Tim Hawkinson - Mobius Ship (2011)
For the last three decades many Americans have puzzled over a system that gives an R to a movie in which a women is carved up by a chainsaw and an NC-17 to one that shows a woman sexually pleasured. From such ratings one might conclude that sexual violence against women is OK for American teenagers to see, but that they must be 18 to see consensual sex. What message does this send to the kids the MPAA presumably means to protect?
“You have to question a cinematic culture which preaches artistic expression, and yet would support a decision that is clearly a product of a patriarchy-dominant society, which tries to control how women are depicted on screen. The MPAA is okay supporting scenes that portray women in scenarios of sexual torture and violence for entertainment purposes, but they are trying to force us to look away from a scene that shows a woman in a sexual scenario which is both complicit and complex. It’s misogynistic in nature to try and control a woman’s sexual presentation of self. I consider this an issue that is bigger than this film.”
- Ryan Gosling on the controversy around the rating of his film ‘Blue Valentine’
Inside the Gorgeous Guts of Termites
Biologist Kevin Carpenter has a new exhibit at San Francisco’s Exploratorium featuring electron microscope images of various microbes (bacteria and protists) that live inside the guts of termites. Studying these wood-digesting bugs-within-bugs could help advance biofuel technologies and allow us to break down complex wood cellulose structures into usable carbon.
Plus, they’re pretty. Check out the full details at his website.
Most of my life, I would have doubted myself and backed down. Having public standing as a writer of history helped me stand my ground, but few women get that boost, and billions of women must be out there on this 6-billion-person planet being told that they are not reliable witnesses to their own lives, that the truth is not their property, now or ever. This goes way beyond Men Explaining Things, but it’s part of the same archipelago of arrogance.