“… not only am I performing, but I’m performing songs about self-loathing in front of people, or about sex, or about violence. These things are very dear to me in some ways and, in another way, I feel that this is my job and my role and I need to have a distance and get over myself and my self-hatred to do my job well. And as more people are telling me how they are moved and affected by my music, that becomes clear. I think, “If you get over your crap from adolescence— which is where it comes from— then you get to do this more and better and for more people. You get to be more empowered in this new job.”—
I think it’s awesome that Jill Scott wants to look like a porn star. Who cares what she wants to look like as long as she’s happy? What’s made her happy happens to be losing 60lbs and staying plump and curvaceous like Vanessa Del Rio. Then good on her!
(Vanessa del Rio)
Mind you, at times I feel torn between the hypersexualization of fat women in the media: “Not only are they hungry for food, but sex too? How dare they?” This is the type of character I’ve seen in many a film such as Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo or Shallow Hal. Fat women who love sex = comedy. Skinny women who love sex = sexy. What kind of shitty math is this?
I’m kind of proud that Jill Scott’s comment about her current figure implies that a) she loves her body and b) her body makes her feel sexy and c) to her, porn is sexy and she’s not afraid to mention it. These are three very bold things to claim outloud whether we’re talking mainstream or “indie” media.
Electrofeminisms - an 8 part blog post series by Bitch Magazine
I had no idea Bitch magazine had a music column on their blog. This got me nerdy and all around really excited and if I didn’t have a bandwidth limit at our hotel, I would have spent the entire night reading back entries.
I don’t know much about Emily Manuel, but I now know she blogs over here and here. This series is going to be good. So tune in to Bitch (online that is…) where she’ll be tracing the parallels between feminism and women in electronica, starting from way back to more recent stuff.
I wonder if she’ll tackle disputes between Bjork and Valgeir Sigurðsson, or maybe riot grrls-turned-dance-feminism-queens Le Tigre or even introduce us to songs by current feminist bands outside of North America like German-based Gustav:
In any case, so far, even the comment section is bringing a bunch of interesting links forward to check out.