Looking at vulvas

October 25, 2009 § 1 Comment

photo by Peter Lippmann

If I was still in New York City, you bet I would be at the Change  You Can See gallery for their latest exhibit Vulvagraphics: an intervention in honor of female genital diversity. Because honesty about female bodies is so rare, I try to gravitate toward it in attempt to stay sane and not lose complete sense of reality.

Vulvagraphics is part of a movement that counters the inaccurate and violent depictions and attitudes of female genitals that bombards us so subtly, pervasively and effectively.

The exhibit comes at a place and time when nearly all depictions of vulvas are deceptively homogenous– post cosmetic surgery, air-brushed, or drawn as hairless stick figure cartoons.  The exhibit features photos, drawing, videos and craft representation of vulvas from artists around the globe.

For your viewing pleasure, I have copy and pasted some vulva graphics below.

Oh, and also, here is an interesting article about the similarities between  female genital cosmetic surgery and female genital mutilation by Gbemisola Olujobi, a Nigerian woman who was “circumcised” as an infant.

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I hate yes men, but I love the Yes Men

October 11, 2009 § Leave a comment

On the last day of my New York vaca, I went on a date with Mike and Andy, aka The Yes Men; meaning I took myself out to a matinee screening of The Yes Men Fix the World at the New York Film Forum.

Mike Bonanno and Andy Bichlbaum have made a name for themselves as The Yes Men by impersonating and humiliating ethically-sloppy corporate and government representatives to generate public outrage and add perspective to the problems of today and the human actions that create them, meanwhile managing to create lots of laughs along the way.

In The Yes Men Fix the World, Mike and Andy pull off a series of stunts with humor that ranges from tragic and gross to absurd. At the butt of their jokes are corporate and government institutions who don’t get ridiculed enough for exploiting people and the planet in exchange for profit and power.

But the merit in this documentary is not in its wit or snark–although, be assured, there is plenty of that–but in its humanity. The Yes Men are less  intent on making a laughing stock out of  greedy bankers, Milton Friedman worshipers, Haliburton, Dow Chemical, Exxon and their likes than on guiding their audience to a new way of seeing. This film makes viewers think twice about who is the con artist and who is being conned; who is the liar and who is telling the truth.

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