Can It Be True?

The Tea Party is winding down? Okay, let’s take a chance on feeling optimistic. I have decided against all evidence to believe that this winter will be mild. Let us know what you are foolishly optimistic about. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/koch-tea-party-arkansas-dark-money-afp

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A Vision Of Truth

I have been dithering about making an appointment with my ophthalmologist. Okay, Roz, I’ll make the appointment today.

http://womensvoicesforchange.org/doctor-my-eyes-the-ultimate-cataract-surgery-mix-tape.htm

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Pre-cataract surgery Roz.

Caught This Film Before It’s Gone

I didn’t especially care for Gillian Flynn’s thriller Gone Girl. I feel she can’t hold a candle to the mystery novelists Denise Mina and Tana French. These women are Irish and Scottish, and their mysteries have a real grounding in their cultures, the gritty side of their societies.

Friends took me to see Gone Girl, bribed me with dinner. I am easily bribed. The theater was so crowded, it was he opening weekend, that I had to sit alone, way up high in the single empty seat separated from my friends. I laughed in surprise. (I laughed alone, the men on either side of me, exclaimed, but did not laugh out loud at some of the outrageous evil surprises of the screenplay.) I forgot the book and was carried away by David Fincher’s direction. Ben Affleck is perfect, and that is something I never expected to say. An actor who is almost handsome, but not quite, totally lacking in charisma, a little clumsy… perfect. I recommend Gone Girl.

http://variety.com/2014/film/reviews/film-review-gone-girl-1201308847/

http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/review-gone-girl-20140929

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Powerful Editorial Cartoon

I came across a story of abuse in an amazing editorial cartoon, a cartoon that addresses the issue of abuse and in particular mentions the excuse that some abuse has cultural roots. If so, then your culture must be changed. You can’t use culture as an excuse. That excuse is used from beatings to genocide, and it must stop. I heard about this interview the other evening from a woman who was still reeling from the emotional experience of seeing Scott Stantis on Chicago Tonight. Thank you, Linda, for sharing.
http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/09/29/editorial-cartoon-shows-impact-abuse

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/stantis/chi-scott-stantis-essay-beating-092414-story.html

Scott Stantis

More Henri Le Chat

Plus Henri? Oui oui.

And here’s an interview with Will Braden, creator of Henri.

The First Women Of Modern Tech

You knew this deep down in your heart, but isn’t it good to have it confirmed?

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/10/06/345799830/the-forgotten-female-programmers-who-created-modern-tech

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A Different Look

Bub the cat couldn’t be more opposite than the other shown today. Is Bub part dog? Blasphemy!
http://lovemeow.com/2012/07/bub-the-toothless-dwarf-kitty-with-bulging-eyes-and-a-happy-face/
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A Graphic Novel To Watch For

A welcome addition to a feminist library. This graphic novel is available next week.

http://www.npr.org/2014/09/22/343149916/sally-heathcote-rescues-womens-suffrage-from-the-doldrums

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“Sally Heathcote: Suffragette” by Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot and Kate Charlesworth

http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781616555474?aff=NPR

And for more info: http://www.forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog/2014/directors-commentary-mary-talbot-kate-charlesworth-on-sally-heathcote-suffragette/

 

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“Sally Heathcote: Suffragette” by Bryan Talbot, Mary M. Talbot and Kate Charlesworth

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Great v Great

I thought I was the only person in the world who had thought of reading Tina Fey’s book along with Mindy Kaling’s. Okay, I was wrong. Here’s a wonderful, delightful and insightful comparison of the autobiographies of two great comic artists. Thank you, Marsha, for passing it along!

http://litreactor.com/columns/book-brawl-tina-feys-bossypants-vs-mindy-kalings-is-everyone-hanging-out-without-me-and
tina fey bossypants      mindy kaling

More From A Rampant Feminist

A while back, we posted Cindy Gallop’s TED Talk about her project Make Love Not War. We didn’t know about the Ted Interview from the same year. Until now. Enjoy.

http://blog.ted.com/2009/12/02/qa_with_cindy_g/

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