fete tipice

apropos de mini-documentarul despre femei in punk numit “typical girls” [partea 1, partea 2, partea 3], doua piese clasice – si versurile:

  • the slits: “typical girls” (cut, 1979)

    Don’t create
    Don’t rebel
    Have intuition
    Can’t decide

    Typical girls get upset too quickly
    Typical girls can’t control themselves
    Typical girls are so confusing
    Typical girls – you can always tell
    Typical girls don’t think too clearly
    Typical girls are unpredictable

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well

    Typical girls are looking for something
    Typical girls fall under spells
    Typical girls buy magazines
    Typical girls feel like hell
    Typical girls worry about spots, fat, and natural smells
    Stinky fake smells

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well

    Don’t create
    Don’t rebel
    Have intution
    Don’t drive well

    Typical girls try to be
    Typical girls very well

    Can’t decide what clothes to wear
    Typical girls are sensitive
    Typical girls are emotional
    Typical girls are cruel and bewitching
    She’s a femme fatale
    Typical girls stand by their men
    Typical girls are really swell
    Typical girls learn how to act shocked
    Typical girls don’t rebel

    Who invented the typical girl?
    Who’s bringing out the new improved model?
    And there’s another marketing ploy
    Typical girl gets the typical boy

    The typical boy gets the typical girl
    The typical girl gets the typical boy

  • x-ray spex: “oh bondage (up yours)” (germ-free adolescents, 1978)

    Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard
    But i think
    Oh Bondage Up Yours!

    Bind me tie me
    Chain me to the wall I wanna be a slave
    To you all

    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more
    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more

    Chain-store chain-smoke
    I consume you all
    Chain-gang chain-mail
    I don’t think at all

    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more
    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more

    Thrash me crash me
    Beat me till I fall
    I wanna be a victim
    For you all

    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more
    Oh bondage up yours
    Oh bondage no more

[exista si typicalgirls, “an e-mail based music dialogue and discussion group for the discovery of (and appreciation for) the unknown legends in women’s punk/post-punk/underground music history. TG ideally focuses on pre-riot grrrl female innovators in music circa 1975-80s. Discussion includes, but is not limited to:
the Slits, the Raincoats, Y Pants, Ut, ESG, X-Ray Spex (Poly Styrene), Essential Logic (Lora Logic), Young Marble Giants (Alison Statton), Gudrun Gut, Ikue Mori (DNA), X (Exene Cervenka), Delta 5, Alice Bag, Girls at Our Best! (Judy Evans), Patti Smith, Lene Lovich, Laurie Anderson, The Adverts, Jane Aire and the Belvederes, Lydia Lunch, Siouxsie and the Banshees (Siouxsie Sioux), LiliPUT/Kleenex, Rezillos/Revillos (Faye Fife), Shop Assistants, Penetration (Pauline Murray), Diamanda Galas, Yoko Ono, The Runaways, Lemon Kittens (Danielle Dax), Mo-dettes, Bush Tetras, The Avengers (Penelope Houston), Passions (Barbara Gogan), Helen Wheels, Moe Tucker, Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics), Talking Heads (Tina Weymouth), Pretenders, Fastbacks, Martha and the Muffins, Dolly Mixture, Pearl Harbour, Phranc, Thalia Zedek (Come, Dangerous Birds, Uzi, Live Skull), Marine Girls, Palmolive, Catholic Girls, Toyah, Altered Images (Clare Grogan), Holly and the Italians, Rachel Sweet, Belle Stars, Snatch, Kirsty MacColl, The Motels, Romeo Void, Nina Hagen, the Au Pairs, Hazel O’Connor, Pauline Black (Selector), Marianne Faithfull, Girlschool, Debbie Harry, Poison Girls, Joolz, Vice Squad (Becki Bondage), Niagara Falls (Destroy All Monsters), Prag Vec,
and many, many other innovative female musicians“]

body image related stuff

AnyBodya website giving women a voice to challenge the limited physical representation of females in contemporary society

: Everywhere girls and women look, they see messages about their bodies and their selves, telling them they must be tall, blonde, tan, and sexually available. In fact, a woman can rarely separate her feelings about her physical body from her self-worth, especially in our media-saturated society. And the messages even the youngest girls are seeing and hearing are skewed, sexualized, and sexist.
These messages — part of what About-Face calls the “toxic media environment” — are contributing to a host of girls’ and women’s ills, including low self-esteem, depression, persistent anxiety over weight and appearance, extremely unhealthy diets and exercise regimens, and eating disorders. All of these problems interfere with a woman’s ability to function to the best of her abilities.
About-Face’s mission is to equip women and girls with tools to understand and resist the harmful stereotypes of women the media disseminates. There are three components to About-Face’s program, Education into Action: media-literacy workshops, action groups, and this resource-filled web site. ….

“girl for all seasons”, northern state

song lyrics

“a girl like me”, short documentary by kiri davis

“video”, india.arie

song lyrics

“typical girls”, a documentary film on women in (punk) rock:
“Women were finally seen as equal in the punk movement. If you could pick up a guitar and play it – great. If you could sing and form your own band, even better. Women were finally getting a voice and not just as backing singers. We look at the women who rocked and discuss the great female punk performers – Siouxsie, The Slits, Pauline Murray, Poly Styrene, Debbie Harry and the seminal Patti Smith – and find out how true the idea that punk emancipated women from rock’s macho posturing really is.” – part 3, on poly styrene, riot grrrl, and images of women and femininity in music today:

the butchies modeling for a photo shoot (kaia’s shirt says “PRADA”) :)

pentru eradicarea violentei de gen

apropos de materialele mentionate despre ce trebuie si pot sa faca barbatii pentru a pune stop violentei de gen:

Daca esti femeie, probabil ai primit cel putin o versiune a mail-ului care te invata “ce sa faci ca sa nu fii victima unui viol”. Si chiar daca nu ai primit, stii despre ce e vorba pentru ca sunt aceleasi lucruri pe care le citesti in ziare de cate ori politia nu reuseste sa prinda pe cineva care comite atacuri sexuale. Sunt aceleasi lucruri pe care le publica revistele pentru femei la rubrica “Cum sa fii in siguranta”.

Ca femei, ni se spune mereu ca ne putem feri de viol daca nu iesim neinsotite, daca avem grija sa nu ne imbatam, daca folosim cheile de la masina ca arma, daca luam cursuri de auto-aparare, daca nu ne imbracam provocator, daca nu vorbim cu strainii, si asa mai departe. Stim aceste sfaturi. Traim cu ele in minte. Si totusi suntem violate.

Femeile pot fi violate si cand n-au baut nimic si cand sunt in stare de ebrietate. Femeile sunt violate afara sau in propria casa. Sunt violate daca poarta fuste scurte sau daca sunt acoperite din cap pana-n picioare. Sunt violate de barbati pe care ii cunosc sau de barbati pe care nu ii cunosc. Daca o femeie reuseste sa evite un viol folosindu-se de cunostintele de auto-aparare, o alta femeie este violata pentru ca nu se poate apara. Indiferent ce fac sau nu fac femeile, barbatii continua sa violeze.

Iata o idee radicala: sa adresam mesajele despre prevenirea violului direct barbatilor. Sa facem sa circule mail-uri si ziarele sa publice articole cu urmatorul sfat: nu viola. Nu viola o femeie in stare de ebrietate, o femeie singura, o femeie care doarme, o femeie care flirteaza, orice femeie. Pe bune, nu viola pur si simplu.

Barbatii care violeaza sunt poate o minoritate, dar asta nu inseamna ca nu ar trebui sa transmitem acest mesaj tuturor barbatilor. Nici o femeie nu a fost vreodata (nici macar o data!) cauza propriului viol, si totusi femeile sunt bombardate cu sfaturi care nu pot ajuta decat cel mult in sensul ca violatorul va fi nevoit sa gaseasca o alta victima.

Violul este o crima masculina. Exista si femei care violeaza dar ele sunt atat de putine incat nu conteaza din punct de vedere statistic. A constientiza acest lucru nu inseamna a scuza femeile care violeaza sau a minimiza in vreun fel suferinta victimelor lor. Insa ne ajuta sa nu mai pretindem ca violul este o crima neutra din punct de vedere al genului si mai ales ne ajuta sa-i confruntam pe cei raspunzatori de majoritatea violurilor.
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ladyfest romania 2007

declaratie de intentie, ladyfest romania (bucuresti) 2007:

festivalul “ladyfest” a luat fiinta in olympia, sua, in anul 2000, si s-a extins de atunci la nivel international. din colectivul ladyfest romania fac parte fete si femei care au pus in scena si au participat la primul ladyfest din tara noastra in 2005, la timisoara, sau care s-au alaturat grupului ulterior. suntem o echipa din ce in ce mai inchegata dedicata organizarii acestor fest-uri diy, grassroots si non-profit, feminist- si queer-friendly, cu un continut cat mai diversificat.

inainte de toate:
– suntem de parere ca exista un consens social care perpetueaza/reproduce relatiile interumane si institutiile responsabile de asimetria de putere dintre sexe si la care contribuie barbati, cat si femei;
– stim ca in societatea noastra violenta domestica, violenta sexuala, hartuirea sexuala, rasismul, homofobia, saracia, limitarea libertatii de reproducere si accesul neadecvat la servicii de sanatate sunt cateva din nedreptatile care ingradesc vietile femeilor in mod special.
— in mod vadit sustinatoare ale feminismului in versiunile cele mai diverse (asemeni lui bell hooks, vedem feminismul ca pe o “miscare [si a femeilor, si a barbatilor] pentru eradicarea sexismului, exploatarii sexiste si opresiunii”);
— un grup cel putin non-profit, non-institutional, non-ierarhic;
— nepasionate de jocuri cu suma zero, patriarhat si misoginism;
— de diferite varste, identitati sexuale si nesexuale, preocupari si ocupatii;
— critice la adresa institutiilor sociale existente pentru fete si baieti pentru ca nasc mai multe frustrari decat perceptii sanatoase despre sine;
— facem atac la persoana si deci nu ne cerem scuze pentru opiniile onest formulate;
— suntem sexiste si nici heterosexiste;
— excludem pe nimeni.

ca si in 2005, prin festivalul nostru urmarim sa punem in evidenta expresia artistica si implicarea sociala a fetelor si femeilor si in acelasi timp sa impartasim idei prin muzica, “spoken word”, “performance”, film si video, expozitii, prezentari, ateliere, discutii. organizam un ladyfest deoarece vrem sa promovam fetele si femeile active, care produc arta si muzica dar nu numai, si deoarece suntem de parere ca fiecare dintre noi poate sa contribuie cu ceva important. ne dorim un festival original, divers si plin de viata, care sa prezinte publicului unele din cele mai inovatoare fete si femei din mediul artistic underground, sa ofere o perceptie despre femei alternativa celei existente in cultura dominanta si sa dea peste cap conceptele conventionale despre gen.

suntem ferm convinse ca activismul – actiunea directa cu un mesaj explicit – si implicarea pe baza convingerilor, in special pe principiul do it yourself (fa-o chiar tu), este un mecanism puternic de a ne face auzite si vazute si de a formula in public o alternativa la realitatea sociala ce privilegiaza doar pe unii.

in acest spirit, al doilea ladyfest din romania va avea loc la bucuresti intre 12 si 14 octombrie 2007, impreuna cu un mars “take back the night” de protest fata de violenta impotriva femeilor, pe baza urmatoarelor considerente:
* organizarea ladyfest nu se face in jurul unui nucleu organizatoric ierarhic-functional;
* organizarea ladyfest se vrea o incercare de punere in contact a cat mai multor persoane pentru care feminismul este un modus vivendi;
* organizarea ladyfest va insemna concertarea de idei si activitati intr-un mod non-ierarhic, deschis initiativei si in spiritul cooperarii;
* ladyfest se vrea celebrarea tuturor fetelor pentru care societatea nu ofera posibilitatea recunoasterii si canonizarii;
* ladyfest se vrea semnalarea unei prezente “feminine” care ramane putin vizibila in public;
* ladyfest se vrea negarea stereotipurilor si normelor societale atribuite fetelor, femeilor si feminitatii;
* ladyfest se vrea o actiune colectiva a celor care sunt ferm convinsi ca umanitatea ne uneste mai mult decat ne despart genul si sexul.

in ultima instanta, speram ca ladyfest romania va inspira femeile din toate colturile tarii sa devina active in comunitatile lor si sa ia initiativa de a crea spatii similare ce le vor permite sa-si etaleze creativitatea, sa fie vazute si auzite.

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Peace Women

The PeaceWomen.org website has many useful resources on women, peace and security issues and women’s peace-building initiatives in areas of armed conflict. Two reports:

• • • • from the 1325 Peace Women E-Newsletter:

Psychosocial Challenges and Interventions for Women Affected by Conflict
– Critical Half, Bi-annual journal of Women for Women International, September 2006 Vol. 4 No. 1 –
The articles in this journal edition highlight the psychological and social difficulties encountered by conflict-affected women. The general hardship and trauma of conflict is often compounded further by gender-based violence, which takes a heavy toll on women’s mental health. Both during war and afterward, women may feel ongoing anxiety and fear as they worry about soldiers who might torture or kill them and their loved ones. Women who have been sexually violated can suffer humiliation and shame, and even become ostracized by those who consider rape to bring dishonour to a woman’s family and community. Women may also lack the social support that normally provides solace or assistance in grieving. The authors discuss ways to design effective psychosocial programs that facilitate healing and encourage women’s active participation in the reconstruction of their communities. Case studies from Sudan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Gaza, Croatia, and Nigeria are provided. Read the full report (PDF)

• • • • from Women, Peace and Security Resources:

Action on Gender Based Violence and HIV/AIDS: Bringing Together Research, Policy, Programming and Advocacy
– Center for Women’s Global Leadership, January 2007 –
In response to the human rights and public health crises posed by both the HIV pandemic and the unabating levels of gender-based violence (GBV), policy makers, activists and programmers at international, regional and national levels have in recent years bolstered attention to the conceptual and methodological intersections of work in these areas. A small group of organizations and experts working at the intersection of GBV and HIV came together to share lessons learned from working from a variety of entry points, including human rights, gender, feminism, sexuality, and sexual rights, at global, national and local levels, using various methods and within different country contexts. This brief report summarizes discussions, outcomes, and recommendations from the consultation. Read the full report (PDF)

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Call for papers: Roma and Gadje

CALL FOR PAPERS: For a special issue of the Anthropology of East Europe Review on Roma and Gadje, scheduled for Fall 2007.
We are seeking papers that consider the ways Romani individuals and communities negotiate, resist and reproduce the places Roma occupy in the social and political contexts of non-Romani spheres, as well as sociological analyses of the lifeworlds and counterpublics of Roma.

As a liberal order consolidates throughout the Eastern European region, Roma everywhere are taken up either as (to borrow a term from Saidiya Hartman) the “imaginative surface” of the woes of postsocialism or as a romanticized remnant of a bygone past. Roma seem to exist in the shadow of culture – timeless, errant and enchantingly Other – while the social worlds they inhabit are circumscribed by their intensifying economic and spatial marginalization and the continued pathologization of their behavior as inadaptable and often criminal. The historical roots of such stereotyping run deep and resonate powerfully in our particular moment: the Zigeuner/Tigani/Cikán/Cigany Other continues to function within discussions of transnational European identities, even as these discourses claim a complete break with the ethnonational identities of the past. Gadje, in turn, are rarely, if ever, explicitly implicated in the public figurations of difference through which Romani and Gadje identities are mutually constituted and that set the terms of much of the scholarly and activist engagement with Romani lives.

We seek contributions that situate their analysis within this specular constitution of otherness in specific historical, political and social milieux. How are individual Roma and Gadje interpolated by the dynamic and shifting boundaries that inform the dialectics of identity? What are the micro-physics of the negotiations along this border, and how do they sustain the production of difference? How are the ambiguities and indeterminacies encountered along these borders stabilized and made commensurate in acts of recognition (or rejection) of otherness? And how does the figuration of Zigeuner/Tigani/Cikán/Cigany difference symbolically secure the emergent political orders in the eastward progression of “Europeanization?”
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xy: barbati, masculinitati si politici de gen

am mai mentionat site-ul XY: men, masculinities, and gender politics. este excelent in general si toate articolele de-acolo ar trebui citite de toti, dar citeva texte afisate recent merita recomandari speciale:

  • “Won’t Believe the Hype” (Word)
    Bryan Proffitt outlines the ongoing struggle against sexual violence.
  • “Men As Partners In Primary Sexual Violence Prevention” (Word)
    Brad Perry explores the work of male allies in primary prevention with sexual assault crisis centers.
  • “Changing Men: Best practice in sexual violence education” (PDF)
    A review of what works and doesn’t work in violence prevention education with men, focused on educational strategies which are face-to-face.
  • What men can do to stop sexism and male violence (Word)
    A collection of lists and guides, compiled by Michael Flood.
  • “Gay Patriarchy” (PDF)
    Gay men didn’t escape patriarchal male conditioning.
  • “Feminist. Man. Feminist man.” (Word)
    By Alankaar Sharma.
  • “An Open Letter to Gentlemen” (Word)
    On behalf of feminists, Erica Little-Heron offers some simple truths for men.
  • creiere “diferite”

    evenimentul zilei a publicat recent un articol din care aflam ca “expertii americani” au determinat ca “Diferentele dintre barbati si femei se pot vedea inca de la nastere”, mai exact “Creierul femeilor difera de cel al barbatilor. De aici, neintelegerile.” si de unde vin aceste concluzii noi si inovatoare? potrivit articolului, se pare ca ele sunt “sustinute” de o gama larga de observatii privind conformatia biologica si comportamentul social ale celor doua sexe, de la: “creierul barbatilor are in plus doua miliarde de neuroni, dar la femei cantitatea de substanta din care sunt alcatuite dendritele, axonii si sinapsele este mai mare, ceea ce inseamna ca celulele din creier comunica mai bine intre ele” la “femeile spun in jur de 20.000 de cuvinte pe zi, in timp ce barbatii doar 7.000”, la “barbatii cu testiculul drept si femeile cu sanul drept mai mari tind sa dezvolte un comportament preponderent masculin. Daca, in schimb, testiculul si sanul stang sunt mai mari, comportamentul este mai apropiat de cel feminin”.

    ciudat, eu citind acest tip de observatii as determina mai degraba ca nu putem spune nimic definitiv despre cit de biologice sint diferentele dintre categoria “femei” si categoria “barbati” si nici cum se aliniaza datele biologice la ce numin “masculinitate” si “femininitate”. acesta este comentariul meu pe evz online:

    CEL mai interesant e ca … articolul nu citeaza pe nimeni, nu da nici un nume in afara de al profesoarei Doreen Kimura, care eu stiu ca a afirmat ca desi se pot gasi diferente intre barbati si femei, in medie, asemanarile sunt cu mult mai semnificative. Dar in fond acelasi lucru il spun si informatiile prezentate in articol, dincolo de comentariile editoriale de genul “Diferentele dintre femei si barbati sunt date de modurile distincte in care functioneaza creierul” si “Razboiul mintilor” – diferentele, cand/daca exista, nu prea conteaza. Ceea ce este clar pentru oricine verifica datele reale, la fel cum este clar ca diferentele *in cadrul* aceluiasi sex sunt mai mari decat cele *dintre* sexe. Ideea ca unul din sexe are creierul/IQ-ul/etc. “mai mare” este la fel de (ne)fondata (si din start subiectiva) ca si cea ca una dintre rase ar fi mai inteligenta. Deci cine sunt acesti “experti americani” mentionati in articol, ce au spus ei de fapt si daca au oferit aceleasi interpretari ca D-na Ramona Samoila ni se poate explica – printre altele – oare cum au reusit sa separe efectul socializarii de vreun dat biologic (in privinta folosirii cuvintelor, de exemplu)? Oare ce inseamna “masculin” si “feminin”, de unde se trag aceste definitii si ce legatura are asta cu sexul biologic al fiecarei persoane?

    In rest, miezul articolului de fata nu face decat sa fie de acord cu felul in care ii crestem si conditionam pe copii. Ce e nou – sau stiintific – in asta?

    si ar fi multe de spus, unii chiar le-au spus deja:

  • “‘Men smarter than women’ claims dodgy science”
  • “Are men smarter?”
  • “Breaking news: Men smarter than women except for the ones that aren’t”
  • – dar pentru mine punctul din urma, ca “barbatii sunt mai destepti decat femeile, in afara de cei care nu sint” (si viceversa), acopera cam tot. desigur, n-as vrea sa deranjez cumva starea de confort a oamenilor pentru care e esential in viata sa creada in teorii ca cea ca unul din sexe e mai destept decit altul… oh, wait, yes i do.

    100% “male brain”-girl (?!?).

    Recenzie a evenimentului Ladyfest Romania pentru cele 16 zile contra violentei

    publicata in revista Beyond Gender a GAD Committee – Romania:

    bg_winter06_p9.jpg bg_winter06_p10.jpg — de Cristina


  • Mai multe despre War Zone
  • Mai multe despre Take Back the Night
  • Versiunea in limba romana a recenziei: Continue reading