Monthly Archives: March 2013

Film: Oz and Women and Baum

Why ‘Oz the Great and Powerful’ Is A Major Step Back For Witches and Women

This was a really interesting article, I didn’t realize what a feminist Baum was. And I didn’t know he wrote so many books.
And the trailer for “Oz the Great and Powerful” is not compelling to me.
It bothers me that the wizard is the center of this movie, and a lot of the points made in the above article are things I was thinking while watching the trailer.
Plus it just seems like more of James Franco being egotistical.
Blah.

EDIT:
From the article on Jezebel: Why Is Michelle Williams in Redface?
Wow, I didn’t realize what a racist Baum was.

So thoroughly disturbing that I can’t process this statement:

“The Whites, by law of conquest, by justice of civilization, are masters of the American continent, and the best safety of the frontier settlements will be secured by the total annihilation of the few remaining Indians. Why not annihilation? Their glory has fled, their spirit broken, their manhood effaced; better that they die than live the miserable wretches that they are.” – L. Frank Baum

I will not be supporting his legacy with my money.

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Music: Radiohead Everything Remixed

So this is the song that made me fall in love with Radiohead.
I had never heard a song other than Creep.
And technically this is a remix, but the beauty of the original song creeps up on you.
And now I love Radiohead, not just this remix.

I somehow had a better quality version than this (around 2003) that I can no longer find, and you can’t seem to buy it online.
And it was an even better version, musically, than the below youtube version. hm. Mysterious.

It is so hauntingly beautiful.

EDIT:
Better quality version, audio only, on Grooveshark.

And the most well known Hybrid song (at least according to me; it’s the one I’ve heard the most).

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Culture: Feminism and Sex Workers

I read a really interesting article called “The War on Sex Workers“.

A good summary would be this quote:

“It is not sex work that exposes sex workers to violence; it is our willingness to abandon sex workers to violence in an attempt to control their behavior. Prohibition makes prostitution more dangerous than it would otherwise be by pushing it underground and stripping sex workers of legal protection. The fight over that policy is about more than just strains between generations of feminism. It is about an unholy marriage of feminism with the conservatism and police power that many feminists claim to stand against.”

I found it via an article on Feministe.

I didn’t realize that there are people working against “sex/human trafficking” that are not actually talking about people that are kidnapped and forced against their will. That is completely not the same thing as prostitution. What the hell?

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Misc.: International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

The Google Doodle today is about International Women’s Day.

http://www.internationalwomensday.com/

The history of International Women’s Day.

The UN has a page about International Women’s Day that has statistics about violence against women.

  • “Globally, 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not yet considered a crime.”
  • “Up to 70% of women in the world report having experienced physical and/or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime.”

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Design: The Safe House

The tag line is really The First Zombie Proof House.

And it’s gorgeous, as well as zombie proof.

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Misc.: TedX Talk, Why Domestic Violence Victims Don’t Leave

Leslie Morgan Steiner: Why domestic violence victims don’t leave

Presented without commentary.

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