Likes: terrorizing mortals; libraries; serious eyeshadow; chain wallets; suspiciously lifelike marble statues
Dislikes: people who aren't statues yet; bros; Perseus
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“The razor that hugs your curves” what a good idea my skull is really round actually
Friday! Linkspam! Yay!
Reblogging because her linkspams are excellent!
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see, in spanish the word for “genre” and the word for “gender” is the same: “género”. if you live in mexico and someone asks you what gender you are, you can be whatever i’m comfortable with. i’m a boy, or a girl. i’m a crime noir with a bit of spicy romance. i’m post-punk electronic music. i have trascended human perceptions of gender and am now a being of pure art
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So thegestianpoet’s original Old Masters selfies post, and the one I did with 20th century artists…I see people hating, as they do (we all have that hater streak), usually something like “Oh come on, you’re no Kathe Kollwitz, ur selfies suck.” Well no, it’s “You’re no Frida Kahlo,” because Kathe Kollwitz is old and uncool (which is exactly why I included her, because tough old ladies are fucking badass and deserve mega visibility). Well shit, nobody’s saying selfies are on a par with Old Masters or whatever, but they are questioning the automatic hate aimed at mostly young women who do selfies, okay?
I suspect the haters know that, but they’re feeling defensive and want to go back to hating on women and girls who post selfies without feeling this icky sense of self-doubt that they probably felt for a microsecond when they saw either one of those posts. They know nobody’s claiming that, say, Gorgonetta’s “Poorly-lit selfie with mohawk” is on a par with Durer’s “Self-portrait (1500)” (and I should say not, because Durer was prettier than I will ever be, amirite?). But that’s the thing, just wedging a crowbar into that ironclad system whereby we shit on people for posting selfies, especially people who read as female, and especially those female-reading people who don’t fulfill some kind of beauty ideal (although if they do, then they’re still automatically dismissed as “dumb sluts,” because the point of this song and dance is that girls and women can’t fucking win), just throwing a monkey wrench into the works of that machine, is fucking crucial.
IDK where I stand on the whole “selfies as feminism” thing, I really don’t, because I will probably be screaming “Just because you find something personally empowering does not mean it is actually a tool of liberation” with my dying breath. But that’s the point, it doesn’t really matter where I stand on it, it doesn’t matter where any of us stand on it, especially when it comes to people who need to shit on other people for taking a picture of themselves and sharing it with others. Are they posting selfies for attention? Hell yes! We’re all doing what we do for attention! Unless our blogs are private, we are doing all of this, on some level, for attention. I love interacting with followers (OK, it also activates my anxiety, but you know what I mean), I love seeing that I made a post that made people happy, I love arguing about music I like with other engaging people (thank you herzeloide <3), I like it when people say nice things about my hair. It’s nice. It’s positive attention. It makes me feel relevant. So where would I get off being snarky at someone for posting a selfie, no matter how duck-faced or unclothed or blurry or whatever? Where do any of us get off?
Let’s face it, most of the selfie-hate is just another way of telling girls and women to shut up and be invisible, and that alone should be enough reason to repudiate it. That is toxic shit, and so is the “Well selfies aren’t Frida Kahlo self-portraits” line of argument. The point is not that selfies are great art, but that even people we respect and revere had a fascination with themselves and a desire to share images of themselves with others. You don’t have to be Rembrandt or Kahlo to have the right to feel that way. That’s the point.
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Sorry to play the devil’s advocate/fangirl, but it is also true that Severin put up with some considerable humiliation to keep the band going -she dumped him because the realtionship unbalanced the band only to date the manager ANd the drummer- and he does value Siouxsie’s…
I’m a little concerned by the rhetoric here. Siouxsie, or any woman, can dump any guy for any reason, and does not have to offer reasons for being in a relationship with anyone else subsequently, much less restrict her relationship choices. (The same obviously goes for men, but in our culture, the same really does obviously go for men—and not so obviously for women.) I have never read an interview or seen anything in the official bio that talks about why she and Severin broke up, much less that it was one of them that instigated it over the other; one of the members who left in 1979, I can’t remember whether it was McKay or Morris, said that not only were they not even aware the two were dating for some time after joining the band, but that they weren’t aware they’d broken up, either, because they kept their private lives private and put the band first. That much is in the official bio that came out mid-00s. I’m sure everyone tried to present the best side of themselves in that, but it’s still the most trustworthy source.
Anything about her dating their manager wasn’t in the bio or the interviews, so if it’s something Stevenson himself said, I wouldn’t particularly trust it. He’s demonstrated himself to be a complete sleaze, someone who wants to rewrite history to make himself more relevant. Honestly, given that the balance of power, the dominant cultural narrative, and a lot of sour grapes currently rests with Severin, I don’t particularly put him high on the trustworthy list either when it comes to this stuff. I mean, you and I are having a conversation right now about whether a woman was obligated to keep dating her bandmate, or avoid dating other people connected with the band. We’re actually having this conversation! When fans have a similar conversation about how Nick Cave should’ve made an honest woman out of Blixa in order to keep him in the Bad Seeds, then I’ll give some credence to that rhetoric, you know? But seriously, not before then.
People stop dating each other all the time, and it sucks for most of the people involved. We don’t really know what Steven Severin or Siouxsie are like, as people. We do know he’s a smart individual who had other contacts in the music business, and had a lot of big ideas and a lot of talent. If he didn’t want to be part of the Banshees, he probably didn’t have to be. Being in a relationship with people you work with is complicated and everyone probably had hurt feelings for a while after the breakup, but they were all adults living normal adult lives in addition to being musicians, and relationships end. That’s what relationships do, for the most part. The people in the band went on with their lives accordingly, and continued to make music together for another 15 years, regardless of who was in a relationship with whom. Humiliation doesn’t really enter into it at that point.
That’s the face I make when someone tells me to smile
#some guy on the bus told me to smile the other day
#and i had my headphones on and at first i was kind of smiling and leaning forward cuz i didn’t quite catch what he was saying
#and then i understood and i just lucille bluthed the fucker like hardcore you are shit on my shoe
#the look on his face omg i will treasure it forever
[Five photos of punk women, text “These girls turn being looked at into an aggressive act.”]
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The only thing I have on hand to cite for this is the Banshees’ official bio; I’ve certainly read a fair bit on the history of punk, but don’t have it to hand. This isn’t an essay, more a stream of thought kinda thing that I’ve had rattling around for a few days. A lot of props go to Fishcakesfishcakes, whose paper on women in punk sort of crystallized a lot of these thoughts for me, and gave me new bits of info I hadn’t had before.
I feel better now that I’ve written this down!
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