Woop Its feminist Wednesday on Doorstopper.
Feminism is amazing, its attempting to free people from unneccesery social obligations, obv develop equality between sexes and its incredibily interesting, both to use as a viewfinder on oneself, seeing what harmful ideas one may hold (myself included) and to evaluate media bias, evaluating publications and adverts ect. This parody below is a brilliant demonstration of gender bias with UK tv advertising and is shockingly recognisable.
Alot of people seem to say ‘oh women have the vote ect, were all equal now what more do they want?’ But there is still;
A massive paygap between men and women at 16.4% (http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/may/28/women-lose-out-on-pay) which is slowly improving.
Threats to reproductive rights with alot of the Tory cabinet voting to lower the abortion time limit in contradiction to scientific advice (definatly a slippery slope).
Eating disorders. According to MIND ‘As many as one woman in 20 will have eating habits which give cause for concern; most will be aged 14 to 25 years old.’ (Media getting involved here too)
The above isn’t exuastive and just a geocentric UK viewpoint. Less developed countries especialy with islamic leadership (nothing like a heady mixture of authoraterian governments and authoraterian religion all mixed up) tend to fair much worse. The other thing about feminism is that it’s unavoidably linked into other struggles, race, civil liberties, sexuality and trans gender issues all tend to overlap at some points.
Those of us in the ‘punk’ subculture needed to join as a rejection of everything else, feminism is a rejectiong of bad habits and nasty ideologies, Bikini Kill showed us that the ideologies are entwinned. Also I’m a Male, it’s for everyone, play nice.
Stuff to read:
http://www.theseventeenmagazineproject.com/ Someone trying to live for a month or so following 17 magazine ‘The Ultimate Teenage Handbook”
http://www.feministing.com/ My favorite of the big feminist blogs-regular updates and lots to read.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Beauty-Myth-Images-Against-Women/dp/0099861909 One of the most important books on femenism even though it’s 20 years old now its still very modern (unfortunatly)
Well, there’s been a few turn ups this week.
The one that’s interested me most is the forthcoming release of “The Original Cowboy” by Against Me! on Fat Wreck, which is basically the demos from the bands second full length “The Eternal Cowboy”. I couldn’t help but ask myself “why are they doing this?” what with Tom Gabels solo record seemingly desperatly tryna win back fans who hated New Wave and the bands new direction, I can’t help but think this is another stunt. However, through my horrific elitism I can’t help but be excited about it. I never thought I’d buy a new Against Me! CD again.
This shit is genius.
Finally, The new NOFX record “Coaster/Frisbee” takes a few listens but it is good fun, and cheap. I can’t help but love everything this band does.
Posted in Albums, New release, New shit, punk, Rant, Recommended, Video
Tagged Against Me!, Coaster, fat wreck, Frank Turner, Frisbee, New CD, NOFX, Tom Gabel
Just found a stream for the Under The Influence 7inch series.
The next release features Frank Turner and Austin Lucas, covering Bruce Springsteen and Dolly Parton.
Also features Andrew Jackson Jihad covering Neutral Milk Hotel, and Bomb The Music Industry! covering Pavement.
So the story goes… I was in HMV on Saturday and ended up buying the new Bruce Springsteen album, purely and simply on the good words of a stranger. A few hours later on the train back from town the conductor asked for my ticket, but was distracted by the fact I had the new Springsteen CD, talked to me for about 5 minutes and then went on to check other peoples tickets totally forgetting to check mine, which was lucky, as i hadn’t got a ticket anyway. So I figured I’d recommend a few artists that you may not approach.
First off, if you’ve never listened to Bob Dylan, sort your life out. Check out Like A Rolling Stone, and Mr. Tambourine Man.
That’ll lead nicely into Loudon Wainwright III, father of the now-more-famous Martha and Rufus… both of which aren’t really that good. Check out A Father and A Son.
You’ve all heard at least one Leonard Cohen song, probably being destroyed by some made up fake ass piece of shit puppet. I’m obviously referring to Hallelujah, but check out Chelsea Hotel Part 2 aswell.
Finally, an easy one… If you like Gaslight Anthem, it would be physically impossible for you not to love Bruce Springsteen… and I know what songs popped into your head. There are many better songs that Born In The USA. Check out Jungleland and Born To Run.
Right, time for a shower.
Today I found two fun things to post,
First is Arse Full of Chips it isn’t good but it is fucking funny; Sort of like Atom and his Package but made by cider punks or something. Lots of parodies, and rather course.
Second is Flood and drought blog The first paragraph of the cambridge BTMI show review is ‘Since I saw Bomb The Music Industry! A few things have changed in my life. I bought some cd’s after the show, burst into the house at 2am, put the cd’s on and never slept again. Now I just drink and ring my friends at 3am laughing. I literally just wander around the kitchen drunk and shout at stuff. I rang my ex-boss and told him he’s a fucking dickpurse for firing me, I called my ex-girlfriend and held the phone to the speaker while I laughed like a maniac, yanking my flaccid cock and eating wotsits. I tore up all my job application forms and fucked up the toilet trying to throw them down it on fire, I pissed myself and broke my tv and I poured beer in my guitar, y’know, to get it drunk.’