Monthly Archives: July 2012

Pure Love: Handsome Devil’s Club

I went to see Pure Love in Clwb Ifor Bach on Monday, and must admit they were a great live band, they truly brought the show to the people by taking all their kit to the people. I like their melodies and their punk rock attitude, and I probably will buy their album when it comes out. But this is their next single.

Which brings me to why I’m writing this – the above song is bloody catchy, but about as sexist as it gets. Which makes me wonder how I feel about it. The lyrics are obviously satirical, but it’s also full of stereotypes and is not helpful to equality. As artists,  do they have a political role to play or is it 100% storytelling? Kinda interesting (not in a good way) that the comments below the video don’t even reference the lyrical content.

I suppose it does matter. I listened to Nation Radio the other day on the way to the Gower for over an hour, and not one band they playedeven had a token female bass player. Makes me realise how unfriendly rock music still is to female artists. Which is a shame, cos I bloody love rock music.

In the mean time, one band that are Rock ‘n’ roll feminists, Sleater-Kinney are well worth checking out!

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More comedy, coppers, and pregnant Chief Execs!

I’ve nicked this next link from Ally Fogg’s blog, but in response to the last post here’s a bit more analysis on rape jokes by Jezebel. Not sure if I agree with all the examples of rape jokes that work either, but it’s an interesting analysis of how comedy can work when it examines dark subjects. Ally’s also blogged about how he sees it, and one thing that he’s captured better than I did in my last post was how comedy can be used to examine an issue, and that’s not something worth stifling with censorship:

Comedy is an appropriate vehicle for any issue, but that doesn’t mean any joke is appropriate. In attempting to witch-hunt rape jokes out of existence, feminists risk stifling a popular medium, on a vitally important topic.

So maybe it’s all down to context. Still not convinced by the context of Richard Herring’s or Daniel Tosh’s jokes.

Here’s a pretty crazy and thought-provoking article by Hannah Betts about abortion and using personal stories to highlight the political issue of the right to be able to access them. The personal stories do seem very powerful and adds weight to a worthy cause, but its important that people aren’t used as political weapons, or at least are able to make informed decisions about whether they want to be one.

Ellie Mae O’Hagan has written about the number of women that are considering leaving the Police (up to 4 in 10). This would suck if it does happen, in as much as I personally think its important that the police is representative of the people. Otherwise we have certain social groups providing justice for others, which is a pretty dodgy situation.

Yahoo have become the first Fortune 500 company to appoint a pregnant Chief Exec. Rock n roll!

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Comedy, entertainment and other shenanigans

The politics of rape jokes is something that’s been in the news a bit – both in the UK due to Richard Herring joking about Rohypnol, and in America where Louis CK has defended Daniel Tosh’s right to make rape jokes. It seems to be one of those things that isn’t funny, but comedians purposely rebel against the boundaries of good taste and often against censorship. My own feeling is might we look back at comedians making jokes of this type in the same way we look back at how unfunny Roy Chubby Brown is?

To carry on with the entertainment theme, here’s an interesting article on how the public seemingly hasn’t condemned Chris Brown following his assault of Rihanna.Chris Brown’s album getting to number one kind of passed me by, but it is surprising that someone who  beat up one of the most famous women in the world’s album got to the top spot.

In the New York Times there’s been a debate about whether men are manly enough. Really? Quite why men need a yardstick to measure their manliness against, as heaven forbid they might be feminine, escapes me. Morgan Spurlock’s Mansome sounds good though, reviews haven’t been kind though.

Zoe Williams has written about discrimination against pregnant women, she’s bang on the money about it not being an issue solely for women:

About 93% of babies are born into two-parent families. If you’ve made the decision to pool your genes, the chances are that your finances are pooled too, so any salary or withdrawal thereof rebounds equally on both parents. Given that 51% of babies are male, in nearly half of all households where maternity leave applies, the affected males actually outnumber the female

Well worth signing the petition for shared parenting leave then!

Only 26% of Councillors in Wales are women according to the Electoral Reform Society Cymru, bugger. But how to encourage women to sign up to the glamorous world of Local Authorities? Unsurprisingly, the paper concludes that the parties have a strong role to play in this.

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