“the ties that bind are also those that rip people apart”

[SPOILERS.] [From the film August: Osage County, one of my favorite films.] [SPOILERS.] “Not even Jean, Bill and Barbara’s teenage daughter, is safe from her grandmother’s foul mouth. Moreover, as the young girl declares her preference for vegetarian food over the funeral dinner, saying that she refuses to ingest the butchered animal’s fear, the whole … Continue reading “the ties that bind are also those that rip people apart”

Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality: A Public Lecture by Catharine MacKinnon

https://youtu.be/zpYegz1OqHA “Now, to be fair, most johns [buyers] know the women don’t enjoy it, and they [johns] know they [the women] are there out of economic necessity. They know they are buying their poverty, not their will. But - and get this - they consider that “consent”. This is what consent means. Someone they know … Continue reading Trafficking, Prostitution and Inequality: A Public Lecture by Catharine MacKinnon

Tough Guise

“Most men aren't violent, but 90% of violent crimes are committed by men. The question is why? For too long we've identified masculine strength with violence. But true strength comes from challenging the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front, disrespecting others, and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior. Let's … Continue reading Tough Guise

Protesting War and Hegemonic Masculinity in Music Videos: Audioslave’s “Doesn’t Remind Me”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBFdX37Qpnk The obvious narrative arc of the video is one of a boy who has lost his father in the Iraq War; but underlying this narrative is another that tells the story of the boy being taught to be a man. Morello [guitarist of Audioslave] explained: It's a story of a woman who loses her … Continue reading Protesting War and Hegemonic Masculinity in Music Videos: Audioslave’s “Doesn’t Remind Me”

Jessica Jones; Abuse and Consent

[Spoilers] [Spoilers]         [[Spoilers. Just click the videos if you're not interested in some shoddy, half-baked analysis.]] [In the very first episode of this terrific show (Jessica Jones), you are acquainted with the protagonist, Jessica Jones, who is suffering from post-traumatic stress after her previous and abusive "relationship" with the antagonist, Kilgrave. Kilgrave's … Continue reading Jessica Jones; Abuse and Consent

All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured

Yanis Varoufakis talks about the neoclassical economic tradition and its (futile and detrimental) attempt to quantify non-quantifiable phenomena. Such a debate has been raging on in the social sciences for quite some time, and continues today. Theodor Adorno and critical theory offers a important theoretical contribution to this debate (though such a rejection of the imperative … Continue reading All the Good Stuff that Cannot be Measured