Posts Tagged ‘feminism’

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A woman in Alabama signs a law, and so it must be the men fo California’s fault, somehow…

 

Political Film Blog

Joe Giambrone

Nothing should surprise me anymore here in Trump’s America, but let’s take a look at what’s been flying around the web this week. In the wake of abortion ban attempts in Alabama and other mid-western states, women have taken to memes to fight their battle. And what has identity politics wrought now? What do these memes have in common?

They blame men! Shocker!

Point of fact, I’ve never met a male in over half a century here who was actively trying to outlaw abortion. Not one. I’ve never heard one even talk about it in a personal interaction. Strange, since it’s men oppressing women in a grand fictional conspiracy in meme after meme. Nevermind that the Governor of Alabama, who signed the actual law, is a woman.

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Most men don’t give a shit about the topic, unless they get someone pregnant and then they are happy the option is available. It’s not men who are organizing to overthrow Roe vs. Wade. I’m not sure how today’s feminists can be so off-target that they couldn’t hit the side of a church.

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Yes, it’s fundamentalist religious groups doing this. It’s astounding that this needs to be typed, but here we are. American-Taliban theocrats are the ones organizing to mold the country into their warped image–not “men.” How dense do you have to be not to already know this? American politics is so sloppy, so full of generalizations and propaganda, that few people are capable of thinking clearly about this or most other hot-button topics.

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Women are mindlessly alienating their own political allies with this barrage of hate against men. Heckuva job. Divide and conquer yourself.

The fundamentalist religious nutbars have built an empire of Madrassas to indoctrinate their children and train them as foot soldiers in their ideological wars. Their numbers have grown steadily, ushered in by charlatan televangelists and megachurches.

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The Catholic schools have also become more brazen, such as that field trip to DC that became a national racist incident. That high school class was bussed in to the Capitol to act as anti-abortion fodder for the church. This is organized political action using children of both genders to achieve what is now being legislated in multiple states. That church and school should have lost their tax-exempt status over these types of activities.

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Religion is the antagonist here, not gender. If you can’t even properly define your adversary you’re not going to get very far on the battlefield.

I’m not sure if some American women are simply reluctant to attack religion because of their own religious beliefs and indoctrination, and “men” are always available as the handy scapegoat. Sure, why not? Just blame the men.

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But, I’m not having it. Take a good hard look in your mirrors, ladies, and try again.

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Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog

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“Inclusive” incineration of children on the other side of the world.

 

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The little-dick film snobs lost their shit over this:

 

However, feature-length narrative cinema made by mostly white male auteurs dominated the collection. These are not the films that need seeing or saving. They may not circulate widely in popular culture, but they account for almost our entire institutional and disciplinary canon. And despite the collective anxiety about their disappearance, they will endure in archives, film studies programs and, yes, even online …More radically, however, we might ask whether these are the works we need to rescreen or urge others to discover.

 

FilmStruck wasn’t that good for movies. Don’t mourn its demise.

 

What an absolute gift it would be to escape the corrupt inheritance of the auteur — a 20th-century invention; film scholars have the receipts — and the long shadow of a canon that has compelled generations of students to mimic the powers of patriarchy and colonialism, to play at corporate theater, or to wonder about their own exclusion from what they see on screen.

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by Dr Samita Nandy

The lack of sexual diversity in Hollywood has been a critical issue that gained wide attention among movie lovers and researchers. But, as a recent University of Southern California report shows, a real change in the industry is still required. In particular, Dr Katherine Pieper points out “raised voices and calls for change are important, but so are practical and strategic solutions based on research.”

So how can we implement solutions based on research, such as the one that USC proposes?  Is the research showing solutions for all female species?

Research often offers observations and critical analysis of existing case studies. There are several feminist cases to study, such as Julia Roberts not wearing high heels and Alicia Keys not using makeup on the red carpet. Publicity of Angelina Jolie’s mastectomy – the fact that breasts are not essential for her sense of being a woman – generated contested views in feminism. While Jennifer Aniston received attention for her feminist perspectives on the impacts of paparazzi photography, Keira Knightley posed nude to protest against the use of Photoshop and questioned idealistic images of women in Hollywood. Furthermore, Mindy Kaling and Priyanka Chopra have successfully used media channels to represent themselves as coloured women in Hollywood, thus resisting ableism in a wider context of social justice. What else can researchers do apart from studying actions that these female actors have already taken and have also inspired others to do?

Well, being a living example of change and bearing witness of violence are essential for social justice. But most fans often shift responsibility to Hollywood actors as idols of our society. 

Here, we are not talking about blockbuster films in Hollywood only. One must note that Hollywood is an abstract cultural space where filmmakers and film studies scholars co-exist through material and symbolic modes of communication in shared environments. Furthermore, critical questions on the female are not limited to humans but also apply to animals in our overall environment of social practices. In this respect one of the issues that is rarely addressed is how atrocity in ongoing circumcision of male pigs and grinding of live male chicks is overlooked while exploitation of female reproductive organs e.g., chicken breasts, milk, and eggs is glamorized. These practices lead to normalizing, naturalizing, and legitimizing exploitation of female body parts. The exploitations are completely overlooked in Hollywood representations of a ‘bacon and egg’ breakfast after a steamy sex scene, where female actors are far more exposed and consumed than their male counterparts.

Now the USC report argues “women were over three times as likely as their male counterparts to be shown partly nude or in sexually revealing clothing”. Why?

In The Sexual Politics of Meat, feminist author Dr Carol Adams points out that sexism and speciesism have the same roots of patriarchal oppression in a class-based society. Unless we use verbal and non-verbal means to resist violence against all females, women will be not only underrepresented but also be animalized.

We cannot fight for the freedom of one while oppressing the ‘Other’ in discourses of the female body. The intersections in sexism show that there is no single issue cause in Hollywood and beyond.

So how can we bring much-needed changes in Hollywood representations of women and feminists that fight for diverse social issues?

We need to show intersections, and not categorizations.

We need to show how sexism, classism, speciesism, and ableism among many other ideological practices are interconnected in Hollywood. Using the intersectional approach, we must be a living example of change and resist images and products that support exploitation. As Gandhi says, “be the change you want to see.”

Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies is hosting a live Twitter chat that will resist sexism and speciesism among many issues from 8:30 pm to 9 pm (EST) on October 13, 2016. CMCS will continue the debates and actions to be in Hollywood filmmaking at its 4th international conference at University of Southern California in Marsh 2017. Visit http://cmc-centre.com/conferences/losangeles/ for information on how to join and make a difference together.

Dr Samita Nandy
Director, Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies (CMCS) & Co-Producer,Celebrity Chat
Author, Fame in Hollywood North. Toronto: WaterHill Publishing
PhD Curtin University, Australia (Media / Celebrity)
MA and BA York University, Canada (Communication)

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AlterNet continues to wallow in stupidity. They claim:

“All-Female Ghostbusters Trailer Most Disliked in YouTube History Because Misogyny”

 

So everyone who isn’t wowed by that is a man pig. I see. And they lampoon the right for all the stupid shit THEY say?

The film relies on obvious, retreaded slapstick, the kind we’ve already seen too much of. Where it could have been more original it failed. It’s another Hollywood craptacular looking to milk audiences with borderline-retarded humor. How fresh.

Maybe it’s less about the gender and more about the level of immaturity behind what’s on screen? Is that possible, AlterNet?

No. Of course not. The world hates women, and that must be the reason. Apparently it was directed by a man and came out of a studio system dominated, as we are constantly told, by men…