Like, what fucking movie did you even WATCH?
“Betcha on land they understand / Bet they don’t reprimand their daughters / Bright young women / Sick of swimmin’ / Ready to stand.”
I quoted that shit from memory and I GUARANTEE YOU I am not outside of the age range of whoever made this. And it’s not like I’m a “Little Mermaid” fanatic. It’s just basic cultural knowledge for being a human being born between 1980 and 1990.
The Little Mermaid is, as far as I can tell, a story about a woman who will do literally anything to get away from her terrible family, so she does, and she was right because (after a minor hiccup) everything is great even though for political reasons she still has to invite her dad to the wedding. Would like to see him come visit his grandchild, tho, RIGHT?
what does this even mean though? the first part I can gather, but the second?
Fair point! It has a kind of emotional resonance because I remember going from a devoted reader of the UK press to…
Didn’t Radiohead ruin British music writing (again) the next year, tho? And then American music writing? And probably a bunch of other countries’ music writing? (I mean Radiohead ruined MY writing for a few years!)
Latest Lonely Island is the funniest album they’ve ever put out, but it’s also the most “comedy album” of their three albums. Like, the last generation of SNL albums “comedy album.”
Rap music is so diverse in its themes, its style, its content but when it becomes a vehicle to be talked about in mainstream news, the rap that gets in national news is always the rap music that perpetuates misogyny that is most obscene in its lyrics and then this comes to stand for what rap is. Really its for me the perfect paradigm of colonialism, that is to say, we think of rap music as a little third-world country, that young white consumers are able to go to and take out of it whatever they want. We would have to acknowledge that what young white consumers, primarily male, oftentimes suburban, most got energized by in rap music was misogyny, obscenity, pugilistic eroticism and therefore that form of rap began to make the largest sums of money.
bell hooks, cultural criticism — rap: authentic expression or market construct? (via descroissants)
bell hooks kilin it as per ushe
I ask this every so often (this is more a reminder of it than a direct response to the quote), but what is the basis for the claim that suburban white males are a larger audience share of hip-hop than non-white listeners? I’m not saying it’s not true (though I’ve read this informal industry critique — “white Hip Hop fans were used to validate to skittish advertisers and even venue owners that Hip Hop is safe and non threatening” — that I think is interesting), I just want to know the basis behind the idea. A quick google reveals a bit of research that makes the “majority audience” claim and then cites a study that isn’t actually measuring white audiences for rap albums. But I’d be interested to hear from someone who actually knows about the industry/sales/demographics side of things.
Late to this nontroversy, but I’m kind of astonished that no one seems to be making the argument that Ms. Utah was making a good point and was a little tongue-tied about it. Look at the transcript of her response:
I think we can re… relate this back to education, and how we are…continuing to try to strive to… figure out how to create jobs, right now. That is the biggest problem in… I think, especially the men, are, um… seen as the leaders of this, and so we need to try to figure out how to… create education better so that we can solve this problem.
The question was basically: What can we do about the fact that women earn less money than men? The answer was “improve education opportunities for women.”
Now, that’s not exactly the question (I imagine the question was intended to mean that women in the same jobs as men get paid less), but then again the question as worded was a little weird: “A recent report shows that in 40 percent of American families with children, women are the primary earners, yet they continue to earn less than men. What does this say about society?”
So yes, more educational opportunities would probably lead to women earning more money, relatively, even if they may still be paid less than men doing the same work. But that’s not (exactly) the question that was asked.
The point here is that everyone making fun of Ms. Utah are simply wrong about the supposed incoherence of what she said. If I asked “is there any way to make sense of this statement” and you said “no,” I would assume the problem is you.
There is nothing in this response that obviously suggests she is unintelligent or even uninformed on this issue. If anything, she gave a mildly progressive answer — she could have argued that fewer women should work; that working mothers need the support of good fathers; that women need to “believe in themselves.” Or she could have invoked the Lilly Ledbetter Act or something, which would exceed the expectations of responses (and probably wouldn’t make the national news). What she said was: “Women need better education opportunities.” Even listening to it I immediately understood what she was trying to say. It was a perfectly plausible response, even as a semi-mangled talking point that she glossed over in interview prep (or something).
New !!!’s album part of the new genre “Music to TrekDesk To”
Because sitting about 14 hrs a day (when I’m not sleeping the rest) was getting me down :(
I life-hacked the FUCK out of my apartment today and now have not a single chair to sit on to do my work. There’s a half an old exercise bike where my office chair used to be and a NO CHAIR where my kitchen chair used to be. I put my computer on a box and stand if I want to work in the kitchen. If I want NOT to pedal or stand, I’ll have to
sit literally anywhere else in the house with my mobile technology it’s mobile technology you fucking idiot leave the house or something.
50,000,000 people who are wrong can’t be wrong!
“It says to me that I’m not the only one out there who is feeling this discomfort with Taylor Swift lyrics,” Beyer, 21, said in a recent phone interview.
“And then I asked myself, ‘should I maybe look at the lyrics again to make sure that my discomfort matched up with what she was saying? But then that question went away, and Feminist Taylor Swift was born!”
“a lot of the songs are either ‘I used to have a boy and I was happy, and now I don’t and now I’m sad’ or ‘if I had this boy, I would be happy.’ ”
That’s an actual quote. THAT’S AN ACTUAL QUOTE.