Turning Nick Cave’s Heard NY Into GIFs
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It seems that hysterical women still abound and that we’re still quite interested in their sexuality: from crazy ex-girlfriends to “bridezillas” to depressed housewives to “feminazis” who rant and rave, the gendering of mental disorders paired with deep interest in women’s sexuality is still ever-present in political and popular culture. That is to say, when we discuss whether or not a woman is “emotionally balanced” we are having a gendered discussion which still bears the weight of a rather heavy history. This language is not gender neutral, and that discussion is almost always entwined with sexuality and reproduction. — Ms. Magazine blog.
“In the middle of last year, The Economist released rankings for the world’s most livable cities, and Hong Kong was found at the top. What many people don’t know, however, is that there is a percentage of Hong Kong residents living in rather horrid conditions.
In an attempt to draw attention to the issue, human rights organization Society for Community Organization recently commissioned a series of photographs showing what a number of unacceptable living spaces look like when viewed from directly overhead.”Via.
Remembering Hans Haacke’s portrait of Margaret Thatcher (and the resulting outrage).
Seeing art as a product, mere stuff, rather than a work, has become a sign of a good liberal (as opposed to bad elitist) state of mind. This is why you must support upper-middlebrow Terrence Malick one day, and the next spuriously shock everyone with a loud defense of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Too often, being on the left tasks you with a vigilant daily quest to avoid being tagged with snobbery. In sociological living, we place value on those works or groups that seem most likely to force a reevaluation of an exclusive or oppressive order, or an order felt to be oppressive simply because exclusive. And yet despite this perpetual reevaluation of all values, the underlying social order seems unchanged; the sense of it all being a game not only persists, but hardens. — n+1, Too Much Sociology