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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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10th-Jun-2011 07:23 am
5 days! And he's out of contact through Sunday night. *twitch*

Happy birthday to miss_lisa_ma!

State of the 'Song
Early to bed and slept through the night, so I appear to be functional today yay.

*pause button*
Nyargh that the timeline on my stressors getting dealt with has been pushed back. There's forward momentum in a big way, but really I just want to fast-forward to the part where things are dealt with already.

Make with the clicky!
I am so late on this; it got lost in the Wiscon shuffle. (Got down to Inbox 29 yesterday, and most of that is writing to-dos, BARCC volunteer stuff, Blogathon stuff, Strowler stuff, and things that require lots of attention.)

Kristen says: "I was hoping that you might be able to post a link to the youtube video of our first dance which was to Rock Lobster. http://youtu.be/Dt0byr971gs We owe my in-laws back for part of the wedding budget and if we get enough views we can apply to youtube to put ads on our videos and maybe make money through that (I have a chronic illness that makes it impossible to work and my husband's a phd student). "

Here you go! So make with the clicky, y'all! (It really is a cute video, too.)

Link Soup
* Possibly the definitive post on Rihanna's "Man Down" video. (TRIGGER WARNING on the video.)
* New Interfictions Zero essay!
* Yay Weird Al!
* Wired discovers bronies. [h/t bluegargantua.]

Daily Science
A big surprise from the edge of the solar system: magnetic bubbles.

(Not time for Friday memeage.) Work today, tabling for BARCC at the Pride Parade tomorrow, last-minute house stuff on Sunday!
10th-Jun-2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
The only thing which seems sfnal to me about "Man Down" is a woman being as happy and secure as pre-rape Rihanna. I don't think it makes sense as world-building-- if she's possible, the world would need to be different.

I suppose it could be read as her fantasy of how good life was before she was raped, but I don't want to read it that way.

So I figured, what the hell.... I'll look at what other people have said about it... Pretty neutral here, except for "He moves gently, showing only a hint of force when he grabs her wrists and pins them against the wall." Which, considering that it's a very mainstream venue, suggests that I'm not being too bleak in seeing the way pre-rape Rihanna is shown is something extraordinary.

The comments here seem to be more favorable to Rihanna and her video than not. Favorable review at Ms which points out that revenge fantasy for men is a staple.

To my mind, it isn't much of a revenge fantasy-- not when all she's got is regrets for killing him.


My Little Pony fandom in a high majority male venue.

Edited at 2011-06-10 03:49 pm (UTC)
10th-Jun-2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
I don't know if this has been said before in the "Man Down" discussion, but the vigilante women theme has been dealt with before in country music -- for a recent example, see Miranda Lambert's "Gunpowder and Lead". Not about rape per se, but definitely about revenge for domestic violence.

The actual music video is not online, so here's a fan-made one to the song: here.

This isn't the only (relatively) recent country song with this theme (girl kills bf/husband for cheating, violence against her, etc.) and I never heard of any controversy when this was done in country music. And I wonder what this says about this theme and race, racism, culture, etc. (I can't think of a country song that was explicitly about rape, though.)

And Miranda Lambert's got no regrets, in this video or this other one about arson: here.

Edited at 2011-06-10 10:06 pm (UTC)
11th-Jun-2011 06:23 am (UTC)
Another possibility is that it takes an effort of will and/or an ideology and/or inspiration to oppose the mood of a work of art.

Rihanna presents killing the man who raped her as a bad, regrettable thing, so the audience goes along with her evaluation.

The C&W songs (thanks for the links) are cheerful and high gusto, so the audience reacts as though revenge is fun.
10th-Jun-2011 10:12 pm (UTC)
And even older in country music is this one by the Dixie Chicks: here.
11th-Jun-2011 05:40 pm (UTC)
On a far different note, Watchponies:

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