Bikini Kill is more than just a band or a zine or an idea, it’s a part of the revolution. The revolution is about going to the playground with your best girlfriends. You are hanging upside down on the bars and all the blood is rushing to your head. it’s a euphoric feeling. the boys can see our underwear and we don’t care…
We know we are not like this due to any weird gene formation or luck or trick. We are how we are from working together with our eyes open and having experience and getting help from our Moms and friends. We vow to struggle against the ‘j’ word (jealousy) the killer of GIRL LOVE. We are not special, anyone can do it. ENCOURAGEMENT IN THE FACE OF INSECURITY is a slogan of the revolution.
Yeah, I adore and revere Chinatown, too, okay? Guess what? There’s no provision in the law for eluding punishment for drugging and raping thirteen-year-olds because you happen to be a kickass director. Not even if you’re a kickass director who has suffered unimaginable personal tragedies in the course of his own life. Not even if the judge of the case in question was of doubtful trustworthiness. It makes me sick that thirty years later, when Polanski is in his seventies with a family of his own and the victim wants nothing more than to forget about the entire thing, it all needs to be dredged up again. But - if he hadn’t fled the country in the first place, or if he had pursued legal means of appeal decades ago, we all could have been done with and over it. Likewise, the legal authorities should not have let it go on so long seemingly disinterested. I’m sorry for him. But sympathy, not to mention talent and privilege, do not constitute a license to get away with rape. End of story.
“Good ideas turn into good designs fairly quickly. If you catch yourself fiddling too much with colors, borders and treatments to bring a design together, chances are the problem lies somewhere deeper.”—Ryan Singer
“Calisthenics, shower, and breakfast. Then I water the garden because it is dry. After the water I put fertilizer into the soil. I feel the flowers growing stronger the more I talk to them. Accidentally with my trowel I kill a flower. The world is chaos. I am unsuccessful at crying.”—Old favorite: The Occasional Diary Entries of German Director Werner Herzog
“The Rogue Film School is not for the faint-hearted; it is for those who have travelled on foot, who have worked as bouncers in sex clubs or as wardens in a lunatic asylum, for those who are willing to learn about lockpicking or forging shooting permits in countries not favoring their projects. In short: for those who have a sense of poetry. For those who are pilgrims. For those who can tell a story to four-year-old children and hold their attention. For those who have a fire burning within. For those who have a dream.”—Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School
“To my mind, most people go through life recoiling from its best parts. They miss the enrichment that just a basic knowledge of the physical world can bring to the most ordinary experiences. It’s like there’s a pulsating, hidden world, governed by ancient laws and principles, underlying everything around us - from the movements of electrical charges to the motions of the planets - and most people are completely unaware of it. To me, that’s a shame.”—Carolyn Porco
“It’s pretty obvious that Hollywood isn’t going to take the risk to make these kind of movies. So I’m hoping that this could be a new model, by taking things straight to the public.”—Richard Linklater, on getting Me and Orson Welles to audiences
I really enjoy the drinking skeptically events because they are free-form and there is no lecutures or directed discussion. It really is about connecting with like-minded people in a very social way. Because I think we all need that.
In fact, I’m convinced now that all the new media douchebaggery is going to drive people towards making more concrete real life connections and that the skeptics are just ahead of the game on this one.
Yay! I agree. :) For anyone else interested, the Columbus, Ohio Drinking Skeptically event details can be found at ohioskeptic.com.
I heard you were going to erect a gold statue of yourself in your hometown of Warracknabeal, Australia. Did that ever happen?
Well, no. Although I do have a small model of it that’s a foot high. It’s gold. I’m naked on a rearing horse. I have a modest loincloth on. It’s this rather wonderful homoerotic work of art that I was hoping to put in the middle of this tiny little town where I was born. Unfortunately the fortunes of Warracknabeal are so grim at the moment with the recession and this chronic draught that’s going on that it feels a little in bad taste to erect a giant gold statue. But one day…
“What Lego loses is what makes it so special,” he says. “When you have a less structured, less themed set, kids have the ability to start from scratch. When you have kids playing out Indiana Jones, they’re playing out Hollywood’s imagination, not their own.”—The NYT supports my "Lego theme sets aren’t as fun and creative as the plain bricks" theory.
“OK, here’s a problem that is holding back feminism and you see it on the blogs. We all hold each other up to an incredibly high standard in a way that men do not. Let’s say a woman directs a movie that’s not very good-everybody piles up on her. It’s, like, “No! You’re representing us! It has to be perfect!” And that’s not how it works! Women should be allowed to make bad movies. Good movies. Porno movies. Terrible made-for-TV movies. Women just need to be out there directing as many movies as men do. We don’t all have to be the model woman-what we need is to be more visible. We really, really are tough on each other.”—Diablo Cody
When someone says they are against feminism, my first response is, really what kind of feminism do you have a problem with. This usually draws blank stares. Feminism in the public discourse means one thing, despite the fact that no monolithic woman exists. I then do the rundown of the different kinds of feminism, as I watch the eyes of listener roll. No they insist, feminism is all about privileging women over men. Women have the vote, and equality before the law so all of the problems have been solved.
It occurs to me that feminism suffers from the same image problem that POC do. We are expected to speak with one specific voice, and yet we all know that life experience causes different needs, and desires. A WOC living in Canada (me) will have very different needs than say a black South African woman, yet we are both black. Similarly a white suburban, mini van driving, soccer mom will have a completely different focus, than an urban 20 something New York socialite. I have found that no matter how many times I point out that women have different experiences, the response I get back is usually framed within the idea that vagina equals one large collective brain. The hive sort of mentality that is attributed to feminism is harmful. My feminism speaks to who I am as a person, it speaks to my needs, and desires, and it is certainly not representative of women at large.
I am tired of a small minority of women representing feminism, and asserting an authority that they were never granted. Not only are they not capable of speaking for me, they are not even remotely capable of understanding what my life experience is like. It is time for those of us who identify beyond the second/third wave to step onto the stage. Whether you are an eco, socialist, sex positive, queer,DIY, anti-racist, etc, make your voice heard. You have just as much right to represent feminism as the squeaky wheels that are currently doing to the talk show, and book signing circuit.