This symposium video gives a good account of the work of the Guerrilla Girls, a feminist artists’ collective that formed back in the mid-80s. From the smatterings of info I’ve seen around, it appears that they are still active, but not to the level that they used to be, having split up into 3 tranches. This video is a nub in the sense that it’s sort of like a toolkit for all those budding feminist activists out there. The beauty of the Guerrilla Girls concept is that anyone can adopt it and it has an almost timeless quality. Accept for if you are a boy…’Guerrilla Boys’ just doesn’t have the kind of ring we’re going for here does it. One thing I wish about this nub though. I wish they hadn’t put that vertical neon green line there.
Came across this compelling visual essay by a sociology student that critiques the hollywood female action hero by triangulating it with Susan Faludi’s feminist ideas and Paul Willis’ cultural theory. It’s fairly long so you might want to have your dinner ready in front of you before you press play. Something that I would be interested in seeing would be a similarly comprehensive analysis of the hyper-masculinity of male heroes in film and media, which is just as damaging to gender equality. You can’t really have Disney Princesses without your Disney Princes.
By the way: this nub contains full frontal nudity. I like the video but in terms of the idea itself, it’s not really saying much more than “women are becoming more like men and men are becoming more like women” – something that I don’t think is really that new. But at the same time, it is not a mainstream idea or something that is seen as particularly acceptable to most, so I think it is a nub in so far as it does challenge current gender regimentation/stereotypes/roles.
It’s Friday, which is usually most people’s excuse for some kind of frippery. Not us though.
Today’s double header is from a reproductive health NGO called EngenderHealth.
The first video highlights the ‘Global Gag Rule’, which was part of the Bush administration’s effort to undermine women’s reproductive rights, through it’s simplistic and ideologically driven approach to family planning. Obama overturned the ‘Mexico City policy’ as one of his first actions as President.
The second video highlights how family planning is a key issue in pretty much every single major global issue, as part of EngenderHealth’s 3for1 campaign.
Both pretty simple nubs, so perfect for a Friday afternoon.
Have a good weekend folks!