From the Awkward Turtles Facebook page.
Kara, I thought I would post part of this story I did that got killed, mainly cause I would hate for no one to hear this Kathleen quote and these crazy-moving comments by the campers!
I’m sure most of our readers know about Willie Mae, but for those who don’t, it’s about as 90s-Ideal as it gets, but the girls’ bands are so Now.
I talked to members of the Awkward Turtles and Le Saffire and then listened to their stuff online and they are great! Seriously, add them to your iTunes!
I tried to talk two of my honorary teen goddaughters into coming to the city for a week and going to the camp, but they both have summer jobs. Next year.
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i have been so, so remiss with any kind of posting, but feel inspired by meghan mccain, amy adams, meredith viera, stephanie birkett….and you for posting about them. when are we going to have a moratorium on women apologizing for having sex, or for looking like they might potentially want to have sex, or for having had sex once before, etc.? (didnt you write a really good nerve article about how it is normal for girls to want to be attractive to boys and vice versa, etc? can you post it?) very randomly: as you know, i have an obsession with britney spears’s song “blur,” which basically details the morning-after of an intoxicated hook-up. on the one hand, i like it because it seems really real–about the oops, i didnt mean to do that kind of sexual experience that lots of teenage girls can relate to. but on the other hand, i like it because it also seems like its not entirely a cautionary tale–its also about the kind of experience that teenage girls aspire to. it sounds like something you did when you were 18 and something you wanted to do when you were 12. maybe only someone as shameless as britney could sing about it.
I totally agree with you. And with that forgotten 90swoman Jewel. I saw the Polanski documentary on HBO last year and thought it was appalling how it insinuated that because Polanski has had terrible things happen to him, because the victim’s mother was a pushy stage mom, and because the girl herself had probably had sex before, that drugging her and raping her just wasn’t that big of a deal. Gross stuff.
I like what you have to say about Great Artists getting away with things the rest of us wouldn’t be allowed to. To take this to a weird place: It makes me think of one of my favorite 60s feminists, Valerie Solanas. Solanas is mostly known for shooting Andy Warhol–partly thanks to the awesomely 90s movie “I Shot Andy Warhol,” starring Lili Taylor, who was really great. According to various accounts, Warhol was a jerk to Solanas in a whole variety of patriarchal ways (yes, that’s right, I used the phrase “patriarchal ways”). Whether or not you sympathize with her, it’s interesting to note that she was totally demonized, put in jail and later in a mental institution. Most people don’t remember that she was an amazing writer: SCUM Manifesto is one of my favorite books of all time—hilarious, smart, totally prescient. Meanwhile, Norman Mailer, who called her “the Robespierre of feminism” for the attack, is remembered as a genius, not a sicko—even though he stabbed and nearly killed his wife. Louis Althusser, remembered as a genius—though he strangled his wife to death. Not to mention all the other 60s radicals that were bombing and shooting things. None of this is an exact parallel, of course. All I’m saying is: Men of genius seem to have a way wider margin for heinous crimes than women do.–Kara
Okay, back to work. Kara, I don’t feel like I have any sense of cause and effect. Like, I know Gen-X men these days are way more likely to help raise their kids and Gen-X women are way more apt to have careers. I know there was a kind of tension and bitterness and resentment between men and women in the ’60s and ’70s that just doesn’t seem to be there nearly as much. Katha Pollitt once told me in an interview that she was discouraged because her daughter was one of only a couple of girls who raised their hands when asked by a teacher who in the class considered themselves feminists. But I said, and I think, that if you asked a typical class full of students if men and women deserved equal pay, if men should clean the house, if no meant no, then you would see that the younger generations are completely, unblinkingly feminist. My personal theory is that the reason this happened is because of Bikini Kill Fanzine #2, old school Sesame Street, and the fact that latchkey kid-dom was lonely and we learned that we need each other. Who do you think got us here?