“The camera embraces her.” Lucky camera. Many women would kill for her slender, fashion-model figure, for that ash-blond hair, oval face, porcelain skin and those high, exquisite cheekbones. Her eyes mirror intelligence; their pale blue sparkle demands a new adjective: merulean. Only a slight bump down the plane of her long, patrician nose redeems her profile from perfection.”
Director Michael Cimino, who worked with Meryl on The Deer Hunter
Most women would kill not to be described in such reductive terms when they’re actually widely recognised as the best in their field.
I don’t want Meryl’s fucking nose, I’d like her talent, thanks.
It is as though most commentators on the subject of women’s self-harming practices somehow know these to be about gender per se and even about what used to be called women’s oppression, now recast as her subordination to the power of the image, and yet such knowledge simply becomes a weary cliche, interrupeted only by the sense that young women’s situation, in recent years, has surely improved? It cannot quite then be the fault of society, it must somehow be their own doing… These girls may sometimes be unwell, they may sometimes try to end their own lives, but at least they are surely normal girls in this respect? Cutting themselves, endlessly on diets, fearful of their weight, prone to low self-esteem, frequently anorexic? These are all now healthy signs of an unhealthy femininity… Better to be an ill girl than a girl who gets up out of her sickbed and challenges the power of the heterosexual matrix. Pathology as normality is preferable to a new form of women’s movement.
Angela McRobbie, The Aftermath of Feminism.
And by that I mean the whole stupid, foolhardy concept. I’ve said before that if you really believe there’s a horde of attractive women faking interest in nerdy things just to get your attention, you have a massive case of unwarranted self-importance, and I still believe that. I also believe…
Dear Senator Helen Polley,
I have to congratulate you. As a practicing Catholic, you must be praising that God of yours for getting you out of a potentially tight spot yesterday. Thanks to the supreme idiocy of your colleague Corey Bernardi, you really managed to dodge a political bullet.
God you’re excellent, Clementine.
YOUNG STARS SHINE EXPOSING DIGITAL WOES - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
August 27, 2012
Reviewed by Jason Blake
THE TENDER AGE
Carriageworks, August 23
Until September 1
Devised between members of Australian Theatre for Young People and version 1.0, The Tender Age is a serious, positively skewed…
Sex Strike of the Day: In the West African nation of Togo, the term “playing games” has taken on new meaning — starting today, women protesting President Faure Gnassingbe are withholding sex from their husbands for a week, in order to help persuade them that Gnassingbe has to go.
According to Isabelle Ameganvi, leader of the women’s wing of civil rights group Let’s Save Togo, a sex strike may be just the beginning:
We have many means to oblige men to understand what women want in Togo.
The Lysistrata are alive and well.
And suddenly that post has over 500 views and climbing:
And soon you begin to wonder if you’ll ever work again:
(Editors response: “Googling it!”)
Israel is rounding up and deporting Africans and will soon be putting tens of thousands of them in detention camps.
Meanwhile, they invited 350 Jewish north American immigrants to the country, 127 of whom will be serving in the Israeli army.
The immigrants arrived today and were greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself at a special ceremony, a stark contrast to Israel’s treatment of Africans. The Zionists were welcomed with open arms, while Knesset Members Miri Regev and Danny Danon called Africans “a cancer in our body” and “infiltrators”.
More than 4,800 American, Canadian and British Jews have or will be making aliyah (“ascent”) this year; immigration to the Land of Israel — one of the basic principles of the Zionist ideology.
(Photos: Getty Images / Reuters)
I’m currently applying for Birthright, a free ten day trip around Israel for those of Jewish background run by a Zionist organisation. I currently boycott several companies that support the Israeli army and personally recognise the state of Palestine, unlike my country of birth. If I get in I will have to be very quiet on the trip and intend to blog my experiences and probably too, my frustrations). I will also stay with some relatives in Tel Aviv and hopefully hear some stories of my grandparents.
To me, the way Israel operates and the way it is politically protected is abhorrent. I’ve spent many years trying to understand the full complexities of it’s history and behaviours and still find myself confused at times. I want to go because I want to learn about the country, I want to note the bias and I want to see things for myself as well as learn about my cultural past.
Now thinking of applying for Birthright. I should do more things that scare me.
THE TENDER AGE DELVES INTO THE SECRET LIVES OF TEENS - HERALD SUN
August 12, 2012
By Jo Litson
Kyle Sandilands is no stranger to controversy but he has never sparked more widespread outrage than in July 2009 when, during a segment on 2DayFM’s Kyle and Jackie O show, a 14-year old girl was…