"but feminism makes men uncomfortable sometimes"
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The owner of those cats died and their house is to be demolished in less than two weeks. The one on the one on the left is 14, the black one is 12-13. If they won’t find a warm home, they will spend the few remaining years in a shelter.
If you’re from Warsaw or suburbia (the cats are in Otwock) and you can provide a home for them, please call the number or write an e-mail from the ad.
If you’re anyhow interested in Polish affairs, you may know that 3 days ago, on our Independence Day, there was a march of right-wing citizens, which ended up in riots. You may also know that it’s a regular party here in Warsaw since 2010.
If you’re not, I’ll brief you in: every year since 2010, the infamous year of Smolensk catastrophe (in which Polish President and many other political figures in a plane crash), on our Independence Day, the right-wing politicians organize their own Independence March in Warsaw. People with conservative values have their right to express their views and organize a huge event. But not when they align themselves with fascist organizations and football hooligans, which was the case with this march. All three marches have resulted in riots, fights with police and left-wing activists.
3 days ago, the riots, although not the strongest ones (last year was worse), became the most controversial ones. The Russian embassy was attacked, changing the level from “local” to “international”; the hooligans tried to enter the squats with, among others, machetes and the squatters defended themselves with Molotovs; one of the streets in the centre was entirely demolished.
But this didn’t cause as much uproar as the Burning of the Rainbow.
The rainbow is a piece of art made by Julita Wójcik and, according to the artists, has no ideological message, it’s just decorative. It’s connected to ecoart. It’s been used near European Parliament during Polish Presidency in the EU and then put in Warsaw. Since that event, it was burned several times and rebuilt in the beginning of November 2013.
Why was it burned? Because when you’re an extremists, your brain is so washed, that you can only bear to hold one meaning to a symbol in it. For a right-wing extremists the equation is: rainbow=gays. Gays=everything wrong with the world.
So the hooligans burned it 3 days ago. Almost completely. Only few flowers (because the colors of the rainbow are made from plastic flowers) were left. To ensure that it burns well, the hooligans threw stones at the fire brigades.
(I have to note also that while doing all this mess in my city, destroying it, attacking normal people, and hurting officers, they shouted “Pride, pride, national pride”. Yeah, they consider themselves real patriots.)
Marcin Wziontek Photography
Some of the people that opposed the rainbow (thinking that it symbolizes LGBTQ moement), proposed that it should be rebuilt in Polish national colors to avoid the controversy. And, what scares me to death, their proposals are not ignored; they are treated semi-seriously.
There’s no question that the rainbow will be rebuilt in rainbow colors - that’s the element of the agreement between the city and the artist. But those people REALLY believe they can influence to change it. And what’s so wrong about that?
It’s a piece of art.
This is what’s wrong.
Let’s say your city has a museum. And in this museum there’s a painting. No matter what painting, but let’s use a famous one.
This nice painting is a piece of art by Józef Chełmoński and is owned by National Museum in Warsaw. It belongs to the state. So, let’s say that there are people that think there should be also a cat in the painting, because the lack of cat hurts their personal feelings or political and religious views. Let’s say there are a lot of them demanding it. Is it absurd? Would anyone take such a request seriously, even if there are tens of thousands of people on the Facebook page requesting it?
The answer is: no. This is a vision of the artist, a piece of art in itself and any government that wants to be considered democratic would never do it. Because that’s the freedom of artistic expression. You know who hid the unsuitable paintings? Nazis in Germany.
Drastic comparison? No, it’s not. Those people (who would be, I’m sure, appalled by being called a neonazi or a fascist) ask the local government to change a piece of art because it’s controversial and because their simple minds associate it with LGBTQ movement, although that wasn’t the intention of author. In fact, the rainbow is a strong Christian symbol: it was sent by God to Noe to symbolize their alliance after the flood. But reading that book is just too hard.
what’s funny about this if it were the other way round and a guy dancing with 3 naked/showering girls there would be a massive uproar about it
You know what funny is almost every single music video these days has females dancing half naked in it and no one actually bats an eye. It’s a social norm now. However when Marina does the opposite she has people call her a hypocrite. Since when are men above being objectified? It’s almost like getting a glimpse of what women have to go through everyday. Not nice is it.
but you dont fight sexism by being a sexist yourself……you think thats gonna teach them???
Marina created an alter ego - Electra Heart. She objectifies men through this alter ego to explore women’s roles in societies and pop culture. Electra Heart is all about being the archetypes of the sexual female and the archetypes of the bitch -pretty, sexually powerful, seductive, productive, etc.
So she isn’t really saying ‘I’m bored of being objectified, lets objectify someone else for a change’.
She’s saying ‘look what happens when the men are naked and I’m clothed. Look at how much power that gives me, how much control.” She uses the established norm of objectifying girls vs the casualness of objectifying men to point out its stupidity.
She’s trying to point out the differences between players and sluts, men with game vs girls who can’t keep their legs shut. Its about the double standard.
This is one clip from a video for one song from an entire album. The song explores female sexuality, and the archetypes of being a ‘home wrecker’. The rest of the album goes on to explore these themes in deeper ways, looking at the negative and positive.
wait they actually do this???? wtf Warszawa omg
Yeah, it’s the Independence Day in Poland and the right-wing politicians organize so-called “Independence March” which always ends with cars being burned and things being destroyed. Today the neonazis and football hooligans attacked two squats, Russian embassy, burned a piece of art (huge rainbow in one of the squares) and destroyed a lot of random public property. 5 policemen are hurt. More news here: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/us-poland-nationalists-march-idUSBRE9AA0N920131111