Saturday, March 30, 2013

Things I Love: Psycho Women!

As a society, we encourage girls and women to be emotionally accessible, and in touch with their feelings; we say that it’s an innately feminine trait. We say it, that is, until they have feelings that make us uncomfortable, at which point we recast them as melodramatic harpies, shrieking banshees, and basket cases
Tori Amos

In the media women who defy common restrictions and conventions have been labeled words like "crazy" "psycho", "bitch", "dragon lady", "harpie", "bossy", "ice queen", "dyke", "pushy", and "menstrual". I can't count how many times I've stood up for myself and someone has asked me if I'm PMSing. No honey, this isn't because I've got a hormonal imbalance this is because I've had enough of your shit.
In movies especially the "crazy" woman is the brown haired antagonist and she is usually poised opposite a pure, docile, blonde haired, innocent who just wants to bake cookies and be a good woman to her man.

Team Jolie, baby!  

The dark haired girl (of which 60% of the worlds population is) is poised as being a seducer, a witch, a Jezebel and is consistently thought of as being crafty and underhanded. How are we supposed to deal with that kind of horse shit?? Brunettes are by no way superior to blondes but theirs more of us so we shouldn't still have this stereotype running around.
I'm looking you Taylor "Public Enemy #1" Swift

This brunette/blonde dynamic doesn't follow every example but in pop music the woman that dresses differently or is trying to do something dynamic is labeled as being crazy as well. 

America's Sweetheart 
Crazy Whore
America's Sweetheart #2

I'd like to argue that these "crazy" women are just misunderstood and really determined and passionate in a world that forces women to choose to be likable instead of aggressive and direct. When I was a child I wanted to be Ursula because she had power and wasn't throwing away and risking so much to get with some guy she didn't even know. I liked Cruella deVille because she owned her own business, had some killer style and drove a bad ass car. When I see a movie I am 95% of the time attracted to the tough, brunette, bad ass who goes after what she wants and doesn't take anyone's shit. Unfortunately she is usually also the bad guy. 

HBIC's right here

Lets take a look at some of my favorite femme fatales from movies!
  • "May" - May is a bisexual  veterinarian surgery assistant  who has some social anxiety issues. She has a hard time adjusting to the disappointments that dealing with people can bring and comes to the conclusion, if you can't find a good friend, make one! That's what I call determination! 
  • "Misery" - Annie Wilkes finds her favorite writer abandoned in the snow and rescues him. Her isolation and loneliness gives her a bad case of separation anxiety. She is a character that represents obsession and the fear that creative types (including creator Stephen King) face, when they become very famous. Female fans have been known to go above and beyond what a normal person would call "healthy" behavior but are mostly harmless. There is definitely a fear in society of the power of female passion and love. 

  • "Audition" - Asami Yamzaki is by far my favorite on this list. For those who haven't seen the movie, it is a sort of twisted fable about the search for perfection and the consequences that brings. Asami is seemingly the perfect Japanese woman, docile, sweet, feminine, obedient and young, but there is something else laying under her perfect veneer. Asami is a typical movie monster, she inhabits the space of the protagonist (his emotional state) and psychologically torments him before things reach their climax. In a culture where men have tried to push the "perfect woman" type onto girls sometimes by physical means (in Asami's case a sexually abusive manner), how long before women react in an equally violent way? Is it hard to imagine a violent society making violent victims?

  • "Sunset Boulevard  - Norma Desmond is, hands down, my life's ambition. Who can forget "I am big! Its the pictures that got small!" or "I'm ready for my close-up Mr. Deville"??? Norma was a former silent film screen actress forgotten because of her age and irrelevance in a new film era (but mostly for her age, lets be real). Norma is the embodiment of a real fear most women in Hollywood and really the world face, that of aging and being thrown away. Is a woman no good once she gets past the age of 40? Useless once her dewy skin turns into wrinkled lines of sophistication? Norma was driven mad by a society that values women for their looks instead of their talent and wisdom.

  • "Snow White and the Huntsman" - The Evil Queen, as played by Charlize Theron, in this movie was given the most characterization that I've even seen given to this story book villain. The Evil Queen is a clear representation of vanity. That uniquely female sin of not only loving too much but loving ourselves too much. But in this movie TEQ is given a motivation, if a girl is raised to believe she has no power in life and must be used by the whims of men (unable to be financially independent or educated) the only power she does have is her looks, then her whole identity becomes wrapped up in how beautiful she is. This is real life for many girls. TEQ is a victim of her time and if she had been raised today she might have become a CEO or editor of a major fashion magazine.  

  • "The Devil Wears Prada" - Miranda Priestly is the not so subtle guise for Vogue America editor in chief,  Anna "Nuclear Winter" Wintours. Anna Wintours is another inspiration for my life, criticized heavily for being "cold", "scary", "emotionally distant" and "intimidating" but come on! She's the head of the THE top fashion magazine in the world. Vogue isn't just some penny saver given away at your grocery store, Vogue makes or breaks careers, lives, trends, bank accounts and Anna is in charge of all of that. You want her to smile? You want her to say please? Make jokes and make you comfortable? HELL NO. Anna has shit to do and making you comfortable is not one of them. Miranda, just like Anna is a woman burdened by intense pressure and responsibility. How many times have we criticized a male executive of not being "warm"? Exactly. 

  • "Kill Bill vol: 1"- Gogo Yubari is a Japanese assassin who has not lost her penchant for being kawaii and I admire that in a girl. If you got to kill people, don't forget to be moe girl! Gogo has an encounter with a drunk businessman who wants to have sex with her, she plays coy with him, before violently disemboweling him. She delivers a great line "Do you still want to penetrate me? Or is it I who have penetrated you?", a poignant line about sexual dominance and violence against girls. Gogo responds, similarly to Asami, to a society that coerces girls into being passive and sexually submissive in such an aggressive way and yet feels shocked when these women become aggressive themselves. Gogo maybe a sadistic, meteor hammer wielding school girl with a never ending taste for blood, but people still respond to her sexually. A remark that no matter what a girl does, no matter how loud our cries for help, all society responds with is "yeah but is she hot?"

The common thread in this is that these women usually suffer from some sort of psychological break or emotional deficiency that makes them react violently. In other movies male killers are just that, killers, they enjoy murder and kill for killings sake. Maybe the difference is that society can't accept a woman that is evil for evils sake and must find an excuse for her behavior  Also most of these women were killed or caught at the end of the movie, where as male killers often make it to the sequel (and the inevitable franchise) and society is restored back to a balance.

My belief is that everyone woman needs a little bit of both. The "psycho" woman is not a dark side to be turned away, rejected or killed, but embraced and utilized when you need a bitch to get shit done. And every woman has times where she has to be a bitch to get shit done.

Here is a song from one of my favorite "psycho bitches" Shirley Manson. #1 Crush by Garbage.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Wes Anderson for Prada's perfume 'Candy'

Famed director Wes Anderson has made three shorts for Prada with Roman Coppola, about the life of a girl named Candy. Regardez! 

Premiere Partie:

Deuxième Partie:

Troisième Partie:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Fashion Report: Olympia Le Tan

What do I think about when I think about, when I think about Olympia Le Tan?
A French autumn day, with the sun shining and a terrier at my feet, reading Hemingway day dreaming about getting a cafe mocha with a tall, dark stranger. The orange leaves blowing all around us and through my sweater, up underneath my silk blouse. Oh! Oui Oui!
The designer herself, a French dream! 

To say that her designs aren't completely twee is a bold face under exaggeration. Old books turned into clutches with hand embroidered (!!!) covers, 60's girl groups, and The Sound of Music are turned into literal inspirations celebrating the feminine and well-read.

Olympia is a self taught artist who learned embroidery from her grandmother. Born in London and raised in Paris, she worked for Chanel and then for Balmain, before starting her handbag line in 2009. Being a multi-faceted artist she teamed up with Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn and made a stop motion film inspired by her embroidery. 
A short film directed by Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn, hand made with love 
by Olympia Le-Tan.

Embroidered canvas book-clutch, with brass structure and Liberty print lining.

Embroidered canvas book-clutch, with brass structure and Liberty print lining.

Embroidered canvas round clutch, leather structure and Liberty print lining.

Tilda Swinton loves Olympia Le Tan!

Quickly gaining a cult following from celebrities and fashion mavens the world over, she expanded into fashion with a Spring 2013 RTW collection. Inspired by 1960's girl bands for her debut fashion collection she hired all black models and had a performance by, the ultimate '60s girl singer, Ronnie Specter

For Fall 2013 RTW she was inspired by the musical film "The Sound of Music".

In January 2012, Olympia Le-Tan was the guest designer at Pitti W in Florence. For the occasion she created a special collection inspired by Italian literature and cinema, which was presented at the Museo Bellini.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

DVD Review: Magic Mike (oh yeaaaaahhhsssss)

Put on a baggy t-shirt. Turn the music up loud. Lock the door. Grab your lotions. Cause you know what time it is....

Magic Mike review BITCHES!!!
oh yes. It's my honor, no, my pleasure to give you this review. One of the most pleasurable movies to watch of this past year and my guiltiest (but I don't really feel that bad) pleasures. 

God Bless America

The movie centers around a motivated, hard working young man named
Mike who does a favor for a down and out friend named Adam, who can't seem to land a job. He introduces him to his night job at an all-male strip club, Xquisite. Adam soon discovers that Mike is "Magic Mike", the club's number one performer. Adam, lured in by the ease of fast money and female attention agrees to join the club. But the world of stripping is not what it seems, fraught with violence, drugs, alcohol and dangerous women. It really is a simple "be careful what you wish for"/"fall from grace" type story, at its core. Take one young innocent plus temptation plus wise older mage type plus taste of death equals redemption, but the story isn't really about that. It's Mike's story and he, despite being an exotic dancer with a taste for bisexuals, is a vulnerable person looking for honest love and a way out of the business to start his furniture company. He falls in love with Adam's sister who shows him a life out of the endless party life that he has led. 

Now i'm not going to bullshit you. If you like sexy ass men shaking their be-thonged buttcheeks at you while also getting a story about a young man trying to do good, this is the movie for you. If you like more... meat... with your movies, then maybe its not for you. I came for the butts and stayed for the butts. I wasn't disappointed. Channing Tatum can dance like crazy and that's really nice to watch, if you like that sort of thing. I must admit I have been to a few male strip shows and this depiction of a packed club with screaming housewives waving fat stacks of cash at men who basically dry hump them is fairly accurate. It shouldn't be a surprise, since the screenplay was based on Channing Tatum's former life as a male dancer.  

The movie is by director Steven Soderbergh, who made Haywire, Contagion, The Girlfriend Experience (starring Sasha Grey, yes that Sasha Grey), oh and all the Ocean's Eleven movies nbd. He is known as being a director that is fearless and not afraid of experimentation and I think is one of the most underrated directors of our time (next to every single female director in the world). I would give one of his films a try since no two are the same it might give you a new favorite director. 

All in all, Magic Mike is a simple story about who you are versus what you do with penis bulges  oiled pecs and Matthew McConaughey in assless chaps. If you want a movie to watch with your girlfriends or a boy's night in, its a great slumber party movie. Light and predictable but plenty of pretty to distract you from it's heavy morality tale plot line. 

I give it....
Three Thongs 
Not the greatest but good enough to pause at certain places and masturbate to. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Being Single and Hating it!

Recently I had a conversation with a girl I follow on twitter about feelings like she will never find a boyfriend. It was one of those light-hearted, self loathing conversations that one has with a person when they genuinely feel distressed about something, but doesn't want them to feel uncomfortable. But I knew something serious was going on underneath our jokes.

Certainly most people at one time or another have felt like they would be alone forever, and in their hyperbolic anxiety, felt bad about themselves. There have been many times where I have thought about the prospect of never being in love and it made me fall into tears. Most of the people I know (people in their 20's) complain about never finding someone and I feel like they are being completely delusional. They are great people and if they want love and keep looking they will find someone. Probably within the next month or so. (*≧▽≦)ノシ
I am not going to lie, there have been times where I hated being single. I wanted someone to talk to, someone to tell me I would be okay, to tell me I'm smart or pretty. Someone to go to the movies with or to help me get home when I'm stranded at the mall in a thunderstorm. Someone to talk to at parties. Someone to share my hobbies with and tell my problems to. Someone to have sex with and get to know intimately. But these are all selfish fantasies and when I looked at them, I realized these were all things that I wanted from another person but could just get from myself, if I learned self-reliance.
For myself, I have never been in love and feel like I never will. I am just now in a place, mentally and emotionally, where I can handle this fact. Why is it a fact? Because I know myself. Firstly, I am a completely unconventional person in the way I dress and behave in a city where most heterosexual males are very traditional and small-minded. I am completely closed off and emotionally distant which would make most men turned off when they meet me. I am "complicated" (not in a cute, quirky Zoey Deschanel way lol) and make even getting to know me an ordeal. I have very high standards and (most importantly) I don't feel as if I have the emotional tools to love another person. These are choices I have made to make my life easier and I stand by them. So why do I feel so empty?

Recognize propaganda when you see it! 

Maybe its because we have been taught by society to want a relationship. Especially as girls, we have been force fed the Disney prince fantasy/Barbie & Ken romance since we were babies, and this is hard to shake. We have to reprogram ourselves to not seek fulfillment outside of ourselves. We don't need a person to make us happy, especially when that person may be using us or unreliable, you can always rely on yourself, right? See my earlier post about being happy while being alone
We feel like if a person doesn't love us, we are unlovable and that is not true. Lets flip it. We all know someone in a long, loving relationship who is a complete psycho bitch right? Well just because someone hasn't found out how lovely you are doesn't say anything about you, with or without someone you are still the same person! Still fabulous! (。’▽’。)♡
I'm not trying to discourage people from seeking out relationships but consider the fact that in most parts of the (at least western) world you don't need someone for financial assistance, to travel with, to have children with (hello artificial insemination!) or to have fun with

Being single has more benefits than being with someone.

  1. Come and go as you please! No one calling you asking you were you are!
  2. Spend all your money on yourself! No expensive dates for you!
  3. Masturbation! Come on, who knows how to touch you better than you! None of that awkward excusing and placating when they can't get you off. All you need is a locked door and some strong batteries! 
  4. Watch the shows and movies you want to watch. If I want to watch The Housewives of Atlanta marathon goddammit I'm doing it. 
  5. No one to tell you what to wear or that they don't like your friends or that they don't like your mom's homemade mac and cheese. None of that noise! 
  6. You don't have to do anything you don't want to do and you can sleep with whomever you want. 

And if I haven't convinced you yet. Listen to her Highness Queen Bee tell you all about it. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Fashion Report: KTZ A/W 2013

I'm convinced KTZ is part of the Illuminati. I know I shouldn't talk about the illustrious organization for fear of my life, but KTZ has me concerned. Short for Kokon to Zai, this brand started by Marjan Pejoski and Sasko Berzovski in the 1990's it has become popularized by many k-pop idols. And we all know how cult like they can be. 
Seen here on Our Beloved Holiness G-Dragon

Also on recent Illuminati inductee A$AP Rocky

KTZ had a showing of their Autuum/Winter collection during London Fashion Week and the looks are a-ma-zing. A combination of their usual black bespoken dark mass type wear (you know when you are doing a ritual sacrifice and you have nothing to wear) and edgy urban street wear. Mixing knits, leathers, and fringe in a way that looks less cowboy and more rock n roll, a route I've noticed few designers have thought of going. Blacks and whites were mixed in with golds, reds and a slightly tribal infusion of both, in geometric prints. Low brimmed hats were combined with pleated skirts, and with mixes of plays on volume with skin tight pants and oversized jackets. 

Take a look for yourself, before a certain secret society takes you away! 

Check out a video of their A/W 2013 collection at London Fashion Week!