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?
I am glad that this tumblr, Who Needs Feminism, exists. It has reminded me (and I think brought awareness to many others) that feminism isn’t just about the big issues (e.g work rights) but about female representation in society. It doesn’t just affect other’s people’s mindsets but also our own. We are subject to sexism but we can also perpetuate it. The images below shows you that you don’t have to be male, to be sexist towards female kind. This isn’t victim blaming, but a certain truth that people have yet to contemplate.
A gentle reminder to reevaluate who perpetuates it and how it is perpetuated. Men, question your taste levels and ideas. Ladies, some of us need to start thinking differently as well! I thoroughly recommend looking at the tumblr to see what campaigns are running and maybe even start your own.
(Video is mildly NSFW for language)
Some of the ladies at College Humor are standing up and speaking out against genital inequality on HBO these days. We see plenty of boobies, but where’s the dick?
It’s actually a pretty good commentary on the strange inequality when it comes to TV censorship – why is it that boobs are deemed acceptable while an innocent penis is suddenly taboo?
Of course, they portray the issue in a less serious light, making a joke of the whole thing. And I tell you what; there are some fantastic puns and outright jokes here. My favourite quote? “You’ll show a pregnant woman getting stabbed in the baby but you won’t show one innocent hard dick.” (If you don’t get it, watch Game of Thrones…heathen.)
Ladies, I think I speak for a vast majority of the gay (male) community when I say, we’re behind you.
But not literally.
If you live in Melbourne, have a bit of cash to spare, and love seeing fantastic women in sci-fi, You might want to get along to the Women of Sci-fi event, happening this weekend. The special guests are Erin Gray, known for her role as Col Wilma Deering in Buck Rogers, and Nichelle Nichols, who played Uhura (aka perfect space queen) in the original, groundbreaking Star Trek series.
You can get your tickets from the Gifts for the Geek website here. They’re a bit pricey, but definitely worth it! This is the sort of event we at Gay Geek love to see, so grab your tickets while you can! (And if you can’t make it to the actual day, Gifts for the Geek are also selling Absentee Packs, with signed photos of the special guests. Don’t miss out!).
If you do manage to get along, and want to let us know how it went, send us an event report to [email protected]!
Sure, it’s a bit “much” – its a bit in-your-face, it’s a bit explicit, it’s a bit “angry”. But you know what? That seems like an all-around appropriate reaction to the ridiculous and blatant misogyny that is the Blurred Lines video.
These New Zealand university ladies are revealing just how inappropriate the Blurred Lines video was by being just as inappropriate. I applaud them for their effort. They’re gonna be called nazi feminists. They’re going to be accused of overreacting. But they did it anyway because the truth is they’re doing what feminists have been fighting for this whole time: they’re speaking up and giving the woman a voice in the face of normalised misogyny.
There are many times I’ve been proud to call myself a (sort of) kiwi. This is definitely another one of those times.
See the video here (because it seems it was taken down from YouTube).