Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Reads

On Location: Central Park’s Alice in Wonderland Statue
by Anna
This statue is pretty gorgeous in real life, with some parts being shone into a bright golden hue after being climbed on for such a long time. No wonder it was chosen to be one of the locations for the amazing dance film slash film-length music video, Girl Walk // All Day (2011). In the film, the Girl (played/danced by Anne Marsen) wants the whole city to dance with her, and the statue crops up towards the end in a really uplifting scene.
Read More at Film Grimoire


New Gainful Regs: For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?
by Tressie McMillan Cottom
The Gainful Employment Rule “requires schools to provide their students with an education adequate enough for them to pay their college loans back” so that they will be gainfully employed after they graduate from college. That’s from the Education Department website. The Rule is a procedural thicket that has gained ideological significance only because its viewed as the first (or last?) line of defense for (or against?) predatory (or democratic?) enrollments at for-profit colleges.
Read More at tressiemc.com


‘Dear White People’ and What Makes A Revolutionary Movie?
By Ari Laurel
We touch on this issue in our “Is It Feminist?” series, but most of the time when a film is written around sociopolitical commentary, it almost always falls short. It’s hard to cover all your blind spots. And the majority of the time, media doesn’t push political consciousness. Often, the relationship is the other way around. So to those upset that Dear White People is not a revolutionary movie, let me just say this: Of COURSE it’s not a revolutionary movie, and here’s why.
Read More at BeYoungAndShutUp.com


On Using #GoneGirl As An Excuse For Misogynistic "Fear"
By Batty Mamzelle
Recently I decided to break my standing rule about going to see movie adaptations blind, and went to see the Gone Girl move without having read the book. I had a vague idea of the plot from the book's reputation, but for the most part, I didn't know the story going in. Ever since then, I've spent a lot of time thinking about the way that people in my circles (both online and off) have been reacting to it. It struck me as telling that nearly all the men I know have come away from the movie with a conclusion somewhere in the range of "ZOMG BITCHES BE CRAZY." And yes, Amy is "crazy" and manipulative and narcissistic and pathological, but it occurred to me that she is also just the inverse of all the men that women fear in real life.


Last Wednesday, a massive feminist strike paralyzed the streets of Barcelona, with thousands of women and their allies shutting down traffic and the subways, spray-painting feminist slogans all over city walls and occupying the offices of powerful political and economic institutions.
What massive feminist strike, you say? Maybe you didn't hear about the thousands of Spanish feminists taking over Barcelona because not a single major English-language news source reported on it.  
According to the website for Vaga De Totes, Spain has seen many labor-related general strikes in recent years, but rarely do those acknowledge women's issues. The list of problems left out of the conversation, according to the site, includes (roughly translated from Catalan) "compulsory maternity," violence against women, "labor reforms that deepen inequality already faced by women" and the cuts to social welfare and utilities that "increase the hours women devote to the care and attention of people."
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