V.23 No.29 |
The Daily Word: Darkness and dread edition
It's Wednesday, July 23
and a teenager says he looked into the mirror after beating two homeless men to death and "saw the devil,"
APD cornered a fugitive and shot at him for the second time in six months. This time, they killed him.
A boy exploring an abandoned house in Ohio discovered a mummified corpse hanging in the closet.
Archaeologists have found the remains of a huge, 7-foot-long dog buried near the site where a demonic hound was said to have murdered church-goers in the 16th century.
A mysterious, yawning crater has opened up in the Yarnal region of Siberia and nobody knows why. Please note that "Yarnal" translates to "End of the world."
And some women are rejecting feminism because they need help opening jars.
V.23 No.19 | 5/8/2014
Accordion to Tenuta You All Are Sex Slaves
Comedy pioneer Judy Tenuta broke barriers with her own version of the sex-positive feminist revolution 30 years ago.
V.23 No.11 | 3/13/2014
The F-Word and the Happy Life
Rapture, Blister, Burn lays out all the options
Now on its final weekend, Aux Dog Theatre’s Rapture, Blister, Burn makes you laugh while it makes you think.
V.22 No.21 |
The Daily Word in Michele Bachmann, eagerly murderous beavers and crazy, crazy goats
The seemingly-mythical Downtown grocery store may soon be one step closer to becoming a part of our reality.
Here's a guy who decided that drunk driving wasn't dangerous enough.
The New Mexico Mind Research Institute is scanning prisoners' brains to try and predict whether they will re-offend. We can only assume that this will result in a future super-villain's origin story.
Tea Party fave and all around crazy/evil person Michele Bachmann won't be seeking congressional re-election. So sorry to see her go.
Hard-working, industrious beaver industriously murders man.
A goat went crazy, goat style.
V.21 No.47 | 11/22/2012
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Specter of sonic sexism looms
Sexism in the music industry is alive and well. But it’s almost 2013, you might say. We’re more than a half-century removed from the height of ’50s paternalism. Sadly, we’re not quite as distanced from the weaker-sex mentality as we’d like to think. Whether exploring industrial music, producing or music-related subcultures, misogyny still patiently waits to be acknowledged and abolished. We chatted with Burqueña noisemakers and aural curators about their experiences with sexism in our burg. Read all about it in Burqueñas Talk Musical Misogyny.
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Burqueñas Talk Musical Misogyny
We talk to Burqueña DJs and musicians about sexism in the music industry and call for an end to bad, old-fashioned misogyny.
V.21 No.34 | 8/23/2012
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The Power of Pussy
Five punk women took on the state, took on the church and they won. Because even though they're paying for it with two years in jail, their ideas lit people up around the globe, inspiring action.
V.21 No.7 |
The Daily Word in birth control, Romney's dog and Deep Throat
25 percent of marriages in the state are interracial.
New Mexico ditches No Child Left Behind.
Honduras prison fire kills inmates, many of whom hadn't been charged or convicted.
Congressional hearing on birth control includes no women.
Santorum says birth control is harmful.
One time, Romney put the family dog on the roof of his car during a road trip. Now, it's haunting his campaign.
Linsanity is no accident.
People who walk slowly may be prone to dementia.
Mamma Mia! actor to play Linda Lovelace, star of Deep Throat.
Is this bikini model fat?
V.20 No.49 | 12/8/2011
An interview with one of the activists behind an iconic feminist health guide
Our Bodies, Ourselves celebrates 40 years amid much political debate on women’s health issues like abortion and contraception.
V.20 No.30 | 7/28/2011
A Little Bit Spicy
Two artists paint women of the Southwest
Marie Sena’s and Nani Chacon’s art show, Picosa, puts women in the fore: The overall theme of the show is women of the Southwest. “We’re in such a unique cultural climate,” Chacon says. “We felt like that was something that needed to be celebrated and pushed to the forefront of what we’re doing—not just that we’re going to depict beautiful women, but the beautiful women of our surroundings.”
V.20 No.26 | 6/30/2011
Where Are My Friends?
Le Tigre and feminism
The nihilistic party of pop and subpop culture rages on. Someone knocked over the lamp, and it sure is dark in here. The embers of lit cigarettes wink in the black. One such ember, Le Tigre, wants to make sure you don't forget. About them. About feminism. About gender-fucking. You know, but with, like, beats and shit.
V.20 No.12 |
I Like to Watch (Instantly): Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains
Directed by Lou Adler
Cast: Peter Donat, Diane Lane, Marin Kanter, Laura Dern, Christine Lahti, Janet Wright, Mia Bendixsen, Stuart Ferguson, Ray Winstone, Paul Simonon
Some people call this the best punk movie nobody's seen. With its release on Netflix InstaWatch, I'm sure that's becoming less true. The flick was made in the early '80s but wasn't released on DVD for 26 years.
When it first came out, The Fabulous Stains never saw its way to many theaters; early test screenings showed that people didn't quite know what to make of it.
The flick kind of doesn't know what to make of itself. The pacing is weird and the themes obscured. Maybe that's because it was directed by a music biz type but written by Nancy Dowd, (who, it's rumored, disliked the final version of the movie so much she put it out under the pseudonym Rob Morton).
The basic plot is this: Corinne Burns' (Diane Lane) mother has died. She takes her sister (Marin Kanter) and cousin (Laura Dern) and flees their sad, industrial hometown. They're The Stains. They've practiced three times. They can't play their instruments, but somehow, they're given a chance to join a tour with a washed up-metal/prog act and The Looters, a fake up-and-coming punk band.
The Looters' lineup is enough reason to catch the movie: Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook and guitarist Steve Jones, Clash bassist Paul Simonon and Tubes frontman Fee Waybill. Also making a cameo: Black Randy.
So The Stains take the stage at a club for the first time, and the band's sound would be OK at the worst high school talent show ever. There's no drummer.
Third Degree Burns (Corinne's new stage name) slowly reveals her new self. From under a hat, a skunk pattern dyed into her hair. From behind a trenchcoat, no pants (now we know where Lady Gaga got the idea), and a see-through old-lady blouse with no bra.
The show goes badly. People hate her. Burns' bandmates leave the stage, shocked by her outfit and the audience response. But she just turns up the wry observation and presence, talking shit about a woman in the crowd who looks like she came to the show hoping one of the dude band assholes would notice her.
The performance generates buzz, and The Stains become the big deal on the tour, overtaking their male counterparts. Burns rises to stardom over a month due to a ton of media attention. All of her fans begin emulating the look and the mantra: "We're The Stains, and we don't put out!" Burns explains in an interview that this is about "not getting screwed."
The Looters' singer hates Burns. Predictably he falls in love with her, softens her toward him, and then screws her over. He takes the stage to open for The Stains, and the entire audience is women with skunk hair and red blouses. The Looters try to play, but the crowd is impatient and calls for The Stains throughout the set. He gets angry, and makes a speech about how Burns is just taking their money. The fickle audience turns on The Stains, and a male newscaster is the first in line to critique Burns harshly, saying he knew all along that she was a phony.
So, in some ways, the film is about how media build up young women, fascinated by their sexuality, and then tear them back down.
But it's also about a teen who manipulates the media and her circumstances to her advantage. Remember: In the beginning of the movie, nothing is working out for Burns. She can't get a job, and she's trying to figure out how to take care of her sister.
Plus, the flick is an interesting commentary on rock and roll. The Stains never learn how to play their instruments. They never get a drummer. They're only show, message and fashion.
Despite a lot of awkwardness (that I'm willing to attribute to the direction) there are moments of profundity that come from the script.
In one particularly memorable scene, Burns' aunt is being interviewed by a reporter. She hasn't heard from her daughter or nieces for a month. She says that she's truly sorry for berating them all the time, for not believing in them and for breaking down their confidence. That's how her mother trained her, she says.
V.20 No.12 | 3/24/2011
Talk About Body
An interview with JD Samson of MEN
V.19 No.24 | 6/17/2010
Domestic Violence Deniers
Congressman Ben Ray Lujan sent out a news release today announcing that he’s being targeted by Abusegate, Investigate!. According to its site, the group is bent on ending the “domestic violence industry.” But a further look at the principles and goals of the organization reveals some real gems. (My gift to you. Happy Thursday, everyone.)
Lujan is being singled out because he is one of 20 lawmakers who supports “discriminatory laws such as the International Violence Against Women Act that are known to violate fundamental civil rights and escalate partner tensions,” according to the news release.
Such laws contribute to the destruction of families, says the brain trust propelling Abusegate. There’s also a sister organization called Concerned Women for America that would like to “take the ‘gender’ politics and ‘politically correct’ agenda out of public policy solutions.”
Wha ... ?
V.19 No.13 | 4/1/2010
Was Crazy Heart Sexist? Or the Sexiest?
Newsman and Alibi contributor John Bear is fed up with the portrayal of female reporters in film. Hollywood’s hypersexualized, girly journalists should all be fired, Bear opined, for sleeping with their sources.
Crazy Heart sparked his observation and criticism. In the movie, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a single-mom music writer who interviews an old alcoholic country musician and falls for him. In this interview with Steven Zeitchik of The Roanoke Times, Gyllenhaal addresses sexism, ageism and journalism.
Q: What have the reactions been to the age difference in the on-screen relationship?
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