilité, "belle apparence."
Etre secrétaire, c'est avoir à se définir entre ces deux pôles: la femme-objet et la mère-épouse.

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