July 22, 2014

The video for the Anthony and the Johnsons song ‘Cut the World’ was directed by hotshot video director Nabil and it reminded me of an obscure 1982 Dutch feminist film directed by Marleen Gorris titled, A Question of Silence. I have to believe that Nabil has seen this film and is paying homage to it.

The song lyrics evoke the question that is the basis of the film:

For so long I’ve obeyed that feminine decree
I’ve always contained your desire to hurt me

But when will I turn and cut the world?

My eyes are coral, absorbing your dreams
My heart is a record of dangerous scenes
My skin is a surface to push to extremes

But when will I turn and cut the world?

Both the video and the film show seemingly random and psychotic acts of violence by women against men, but these acts are not unpacked or investigated. There seems to be no answer as to why a woman would want to murder an ‘innocent’ man. 

But if you are a woman reading this right now, I imagine you know the answer to that question. And if you are not a woman, then the act likely seems inexplicable, unwarranted. In order to explain, I’d suggest you ask a woman about her life, what she has experienced living as a woman every day. Swap stories about commuting in subway cars or walking down the street or having a boss that calls you ‘sweetie’. Once you do a little digging, you might understand what Antony and Gorris are talking around, and you might even sympathize.

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Filed under: feminism film video music 
July 13, 2014
This was straight up the best super moon picture I could score. As condolence, it was taken shortly after a nice late night swim in the pool wherein one could marvel at the moon while floating on one’s back. #supermoon #abudhabi #uae #myweirdlife

This was straight up the best super moon picture I could score. As condolence, it was taken shortly after a nice late night swim in the pool wherein one could marvel at the moon while floating on one’s back. #supermoon #abudhabi #uae #myweirdlife

July 13, 2014
Quakers Are Running an Underground Railroad to Help LGBT Ugandans Flee

“We absolutely support those who are deciding to stay and fight for their right to be Ugandan and queer. We understand the passion for that because it is so very important,” [the Friends New Underground Railroad] website reads. “And, our concern is for those living in such pain and fear that feel they must flee to build a life for themselves. We don’t think this is the complete answer by any means, but it is part of one.”

This is what activism looks like—sometimes it is messy and it is always evolving, but that doesn’t mean the work is less.

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Filed under: news lgbt 
January 11, 2014

WHAT. A. GENIUS.

December 9, 2013
Morning view and the morning’s news. Abu Dhabi. 12/09/13. 9:45am. #abudhabi #goodmorning #news #love #coffee

Morning view and the morning’s news. Abu Dhabi. 12/09/13. 9:45am. #abudhabi #goodmorning #news #love #coffee

November 12, 2013

The New York Times magazine revisits a twelve year old story and checks in on five women who all began their careers as lawyers at the prestigious corporate law firm Debevoise & Plimpton. It is seven minutes worth watching. 

And it should be companion reading along with this piece that took a similar angle on the issue of ‘opting out’ of work: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/magazine/the-opt-out-generation-wants-back-in.html.

What does it mean to be an ambitious woman? What happens when that ambition wanes or gets directed to something other than your career? At point are you okay with your choices, despite the fact that our society may condemn them? And what does success as a woman look like? 

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Filed under: feminism work 
October 28, 2013
Worldwide currency found while cleaning my apartment. Nicaraguan cordobas, Mexican pesos, Sri Lankan rupees, UAE dirhams, Kenyan shillings, Indian rupees, Euros, Czech Republic korunas, Canadian dollars. #travel #money #richinothercountries

Worldwide currency found while cleaning my apartment. Nicaraguan cordobas, Mexican pesos, Sri Lankan rupees, UAE dirhams, Kenyan shillings, Indian rupees, Euros, Czech Republic korunas, Canadian dollars. #travel #money #richinothercountries

October 22, 2013
NYC via Williamsburg Bridge. 7:22pm on 10/22/13. #viewswhilerunning #nyc #nycskyline #williamsburgbridge #brooklyn #home

NYC via Williamsburg Bridge. 7:22pm on 10/22/13. #viewswhilerunning #nyc #nycskyline #williamsburgbridge #brooklyn #home

May 31, 2013
My mom in Montauk. 2013. #latergram #mom #beach #vacation #family #love

My mom in Montauk. 2013. #latergram #mom #beach #vacation #family #love

May 1, 2013
Me looking in a mirror after arriving at work after a night of too much fun.

Me looking in a mirror after arriving at work after a night of too much fun.