Threads from the Web | 27 April 2012
Aaaand it’s Friday again!
Ashley Judd fights back against speculation about her puffy face;
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.
Gil Elvgren’s pin up girls, before and after.
90s Style Icons – Don’t Tell Mum the Babysitters Dead.
Shien Lee on the Ethics of Fantasy and Cultural Eroticization.
A Book of Days (or sorts) for Alcohol.
From Dark Roasted Blend, The Jewish Engineer Behind Hitler’s Volkswagon. Amazing images!
Over at Rookie, Tavi gushes about the new TV show Girls. As does Emily Nussbaum in the New York Magazine. Fajr, of Stylish Thought says it’s something new, whilst at Gawker, John Cook had this to say;
She walks out of the hotel into the New York morning. A song by Paul Simon’s son is playing. A magical jolly homeless black man stops her on the street to say, “Why don’t you smile? Does your heart hurt? Oh girl when I look at you I just want to say Hello New York!” This magical jolly homeless black man will appear at the end of every episode, saying something wise and innocent. It will be like a tag. Skrillex.
The Womanist says its all about whining white women;
I agree that we need more images of women in the media, but Girls is not the solution for the erasure. ‘Woman’ should not simply mean White woman. If we have to have a homogenous cast, would it have been that hard to make even one of these characters likeable? I cannot think of a single area that Girls is successful in. If you missed the pilot episode consider this your warning.
Mary van Notes has your next witty comeback; your face looks like it had a bad childhood.
The truly stylish Helena Bonham Carter.
This post was written by Bella Blithely (contact).