Proportion of Seats Held by Women in National Parliaments
Notice Cuba and Rwanda.
See the full chart here.
But women have achieved equality, right? We’re post-feminism, right?
Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine #nyc #morningsideheights #harlem (at Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine)
THE MOTLEY NEWS: The Fetishization of Lupita Nyong'o -
Often emphasis on identity and lifestyle is appealing because it creates a false sense that one is engaged in praxis. However, praxis within any political movement that aims to have a radical transformative impact on society cannot be solely focused on creating spaces wherein would-be radicals experience safety and support. Feminist movement to end sexist oppression actively engages participants in revolutionary struggle. Struggle is rarely safe or pleasurable. Focusing on feminism as political commitment, we resist the emphasis on individual identity and lifestyle. (This should not be confused with the very real need to unite theory and practice.) Such resistance engages us in revolutionary praxis. The ethics of Western society informed by imperialism and capitalism are personal rather than social. They teach us that the individual good is more important than the collective good, and consequently that individual change is of greater signiﬁcance than collective change. This particular form of cultural imperialism has been reproduced in feminist movement in the form of individual women equating the fact that their lives have been changed in a meaningful way by feminism “as is” with a policy that no change need occur in the theory and praxis, even if it has little or no impact on society as a whole, or on masses of women. — Bell Hooks, Feminist Theory, from Margin to Center (via only-shallow-sleep)
(Source: medhanena, via planetsedge)
Union Square, earlier today.
I’m excited to be presenting at a conference that markets itself this way. I’ll be presenting my paper “The White Christian Shakespeare Complex.” Come by if you’re in NYC.
Don’t Applaud Jared Leto’s Transgender ‘Mammy’ | TIME.com
Spike Jonze’s Abandonment Issues”:
"His other mode is plaintive, even maudlin—the kind of thing that features kids and fireworks. Jonze has also worked as an ad man, and he’s made commercials for Adidas and IKEA. In recent years, that advertising sensibility has come to dominate his work. During the financial crisis, he made a video that featured Kanye West and Jay Z customizing/destroying a very expensive car and then driving it around in circles under a giant American flag, all the while bragging about their wealth….
"The design is antiseptic and telegraphs wealth, the furniture pulled from the pages of a Design Within Reach catalog. The worst thing you could do is get a stain on something….
"Everything is tasteful and clean, the whole world one smooth interface of sloped walls and tan sand and sunshine. The interior palette is red, pink, orange, tangerine, russet, burgundy, maroon—warm, womb-like hues. These are colors, Jonze said at a recent press Q. & A., “from Jamba Juice.” In this dream everyone wears simple, secretly expensive clothes…
"The problem with Samantha’s “journey” (SPOILER) is that it follows the same imperative as the bottom line, the upgrade: she drops Theodore like he’s last year’s iPhone. Like Jonze’s career itself, “Her” is all about getting the next thing. It isn’t a love story at all. It’s an advertisement for planned obsolescence. —
Christine Smallwood’s review of Spike Jonze’s Her, “Spike Jonze’s Abandonment Issues,” in The New Yorker.
Christine Smallwood is a brilliant writer and thinker. She teaches at the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.(via mayhap)
Reblogging this for the Oscars.
Flying over Brooklyn. #brooklyn #nyc