annogus

Oh hey. I'm Anna, a working girl in Grand Rapids, Michigan, blogging about nostalgia, creativity, and societal woes. My vices include soda, nail-biting, and sarcasm.
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GO FORTH, GIRL : A PLAYLIST FOR INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Get out your lipstick and leather jackets, girls. Or whatever makes you feel you. It’s International Women’s Day this Saturday. I know the world can get you down, so here are some pump up jams to prep you for domination… (read more)

It’s International Women’s Day! And also Friday. Here are some bad-ass ladies rocking the mic to kick your weekend off right.

WHO RUN THE WORLD?

1. Run the World - Beyonce
2. Bad Girls - M.I.A.
3. Rebel Girl - Bikini Kill
4. Love is All Around - Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
5. Crown on the Ground - Sleigh Bells
6. None of Your Business - Salt-n-Pepa
7. Laisse Tomber les Filles - April March
8. 3 Small Words - Josie and the Pussycats 
9. Heartbreaker - Pat Benatar
10. Glycerine Queen - Suzi Quatro
11. If Looks Could Kill - Heart
12. Hard Headed Woman - Wanda Jackson
13. If I Could Turn Back Time - Cher
14. Girls Like Me - Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo
15. The Warrior - Scandal
16. Just a Girl - No Doubt
17. Independent Woman - Destiny’s Child 

[playlist photo from Switchblade Sisters.]

It’s that time of year again, kids! Just a friendly reminder that The Oscars are not the end-all-be-all of good films, k? 

I joined in a great twitter discussion yesterday on the topic of Women at the Oscars hosted by Women’s Media Center, Bitch Flicks, and Melissa Silverstein from Indiewire. A great little roundup of the convo is here. (I’m the first tweet!)

This is just a tiny piece of the issue I’ve been wrestling with for well over a year now. Underrepresentation in media, not just for women, but for POC and LGBT populations as well (and all the places these intersect), is the #1 thing I find myself wanting to fight for. 

I’m not ready to dive into my manifesto yet, but here are a few bits to chew on since it’s Oscar season…

5 Female-Directed Films that Deserved Oscar Nominations

How Female Directors Could At Last Infiltrate Hollywood: Go Indie

2013 Oscar Week: Feminism, Gender Stats and the Bechdel Test in this Year’s Best Picture Nominees

Fun facts:

Women make up 51% of the US population and purchase 50% of movie tickets.

Only one woman (and only one person of color) have ever won the award for Best Director. 

Women directed 5% of the top grossing films of 2011.

But here’s the thing, having women in front of or behind the camera has no effect on box office gross. Only budget does.

(Stats from studies here

I think it’s easy for film-people to say, “The Oscars don’t even really matter. It’s all politics.” Well, that’s nice that you know that, but to most of our culture, that awards show IS film. This season is the time of the year when a lot of people make an effort to see “real film” in theaters. 

I’m not saying the films featured at the Oscars are bad, nor that the people who made them are not good filmmakers. (Although, do we really need to give Spielberg a nod every time he farts out an epic? Sorry, sorry. /snark.) But we NEED more representation in front of and behind the camera. Why? Why does this even matter? Why can’t we just see films as stories, no matter who is in them or making them?

Well that is a whole ‘nother enormous issue that I will write about at length later. 

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(photos: Madamefirebird via OldLoves \ quotes: imdb)

(On her height) “Years ago, one casting agent told me that the only roles I could play were lesbians and aliens.”

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"Dogs tether you to the earth in some really good way. And exercise, of course. And martinis. And sexy high heels. That’s it. Good work, a nice pair of heels, a martini, a dog and a man - not necessarily in that order." 

Salt-n-Pepa - Let’s Talk About Sex

Speaking of awesome ladies in music… 

The other night we were listening to 90s tunes and Sara was lamenting her students’ options in pop music. Not in the, “kids these days,” or, “there’s no good music anymore,” kind of way, but just what some in her class are actually listening to (whether by choice or just what’s popular). We got nostalgic for a second and thought, “Bring back Salt-n-Pepa!”

I was pretty young during Salt-n-Pepa’s peak, and there’s no way I understood what they were talking about. I just liked saying the word “shoop”. So I’ve just recently realized how amazing Salt-n-Pepa were in terms of positive female artists. They don’t take any shit (Tramp), they are sexually-autonomous (None of Your Business), but also appreciative (Whatta Man) and encouraging (Expression). 

But you don’t have to take my word for it…

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(general disclaimer: speaking here from my supremely limited knowledge of the hip hop scene and it’s history. Not trying to say that Salt-n-Pepa were the only artists putting out music like this, nor that artists aren’t doing it today. They’re just who I have the most experience with. Feel free to leave me suggestions!)

rookiemag:

wrathofprawn:

for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.
their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.


I’m essentially a pacifist, but this is BAD ASS.

rookiemag:

wrathofprawn:

for those not in the know, night witches were russian lady bombers who bombed the shit out of german lines in WW2. Thing is though, they had the oldest, noisiest, crappest planes in the entire world. The engines used to conk out halfway through their missions, so they had to climb out on the wings mid flight to restart the props. the planes were also so noisy that to stop germans from hearing them combing and starting up their anti aircraft guns, they’d climb up to a certain height, coast down to german positions, drop their bombs, restart their engines in midair, and get the fuck out of dodge.

their leader flew over 200 missions and was never captured.

I’m essentially a pacifist, but this is BAD ASS.

I am betting nine out of 10 times, when a woman asks for a female detective the story is going to be untrue.

—Lt. Adam Lamboy, commander of the Manhattan Special Victims Squad, in a story about how the NYPD Special Victims Division does its job, explaining that if a woman who reports being raped requests a female detective, the request is “taken as a sign of possible deception” because the “operative theory is that women who are lying think female cops will be more receptive to their stories.”

Terrifying.

It is absolutely horrendous to think that there have been women whose allegations have been dismissed out of hand because, in the aftermath of having been brutally violated by a man, they mustered up the gumption to request a female cop with whom they’d feel safer discussing that most intimate of crimes against them.

(the above from Melissa at Shakesville.)

I’m not posting this to suggest that false accusations aren’t a legitimate issue, or that this actual motivation doesn’t exist, but to consistently operate under this reasoning is disgusting.

Probably should’ve waited until the end of Women’s day to write my post, but the ever-apropos Thought Catalog just published a gem.

Awful Things That Women Have to Deal With That Men Don’t by Ryan O’Connell

I do kind of hate the title of the post. It’s rough being a human being. period. But the article isn’t about the “unchangeable” things like childbirth or menstruation, but about the weird psychological games that women have to deal with society-wise.

And dudes have these too. For sure. They’re just different ones.

In a similar vein:

The Nudity Effect on Men Versus Women.

Also talks about the image pressures, pitting women against women, etc.

ok, sorry. I’m done. I think.