Monthly Archives: June 2013

Lovely day

Another very excellent use of music and visuals – Bill Withers’ Lovely Day in 127 Hours. Sorry for the video quality.

Everything about this movie is amazing, and the creative and raw ways that Boyle and Franco communicate his despair and triumphs while being stuck in the same place are truly good film work.

I’m also particularly fond of this movie because its about overcoming the lone hero mythos to turn instead to society and people. Good stuff. But that’s a post for another day.


Modern additions to the knapsack

It’s always worth revisiting Peggy Macintosh’s “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” just because it’s good, and has the potential to actually create apathy.  I’d like to add a few things from a feminist slant:

  • You have the ability to sing a popular song and have the love interest’s gender match your preferred gender.
  • You can dress as almost anything for Halloween, not just “slutty X” or “that obscure female sidekick nobody remembers.”


Seriously.  I love Thor, so I’m going to go as. . .Natalie Portman?  And sorry guys, but unless I want to get mistaken for Jackie O or dress in a skintight black vinyl suit, there really aren’t any Venture Brothers costumes for me.

Women hitting men with their crotches

Why does this happen? I suppose it’s silly to ask. (Heterosexual) Men want women’s crotches in their faces, even if they’re being beaten up. Still: ridiculous.


Or is it because female sexuality is threatening? Our weapons are vaginas!


Unfortunately, what I think it is is that male-female interaction on screen is almost required to be sexually charged. It’s pretty sad that they slip this so effortlessly into violent situations.

Get off their fucking case: the Olsen twins

I love the Fug Girls, and usually they are kind and sensitive, but sometimes they are participating in the machine of invasive voyuerism. This is not their fault and they are not alone in it. Case in point: Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen.

Mary-Kate Olsen 2009 by David Shankbone

Can we, as a society, just decide to leave them alone and not treat them like public scapegoats? I happen to like the slinky, antique goth look, but that is neither here nor there. These girls gave their entire lives to a child brand to make ridiculous amounts of money. Their entire lives they will be 90’s childhood relics to just about everyone they meet. The least we can do is lay off their style and let them live some sort of normal millionaire life.

I declare them off-limits!