Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wednesday Reading

Cheerleaders For Christ
by Jia Tolentino
For twelve years, I attended a well-mannered Texas private school whose rules reflected the values of the Baptist megachurch it was attached to. You could be expelled for getting drunk, getting pregnant or being gay, among other spiritual offenses. Even what they called “free dress” was strict: no visible shoulders, no skirts above the knee.  

The Secret History of Maleficent: Murder, Rape, and Woman-Hating in Sleeping Beauty
by Sivan
Like many of us, I grew up with the haunting voice and sinfully delicious image of Disney's iconic Maleficent, and have been enchanted by her ever since. When Angelina Jolie took on the role this year I was thrilled to find a feminist reclamation of the archetype of the wicked stepmother. Enthralled by her spirit and her costuming alike, I decided to pay homage to Maleficent for Halloween. But, good herstorian that I am, I did not just dress the part; I also sought out Maleficent's history. What I found was a world where women's power was a threat punishable by death, where the image of the passive, youthful woman was revered while that of the strong, older woman was despised, and where a seemingly innocent kiss, once upon a time, was an act of rape.
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This is Not Steve Aoki. Everybody Just Thinks He Is.
by Angry Asian Man
Jarrad Seng is a photographer who works in the music industry. He is Asian and rocks long hair, and thus has been mistaken for popular electronic musician Steve Aoki on a regular basis for the past five years. On the street, at festivals, in bars, etc. So he affixed a beard to his face and brought a camera along to see what happened while he walked around the Australian music festival Stereosonic, where Aoki was headlining. 
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Think of the Children! Tuesday: Newsies and Labor Politics
by Kiss My Wonder Woman
Newsies is based on actual real life historical events, but it detours rather strongly from them. The story focuses on the 1898 newsboy strike, when a huge contingent of New York's child labor went on strike in order to form a union and demand better working conditions from their capitalist overlords. The best remembered part of the strike was that of the nascent Newsboy's Union, which mostly picketed Joseph Pulitzer and the New York World. 
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Black Actresses Are the Best Thing About ‘Get On Up’
by Ren Jender
I read film reviews, so I wasn’t expecting great art out of Get On Up,  but I also wasn’t expecting a film that frequently had me asking myself why it had been made. I know all the good reasons for making a James Brown bio-pic. He was a musical genius (I don’t use that word lightly) whose innovations, for a less talented (or less business-savvy) artist, would have led to a nice little corner of the avant-garde. Instead, Brown and his band produced chart-making hits for 30 years (in itself an unprecedented accomplishment: his career lasted for 50 years) that lured people onto the dance floor who sat out every other song (and his work is sampled in many other artists’ hits as well). He also had a dramatic personal life; he was in prison both before he was famous and after the peak of his fame had passed, had many children by many different women (some of whom he married, some he did not) and, through the years, had a slew of domestic violence charges filed against him. They, of course, were not the reason he went to prison.
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