From their announcement:
For various reasons, Bass Coast Festival is banning feathered war bonnets, or anything resembling them, onsite. Our security team will be enforcing this policy.
We understand why people are attracted to war bonnets. They have a magnificent aesthetic. But their spiritual, cultural and aesthetic significance cannot be separated.
Bass Coast Festival takes place on indigenous land and we respect the dignity of aboriginal people. We have consulted with aboriginal people in British Columbia on this issue and we feel our policy aligns with their views and wishes regarding the subject. Their opinion is what matters to us.
See is that so fucking hard?
Also just a friendly reminder that “virginity” is a patriarchal heterosexist social construct, that having sex (what kind of sex? how do you even define sex?) doesn’t change who you are, and that if and how much sex you have doesn’t say anything about your worth as a human being!
Title: Teen Idle
Artist: Marina and the Diamonds
Marina and the Diamonds - Teen Idle
"I wish I’d been a, wish I’d been a teen, teen idle
Wish I’d been a prom queen fighting for the title
Instead of being sixteen and burning up a bible
Feeling super, super, super suicidal
The wasted years, the wasted youth
The pretty lies, the ugly truth
And the day has come where I have died
Only to find I’ve come alive”
Anonymous said: you should check out teen idle by marina and the diamonds, it's so good
I love this song so much, I haven’t posted it yet because it’s not “explicitly” feminist but I love how it portrays contrasting expectations the society puts on women (“21st century whore” vs. “virgin pure”) on one hand and on the other complex and dark female personalities and desires (“I want blood, guts, and angel cake”).
I also feel this song is a great example of how amazing Marina is with portraying mental illness and other bad brain stuff because she approaches it with a kind of dark humor (“Felling super super super … suicidal”) and you can tell the irony and expressing the dark stuff in music are coping mechanisms (and not “glamorization”) because there is an authentic pain behind them.
I almost think this song could be about a girl who lost her teenage years because of the messed up pressures she couldn’t fulfill (it’s not difficult to make a connection between “Being sixteen and burning up a Bible” and “I want back my virginity”) but realizes they are all fake (“The pretty lies, the ugly truth”) and seems to be overcoming her problems (“I have died only to come alive”).
Idk, I have a lot of feelings about this song.
Anonymous said: Do you accept songs that aren't in English?
Yes! But please include an English translation. :)
Title: Stepping Stone
Duffy - Stepping Stone
"But I will never be your stepping stone
Take it all or leave me alone
I will never be your stepping stone
I’m standing upright on my own”
(submission by fantasticallyimprobable)
Anonymous said: what are your thoughts on the band "grl"?
Well, they’re just starting out so I don’t have a lot to base my opinion on. Their video for Wild Wild Love with Pitbull makes me really uncomfortable with the playboy mansion and all the objectified women and well, Pitbull. I really like Vacation, though, which we have featured on the blog before [x]. I don’t have any particular feminist outlook on Ugly Heart but it’s currently suck in my head, so damn catchy. I also really appreciate the girl with the short short hair. I’m definitely keeping my eye on them.
cute-pubes said: in reference to beyonce and the ski mask/ possible burqa. she and jay z released a kind of fake movie trailer/ promo for their tour, in which they are kind of meant to be a criminal couple, complete with money, guns, shoot ups and robberies- hence the ski masks.
Yeah, I understood it more in this line as well.
I just answered another (older) ask on Beyonce and cultural appropriation of the burqa but it looks like Tumblr ate it so I just want to say that I did some digging on it but all I was able to find was her video for Superpower in which she wears something that looks more like a ski mask than a burqa but if anyone has any more thoughts/sources on this I would love to hear them.
Anonymous said: Domestic Violence tw?/ I am conflicted, I love Beyonce and I think she's so empowering and an AMAZING feminist but the "Eat the Cake Annie Mae", line in Drunk In Love, really makes so so uncomfortable, and I am trying to seperate it from Beyonce because Jay-Z wrote it but it is in her song and she does mouth it at performances. To me it just feels like she's making light of domestic abuse and I guess i wanted to know if you thought I was overreacting or no?
You’re not overreacting, that whole verse is horrible:
"On sight, catch a charge I might
Beat the box up like Mike in ‘97 I bite
I’m Ike Turner, turn up, baby, no, I don’t play
‘Now eat the cake, Anna Mae,’ said, ‘Eat the cake, Anna Mae!’”
First of all, he says he might get charged, obviously for sexual violence, considering the the following violent “beat the box up" (the box meaning vagina) part, and a reference to a convicted rapist Mike Tyson, and then he proceeds to identify with a known domestic abuser Ike Turner and quoting his line from a violent scene in the film What’s Love Got To Do With It. I can’t imagine any circumstance in which this would be okay, yet alone in a song that’s supposed to be about love and sex and passion. I know it’s Jay Z’s part but Beyonce must have approved it and as you said she clearly endorses it and this whole thing makes me extremely uncomfortable and I’m removing her as the avatar of this blog. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Anon.
(I also really appreciate that you included a trigger warning in your message, thanks.)
"When I got into the music industry a majority of female artists I’d seen were trying to regurgitate an ideal of the female image. They were trying to be almost a replica of what was popular. I just found that to be very boring and dishonest. I just wanted to be in control of my clothes. I wanted that choice. That’s the only thing that I’m saying. Women should not be marginalized. We shouldn’t play into the sexism." - Janelle Monae [x[
Once again for the people who insist on using Jane as the mascot for their respectability politricks and bullshit. Just seen some clowns trying to use her to tear down Rihanna the other day. Cut that shit out.
by Matt Crane (via Alt Press)
Singer Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! will have her own video series titled So Much More. The series will be an “AOL Original” (yeah, AOL still exists) and is being described as following Grace through her journey while interacting with fans and the transgender community.
Check out a description of the series below, and watch the trailer on AOL.
22 years ago today, the first photo was uploaded to the web – and it was of an all-girl science rock band from CERN, signing about colliders, quarks, and antimatter.
Oh, and they were actually really, really good.
Anonymous said: aaahhh i feel like a big idiot can you please explain why macklemore's same love is bad?? all my friends say its rly good for lgbt and i dont want to be ignorant about it anymore
Hey, I’m in a bit of a rush right now so I hope you don’t mind if I just link you to some posts I made about it a while back: [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x] [x]. Sorry some of them are a bit rude, they were made in a response to some not very nice people.