73 posts categorized "FEMINISM"

Oct 23 2014
Bunny How Time Flies When You're Having Fun Comments (0)

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You can't go wrong with current cheesecake shots of Playboy Playmates who are anywhere from 59 years old to 82. Great, funny, fun-loving and life-affirming shots.

 
Oct 14 2014
Need To Know: Same-Sex Dancing On His Grave + Zach's No Longer Got Back + Trans Vision + Ebola Soup Nazi + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureImage via Daily Kos: Still pleased to know that Jesse Helms is dead.

*widget boy cultureZach Galifianakis got REAL skinny.

*widget boy cultureFamed Vegas gay resort Blue Moon is closing, effective tomorrow.

*widget boy cultureDr. Nancy Snyderman issues statement RE her Ebola quarantine escapades.

*widget boy cultureTrans visibility grows, trans rights lag behind.

*widget boy cultureTX racism behind ruling striking down the state's voter-ID law?

*widget boy cultureMeet Stan Rosenberg, 1st out leader of the MA State Senate.

*widget boy cultureNYC LGBT Center honoring Gloria Steinem at Women's Event 17.

*widget boy cultureBenedict Cumberbatch says leading men still can't easily be out in Hollywood.

*widget boy cultureGetting Hitched? Don't miss this gay-wedding expo!

*widget boy cultureMake way for The Gays

 
Oct 13 2014
Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy Is A Rossy: A Review Of Jessica Mitrani's TRAVELING LADY Comments (0)
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BOY CULTURE REVIEW: *** out of ****

It's not every day that I'm invited to the U.S. stage debut of a Pedro Almodovar superstar, so how could I refuse when offered the chance to see Traveling Lady, a multi-media presentation by Colombian visual artist/director Jessica Mitrani and Spanish film icon Rossy de Palma? Answer: I couldn't, and I didn't.

IMG_9348De Palma & Mitrani, post-partum

After initially bobbling the invite for me plus-one (sorry, Nathaniel!), I showed up fresh from a full day at New York Comic Con and a quick visit with Don Bachardy to find a long line outside FIAF Florence Gould Hall (55. E. 59th). A passer-by seemed nonplused when I told her we were waiting for a show. “A theatrical performance???” she sputtered. It was as if she knew what was in store for us; we didn't, however, so I went in thinking we were seeing a play while my companion Jason though it would be a movie. We were both kinda right.

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Rossy-de-PalmaWith “Kika” herself!

A part of FIAF's Crossing the Line 2014 series, Traveling Lady turned out to be a singular experience. I wish I had seen it both nights it played to get a firmer grasp on it, but I did divine its staunchly feminist roots, using as a jumping-off point the 19th-Century travels of journalist Nellie Bly. The show made use of a booming female voice-over, outstandingly dazzling projections, a somewhat goofy, talking, 8-foot dress with no body in it (voiced with an insinuating authority by Joan Juliet Buck), original music and all-too-brief appearances by de Palma in the flesh, lip-synching to her pre-recorded recitations.

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De Palma plays more than Bly; it quickly becomes obvious she is embodying various female archetypes. In so doing, she only had to appear briefly, allowing her unique visage to do all the talking. She merely had to stand there in order to give the show a twisted depth. Her presence is so arresting it was shocking later to meet her and see that she herself isn't 8 feet tall.

6a00d8341c2ca253ef01bb0796ee37970d-550wiThe show lagged when it became too esoteric for its own good, but I felt was saved from being a parody of NYC performance art excess thanks to its tongue-in-cheek humor. While it's true enough that some of its odder visuals would have baffled the real Bly (who once feigned insanity in order to explore the depravity of early insane asylums), I felt the show's broad send-up of branding and marketing were spot-on and LOL hilarious. I was also very taken with the show's tangential embrace of passages from the writings of Gertrude Stein (Ida: A Novel), which gave perfect voice to some of Mitrani's visuals.

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All in all, Mitrani and de Palma's collaboration seemed a match made in heaven.

Afterward, we were invited to a champagne toast, at which de Palma was mobbed and a child was given a birthday cake. When I met her and congratulated her on the show, de Palma rasped in her wonderful way, “Wasn't it great???” and enthusiastically posed for photos.

 
Sep 19 2014
Kathy & Larry On Joanie Comments (0)

Very interesting piece on Joan Rivers that views her work's cruelty (come on, you know it's true) through a feminist lens. I responded to it. I don't really have a lot of intellectual respect for any responses that go, Fuck her! She doesn't get Joan! Joan was fierce!-level replies. I do think there is a lot to unpack in Rivers's work, even if Rivers herself didn't enjoy delving into it on that level—CNN, much? But I also think that beyond looking at what humor means, which is fair, once you start acting as if humor is identical to serious debate, you run into trouble, as does the author of this thoughtful it not exactly rah-rah piece on Rivers. But it's a compelling read.

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On a related note: Kathy Griffin says she wasn't considered for Craig Ferguson's late-night gig because they told me they weren't considering women, and she recalls Joan Rivers in this clip of her new interview with Larry King...

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Sep 17 2014
Girl Powerless Comments (0)

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Even the Senate's handful of Republican women voted in lock-step against it, saying it's an unnecessary law and that women are already adequately protected.

 
Aug 04 2014
Need To Know: People Have The Shower + Mideast Maelstrom + I Have A (Bad) Dream + Dammit, Janet + Playing The Disgrace Card + Beyoncé Track Elevatorized + DIRECTV J.O. Material + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThere are worse ways to spend your time than watching Dan Osborne shower.

*widget boy cultureU.S. condemns Israeli shelling of U.N. school.

*widget boy cultureDeportation-happy House votes against Dreamers.

*widget boy cultureKill the Gays law struck down on technicality by Ugandan court.

*widget boy cultureJanet Jackson album rumor struck down by Janet Jackson.

*widget boy cultureAmerican Idol alum Michael Johns dies at 35 after twisting his ankle. Stefan-Pinto

*widget boy cultureShould he keep the beard?

*widget boy cultureThe C-word gets read, to a disco beat.

*widget boy cultureMeet Torsten, the Bareback Saint.

*widget boy cultureHottest June in history, ever, at all.

*widget boy cultureWorst CA drought in history, ever, at all.

*widget boy cultureHave to agree with Roxane Gay that she's a pretty shitty feminist.

*widget boy culture Liz Cheney's furious at Obama. Yawn.

*widget boy cultureHere comes the fuzz!

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*widget boy cultureReady for another Romy & Michele reunion? Disney isn't.

*widget boy cultureBeyoncé shamelessly used ElevatorGate in a new “Flawless” remix.

*widget boy cultureTom Daley goes for (and gets) the gold.

*widget boy cultureBroadest attack on states' gay-marriage bans yet.

*widget boy cultureGay marriages in OK: Soon.

*widget boy cultureKickstarter for making potato salad raises $55,000+.

*widget boy cultureGlenn Beck cops to saying “some stupid things.”

*widget boy cultureBeating of trans woman in Honduras by cop caught on video.

*widget boy cultureNick Jonas and his back cleavage heat up new DIRECTV series Kingdom.

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Aug 01 2014
Need To Know: New Janet + Cuddly Madonna + Know Your Local Billionaire + Going For TRUE BLOOD + MORE! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureNew Janet Jackson album—her first in six years—soon?

*widget boy cultureOH HELL YES!: David Mixner's Oh Hell No! to premiere.

*widget boy cultureMadonna is a bitch!

*widget boy cultureRichest people, state by state. No billionaires in AK, DE, ME or ND.

*widget boy cultureShould kids really even need to be told not to set themselves on fire???

*widget boy cultureEbola makes its way to Africa's largest city. Almost made it to the U.S.

*widget boy cultureTrue Blood insults Sarah Palin.

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*widget boy cultureMartha Stewart weighs in on Terry Richardson: “Cute.”

*widget boy cultureChris Pratt is funny, uninhibited about flashing peen & big-hearted.

*widget boy cultureAfter the jump, see Colbert out of character for 10 minutes, advising teen girls...

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Jun 25 2014
30 Years Of Slut-Shaming Madonna Comments (0)

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A stan war over whether Madonna is a slut or a great female role model—when does it end? More interesting is remembering when it began: An archived Usenet discussion that started in May of 1985 reveals how early the pro- and anti- factions entrenched themselves in the Madonna Wars. And it was all the same crap fans hear today, nearly 30 years later.

MadonnaOn May 28, 1985, Chris Koenigsberg got the ball rolling with some Madonna love:

“Well, Madonna is playing in Pittsburgh tonight and I wish I could go but  the tickets sold out for the Arena in a couple of hours. I don't want to talk about the music, I am just glad that some women are becoming mega-superstars on an equal footing with men. And I loved the movie she made too.

“The more successful role-models that young girls have while growing up, the healthier their outlook on life will be, I think. And the more informed choices they'll be able to make later on.”

That led to some prehistoric outraged WTF responses, including choice morsels such as:

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