Saw The Conjuring last night and I really loved it. I suppose there could be some considerable commentary made about the heavy Roman Catholicism, strong female characters vs. women basically being at fault for all the terror that ensues, the bizarro idea that the Salem Witch Trials were about real satanic ladies and not oppressed/hounded/murdered women BUT RELAX SELF and everyone else - this movie is gorgeous and TERRIFYING. So scary. The scariest.
Vera Farmiga is just awesome in it. I found myself laughing a lot throughout just to counter how scary it was (also, because there are a few unintentionally funny moments, like when Farmiga’s character Lorraine Warren describes the brutal history of the haunted house) but man, GO SEE IT.
After we got home from the screening, we (not royal we, a friend and I) re-watched the trailer twice then looked up as much as we could find about the Warrens online. It is not a very fun search, but what is fun is checking out the Warrens’ website - it is AMAZING. Made my terrified friend listen to me for twenty minutes while I read the linked spooky story.
In Homer’s great epic poem The Odyssey, penned in the 8th century BC, the male hero Odysseus barely escapes the devious sorcery and seduction of several archetypal female temptresses. Perhaps the most universally recognized of these temptresses are the irresistible Sirens, who beckon Odysseus and his crew with their hypnotic songs, songs famous for clouding men’s minds and causing them to blow off course to shipwreck on the women’s symbolic shores. Only stopping their ears with wax to remove the temptation succeeds in saving him and his men from the Sirens’ clutches. Yet Odysseus, titillated by the thought of them, wants so desperately to hear their bewitching song despite the danger, that he tasks his men with binding him to the mast in order to prevent him from succumbing to their lure and leaping overboard to his ruin.
Last Friday, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled on a gender discrimination case brought by a dental assistant who had been let go from her job because she was “too attractive.” According to the court documents, the dentist who employed her, Dr. James Knight, claimed that “her clothing was too tight and revealing and was distracting.” He testified that he “didn’t think it was good for him to see her wearing things that accentuated her body.”
Lee Johnson (left) lets his friends handle his pony Gypsy, which he keeps in a stable behind his home in the Clondalkin district of Dublin, Ireland, April 1994.Photograph by Sam Abell, National Geographic
If you’re pregnant and panicking, there’s a good chance your research will lead you to the website of a crisis pregnancy centre. There are about 200 of them across Canada and 4,000 in the United State…
I’m not a fan of Vice Canada, but thankfully this article is articulate and free from smug Toronto hipster inflection so, I’m with it. This nonsense is scary, these “clinics” should be regulated.
"Pro-life Conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you; they don’t want to hear from you, no nothin’! No Neonatal Care, no Day Care, no Head Start, no School Lunch, no Food Stamps, no Welfare, no nothin’." -George Carlin on the pro-life movement
Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman in Tootsie (1982)
“If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’ And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’ She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’ It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons. I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”
This is a man in tears when he came up against the experience of being a woman in a misogynist society, and realizing what it means for them, and for him, too.