Posts Tagged ‘male’

60362808_2530376183648149_4550529549602914304_n

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.

60898726_2328310290823734_1508219384223498240_n.jpg

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.

60349977_10218484783252181_87223308243697664_n

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.

60607089_10215749124936009_6847921471927353344_n.jpg

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.

download (4).jpg

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.

ap_19019762910578_wide-bd17afa9f54a41919b49652ebc4920eaeaa224a6-s800-c85.jpg

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.

60523210_10157427342496908_322954181717524480_n

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

#

Joe Giambrone publishes Political Film Blog

byzantium-poster

The slow burn of eternity weighs down this effort, which is more of a drama than a thriller.  The film fared poorly at the box office despite being well shot and well acted.  The media world has been inundated with the vampire menace, and these variety don’t have exceptionally magical powers.  They are the working class undead, struggling through afterlife.

Another point that may have sunk the film is that it is a woman’s story, a story of a prostitute and her illegitimate daughter, up against the patriarchy of the old world.  Lead actress Gemma Atherton called it a “post modern feminist” story.  The prostitute/vampire must adapt to sexism in life as well as in the afterlife. One would think the female movie going audience would support such a story, but it didn’t materialize.

Perhaps prostitution is still so taboo that it repulses the female viewer, although Julia Roberts didn’t suffer much for Pretty Woman.  Go figure.

best-new-vampire-movies-tv-series-2013-2-byzantium

Saoirse Ronan, of Hannah fame, is the main character here, the daughter of 18th century prostitute Clara.  The two are very different from one another, with Eleanor (Ronan) raised in a religious orphanage away from her mother’s life for her first 16 years.

Now the female empowerment may have been undermined by the crucial role of a particular male character in the plot. I doubt that this was important to the film’s financial distress.  It doesn’t have grand special effect laden, over the top, computer generated nonsense for the trailer.  It doesn’t try to outdo Avatar with big “wow” visuals to draw in the largely numbed audience.  As a small production, with small people and small lives, it’s more of a specialty film, despite its Young-Adult style main storyline.  This combination of an oversaturated vampire market, a numb over-marketed public and a more realistic universe killed the film.  Perhaps the hard edged sexual tinge kept away the young audiences as well, as they would need to sneak in to even see it.

But the movie may be vindicated with rentals.  Who knows?