The Federalist: Feminism or Sexism?
See, this is how the restrictive modern radio/music format and the narrowminded moneymaking music outfits limit young folk to blind consumption. The media’s textual orgasms over these performances are creepy and revisionist.
Helen Reddy’s “I Am Woman” dominated the charts in late ‘72, became the Equal Rights Amendment anthem [The amendment passed both houses of Congress that year, and moved to the State legislatures for approval], and won the Grammy. Her speech, where she thanked God ... “SHE made it possible” ... resonated in culture for years afterwards. Heard it on the radio lately? Nope. Unknown now, among young people. Arguably bigger than Beyonce at the time and with huge impact on the cultural and political landscape.
Beyonce adopts “Feminist” as a marketing tactic, not as an actual philosophy. Pole dancers in the background? This is the old patriarchal “even if they haven’t got power, women run the world through controlling men’s sexual desire” routine, repackaged as something admirable. There were elderly Congressmen spouting this on Capitol Hill, once upon a time, with a whole lot less subtlety. Women of the time threw it back with beautiful invective, followed by “male chauvinist pig!” And a bit of creative oinking.
You’re being played, fans. Post-ERA, pre-AIDS, with birth control pills freely available ... sexual liberation was well-practiced throughout the ‘70’s. Better than today in some ways. This is not something Beyonce has suddenly gifted the world with.
And the whole Sofia Vergara thing is just not funny.
Stars of the past lived feminism, maintained a largely consistent message throughout those tumultuous years - years when it was threatening to a career to do so. Today, it’s all artless performance to a crowd of young people who will seemingly accept anything with special effects accompaniment.
[As an aside, whenever I think of that song, that era, I can’t help but hear Bella Abzug in my head. Walk the walk instead of just talking the talk, Queen Bey, and I’ll listen.]
Salon: Why female writers get trolled the most.
“The study does note that men still receive the highest proportion of abusive tweets overall — but they’re also primarily the ones disseminating hatred.”
Quartz: Archeologists are scrambling to excavate a 2,600 year old city before it becomes a Chinese c
Said it just recently, I’ll say it again. It’s a wonder we have any visible remnants of history at all these days.
Bible History Daily: Severed Hands - Trophies of War in New Kingdom Egypt.
“A narrative found in the tomb of Ahmose, son of Ibana, at Elkab describes how after each battle against the Hyksos at Avaris and Sharuhen, the soldier presented an enemy hand as a trophy and was given as a reward the “gold of valor.” Among additional evidence from the New Kingdom are representations depicting severed right hands being counted and put into a heap.”
Dazed: Grimes turns down her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination.
“Last Friday, Pamela Anderson declined her Ice Bucket Challenge nomination on the grounds that the ALS Association has a poor record of testing on animals. Over the weekend, Grimes has followed suit and turned down Canadian DJ Richie Hawtin’s nom, announcing that she’d be happy to give the money to a charity – just not the ALS organisation that kickstarted the charity challenge.”
Dazed: No ice? Gaza is doing the Rubble Bucket Challenge.
TechDirt: Why Do Police In Suburban St. Louis Have More Powerful Weapons Than Marines In Afghanistan
“What we’re seeing here is a gaggle of cops wearing more elite killing gear than your average squad leader leading a foot patrol through the most hostile sands or hills of Afghanistan. They are equipped with Kevlar helmets, assault-friendly gas masks, combat gloves and knee pads (all four of them), woodland Marine Pattern utility trousers, tactical body armor vests, about 120 to 180 rounds for each shooter, semiautomatic pistols attached to their thighs, disposable handcuff restraints hanging from their vests, close-quarter-battle receivers for their M4 carbine rifles and Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights. In other words, they’re itching for a fight.” Carry lethal weapons that you train with frequently, build skills, never get to actually use them as trained ... the itch gets overwhelming.
ProPublica: What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown.
Hmmm. There’s an elephant in the room here, to me. Police today are trained to shoot at center of mass, not extremities. Sans other evidence, the head shots in particular sound punitive.
PS Mag: Just Kill All of the Comments Already.
“Our problem was a different one: We primarily deal with science and research, and know that comments can change the perception readers have of not just the stories themselves, but the facts and figures covered in the stories that often shouldn’t be open to interpretation.” If you don’t actively engage your commenters, I see how this can be true. I feel having a comment system requires active participation by the blog- or site-owner. It’s not a set-it-up-and-let-it-run device.
Collectors Weekly: What America Can Learn From Berlin’s Struggle to Face Its Violent Past.
“Imagine if a network of chains were embedded into the streets surrounding the White House and U.S. Capitol as a monument to the slaves that worked on these buildings, or if every major American city maintained one block of open space as tribute to the native people whose land we forcibly took from them. Could Americans finally come to terms with our forebears’ tragic mistakes by following Berlin’s lead?” Much food for thought here.
Dazed: Palestinians tweet tear gas tips to Ferguson residents.
SERoundtable: Google - Low Quality Guest Blogging Considered Content Spam.
Google as arbiter of ‘good blog posts.’ What’s the world coming to?
Slate: Ferguson, Missouri photos - Tear gas, rubber bullets, and a militarized police force.
Hmmm. Then there’s Tom Tomorrow, hitting it on the head as usual. Militarizing police forces *is* a slippery-slope situation. I went in search of guidelines, perhaps Federal ones ... but none seem to exist. With all the surplus weaponry ending up in nonmilitary hands, Federal guidelines are overdue. Mr Obama - Congress - can you do something about this, please?
Too many police today are responding with a video-game-like kill-reflex; the reflex that used to be the lone purvue of the trained soldier. Killing should not be the first response of a police officer. Training high-powered rifles on protestors by itself is a terrible act of aggression.
I’ll say it again: Have we forgotten the ‘60’s?
Later: See who the cops are targeting. It would be interesting to see where Homeland Security’s money’s gone ... more to areas with distinct segregation among the populations? One wonders. Probably only ProPublica would contemplate such a report. Via Dan Lyke (Flutterby) on FB.
The Rumpus: My Nixon Years.
“Even though he was an adult in the 1970s, when I was a child, he seemed just as confused as I was by the changing social structure. I wished, when I was 7, for things to be comprehensible, controllable; I wonder if he felt the same way.” I am more of his grandmother’s ilk - noone post-‘74 ever again expressed to a child, “if you study hard, you’ll grow up and be President someday!” That phrase died on Nixon’s resignation date, and I don’t think we’ll ever hear it again.
Paramilitary police are in the news today, but in the ‘60’s we had CIA and military with automatic weapons in our neighborhood thanks to the Institute for Defense Analysis protests [IDA contained the supercomputer that made the strategic decision to invade Cambodia] right after Kent State. I will not forgive Nixon posting such weapons less than 60’ from the backs of my friend’s houses, about a football field from my own. M-16’s have a lethal range of about what ... 5 football field lengths or so?
Nope, I will not forgive Nixon. History should not, either.
Cue CSNY, Ohio.
The Economist: Paramilitary police - Cops or soldiers?
“Peter Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies, estimates that SWAT teams were deployed about 3,000 times in 1980 but are now used around 50,000 times a year. Some cities use them for routine patrols in high-crime areas. Baltimore and Dallas have used them to break up poker games. In 2010 New Haven, Connecticut sent a SWAT team to a bar suspected of serving under-age drinkers.” I think we’d all prefer the neighborhood ‘flatfoot’.
ArtDaily: ‘Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People’ to premiere.
If I were in NYC, I would not miss it.
OddityMall: Pepper Spray That Takes A Picture And Alerts The Police.
Later: The above is where I found it. Here’s the direct link.
Reuters/Exclusive: U.S. to spend up to $550 million on African rapid response forces.
“The United States announced on Wednesday plans to spend $110 million a year over the next three to five years to help African nations develop peacekeeping forces that can be rapidly deployed to head off militant threats and other crises.” Question. How do you guarantee we’re not training up future opponents? Just asking. Too often in the past, this kind of move has seemed like a marketing ploy to keep the flow of American weaponry sales high (and the ‘military/industrial complex’ in profits).
AlJazeeraAmerica: Big Food uses mommy bloggers to shape public opinion.
Um ... isn’t it rather sexist to link BlogHer to ‘Mommy Blogs’ without offering any linkage of the two? BlogHer is certainly not just mothers who blog. Or am I reading this wrong?
Civil War Memory: The Problem of Southern Thinking From a Southerner.
TG’s Political Wire: GOP Lawmaker Says Migrant Children May Carry Ebola.
Seriously? Again, this kind of idiocy should trigger an ejection seat from the US Capitol.
NY Times: A Resurgence in Inequality and Its Effects on Culture.
“What makes the middlebrows so contemptible? Woolf’s tautological response is their very middleness, their inability to be either one thing or another, and their habit of ‘indistinguishably and rather nastily’ mixing up art and life (the pure, complementary pursuits of the high and the low) with things like ‘money, fame, power or prestige.’” Perhaps, but who wants to be a lowbrow ‘dancing monkey’ for the higbrows? The ‘affinity’ of the high and low could only be expressed in such terms by the highbrow urbanity of the NY Times; happy to look down upon their readership.
LA Times: Marina Abramovic Institute responds to critics of unpaid positions.
“But the come-work-for-free ad — I mean, ‘volunteer’ — strikes a dissonant note when the foundation’s namesake has her multimillion-dollar real estate transactions regularly covered on Curbed. And when the organization seeking the unpaid work is fund-raising for a $20-million headquarters in New York’s Hudson Valley designed by starchitect Rem Koolhaas. Not to mention that the skills the institute is demanding for these positions is quite specialized.”
Hyperallergic: Marina Abramović Institute Seeks So Much Unpaid Work.
Mischiefs of Faction: Public Opinion on Israel-Hamas Conflict Has Little to Do with the Conflict.
“The American public’s endorsement of current Israeli policy largely isn’t a reaction to that policy because most people aren’t following the details at all.” The same can be said of most political issues, no? Most never venture further than their favorite pundit ... or parent.