Archive for the ‘Images from Hollywood that Stoke the War’ Category

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.

If you doubt there’s a longest war …

June 6, 2009

Collectively the images here show the longest war, so if you have any doubt, go to prior month’s archives including a click to “older entries.”  Also check out the iconic super-male Hugh Jackman.  He’s super-hawt in his all-inclusive sexuality for normalizing focus on the physical body yet, being male, he usually wears a tux or power suit to cover all but his head and hands (thinking and take-action instruments) when seen in public.  The super-suit preserves the power image of the  overlord icon.

Not that Hugh Jackman is necessarily conscious of the social impact while he’s in the limelight raking in money.  But the rest of us need to ask how our minds are being manipulated in the name of others making a buck.

Ask not how hawt the he-man (any him, Him, He or hymn), but ask how to protect yourself because forewarned is forearmed.    What you don’t know can hurt you in the longest war.  Today’s “Scoop” for a male-dominant icon in summer 2009 theaters as  Wolverine —   Hugh Jackman  wielding the tarot card of “Death” while speaking down to a rapt, silent  young woman:

Scoop [dvd] [ws/dolby Digital 2.0 Mono/english Sdh/fr/span] (universal)

Other male-dominant images of media icons old and new shaping popular culture from  May 2009 older entries (prior posts):

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.

Just a modern way woman-hating and woman-fearing — and the corollary of man-revering — perpetuates itself from generation to generation.

May 28, 2009

Here is the Sam Raimi-false image of the old woman who drags the young woman to the  hell only men could make:

Image taken from Drag Me to Hell

And the intended audience?  As reported by Mark Brown in Cannes for the guardian.co.uk, “Drag Me to Hell … has plenty of gore and shocks but not so much that teenagers can’t watch it …”

Reversals upon lies in the longest war’s battle for the mind of womankind

May 28, 2009

Once upon a time womankind had her own Spiderwoman (mythic spinner of life, originator of world fire); then 7,000 years of the longest war netted us reversal-mythic movies about Spiderman (man’s reversal of original women’s story in order to favor male heroes).  Now coming to the multi-plex this weekend,   Sam Raimi, the director of moviedom’s Spiderman, is the auteur linked to the horror movie in which a woman is (in an updating of the mythic Judeo-Christian reversal to favor male heroes) sent to hell (imagery of flames scorching like the actual Catholic-sponsored burnings of old by men torturing and murdering women called witches, many of them old women who in fact had wit and were wise) at the hands of — could it be the movie shows men as agents of the horror and torture?

Noooooo, in this movie we won’t see  men depicted as evil agents as actually true for the  historical witch burnings by men against women but we will see a movie’s powerful  fabrication of an old woman as the agent of burning another woman.

This is not just  another (ho hum)  male movie reversal of what really happens during the longest war.  This is being touted as the “greatest” horror movie ever, under the hand of the “great” Sam Raimi.  Imagine the lasting impression of those pictures that say thousands upon thousands of words in the minds of every girl and woman who sees the movie, unaware of its power for mental manipulation in generating woman-fearing and woman-hating by women of women, especially older women.

In the longest war, man does not want young women to have any reason to be comfortable seeking the wisdom and comfort of old women who have seen and know the evil of man for what it is.  It’s not just entertainment, folks.  It’s mental entrainment to woman-hating with a complementary man-adoration no man deserves.

You can vote your money by refusing to buy tickets to movies of misogyny.  In this way you call out woman-hating for what it is.  You’ll feel better, and then nobody gets burned who doesn’t deserve to.

In 2008 Iron Man bought the Girl Friday a slinky dress, Jack Nicholson asked Morgan Freeman (stroking a slinky car in the Bucket List) if he was going to “drive it or buy it a dress,” and Charlize Theron surrendered her super-hero cape to lick an ice cream cone and adore husband and son while Hancock stayed a super-hero.

May 24, 2009

But —  crumbs to feminism —  at least in 2008 a woman  played a super-hero with a brain for a few minutes in a big-budget movie. 

Longest-war propaganda power of every movie (and TV show)

May 24, 2009

Males dominant before the woman placement — or absence of women doing anything brave, intelligent or innovative in the typical blockbuster story media — conveys the message:

(1)  Which people (men) are  important for Angels & Demons (category, religion),

(2) Which people (men) are important for  Star Trek  (category science, Ohura being mainly an object of kissing at the transporter),

(3)  Which people (women) TV prefers to feature for almost naked characters who are not friends, and

(4) Which people (men) are pitched as being most lovable in general by everybody.

The impressions of today’s programming (a picture says  1,000 words) —

In man’s war against womankind, this day, every day, movies, TV and their characters are triple-whammy mental programming (as if the images aren’t enough):

(1) Images — full color, high definition pictures with motion’s impact;

(2) Language — vocalization to capture thought; and

(3) Music and sound-images (crashing, bashing, cooing, etc.) for heightened mental impression and creation of story’s stored memory.

Added to the above programming are the daily media headline lies of omission about who in general is doing the most violence to whom:

5-24-09 online headlines (representative examples)

Ore. mom accused in river drowning of 4-year-old”  [source:  AP]

[She may have drowned her son in a river, although  it is not yet clear if he fell in or got pushed]

2 killed, 6 hurt in Ariz graduation party shooting” [source:  AP]

[A man intentionally and irrevocably killed a woman (his ex-wife), killed a man, and injured six others with his gun, about whom the provided details are only that one was a police officer and two were boys]

Media Attempts to Cripple Womankind in Worship of Sons and Falsely Promised Saviors

May 24, 2009
CARLOS  BY CARLOS SANTANA Women's Appeal SandalShe can barely walk with an even gait into the movie theater wearing internet-hyped shoes of this type, and when she gets there she will see:

Male images rule as usual (5-23-09) in media emphasis

  • Weekend Movie Roundup

    Weekend Movie Roundup

    ‘Terminator Salvation’ and ‘Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.’

Male icons from Hollywood to Bollywood, young sons to even younger sons who get the focus of attention

  • 'The Last Airbender' Photos

This silent smile also denotes the war …

May 18, 2009
The WordPress login screen (5-17-09) showed this photo (silent smile) of a woman celebrating men’s lives by watching (because by male cultural definition she’s supposed to care about) the Greatest Bromances Of All Time.

Man-made culture doesn’t even have a name for woman-to-woman friendship equivalent to bromance, and there are no movies that come to mind (with the exception of the regrettable demise of Thelma and Louise, but hey, the movie makers might be thinking, Beautiful Bro Brad Pitt was there, so hey, “all’s fair in [don’t call it]  love and war.”)

Pretty clear in 2009, isn’t it, that sex with us men on terms equal to our own libidos (ex., “save a horse, ride a cowboy”) hasn’t given to women the cinematic stories, or the rights to their own company, equivalent to what men take as a given for being the self-defined only people on the planet who really matter?

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Spoken only as a bro who’s tired of lance, bromance and this idiotic dance of the longest war.

The prize in the man’s war against womankind

May 18, 2009

Women:  the de-humanized prize in the man’s war against womankind, a war by male-defined category number one of humanity against category number two.  Number one is the category of those who get to speak on non-trivial matters (men mainly) and thus to determine the social structure of the world.  LATXcreatures 351

Number two?  By male definition, those who must smile and acquiesce (generally every woman if she hopes to avoid social sanction if not outright violence at men’s hands).

LATXcreatures 352In our supposedly post-modernist times, category number two includes women educated to Western civilization’s tropes who quibble over relative degrees of social privilege which can always be withdrawn by men dispensing it.  Not to minimize the importance of anybody’s discourse if it advances finding an authentic voice.  But we should be aware that voice and voicelessness on crucial life issues frame the one-down terms of engagement in man’s war against womankind, the real war undergirding every other war.

Tell yourself the Truth.  You’re worthy of better than a life filled with lies.  Come to Be, Free.