If you are looking for something to do this weekend there is a film festival happening! Starting tomorrow through Wednesday there will be French films screening in Cherry Hall 125 beginning at 7pm. The movies that will be showing include:
Each film will have a discussion after. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing films, talk with wonderful professors, and to experience a different country’s take on cinema.
*translations according to fb page …
GRRRRRRRReat question lovely anon! Riot Grrrl’s were these awesome third wave punk ladies who used zines, music, and activism to talk about sexism, racism, and homophobia and other feminist issues. In a way it was a way for feminism to leave academia and come into the homes of girls EVERYWHERE!
In the case of the zine, if you are a feminist who is doing awesome things around campus, making awesome feminist art, or just looking totes dope you are qualified to be a riot grrrl. In a way we just want to highlight WKU’s cool feminists and to let people know they aren’t alone in their beliefs. Sometimes feminists feel alone in Kentucky and need to know there are others here who are working towards progressive change in KY.
If you think, in any way, that this description fits you let us know. Also if you think our description is too narrow let us know what else you think makes a riot grrrl.
Before anything else is said, I want to make it known that I am a feminist. I fully support gender equality and the protection of women against bigotry and discrimination. However, I wish to make a few points regarding the Robin Thicke song “Blurred Lines” and the reactionary piece that has gone viral over YouTube, known as ”Defined Lines”. These few points that may make some people in my neck of the woods uncomfortable. I promise to break it to you easily.
First, the song is catchy, and many people enjoy it. There are a few women who, after being asked about the song, agree that it may be frowned upon in a society still battling against the prevalence of rape culture, but continue to listen anyways. What harm could come from a simple song? With lyrics like “You’re far from plastic”, there must be a shred of hope? Some hidden meaning that advocates women’s sexual liberation? Some coded message of equal pay and job opportunity?
Please women. The song, while it may have a vague storyline about a woman trying to be “liberated” from her former boy toy, falling into Robin Thicke’s capable hands, has nothing that would encourage me to incite change. It does not make me feel better about myself, or my future. But that is not the point of the song. The point of the song is that this man believes good girls wanna get laid too.
But some are disgusted with the concept. About 20 universities in the United Kingdom, including The University of Edinburgh and Coventry University, have banned the song. The reaction video “Defined Lines” has women dancing around with half-naked men, showing a sort of domination over them. The song has caused quite a stir.
But, shouldn’t the majority of songs on the radio cause the same reaction? Lyrics like “Let me love you, until you learn to love yourself” imply that women need man’s affection before she can begin to respect herself as an individual. “So I, wait for you to call and I try to act natural” gives off a vibe of dependence, that the girl must be forever waiting.
I am just saying that if we are going to cause a verbal riot about one song, we should have no mercy on the others that degrade, decompress, and de-stimulate women from being who they want to be. If you attack Robin Thicke, let’s go after Brittany Spears, and Bruno Mars, and whoever is cranking out lyrics that rub us raw. No one will take a movement seriously when its battles are purely selective. I don’t want to tiptoe the lines anymore. And neither should you.