May 21st, 2007

breaking bad

The rules are impossible to follow

Joss Whedon writes a great feminist piece, asking why women are considered wrong and expendable in all countries on Earth. This was a response to seeing the widely-circulated video of a young woman being stoned to death in Kurdish Iraq, and the trailer for the film 'Captivity' which is about a young woman being tortured to death.

(Why is) the act of being a free, attractive, self-assertive woman punishable by torture and death? In the case of this upcoming torture-porn, fictional. In the case of Dua Khalil, mundanely, unthinkably real. And both available for your viewing pleasure.

I know at other times Whedon can be accused of being misogynist. This is not surprising - none of us exist outside of our culture. There's a long discussion on Pandagon about whether Firefly is sexist, and whether Whedon is right to root the oppression of women in envy: a reaction to male feelings of inferiority. I think discussions like that are great, though I get a little annoyed with some feminists (not on that thread) who seem to feel angrier at guys like Whedon than they do at men who are actively working to hurt women.
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breaking bad

Sunday night gig

On Sunday I went to see immortalradical play guitar and sing at the Varsity pub in the centre of Wolverhampton. It was great fun to be in a student venue like in the olden days, and because we turned up nice and early I got a drink and a cabaret seat with a great view of the stage. We only saw the first 2 acts, because after studying all weekend, I was too tired to stay out late (wimpy I know).

Our man had a nice warm relaxed style, and performed just the sort of music H is mad keen on, and has been introducing me to lately. I'm too ignorant to give a good description, but it all went down very well. immortalradical popped over to say hello to us and was talking music stuff with H (I think). On the way home Howard eulogised how American-origin music is more interesting melodically, because of the broader cultural idiom, or something.

The crowd were nice and mixed, quite a few students but a few older types too. The second act wasn't quite as good, and his guitar was out of tune poor thing. We then popped off, and probably missed some other good performances, unfortunately.

I would recommend you to go see him play.