My love of Beyoncé has been well documented on this blog before, so I won't get into it again here. However, I do want to talk about Bey's new video for "The Best Thing I Never Had," or rather, talk about the way other people are talking about it. First, the video, which is mostly just Beyoncé dancing around and looking really pretty in a wedding dress:
As you may already know, our library hosts a monthly book club in Portland, OR. We're currently in the midst of three months of feminist sci-fi picks. We got together last month to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy, we'll be reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood this month, and Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler in August.
We love the varying groups of Portland-based feminists that get together each month to talk books with us, and we want to share these conversations with those of you who can't be here with us in-person each month. So, we're going to start sharing pieces of these book clubs with you via podcast!
On June 19th, our book club met up to discuss Woman on the Edge of Time. Tune in to hear us share our thoughts on Marge Piercy's feminist sci-fi classic.
Are there any explicitly feminist crime TV shows? Prime Suspect, which ran on UK television channel ITV from 1991 to 2006, is surely a contender, starring Helen Mirren as Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison, a female detective breaking into a male-dominated world. It dealt explicitly with issues such as institutional sexism and racism in London's Metropolitan Police force.
It's being remade for US television, with Maria Bello taking on the role of Tennison.
Conversational song has to be one of the most overlooked music genres ever, next to songs that mimic whale noises and songs that have no rhyming whatsoever. More than just duets and trios, these songs feature singers responding to one another in verse and usually a recognizable narrative arc. These are great songs to listen to if you are feeling alone or want to have an awesome sing-along with a friend (or two). Track listing after the jump!
Our Sweet 15 anniversary party is tonight in Portland! Help us celebrate 15 years of a feminist response to pop culture with a retrospective of Bitch covers, and buy a few favorites to take home and hang on your wall!
A few more details:
When: Friday, July 8th 6-9pm
Where: ADX Portland, 417 SE 11th Avenue (in between Stark and Oak), Portland, OR
That's not all: Drinks! Snacks! Music! Raffle prizes! And oh so much more!
I've written a few times on this blog about unfair criticism and downright racist language aimed at President Obama, in part because it's so prevalent and persistent, and in part because I believe it deflects attention from policy critiques. For a president as centrist as Barack Obama, valid criticism is necessary, especially when middle-of-the-road stances often mean compromise on the Hill. So in the interest of modeling good behavior, I have a critique of the President's latest capitulation regarding Social Security, as the debate about debt ceilings continues in Washington.
Musical theatre black women are often minor characters who show up to enlighten the main (white) ones with a Big Gospel Number, and then sink once more into the background. In spring 2006, not one but two shows premiered containing songs specifically lampooning this trope. And these are what I want to talk about.