usual shorthand


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Venus, the goddess of love, has taken many forms, but one dominates. <deletion> Some version of this form — white, voluptuous, exposed — is eternally present in our culture, on billboards, on screens, everywhere. This is “sexy,” or at least its usual shorthand. One designed, mainly, by and for straight white men: the fruit of the “male gaze” that the film theorist Laura Mulvey described in 1975, which “projects its fantasy on to the female figure, which is styled accordingly.”

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1. 'This is “sexy,” or at least its usual shorthand'
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  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    "This is what we understand to be sexy - or at least a simplified version of it, which we understand as supposed to be sexy."

    It's like the smiley face :) which is shorthand (i.e. symbolic) for 'I am happy'.


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    English - England
    This is “sexy,” or at least its usual shorthand.

    It seems that “sexy” is being used as a noun here, not an adjective. That would make sense of the “one” in the following sentence.
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