Thursday, June 30, 2011
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Monday, June 27, 2011
Women's Studies is the story of a pregnant grad student and her friends who are held captive at a women's academy that's actually a cult of feminists bent on the enslavement of men. A look at groupthink, women's issues, and how blind belief in a one-sided dogma can create a terrorist.It sounds like it was written by a man about his fears and insecurities about women... la la la, let's take a look, OH, there we go, it was!
The concept of women killing men or having them as zombie slaves to feel empowered is quite comedic, and completely, I feel, against the whole concept of feminism. A few scenes which were particularly misogynistic, were these cult members having sex with men just to kill them, and even owning a strip bar. The strip bar would have worked in concept, to draw the stereotypical sexist man in to be killed, but why have sex with them first?
The script is trying to make a point about feminism but comes across as anti-men, while still being misogynistic; it’s all a bit of a contradiction, especially with the movie being written and directed by a man – Lonnie Martin. I think you have to watch the movie with tongue stuck firmly in cheek; however the subject matter is a bold and fresh idea.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
By Mooncup Ltd:
Whatever you call your vagina, we think it deserves some love. That's why we've written a song starring over 25 names submitted to the loveyourvagina poll, which asked women from across the world 'what they call theirs'. You gave us 14,000 different names, and there are still more coming in every day!
Visit http://loveyourvagina.com to find out more, tell us what you lovingly call yours and download the song sheet music. You can even buy the song on ITunes!
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
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Friday, June 17, 2011
I've done some research about Arab and Muslim artists (like... for a paper, which might become my thesis, not just for funsies research) and what is really interesting for me is that musical movements in the U.S. often get repeated worldwide. What I mean is, hip-hop especially is primed and ready to be a musical global tool. Unlike genres of music that require expensive instruments (and expensive lessons on how to play them), hip-hop appeals to many people in developing countries and from urban and poor backgrounds because it is economically simple to emulate.
This is only one of the reasons why hip-hop has become extremely popular across the world. But obviously, it takes talent to be a good MC. Shadia Mansour is not only using a genre of music that appeals to many Palestinians, but a genre that is going to appeal to a diverse population. (However, she only raps in Arabic, although she was born in England and English is her first language. That limits the audience to Arabic-speakers and those who use google-translate on the lyrics. But, I appreciate the point she is making by rapping in Arabic: she's prioritizing her Arabic-speaking listeners and celebrating what she calls the inherit poetry of Arabic. Language is powerful. Arabic is on my list of languages to learn...)
I think Shadia Mansour demonstrates what a lot of up-and-coming hip hop artists from Africa, South America, and the Middle East are harnessing, which is hip hop's power to provoke. Early hip hop in the US was really centered on pointing out racism and classism (see last video and the Public Enemy connection) and the virulent social problems that affected people's lives. Rapping about it gave their causes agency and a platform to engage people in dialogue. A lot of really interesting and great music is coming out of the Middle East and from the Middle Eastern diaspora, and a lot of it (hip hop especially, punk as well) is making really great statements about the social issues that most concern the artists. Which ALSO means that we should be on the lookout for more female artists, because as Shadia shows, there are some great voices out there!