is hard. especially in a public forum. But today I submitted an article wherein I admitted that I thought it was Downtown Abbey (it’s Downton)…and it can only get deeper from here, yes? (It helps to know I’m not alone in this.)
It’s Complicated: Feminists Write About the Misogynist Art We Love ed. Judy Berman and Niina Pollari
“Listening to the Sex Pistols, trying to figure out if ‘Bodies’ was really an antiabortion song, I discovered that it was something even worse. It was an outburst of loathing…
Reblogging this a second time because I think this is a really exciting idea, and also because, if you will indulge me for just a moment here, I have some very specific hopes for it. This topic, being drawn to things that we, on some level, find repellent, is very interesting to me. Something I feel is rarely done well is to engage with those feelings in an honest way, even if it means embarrassing yourself or admitting something painful. All of us who are writing about art and ideas in a personal way inevitably insert ourselves into the story. And it’s almost impossible to do so without trying to make ourselves look good. I speak from experience here. Even when we’re being self-deprecating, in almost all cases, deep down, we want to be liked. But grappling with art that we find repellent, it seems to me, inevitably involves finding something unlikable in ourselves. And that’s where things start to get interesting. It’s a spin on that idea from Tolstoy: the likable qualities we project are all the same, but when you take into account our most loathsome desires, that’s when we start to feel the differences. And I think that, for writers, there’s real power in finding and exploring places we’re afraid to go. The fact that these places frighten most writers away gives them extra power.
click through to the NY Mag site, it features a rape joke supercut. It’s not that rape jokes are inherently not funny (just, usually they’re not funny) they’re cheap. Cheap like gay jokes, racist jokes, blonde jokes, etc. And y’know, offensive and perpetuate the idea that rape is NBD. Not ok.
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That’s pretty awesome. I dont have the skillz/experience but maybe some of you do?