I'm not singing like a little bird,
rather barking like a stray dog.
Johanna, 21, cis girl, pansexual, vegetarian, intersectionnal feminist, Strasbourg, France.
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Je ne connais pas l’origine exacte de ce slogan (pour le moins génial, disons-le d’emblée). Selon cet article du Monde, il vient d’une question posée lors d’une conférence féministe organisée en octobre 1978 au Centre culturel étudiant de Belgrade, mais le livre 40 ans de slogans féministes le fait remonter à 1972, lors d’une manifestation en soutien à des ouvrières en grève. Il s’agit évidemment d’une parodie du célèbre appel qui conclut le Manifeste du parti communiste: “prolétaires de tous les pays, unissez-vous!”. D’autres slogans qu’on pouvait lire lors de cette manif de 1972: “Le steak d’un militant est aussi long à cuire que celui d’un bourgeois”, “Je suis désolée, il n’est pas à la maison maintenant, il est à la manif pour les peuples opprimés”.
Il faut voir dans cette question provocatrice deux choses essentielles:
– le fait que les “prolétaires” sont, implicitement, des hommes. On voit là l’androcentrisme régnant généralement dans les luttes de gauche (cf. "Un homme sur deux est une femme");
– il s’agit aussi de prendre à parti les hommes hétéros de gauche en leur mettant le nez dans leurs… chaussettes, afin qu’ils se rendent compte qu’eux-mêmes appartiennent à une classe de sexe (dans le vocabulaire matérialiste) jouissant de privilèges et exerçant une domination systématique.
De nombreuses féministes des années 70 militaient dans les partis de gauche et d’extrême-gauche et des syndicats, mais, souvent, elles ne s’y sentaient pas à leur place. La théorie marxiste, notamment, subordonne l’émancipation des femmes à la lutte des classes, et les rapports de genre ne sont pas questionnés hors des rapports de classe. Comme je l’expliquais dans le billet sur "Le privé est politique", les féministes prennent conscience 1) que le politique ne s’arrête pas aux portes du foyer et 2) que les hommes de gauche refusent généralement de reconnaître l’existence d’une relation systématique de domination des hommes sur les femmes. Ce slogan découle directement de cette prise de conscience fondamentale.
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tHIS IS OVER THE COURSE OF TEN MINUTES OH MY FUCKING GOD
THIS IS AN IMPORTANT THING.
Ten fucking minutes.
So if we wanted to watch some French animation, what films would you suggest?
the Triplets of Belleville is about an elderly woman searching for her son who was kidnapped in the middle of a Tour de France race. It’s largely free of dialogue, but the sound effects and such are wonderful. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature—it lost to Finding Nemo.
A Cat in Paris is about a young girl and her cat who discover mysteries in the course of one night. It was also nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Rango.
Persepolis is based on an autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi about her early life in Iran. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, but it lost to Ratatouille.
the Illusionist is about an aging magician and an imaginative young girl who form a father/daughter relationship. It was also nominated for a Best Animation Oscar, but lost to Toy Story 3.
The Rabbi’s Cat is a story about a cat who swallows a parrot and gains the ability to speak like a human. It is set in 1920’s Algeria.
Ernest & Celestine is the adorable story about a big bear and a little mouse who forge an unlikely friendship. It was also nominated for an Oscar in Best Animated Picture, but lost to Frozen.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is a story inspired by West African folklore that tells the story of Kirikou, a boy who was born with the ability to walk and talk, who saves his people from an evil witch. The film was popular enough to spawn sequels and a stage adaptation.
A Monster in Paris is a 3D animated musical film that is reaaaaalllly loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera. It’s set in 1910 and is about, surprisingly, a monster that lives in Paris, and his love for a young singer.
The King and the Mockingbird is an 80’s film about a cruel king titled Charles V + III = VIII + VIII = XVI, who is obsessed with a young shepherdess, and whose attempts to capture the young girl are thwarted by a mockingbird whose wife the King had previously killed.
Those are probably the most famous of the feature length animated films.
But the animated short films are just as glorious. Here’s a compilation of a bunch of short films and I can link you to others as well.
Sorry for the long answer but I just really love French animation.
Reblogging over here. French animation tends to do better with diversity than Disney does, hahaha.
I should add “Le Tableau” which is really beautiful, especially if you love art. This movie is highly poetic !
"A château, flowering gardens, a threatening forest, here is what, for mysterious reasons, a Painter has left incomplete. Three kinds of characters live in this painting: the Toupins, who are entirely painted, the Pafinis, who lack a few colors, and the Reufs, who are only sketches. Considering themselves superior, the Toupins take over power, chase the Pafinis from the château, and enslave the Reufs. Convinced that only the Painter can restore harmony by finishing the painting, Ramo, Lola, and Plume decided to go looking for him. Throughout the adventure, questions will follow one after the other: What has become of the Painter? Why did he abandon them? Why did he begin destroying some of his paintings? Will they one day know the Painter’s secret?"
I would highly recommend Ernest & Celestine as the animation is beautiful, the characters are really moving and the story conveys a great message about love, friendship and oppression.
Another thing : have you seen how these amazing movies lost to american big productions ?
everyone has said and done problematic things in their lifetime. that’s a result of the society we live in, not necessarily a reflection of their character.
what is a reflection of their character is how they react to being informed of the negativity within their behavior and statements, and whether or not they choose to change their behavior.
Today one of my friends was dress coded for her bra strap showing and so she wrote on the gym shirt that they gave her. It reads “Dress Code: promotes the objectification and sexualization of young bodies, blames the wearer for the onlooker’s perceptions/actions, perpetuates rape culture, and is bullshit” On the back she wrote “You can’t shame me for something I’m not ashamed for”. It was really cool seeing all of the people’s reactions who saw it and I thought what she did was pretty cool.
YES YOUNG WOMEN STANDING UP FOR THEMSELVES
Something for my feminist theory class.
I’d love to see the reactions to this from a crowd. I can kind of imagine a quiet, solemn understanding from the ladies and a lot of confused questions from the guys… If my memory of art school serves me.
In 9th grade English we read Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Speak”. For those of you who haven’t read it, the author makes it abundantly clear that the teenage protagonist, Melinda, was raped, before the protagonist actually says it.
Our English teacher asked the boys in the class what happened to Mel. They came up with the most ridiculous answers. Every girl in the class just knew.
This just goes to show…
Not all men menace women, but yes all women have felt menaced by a man.
Every girl understands this because every girl knows the fear implicit in this image.
I don’t understand how all Muslims are called terrorists because of what one group of 19 extremist men did 13 years ago.
But white people aren’t called terrorists when they invaded their countries, killed millions of civilians, when they shoot up schools, shoot up movie theaters, and kill random POC. Isn’t that something.