Weekend Music, with Thoughts

Your weekend music is so late because I’ve been having conversations, and I needed to write post-length comments for a couple of them. The one I wrote on this thread at the Monster made me want to listen to this song, and reminded me that I needed to post weekend music. You’ll know the comment I’m talking about when you see it.

The version from the True Blood soundtrack is better overall, but I needed a live performance tonight, and the guitar here is exquisite at times.

If you want to learn something about the importance of concrete images and significant detail in storytelling, these lyrics are a good text to study. Almost as good as Margaritaville.

Our Feminist Friday discussion went very well today. I skipped Follow Friday entirely to give my attention to that discussion instead.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m attempting the A to Z challenge with The Writing Catalog. I almost pulled out earlier in the week, but Diana advised me to stick in, and I woke up this morning to discover that I have a week’s worth of content for Sourcerer that only needs a little editing and some images. So, we’re back to pop culture next week, and I won’t be doing much blogging over the weekend because I need to write for A to Z.

Thanks to everyone for your friendship and support. I am already thinking about the next discussion thread.


Feminist Friday Discussion Thread, Round Two

Diana, Gretchen of Drifting Though, and I have been talking about feminism and women’s issues since December. Last Friday, we invited our friends to join the discussion, and they showed up in a big way. This post will catch you up if you’re just joining us, and hopefully keep the discussion going.

We talked about it on Twitter for a week beforehand, and I devoted several posts to letting everyone know they were invited. This post will show you how the day went from my point of view. It includes links to eight bloggers other than me who supported this and helped make it work (it also includes one of the best live music videos ever posted on YouTube).

We did so well we attracted a couple of commenters who used feminism to attack the idea that we should talk about more equality for women. Their arguments were not very good. We responded firmly but politely, and I ended up banning one of them and writing a post about it.

He responded with a post of his own which I find too offensive to link to. Diana did link to him. So she could rip his argument to shreds. She did it respectfully, and was kind enough to actually engage in a real conversation about feminism on his blog. And then our friend Jolene of CreightonCreation really nailed the issue of labels and categories.

In the meantime, our new friend Vic wrote one of the most powerful posts I’ve read in a long time. It’s about what your life looks like if you’re born in Bolivia, and you happen to be born female. If you only click one link while you’re reading this, click this one. Vic has a couple of other posts in her archives that you want to read, and she doesn’t pull any punches with this stuff. Which is good, because it needs to be talked about in the strongest terms possible.

As of December, 2013, 66,oo0 U.K. women had been subjected to genital mutilation. In many cases, transported to their parents’ countries of origin to be subjected to it. Don’t even think about comparing FGM to male circumcision on my thread. If you do that, you’re not going to get the usual kind and gentle smackdown. You’re going to get the blogging equivalent of a black eye.

And here’s one that talks about rape in very stark terms:

The US fares no better. One of six U.S. women has experienced an attempted or completed rape. Yet did you know that in most states the legal definition of rape continues to require the use of physical force?

Rape is sex without consent. That can happen in all kinds of ways that do not require physical force. So, I think it’s more like one in four, and I think the laws need to change. It’s even worse in other parts of the world.

So, we’ve discussed the label to death. Let’s talk about issues. Here’s a question:

What’s the most pressing issue for people who care about equality for women? If you had to prioritize, what would you put at the top of the list?

I almost framed the question to start a discussion about rape, but I think it’s better this week to be a little more open with it and see where the conversation goes.

(Thanks for all the support, Alva, Rose, Hannah, Natacha, Ali, Holly and David. It’s much appreciated.)



Let’s have some music, and a couple of announcements.

As soon as I am done with this, I am adding Alien Aura’s Blog to the blogroll. And here’s Ali’s about page. I just realized you weren’t there, Ali. Thought I’d added you ages ago.

I’m working on another Feminist Friday post, and hoping to get it together in time to handle it the same way I did last week. I’ll post it early and I’ll go light on the Follow Fridays on Twitter so I can give more time to the Feminist Friday discussion. If any of this changes, I’ll let you know.

My post will include links to lots of things that were written this week. If I leave anyone out, I’ll include you as soon as I realize it. Don’t be shy pointing out omissions. This is a complex conversation, it’s going in a lot of different places, and I am not as prescient as I sometimes seem.

Now the music. I’ll discuss the band after.

Subdudes are tight. I don’t know anything about them except that I like several of their songs, and this is my favorite, despite the fact that I don’t really go in for the type of jazz they’re playing here, and despite the fact that they have other songs that will make you laugh out loud. I couldn’t find a live performance, but the slideshow does have its moments despite the weird scroll.

A little bird told me there might be a feminism post at at Destino tomorrow. Here’s her about page if you want to check her out.

Project Marijuana is a film deserves to be made.

Trip Ghetaway wants to go to Colorado and make a documentary film about the legalization of marijuana. Here’s Trip. I find him persuasive, and he’s right about what it’s like to make a documentary. You can find more videos at his Indiegogo page, which he hopes will raise the money he needs to get the movie done.

You can find him on Twitter @tripghetaway. Trip and I have a few things in common. We both started out developing photos in darkrooms, we have similar views on photography and working for free, and we both have connections to Texas.

Here’s Trip’s collaborator Tisha Cruzan talking about her military experience and how legalization would improve her life.

If you agree with Trip and Tisha, please share them with your friends and consider supporting Trip’s campaign.

Now you know I must give you some opinions on our insane drug control policy.

  • Marijuana should not be treated the same way as heroine and cocaine.
  • Marijuana should be available by prescription in the U.S. to every person who has a legitimate medical need for it.
  • States should be allowed to legalize it. States that don’t want to legalize it should still be required to make it available by prescription to people who need it.
  • States that don’t want to legalize should be forced to stop locking people up just for using it. The most draconian penalty for possession we should tolerate in any state of our great union is seizure of the stash and a $5 fine that can be paid by mail like a parking ticket. I’m for full legalization myself, but, you know. Democracy.
  • I think it makes more sense for medicinal marijuana to be regulated like an over-the-counter drug; and recreational marijuana to be regulated like alcohol and tobacco; than to allow an entirely avoidable black market to persist. Black markets warp the economy and breed violence. We know how to fix this one, so let’s fix it.

I haven’t talked about indie filmmaking for awhile, so you may not realize what a soft spot in my heart I have for it. My brother-in-law has an indie documentary in post-production. When I first met him, years ago, he was my sister’s new boyfriend. He was in the early stages of shooting and high on the possibilities. Now he has more footage than he knows what to do with, and no money to pay editors. One of our early social media projects was setting up a Thunderclap to promote his Indiegogo campaign.

We tagged 20 people at a time on Facebook, made personal phone calls, and spent weekends blogging about it. I created a page to explain Thunderclap to people who’d never heard of it. We twisted arms. We managed to get enough supporters for a small Thunderclap, and the continual conversation attracted enough attention to double the amount of money we raised in the last 10 or 12 days. We did this during the first month of our blogging careers.

You can see the final Indiegogo tally, and a trailer for Sam’s movie, here.

What I’m saying is, I understand what Trip’s going through, and I want to help him. If you’d like to see this movie made, let Trip know. Tweet to @tripghetaway and @Sourcererblog with the hastag #ProjectMarijuana. Or blog about this. Or share Trip’s links on other social media.

I’d like to watch this movie one day.