Disarming the vulva or just…kinda gross. Ok – so this Melbournian artist is up in Darwin performing this piece called “Casting off my womb”. She takes a skein of wool, inserts it into her vagina and then pulls out a thread and begins knitting with it…
She literally sits there and knits away…even through her menstrual cycle. As in, there are going to be bits where the wool is going to be covered in her menstrual fluid.
Ok, I get it, it’s meant to exhibit how the vagina and the womanly parts of the body are hardly a terrifying thing (something many gay men, I’m pretty sure, would point to their nightmares and disagree heartily) but really…is this really an effective way of making the vagina less…fearsome?
Call me an uncultured douchewad but I’m just not seeing how this ‘art’ is really an amazing act for feminism. She says that to her, the act became something a bit “boring” and “natural” but I hardly think that it’s a perfectly natural, nor boring act, to be knitting from yarn coming from your vagina.
If this woman said that she wanted to shock people, to confront people with the realities of a vagina, with the reality that every human being came through the same gateway that the yarn came through, then I might think more of this work. To say that this piece is trying to associate the vulva with something “boring” and “benign” by pulling yarn through it…that just doesn’t seem like what’s happening here at all.
What do you think? A feminist step or just another weird thing some artist is doing?
Every sci-fi spaceship in current knowledge. Brought to you by Dirk Loechel. Super impressive. Especially when you note that these are actually all done to scale, with 1 pixel = 10 meters.
Anyone else think that Stargate’s Atlantis city-ship is kinda ridiculously small?!
It’s a wonderful feeling when you enter your small hometown cinema and find yourself surrounded with fan t-shirts, fezes and at least twenty ‘Doctors’ in costume. The audible undercurrent to the excited chattering around you is the unmistakeable whir of multiple sonic screwdrivers.
Such was the sight I was greeted with last Sunday, joining friends and strangers to see the highly-anticipated Doctor Who 50th anniversary special; ‘Day of the Doctor.’
What a day, indeed! Whovians nationwide made themselves known and were treated to cinema-style viewings of this very special episode of the popular British TV show.
Doctor Who is one of the longest-running productions on television and among the most successful and recogniseable sci-fi franchises. It follows the titular character, the Doctor, a Timelord who explores the many facets of the universe alongside various companions – who are human friends who share in the adventures and travels. The Doctor’s chosen method of transport is the iconic TARDIS – the famous blue police box which can navigate both time and space (it actually stands for Time and Relative Dimension in Space).
Fans lucky enough to score a cinema ticket were truly spoiled! Prior to the start of the episode we witnessed two preview shorts involving Smith and Tennant, the latest two Doctors; and Strax, a battle-crazed alien who has featured prominently in Smith’s time.
Strax, a Commander in the alien Sontaran race which glorifies bloody war and battle, took great pleasure in restraining and imprisoning misbehaving moviegoers. The feisty Commander took great relish in punishing those who brought out their mobile phones during the movie, among other minor misdemeanours – and the “tiny screams” of his popcorn victims.
Tennant and Smith teamed up to play a game with cinema audiences which had us laughing in no time. After recovering from the excited squeals that went up at Tennant’s appearance, the Doctors had the audience test the function of our 3D glasses with a clever trick. While this process led us into deep suspicion about the possibly alien nature of the person next to us, the cute skit put everyone in a cheery mood before the special feature.
An undeniable highlight to the 50th came in the form of Tom Baker. Whiter and more wrinkled – but every bit the same kooky and fun Doctor we remember – Baker’s time onscreen was nothing short of magical.
Every previous regeneration appeared to save the day in what was a very moving climax; an endearing tribute to longstanding fans. But the heartwarming scene between Baker and the face of the current Doctor, Matt Smith, left fans positively beaming.
Baker, who played the role of the Doctor’s fourth regeneration from 1974 to 1981, remains a fan favourite to this day.
The 50th was feature-length and full of thrills, with an ending revelation which casts a new light on a very significant part of the Doctor’s past – and future.
Without revealing too much for those still yet to see it, we can say with assurity that Peter Capaldi’s eyebrows were the real stars of the show, earning themselves a fan following after their three seconds onscreen.
It was heartening to learn that, in my rural Victorian hometown of a-thousand-or-so, I am not alone in my fandom.
My only wish now is that the good Doctor will continue to develop and flourish; that more people can share in the Doctor’s adventures. And that, eventually, Whovians everywhere can come together again for the 60th, 75th… and maybe even the 100th anniversery special!