Warped Tour’s Woman Problem -
There are so many badass women making great punk music, so why are the festivals ignoring them?
Liberal politics is in trouble. In the few years since Occupy Wall Street came and went, attracting plenty of news coverage but effecting little lasting change, a commitment to liberal politics feels increasingly futile — not to mention dreary as fuck.
This is a necessarily oversimplified version of the problem Ellen Willis identified in her final, most ambitious, and tragically unfinished work. A book project with the working title “The Cultural Unconscious in American Politics,” it promised to use psychoanalysis to rescue the nation’s political imagination from the conservative hell into which it descended after the radical ’60s.
Feminism and “The Left” Need Ellen Willis’ Ideas More Than Ever
Razor-sharp piece on Mom’s ideas about the cultural unconscious by Judy Berman!
Live Through This at 20
Gender pay gap in academia
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Q&A: Flavorwire Music Editor, Jillian Mapes -
JILLIAN MAPES is an arts and entertainment journalist, currently the music editor of Flavorwire. She’s also a contributor to Pitchfork, Spin and other national culture publications. She recently returned from covering South by Southwest in Austin; the first time she covered SXSW a…
The Blue Period: An Origin Story by Ta-Nehisi Coates -
"And here is the key thing—it thrills me to see it. I love seeing it. I love knowing. The knowing is its own reward. The ability to frame the question is it’s own gift—even if you can’t quite name the answer." Ta-Nehisi Coates
I’m not gon’ lie, grad school broke my spirit but this is why I persevere. I have always loved seeing and knowing. It’s a thrill that I have embarked upon with wealth of journey partners (teachers/peers/colleagues/students) from Seattle to the halls of Spelman to this city’s urine soaked Subway platforms to, well where I now teach, dissertate and engage in self-loathing.
I’ve had a draft of a chapter I intended to send to my advisors that I haven’t been able to let go of for two months in part because this degree has become removed from the thrill. It’s just fear and insecurity. But as the songwriter said, “it’s good to know…” that this is why I chose this path, that thought the thrill is gone, it can be recovered, and that soooooo much will ever exceed my knowledge.
Jalylah, don’t give up! The world needs your great ideas - out of your brain, into the public sphere, like superman Ta-Nehisi!
She concludes that the biggest problem facing women filmmakers is cultural.
Society has a powerful heritage of disrespect towards women. It goes way beyond physical violence, to various emotionally abusive behaviours – silencing women who speak out; misrepresentation and underrepresentation of women and girls; withholding resources of time, money and appreciation from women. All these behaviours affect women’s storytelling in public forums and on screens.
Mary Beard recently gave a wonderful lecture called The Public Voice of Women, about how we’ve been excluded from ‘authoritative public speech’ since Homeric times. Today, writing and directing films can be seen as a kind of authoritative public speech, primarily the ‘business of [white] men’, who are now discovering that filmmaking can generate good business if it tells stories with women as central characters. But the old old tradition is so deeply embedded that decision makers don’t embrace women as the writers and directors of the stories. This behaviour will be very hard to shift. — Heroines of Cinema: Why Don’t More Women Make Movies? Marian Evans on Bridging The Gap Between Theory and Practice (via oldfilmsflicker)