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Women come to discover feminism for a variety of reasons, some intensely personal and some less so. I’m a feminist because of my mum, the existence of the Child Support Agency at a crucial time in my development, the Tories, an incident that I cannot discuss for legal reasons and, you betcha, the Spice Girls. And despite what Dent might think, I’m not an idiot; I know that the whole “Baby Spice” shtick is paedo-y and problematic, and that aligning your feminism with a group of women who let Meatloaf drive them over Tower Bridge while it’s open makes you look like a bit of an arse. But I also know from the comments on this article that I am not alone. Like the author, I can still smell the limited edition Impulse Spice Girls fragrance from here, and it doesn’t half bring back memories.
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This state may be stronger than time in jail
The more arrests, the happier it is
Every arrest is carried out with love for the sexist
Who botoxed his cheeks and pumped his chest and abs
But you can’t nail us in the coffin
Throw off the yoke of former KGB!
Putin is lighting the fires of revolution
He’s bored and scared of sharing silence with the people
With every execution: the stench of rotten ash
With every long sentence: a wet dream
The country is going, the country is going into the streets boldly
The country is going, the country is going to bid farewell to the regime
The country is going, the country is going, like a feminist wedge
And Putin is going, Putin is going to say goodbye like a sheep
Arrest the whole city for May 6th
Seven years isn’t enough, give us 18!
Forbid us to scream, walk and curse!
Go and marry Father Lukashenko
Translation credit: @Russian_Market and Miriam Elde
“I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!…..
Don’t mistake me, I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.”
heh heh heh
This is perfect
This is a piece we really wish we had commissioned.
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Older women simply can’t win. And despite the fact that Madonna is a veritable goddess of excellent pop campery, she is, to her detriment, also 53. Which is about the same age as my mum. Now, I’m not suggesting that my mum should start flashing people in Buckingham Waitrose, but that’s because she’s not a multimillion-dollar recording artist under pressure to keep things saucy. Madonna is, and if she chooses to flash her half-a-century-old nipples, by God, I defend her right to do it. Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett defends Madonna (and her nipples)
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So imagine my horror on seeing a poster the other day for American Pie: The Reunion, a film in which the original cast reconvene after 13 years, presumably now in their 30s and dealing with kids and mortgages and paunches and OH SOD EVERYTHING. It’s a piece of nostalgia cashing in on something I was too old for first time around. That’s how you know you’re really getting old. That and the way your eyebrow hair goes all wiry and starts sprouting away from your face like its afraid of something, which to be fair it probably is, considering how knackered you look.
When you lose touch with popular culture, it’s tough to get back, says Charlie Brooker
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The Sex Pistols have declined an invitation to play at the London Olympics closing ceremony, pleasing fans who felt the band would lose all punk credibility by participating in the event (never mind those butter commercials featuring band member John Lydon and the use of Pretty Vacant to promote the bookmakers William Hill).
• With this in mind, tell us about the worst examples of pop stars “selling out”. Were you shocked when Bacardi sponsored Groove Armada's album? Did it sadden you to hear Thom Yorke on the Twilight Saga: New Moon soundtrack? Did your heart break when, in 2009, news came that Bob Dylan's song was to be used in an advertisement? Or is there an artist who has earned your respect by resisting the corporate path?
Photograph: The Sex Pistols. Cine Text/Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar
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What’s perhaps most threatening to grown-ups is that the children who are daggering are discovering, sharing and performing it themselves. This dance may seem misogynistic and emblematic of sexual depravity and coercion. However, beyond one case mentioned in Channel 4’s report, there is little proof that the girls in this video, or others like it, are unwilling dancers. Or that participants are destined for sexual assault. See the video Sophie Wilkinson is talking about and her piece where she explains why daggering, a form of dancing amongst young people, is nothing to panic about.