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“Artist Unknown”

June 11, 2009

As mothers to the creative in the collective, too many women have been “artist unknown” due to male erasure of womankind’s genius.   This post honors the unheralded art women make of their lives, bringing humanity out of denial against unspeakable (yet image-visible) odds.   To Professor Ann Taylor Allen I credit the elucidation in her scholarly article available online about  feminist and matri-focused scholarship:   ANN TAYLOR ALLEN | Feminism, Social Science, and the Meanings of

How often do you see any image today so clearly evocative of womankind’s collective spiritual, mental and bodily power as the one that follows from an earlier era’s  hope that winning the vote might end male dominance systems of politics:

“Artist unknown”

CoverGirls & Unpacking Queer Politics: the female tokenized underclass as usual

June 9, 2009

The  multi-plex previews include an ad by out and family-friendly lesbian entertainer Ellen DeGeneres pimping for a major cosmetics company.  One  online report includes the following images about the sexualized commodity politics of feminizing the faces and bodies of women:


Photo’s tag line:  “Ellen-a CoverGirl spokesmodel?! It’s true, snitching spies told the New York Post on Tuesday.

The 50-year-old Emmy-winning talk show host has inked a deal to appear as the face of CoverGirl makeup in a forthcoming ad campaign, according to a new report. Ellen is “shooting the campaign this week,” an insider says. “She must have gotten at least $1 million for it.” [Online screen continued the hawt-ness with the following]

Everywhere you go online, scantily clad and make-up wearing women are “hawt” and “hottest,” and other women wanting desperately to be men also apparently “hawt” in the unequal roles and rules of man’s war against womankind.  Last month in NYC somebody I knew in LA wowed crowds with her ability as a drag king to  perform “gendered” as a man:

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Photo’s tag line:  “World-renowned gender illusionist Dred [who still went by Mildred when I knew her (Jude’s note)] brought crowds to their feet last week after her performance in Wow Cafe’s Hypergender Burlesque show in NYC.”

One sad part is that the global culture’s entertainment over-focus on maleness as higher-caste status (and the subordinate classism of  feminization) has resulted in a bit of performing glory for a few while oppression continues against so many more women.

To excerpt again from  University of Melbourne’s professor Sheila Jeffreys (and author of Unpacking Queer Politics:  A Lesbian Feminist Perspective among her other great books on the global politics of sexuality), as social commentary:

FTM Transsexualism and Grief, By Sheila Jeffreys

In “Pornography and Grief” Andrea Dworkin writes very powerfully about the impact upon her of having to look at so much pornography in order to write about it. The horror of the pain, destruction, and just pure run of the mill hatred towards women inspired grief in her (Dworkin, Letters from a War Zone, 1988). I have looked at the websites aimed at and created by female-to-male transsexuals (now fashionably called transgenders). I have experienced considerable distress from witnessing the destruction of female body parts, the pain, the blood and cutting up that is being visited presently on women who, often by their own admission, would, a few years previously, have considered themselves simply lesbians but are now ‘transitioning’ (to use the jargon). … My response [to ask why] is very different from that of most queer theorists, liberal public policymakers and lawyers who are busily working out how to `respect’ or `celebrate’ the choice and agency of transsexuals by changing laws and policies.

… Loree Cook-Daniels found FTM [female-to-male] transsexualism to be surprisingly common in her circle of lesbian friends in the US once she started asking around in response to her partner’s decision to become a ‘transman.’ … FTM transsexualism destroys the lesbianism not just of the woman who ‘transitions’ but that of her female partner too. Sadly, Cook-Daniels’ FTM partner committed suicide in 2000.

…I understand transitioning to become `gay men’ to illustrate the almost total dominance of gay male culture and gay male versions of masculinity within ‘queer’ communities. In Drag King shows, now sweeping Australia as they have the US and the UK, lesbians tend to dress up specifically as masculine gay men and seek to outdo each other in the imitation.

…`Butch’ lesbians who choose to be gay men do not have functioning penises, phalloplasties are very expensive, enormously painful and do not erect, thus they become `bottoms’ in gay male sexual practice.

This contemporary epidemic or cult of female-to-male transsexualism needs to be placed within its historical and political context in the oppression of lesbians. The vast majority of the women who ‘transition’ have identified as lesbians, or at least lived within the lesbian community and conducted relationships with lesbians. The attribution of masculinity to lesbians historically has formed a major tool of control. Lesbian feminists in the 1970s developed a sophisticated critique of the ways in which masculine scholarship and culture sought to disparage or disappear lesbians by portraying them as masculine or really wanting to be men. Many lesbians in the 1980s/90s rejected the understandings of feminism and developed fashionable sadomasochism and butch/femme roleplaying out of which the phenomenon of FTM transsexualism has arisen.

The reasons given by lesbians for their decisions to ‘transition’ in books such as Holly Devor’s FIM. Female-to-Male Transsexuals in Society (1999) in Loren Cameron’s Body Alchemy (1996) and the collection Sissies and Tomboys (Rottnek (ed) 1999) derive quite clearly from their oppression as lesbians and as women [Jude’s note:  when they’re not pretty-privileged, family-friendly, exceptionally funny, cosmetics-wearing, lucky-in-love-and-money lesbians like Ellen DeGeneres] … Manhood is attractive because it represents higher social status and an individual escape from the oppression of lesbians and women without any social change. But manhood is a social construction which requires the continued creation of femininity and the oppression of the vast majority of women to have any meaning.

So FTM transsexualism is a problem for all women who want to change the power relations of male dominance rather than engage in surgical social climbing. But it is most spectacularly a problem for lesbians because it is lesbians who are suffering the agony and the expense. … We must challenge those forms of self-harm which are presently being promoted as progressive and liberating such as butch/femme roleplaying, sadomasochistic self-mutilation and the instruments, drugs and surgeries now being used to enable lesbians to ‘transition.’ Though there has tended to be an attitude of liberal tolerance towards these practices on the part of many lesbians, which has allowed them to flourish, there has come a time when the very serious consequences of what have never really been ‘playful’ behaviours needs to be recognised. …” Source of Sheila Jeffreys quoted words from Rain and Thunder Summer Solstice 2002; an extended version of this piece forms one chapter of her book, Unpacking Queer Politics: A lesbian feminist perspective; an earlier version of this piece was published in Lesbian Network in Australia, April 2001.

It’s not playful, it’s not funny, it’s not okay for the longest war continually to man-ipulate womankind.

The least funny part may be how easily so-called “free will” — promoted as an ego construct and source of false pride by self-serving man-made religious theory long before the era of mass-media mental programming — can be co-opted by cosmetics payola and drag-king approval.

Kate Millett, Sheila Jeffreys: Key Thinkers

June 6, 2009

Roots of all war as positioned to divide and conquer womankind can be seen on the pages with photos of Iranian feminist-women and pro-feminist-men  in a 1982 book about experiences in Iran by Kate Millett (photos by Sophie Keir).  University of Melbourne professor Sheila Jeffreys champions Kate Millett  in 2009  as a key thinker on this planet, here, a lecture .

Professor Jeffreys also is a key thinker and hero to pro-feminist men, sister to feminist women (another post on the point in May 2009 if you’re looking in archives).

Not that you’re likely to know the names of Millett, Keir and Jeffreys in 2009.  The longest war tries to make sure that you don’t. As if the personal creative genius  — and the suppression of the genius of womankind —  is not political.  The politics of the longest war, man’s war against womankind.

Obama’s mankind, the sons of God … and to every man “a female”

June 4, 2009

Even if men of different male-dominant “God” faiths make peace among themselves, the longest war by the language here depicted is slated to continue against womankind — men’s rules, men’s game, every man to have “a female” on men’s terms.   It’s  not a world any self-respecting woman ought to accept.  Why aren’t feminists calling Obama on this?  He’s better looking than Bush, but, hey, he’s sounding as much like a misogynist behind the smile as his presidential predecessor.

[Excerpts on this blog for social commentary; note the Islamic head-scarved woman and ask yourself who in her or his right mind would choose  always to wear a cumbersome head-scarf in public if not for the cultural rules and social pressures Islamic men have imposed.]

By RACHEL ZOLL, AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll, Ap Religion Writer 1 hr 31 mins ago

NEW YORK – President Barack Obama showed respect for Islam by quoting from the Quran in his speech Thursday but did so in a way meant to resonate with Christians and Jews as well….

“The Holy Quran tells us, ‘Mankind, we have created you male and a female. And we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another,'” Obama said in the Cairo address. “The Talmud tells us, ‘The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.’ The Holy Bible tells us, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.'”

Whatever men may say, the God described has never been about peace but piece.  Goddess help us all.

More on the longest war’s man-made hell for women

May 28, 2009

The new movie,  Drag Me to Hell, all over MovieFone’s home page in oversized advertisement for the weekend — it’s big enough culturally to warrant extra treatment as part of the resistance to misogyny (see also posts below).  Here’s another online image from the film:

This film betokens the dilemma for women in this tokenized, pornified, can’t-you-take-a-joke time of man-made hypocrisy keeping men installed as the normative type of human, the male human, designed for Man-God worship by females everywhere.

This from the Pasadena Star-News, so near Hollywood, in an article identifying Spiderman-famed Sam Raimi’s discussion of the young woman vs. the old woman of his new movie [my notes in brackets]:   “She [the young woman] commits the sin [after all, doesn’t the Man-God mythos of Judeo-Christianity charge another young woman with the sin of being the downfall of man] – the sin of greed [being that she is a modern young woman needing a job in order to eat —  given the reign of man-made agribusinesses like Monsanto and the few remaining personal garden plots — and as a citizen in the man-made money economy, thus she has a job in the housing finance industry run by top men for a male-designed international banking institution now in partnership with the top-male US government and top-men governmental lenders in places like China].  And [continues Sam Raimi] I wanted the audience to sin with her and make that choice to throw the old woman out of her house [followed by an old woman in violent images to movie audiences as a hellish she-demon].”

Staff writer Rob Lowman in Pasadena provides no feminist analysis, without saying why, but it’s a post-modernist, post-feminist, post-structuralist time, haven’t you heard?

Know how to tell a man is lying?  His lips are moving.   It’s an old AA joke (change alcoholic for man), but consider the source, a “spiritual” group where origination-of-the-12-steps credit goes to married men who didn’t give credit to the long-suffering wives without whom they would have died under bridges in drunk funks and never started their “God as you understand Him” program of sobriety which only works to keep a small percentage of folks sober in any event.   Today with what’s also at the movies, I’m not seeing spiritual programs based on Him as God  being part of anybody’s solution for authentic freedom.

Might as well offend as many as possible while I’m on a rant, and religion is always a way to do that.    The level of offense taken about religion usually signifies the depth of the mental programming.  God, Schmod, whatever may Infinitely Exist to help us is not made in man’s image, nor man in “His.”  And certainly not Sam Raimi.

The Counter-Feminist Fidel-what’s-his-name and Kyle Payne: Could they both be on the same side?

May 28, 2009

http://www.freewebs.com/birmingham-schools-kick-racism-out/influentialpeople.htm

An unsmiling Harriet Tubman said she would have freed more slaves (she freed a thousand as leader of the  Underground Railroad) if they had known they were slaves.  Harriet Tubman:  female genius.  She also seemingly channeled infinite Spirit through a woman-of-color’s spin on a Jesus who would set Her free — as in seeking Guidance about which way to escape when out in the woods with slaves she guided to freedom on nights of the dark moon (my interpretation from biographies).

Freedom for womankind has become muddled today as most women remain media-mentally if not physically enslaved by pro-male global culture, although good things have been written by many and good works also done by those  who identify as feminists.   Some of us care about our daughters more than we care about  male privilege.  Some of us don’t want our daughters to be mind-warped and body-twisted by patriarchy’s cultural enslavement of the female caste/class/race/genderization  (aka enslavement to subservience by any name), it seems to come down to a division based on wombs and phalluses even when men of color have achieved some social parity.  At best it breaks down into smiling visages (gals) and smokin’ dominance (guys),  in the longest war played out in the theater of the mind.  (Not to minimize war’s terrors of the body against women and children, or male violence including the trauma of rape.)

It occurs to me (having been pointed in another blog’s comments to Kyle Payne, and reading his pre-sex-offender papers — good stuff, and true, actually, about porn as woman-hating imagery and self-policing social compliance for women built into the patriarchal compact) — that Kyle Payne might not be what he appears to be.  Just a thought in the nature of social criticism.  Might Kyle Payne have been a cover for a woman-hater strategically placed ultimately to divide and conquer the freedom-fighting energies of women seeking liberation?  Is there an off-shore account in his name for his divisive work on behalf of the patriarchy?  Maybe I’ve seen too many movies?

Now that Kyle Payne’s been  resoundingly discredited in the criminal (not really justice) system, his prior pro-woman words, even the true ones, are being discredited.  A double whammy scored, perhaps, by the longest war.

Think spy networks, double and triple agents, and maybe that’s how the disinformation tactics of misogyny work (or maybe I should be writing James Bond screenplays).  Then again, in vast respect for my daughter’s intellect, maybe the collective mind power of womankind — if women were mentally freed — is so prodigious in its unmanipulated state that men of the war have to resort to extreme, underhanded measures to keep winning.  Men win when women do not see that lying man keeps waging underlying war against the freedom of womankind.

Imagine if any feminist dared to say, without substantiation, anything so direct against male domination as Fidel-what’s-his-name says against woman in his self-proclamation as a  “counter-feminist.”   His blog banner typifies the male woman-hating reversal of truth.  Fidel-what’s-his-name of course does not provide any images of cultural synthesis sufficient to back up his claims, because they are lies.   Shaming, sadistic lies.