85 posts categorized "FEMINISM"

Dec 07 2014
Beauty Myth: Madonna's Nipples Are The Problem Comments (0)

Madonna-Liz-JonesJones could've tried a little harder with her expression, but this one helps prove her point.

Journalist Liz Jones, writing for The Mail on Sunday in the UK, has conducted a little experiment based on the Mert and Marcus photos of Madonna that currently adorn Interview. Jones claims:

“When I first saw her provocative, vaguely sado-masochistic photo shoot in Interview magazine, I was full of admiration.”

I say claims because Jones has had vicious things to say about Madonna in the past, so it's very hard to accept that her first thought on seeing those photos wasn't really, “Oh, here's an opportunity to bash Madonna and get some clicks.”

She then spent money on Botox and fillers, and recreated the shots. She was not into any of the styling, complaining of how everything fit, felt and even smelled.

At the end of her breattakingly short essay, Jones has transformed from an admirer of the images to a vocal critic of Madonna and of the message she assumes Madonna is sending. With the certainty of a religious fundamentalist—one concerned about not the arousal of male desire but the incitement of female self-doubt—Jones declares:

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Dec 03 2014
Sisters Are Doin' It To Themselves Comments (0)

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Annie Lennox, who's been a bit of a scold lately (what with dressing down Beyoncé for not dressing enough), has now cast aspersions on Madonna's latest topless poses, agreeing that they're for attention.

Lennox_Annie_012GASP! A popstar doing something for attention? (Like when Annie had Madonna perform on her song “Sing”?)

I think when Annie said we should ask why Madonna is doing this, it would have been worth answering that a little more thoughtfully. Everything public that a public figure does is for attention, either strictly for ego or, more often, to plug a product or endorse a way of thinking.

Why is it that Madonna's topless shots are so easily reduced to being only about attention, when Lennox's own use of racy clothing and even nudity were not? Why can't Madonna be—along with thinking that she'll grab lots of eyes by doing this—that there should be nothing wrong with seeing a woman's nipples (a sentiment she expressed when the Internet was broken over Kim Kardashian's naked butt, though the media deliberately misread it as shade)? Or that women past a certain age should feel free to express themselves both sexually and artistically? Or maybe it's not about age, maybe it's just about creating an interesting scene in the images. Or maybe it is a purely sexual expression—that's the least likely considering all the preparation and thought, but that's okay, too.

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As a reader pointed out, Annie gave songs to Demi  Moore's movie Striptease (1996), which wasn't exactly not for attention...

Annie's smart, a great artist and welcome to her opinion. I just find her comment pointless in this case.

Check out Madonna's Mert and Marcus Interview shots here.

 
Nov 28 2014
Need To Know: Break Dancing + Noun, Verb, Racism + Rice Beats Rap + Glad They Weren't Called Cumbersnatches + MORE! Comments (0)

Jonathan-BennettNot enough wind beneath his wings

*widget boy cultureMy future boyfriend Jonathan Bennett broke 2 ribs. Thanks, Bette Midler.

*widget boy cultureThis book did not win a Lambda Literary Award.

*widget boy cultureRudy Giuliani sounds like a Klansman at this point.

*widget boy cultureRed State's Ben Howe, a proud bully, pours acid on Michael Brown wound.

*widget boy cultureWilson's freedom was a lock following D.A. & police errors.

*widget boy cultureThe cops who blew away 12yo didn't administer first aid after he went down.

*widget boy cultureFed judge decides Goodell's a liar, Ray Rice gets to play.

*widget boy cultureBenedict Cumberbatch dresses down his Cumberbitches.

MunchkinBitches be like...

*widget boy cultureMunchkin the Shih Tzu does runway.

*widget boy cultureCheerful Madonna and fam in Malawi. Eat shit, Joyce Banda.

*widget boy cultureIs Madonna dating tenor Jonas Kaufmann?

F*widget boy cultureorida going after the gays—again.

*widget boy culture29-year-old Real World star has died.

*widget boy cultureDO NOT CLICK HERE...if you hate men in jockstraps. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy culturePost-Thanksgiving laugh from 2013 never gets old.

*widget boy cultureWas Shia LaBeouf really raped? For art?

*widget boy cultureStar Wars: The Force Awakens trailer after the jump...

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Nov 04 2014
Need To Know: Nebraska Cornholer + Give 'em The Business + What The Dell? + Catcall About Steve + MORE! Comments (0)

Eric-LueshenGetting the word out

*widget boy cultureOut Nebraska Cornhusker reminisces about his experiences.

*widget boy cultureWait, a business moving in to Chelsea???

*widget boy cultureDude, you're gettin' 15 dollars.

*widget boy cultureNew Hampshire GOP chair urges drowning Democrats.

*widget boy cultureI'm with Chris Rock on 1 World Trade: Never going in. Ever.

DEMOCRATSJust sayin'

*widget boy culture“Kill all black people” teacher wasn't fired! She's back.

*widget boy cultureMadonna family feud rages on.

*widget boy cultureMarvin Gaye's family winning vs. Robin Thicke/Pharrell so far.

*widget boy cultureWhitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances is here.

*widget boy cultureThis actually is Lisa Ling's first time at the (gay) rodeo.

*widget boy cultureSteve Santagati is a fucking idiot.

*widget boy cultureNo cock in 50 Shades of Grey? What's the point?

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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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