In response to my Ms. Male Character video someone made this clever image illustrating what “female as default” might look like. Because we live in a strongly male-identified society the idea of Pac-Woman as the “unmarked” default and Mr. Pac-Woman as the deviation “marked” with masculinizing gender signifiers feels strange and downright absurd. While Pac-man and the deviation Ms. Pac-Man seems completely normal in our current cultural context.
RE/Search #13: Angry Women
An enduring bestseller since its first printing in 1991, “Angry Women” has been equipping a new generation of women with an expanded vision of what feminism could be, influencing Riot Grrrls, neo-feminists, lipstick lesbians, and suburban breeders alike. A classic textbook widespread in college curriculae, “Angry Women” is the most influential book on women, culture, and radical ideology since “The Second Sex”. Sixteen cutting-edge performance artists discuss a wide range of topics—from menstruation, masturbation, vibrators, S&M and spanking to racism, failed Utopias and the death of the Sixties.
Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are back, and continue to be the best band ever.
From founding member/drummer Alaska B’s Twitter: “proud that we showcased a diverse community where queer/trans and of colour bodies of different shapes and sizes are depicted having fun”