THE PEEPS ARE COMING!!!
THE PEEPS ARE COMING!!!
The Cannes Film Festival just released their poster for this year’s festival and it is utterly beautiful, isn’t it? A remastered photo of Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, it was taken during the shooting of A New Kind of Love, by Melville Shavelson (1963).
You can read more about the poster here.
One of the most incisive responses to some of the rhetoric we’ve been hearing in the wake of the Steubenville rape verdict is this blog post over at The Belle Jar. It articulates a discomfort many of us have with the sentiment (invoked in many contexts), “Imagine if the victim was your sister, or your daughter, or your wife.” Read the whole piece. This is what impassioned cultural criticism can do.
Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt:
The “wives, sisters, daughters” line of argument comes up all the fucking time. President Obama even used it in his State of the Union address this year, saying,
“We know our economy is stronger when our wives, mothers, and daughters can live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace, and free from the fear of domestic violence.”
This device, which Obama has used on more than one occasion, is reductive as hell. It defines women by their relationships to other people, rather than as people themselves. It says that women are only important when they are married to, have given birth to, or have been fathered by other people. It says that women are only important because of who they belong to.
Women are not possessions.
Women are people.
I seriously cannot believe that I have to say this in 2013.
On top of all of this, I want you to think of a few other implications this rhetorical device has. For one thing, what does it say about the women who aren’t anyone’s wife, mother or daughter? What does it say about the kids who are stuck in the foster system, the kids who are shuffled from one set of foster parents to another or else living in a group home? What does it say about the little girls whose mothers surrender them, willingly or not, to the state? What does it say about the people who turn their back on their biological families for one reason or another?
That they deserve to be raped? That they are not worthy of protection? That they are not deserving of sympathy, empathy or love?
And when we frame all women as being someone’s wife, mother or daughter, what are we teaching young girls?
We are teaching them that in order to have the law on their side, they need to be loved by men.
Read the whole thing at The Belle Jar.
Photograph of Gloria Steinem and Flo Kennedy.
Mallory Ortberg, laying waste to fools on GAWKER, today, regarding CNN’s offensively lovey-dovey coverage of the two high school football stars who were convicted on Sunday of sexually assaulting a blacked-out drunk 16 year old girl from a neighboring town at a party, and then sharing pictures of her on the internet.
More details HERE.
I think it’s reasonable to say that, given the football culture of Steubenville, OH and the notorious difficulty of proving sexual assault even when the victim REMEMBERS WHAT HAPPENED, it is likely that what these jocks did to this other human would have become simply a dark part of Steubenville high school folklore, were it not for the digital trail of photos, tweets, and texts that the bystanders and assaulters themselves put out into the world.
SO THANK YOU, NERDS, FOR INVENTING SOCIAL MEDIA.
And thank you, Mallory and Manhattan snark-media for reminding some people—including CNN, apparently—what personal responsibility actually means.
That is all.
John Kenney on creating the book trailer for his first novel, “Truth in Advertising”:
A few months ago, my publisher asked me to consider a video promo for my first novel, “Truth in Advertising.” I spent a long time as a copywriter in advertising, and they seemed to think I might have creative ideas (I didn’t). What I did have was my friend Rick, who was my art director at Ogilvy & Mather for years. We met for lunch and I asked if he had any thoughts. He said, “Why don’t we do a fake focus group?” I pretended not to hear him, waited a few seconds, and said, “I have an idea. Why don’t we do a fake focus group?” (This was largely our relationship at Ogilvy.) I wrote a script and shared it with the publisher; we got in touch with some actors we know who had worked with us before, found a room, called a camera assistant and two sound guys, and we were off…
Click-through to watch the video: http://nyr.kr/11uVGen
The ideal book trailer…
Happy New Year!
(I figured I’d get this over with now.)
NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre on Meet the Press
LaPierre also referred to mentally ill individuals as “monsters” several times. What a great man.