Sunday, December 21, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
While today lacked Mr. Clark, who I usually shoot the shit with, I had a wonderful time. A happy accident of running into Faryn and catching up with her.
NYT left me without much rage or strong feelings of any sort. But the Satellite... oh the Satellite fueled some fury.
Review of Jenny Lewis' new CD, Acid Tongue, made me snarl through gritted teeth: "WHAT THE FUCK?!" Now I'm not really a Jenny Lewis fan. I like some of her stuff, and back in the day loved Rilo Kiley. Not so much now, I've grown out of it so to speak. But I would never wish this upon ANY artist.
Below is the first line of the review:
"I was primed to take pleasure in this album; I enjoyed Jenny Lewis' last CD, I really am fond of Rilo Kiley, and to be honest, big breasts turn me on a lot."
Excuse me J. Maggio, but what the hell do big breasts have to do with her CD? What do they have to do with Lewis' music? Is there some correlation to the quality of music by a female artist and her breast size? Can we make similar judgements about penis size and quality of music by male artists? Has anyone made such a claim about a male artists? 'So and so has a tiny penis therefore his music is very thoughtful' or 'He's got quite the package, totally making up for his lack of musical talent.' NO self respecting journalist or writer would even think about publishing such a statement. The shear fact that J. Maggio had the audacity to MENTION Lewis' breasts when talking about her music was enough to set me off.
So, naturally I had to read more:
"But this is a horrible CD only somewhat redeemed by the presence of Elvis Costello - who must also like big boobies, too - on its best track, "Carpetbaggers." Gone are the insightful lyrics of previous Jenny Lewis output, only to be replaced with hackneyed and banal lines like "our love is thicker than angel wings" and "nobody believes a liar." Wow! Like Sarah Palin, even Lewis' "hotness" cannot redeem the complete lack of substance. Some songs - like the horrifying "The Next Messiah" - even sound like they are based around the first riff the guitarist played at practice. Even Lewis' voice takes a nice timbre in the Dusty Springfield tradition, the lyrics are so hideous, and the melody so bland that one cannot help but press "skip" on the iPod. The title track and the Elvis Costello duo are about the only two songs of value on this ghastly CD. I think I will stick with Lewis' older work, and looking at pictures of her best "features" - ironically knowing that I'm not sexist at all." - J. Maggio
No Maggio... you're just Gainesville's tool of the month.
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Halloween treats adults to more than just candy
By STEPHANIE DUNN, Alligator Writer
Long gone are the days when you relentlessly sought the creepiest costume, the one that would really make your Nana piss her granny panties when you popped up from behind the couch spewing fake blood and guts. We college students still take our costume hunting seriously, but in a decidedly naughtier direction. That angelic little girl who, a decade ago, was happy with a wand, glitter and plastic pumpkin for trick–or–treating has morphed into a ravenous, raunchy little hooker – but just for Oct. 31. Unless you go to FSU, then it's a year–round ordeal.
This is apparently the formula: Take any character or profession and whorify it beyond recognition. Really slut it up – underwear will suffice. Oh, you're a Victoria's Secret Angel for Halloween? How clever. You can be a sexy nun, a sexy soccer mom, a sexy sex slave. It doesn't matter, as long as it's transparent, shows butt cheek or cleavage, and comes equipped with an accessory that can double as a sex toy later on – fishnets or a whip will do. Since when are Disney princesses cock–mongering whores? Since now. Guys are minimalists. If they put any effort into their costumes at all, which is a rarity, they go for the funny costumes or at least ones they think are funny. Dead celebrities, political parodies, cross–dressing, the usual. But I think that deep down, they want to be sexy for Halloween, too. Whether they're 12 or 22, guys fantasize about being Batman, Superman, anything ending in "man." They can fulfill their boyish fantasies for a night, even if they'll ultimately be disappointed in how they look in a bat suit, and I get that. What I don't buy is the guy who starts hitting the gym in September, oils up his abs and quads, and slaps on a four–inch long loincloth thing because "King Leonidas kicked ass in '300'!"
I know that not everyone gets all skanked up for Halloween and that some of us have an ounce of originality left. I daresay it would be more fun if we still dressed up in scary costumes. But somewhere along the line, it clicked that fear and sex go together in a sick Freudian way (hence the adrenaline–filled horror movie sex scenes). Eventually, we decided to leave out the unpleasant fear component and just go with pure sex. So, in honor of Slut–o–ween, treat yourself to a trick and leave the candy for the kids.
Halloween sex column lacked substance
By Liz Martin, 4LS
I’m impressed that the Alligator has the gall to run a seemingly sex–positive column; in fact I applaud it whole–heartedly. However, this writer has continually missed the mark and simply enraged me this week.
I do not approve of the way in which Dunn presented her case against scandalously clad women on Halloween. Is Halloween really the one holiday “created for the sole purpose of getting boned”? What about New Year’s Eve? Or Valentine’s Day?
The way in which Dunn discussed women’s costume choices both degraded and reinforced the objectification of women and their bodies. By calling women “sluts” and “whores,” Dunn recreated the image that women are objects asking to be ravaged, exploited and “boned.” It’s highly degrading to construct women as inferior beings who don’t seem to have enough sense not to dress up like “raunchy little hookers.”
Then Dunn moved on to men. Why are men continually painted as brutish, lazy and sex–crazed? These stereotypes hurt men just as much as they do women. They encourage men to act in a hyper–masculine manner and send the message that something is wrong with them if they don’t behave this way.
There were many other things that bothered me about Dunn’s work, but what was most frustrating was the lack of any real critique or content. I would rather see the space used to actually discuss these constructions and people’s seemingly sex–driven Halloween choices than some crap about how women are all sluts on Halloween, how dressing up is an excuse for people to play out their “kinky beyond belief” fantasies or pretend their partners are someone else because on this one night, it is socially excusable.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
When I returned from India, Erin filled me in on a book that was coming out by artist Keri Smith. I've posted things by her before. We were giddy back in July about her upcoming book How to be and Explorer of the World. We decided that since it made connections between artists (Erin) and scientists (me) that really it was a book about our adventures together and overall curious friendship. I pre-ordered the book on Amazon and promptly forgot about it until Friday when it materialized on my coffee table. Thank you past Liz! You made me remember all the things I have stopped thinking about lately due to overwork and overload of college life.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Saturday, October 4, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Sunday, September 21, was peace day. The image is completely unaltered and is something I happened to get leaning on a Vietnam Veteran's memorial which the Vet's for Peace were set up right next to. I was doing work with the Civic Media Center (CMC) where I'm currently doing an internship.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Below is the speech I gave at the Harn Museum of Art on Water politics and activism. I'm thinking about submitting it to a local publication several friends of mine work on. I've been asked by many people to write something about my study abroad experience and perspective on India. The best I've been able to do so far is this speech below, and the journal entries I posted this summer. I feel it falls short of both my and their expectations... mostly mine. I have so much more to say... just no idea how to say it yet. Any suggestions would be wonderful!
My research focuses on activism within India’s anti-dam movements and why these particular movements are gendered. By examining India’s multifaceted dam discourse through a gender lens, I seek to draw conclusions on the condition and involvement of women in this sphere of activity. This is part of a larger body of work I did this past summer for the UF in India study abroad program.
The issue of water scarcity is seen as part of women’s burden. This stems from the role of women within the Indian family, community, and society. Through their role in the family, women are expected to gather the water for household activities such as cooking, cleaning, drinking, livestock upkeep, and maintaining sustenance agriculture. As water becomes scarcer, women have to walk farther and spend more time, labor, and energy gathering water for daily use. As farms have failed and more men migrate into the cities to search for work, the women are left as the sole caretakers and maintainers of the household. Since water is an essential resource for daily activities and survival, women have carried the brunt of the burden of water crises.
Women emerged into the Indian public sphere during the movement for independence. Mahatma Gandhi called on women to do traditional activities in public spaces as a means of protesting British industry and control. Women were encouraged to spin their own thread and take up the national issues as mothers, wives, and sisters of India. This became a new responsibility that women incorporated into their roles within society. While the majority of activists were village and rural women, men participated in leadership or figurehead roles. Yet this is changing as depicted by prominent activists Dr. Vandana Shiva, Medha Patkar, and Arundhati Roy’s facilitation of various environmental movements. As women become more vocal about water crises and subsequent social problems, they emerge from the margins and into the center of society as activists and defenders of community and common resources. These women have stepped in and claimed agency within this context. Through these new constructions, women’s organizations and groups are now gaining support of the community and being publicly granted legitimacy as active members of the communities.
Many of the anti-dam movements, and environmental movements in general, developing across India’s landscape are deeply rooted in the ideas and philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi. Although his great work, Hind Swaraj, was in reference to freedom from colonial rule, its ideas remain highly applicable and are deeply ingrained in modern anti-dam discourse. As Gandhi describes it, “modern civilization is a disease (Gandhi, 2007, p. 34).” Modern civilization used in this context refers to the capitalist, industrial, cultural homogeneity that is Western “development” and culture. Gandhi analyzed this so called civilization as a degradation of morality, religion, duty, and self. The discourse used in the anti-dam movements updates these ideals and applies them to the current discourse and framework.
What activists are calling for is “appropriate technology – the application of grace and scale to machinery in pursuit of ecological balance” (Leslie, 2005, p. 28). The Narmada Bachao Andolan calls for the use of small check dams that could provide modest amounts of power to individual small villages instead of encouraging the wasteful energy consumption habits of Westerners. Activists call for responsible, sustainable development that takes into account social and environmental implications of dam building and technology. They call for examination of effects across societal boundaries and a government that listens to the concerns and protests of its people.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Today Karebear, Greenie and I went to Jacksonville to taste cakes and have Greenie try on her wedding dress and make sure it fit. I cried when we walked in to the bridal shop. Tears of joy and pride. I can't believe the little girl I met 10 years ago is a beautiful woman and getting married. She looked so beautiful. Karebear cried too. We looked silly I'm sure, but couldn't help it. Abe Lincoln is going to have a heart attack when she walks down the aisle to be tied to him in holy matrimony.
That's all for now. Botany classes are going amazing well. I was learning how to identify leaves in Taxonomy Lab Friday and was geeking out... hard. I'm very proud of my inner geek, I embraced it long ago.