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March 4th, 2012

euclase: Here’s a visual aid. In illustration, women get…


Here’s a visual aid.

In illustration, women get reduced down to their eyes, lips, and hair. Most often, especially in comic books or pinups, you’re basically only drawing her makeup. A man, on the other hand, has bones in his face. He has structure and substance. You don’t even need to draw his eyes.

In the media, an “attractive” man ranges in age from 16 to 90. That’s why Hugh Laurie, at 52, can be seen as a sex symbol. That’s why Clint Eastwood, at 81, is still considered handsome. The allowance for men is much greater. Age, character, and experience is seen as part of their attractiveness. It’s not the same for a woman. A woman’s attractiveness is not measure by her age, character, and experience but by how prettily she decorates the scenery (or men). In Hollywood, an “attractive” woman runs out of steam around the age of 35, with a few exceptions that I can count on one hand.

And basically that sucks. And it makes me angry. So I stick to drawing what I can relate to and what makes me feel comfortable.

This is super interesting and something I (visually not very smart) would never have noticed.

March 4th, 2012

re Rush & sexism


I was honestly confused at first when I noticed that Rush was getting all this attention. I read what he said and shrugged. He’s been saying worst things for decades. I remember being a little kid and hearing my father complain about the next horribly racist thing he’d say on the air.

So I was really confused when I heard that advertisers were dropping and seeing all of these calls for petitions and the POTUS even spoke up.

I thought America was cool with Rush at this point.

I mean he said my FLOTUS has “authentic slave blood” when she didn’t go to the funeral of Byrd, a white supremacist. AND I only found out about this after the fact when I decided to do some Rush research. It definitely wasn’t a big deal in the news.

And to me, that is FAR worse than calling Fluke a slut.

Nobody has “authentic slave blood”. We were black people who were revoked of their personhood in America. A slave is not a natural category that we were in and thus have an authentic connection to being a slave. He was dehumanizing her in one of the worst ways I can think of. That was more disrespectful than if he had called her a nigger.

I have the blood of black people dehumanized, killed, raped, and tortured for centuries at the hands of white people. But I ain’t got no slave blood. Don’t get it twisted.

And the fact that it was cool for him to dehumanize a black woman who happens to be the First Lady of this country is all I need to know about how big of a race issue this is.

Don’t come at me with “well it’s different because Fluke is a private citizen”. Please. That makes it even worse. That slander against a regular citizen is a bigger deal than slander against the woman who is supposed to be the face of this nation.

How does that look to outsiders? That Americans can make a mockery of the First Lady without consequences?

Never ever ever has a First Lady been so disrespected. Being the First Lady has always been an honored, protected station in this country until Mrs. Michelle Obama got it. No matter who she was. Whether uneducated, not even physically attractive, not articulate… whatever it didn’t matter. She was respected.

But bring in one of the most phenomenal women who has ever gotten the position and now it’s not sacred anymore.

No, because in today’s society a regular middle class white woman is more important than the black woman who is married to the President of the United States.

I’m done. I can’t.

This. Should be on every op ed page.

March 4th, 2012

I’m cleaning out drawers while I’m laid up and found…

I’m cleaning out drawers while I’m laid up and found old photos, including this up-and-coming surf legend, Ruby Karp!

March 4th, 2012

Remember that whole thing about "porn names" in Tom Junod’s Lana Del Rey piece for Esquire?



I’ll quote from it, in case you forgot (don’t worry, I’ll be brief):

Beyoncé and Gaga, Rihanna and Ke$ha: They share little but an ability to impart an awareness that whatever their music pretends to be about, it’s really about becoming Beyoncé, Gaga, Rihanna, and Ke$ha — about living up to their porn or (in Stephani Germanotta’s case) their drag names. Florence Welch doesn’t have a porn name; she’s resolutely Florence, though she’s got herself a Machine.

There’s more, but that’s the essence of it.

Well, anyway, today I was reading David Moore’s eulogy for Leslie Carter, who sadly passed away last month at the tragically young age of 25, and was led by it to an article about Gregory Dark, the former pornographer who directed a ton of teen-pop videos in the early part of the last decade. The article, The Devil In Greg Dark, was published in Esquire in 2001, and was also written by Tom Junod. I probably wouldn’t have even noticed that if it weren’t for the LDR piece—I used to subscribe to Esquire, and Junod writes feature stories for them in almost every issue. But that LDR article really pissed me off. Anyway, so I had that in the back of my mind, but I wasn’t really thinking about it. Then, 3/4 of the way through the article, I found this:

But that’s the thing with all the video work he’s been getting. It, like, comes to him. He was a pornographer, sure, maybe even the worst pornographer … but it’s not like he sits around plotting to direct Britney Spears, Mandy Moore, and Leslie Carter so that he can corrupt them and the little girls who idolize them. And it’s not like he has to worry about making them pornographic, either—about straying over the boundaries of taste, about eroticizing them, about fetishizing them, about doing all the things he used to do as a pornographer. They’ve already been eroticized and fetishized by the culture itself. In 1985, he directed Traci Lords and he was very nearly a criminal … but now the entire culture is besotted with the erotic promise of teenage girls, and so by the time they come to Gregory Dark, the girls have already been, well, pornographied. Britney Spears? That’s a porn name if there ever was one, no matter if it’s her real name or not. That Rolling Stone cover of Christina Aguilera with her shorts unzipped and her athletic tongue licking her lascivious lips? That’s a porn box cover, though without the usual accoutrement of bodily fluids. The lure of jailbait now supplies the erotic energy to a popular culture desperate for what’s new, what’s young, what’s alive; and the pornographication of the American girl has proceeded at such a pace that, as curious as the phenomenon of Gregory Dark directing a girl like Leslie Carter in a music video seems even to Gregory Dark himself, it also makes perfect sense. It seems almost inevitable…

[NOTE: the bolding in the blockquoted passage was added by me]

Clearly that whole “porn name” thing is a bit of an obsession for Junod, especially in light of the fact that this article predates the Lana Del Rey article by nearly 11 years. And I can’t decide whether it’s less distasteful in this context, because he is describing a real process that the capitalist music industry did and does engage in… or whether he’s a little too lascivious about the whole thing to avoid complicity.

Either way, the recurrence of the less-than-savory conceit in an article from over a decade ago definitely gave me pause, and I thought it was worth noting.

i need a gif to adequately convey the feeling of lolbarf.

March 4th, 2012

malarky-shenanigans: whoawhoaWHOAWHOA! I suppose it’s…



I suppose it’s very obvious this would appeal to me but omg! who/what is it?

March 4th, 2012

beatbank: Song: Viola Desmond by the Stolen Minks On 8…


Song: Viola Desmond by the Stolen Minks

Viola Desmond

On 8 November 1946, Viola Desmond, a black Nova Scotian, refused to leave her seat in the white only section of a cinema. She was forcibly removed from the theatre, held in a male cell block, charged with tax evasion in the amount of 1 cent (the cost difference between white floor seating and black balcony seating), tried without counsel and fined $26 dollars. She fought the conviction up to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia but her appeals were denied.

The authorities never acknowledged that she was black and arrested because of a racist policy. Her struggle contributed to the eventual changing of segregation laws in Nova Scotia. In April 2010, against the wishes of her family, the Nova Scotian government pardoned Viola Desmond.

Today I can’t find a single article acknowledging what should be a well known event in the history of Canadian civil rights. Without public recognition of systematic institutionalized racism in Canada (past and present) we are ill-equipped to identify interpersonal racism or our own prejudices. Those who experience racism remain oppressed yet invisible.


Viola Desmond is not Canada’s Rosa Parks by Renee Martin

Viola Desmond (and more links) from

March 4th, 2012

nudiemuse: I am awake and fucking itchy. This is some bullshit. Also cramps are stupid. I would…


I am awake and fucking itchy. This is some bullshit. Also cramps are stupid. I would much rather use my uterus as a weapon than what it is currently up to.


March 4th, 2012

fuckyeahfamousblackgirls: Not all that long ago the law of the…


Not all that long ago the law of the land was segregation. All professional sports, concerts, buses, trains, bathrooms, pools, beaches, water fountains, restaurants and schools all had restriction on skin color.
Then in New Orleans on November 14, 1960 the courts ordered the first day of integrated schools and all hell broke loose.

Her father was fired from his job because he allowed his daughter to go to an all white school. Her grandparents, sharecroppers in Mississippi were kicked off the land they worked and lived on.

Ruby Bridges was 6 years old.

Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her.  Because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only allowed Ruby to eat food that she brought from home. Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Ruby said “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.” At her mother’s suggestion, Bridges began to pray on the way to school, which she found provided protection from the comments yelled at her on the daily walks.

Former United States Deputy Marshal Charles Burks later recalled, “She showed a lot of courage. She never cried. She didn’t whimper. She just marched along like a little soldier, and we’re all very proud of her

REAL people, both Black and White, stood up and made a difference. When all the teachers in the school refused to teach Ruby, Barbara Henry said she would, simply because it was right.  A white neighbor provided her father with a new job. Some white families did send their children to school despite the protests.

It has taken America awhile to really be the land of the free…but it has always been the home of the brave. Just look at 6-year-old Ruby Bridges. 

March 4th, 2012

"When I go away from you The world beats dead Like a slackened drum. I call out for you against the…"

“When I go away from you
The world beats dead
Like a slackened drum.
I call out for you against the jutted stars
And shout into the ridges of the wind.
Streets coming fast,
One after the other,
Wedge you away from me,
And the lamps of the city prick my eyes
So that I can no longer see your face.
Why should I leave you,
To wound myself upon the sharp edges of the night?”

- Amy Lowell, “The Taxi” (via awritersruminations)
March 4th, 2012

theswingingsixties: Paul McCartney cools off.


Paul McCartney cools off.