Feminists!! I am a female who once thought that she was a feminist, because she thought that being a feminist meant equality for women. Was I wrong? Yes, I was wrong - wrong, wrong, wrong.
I have become most unfortunately elbowed out of my complacency by my son Andrew's investigations into feminism, and it seems that feminism isn't at all what I thought that it was. I thought that it meant equal rights for women, and an attempt to put the rotten things like clitorectomies, child marriages, ironing of breasts etc in the "third world countries" to rights. No, it's not, & I am not now & will never forthwith be - a feminist. My son tells me that I am an "egalitarian", which a frigging feminist most certainly isn't.
I have heard & cringingly watched, some of the Youtube videos of so-called feminists that Andrew has watched & oh, the shame. Many of these women are fanatics who want more than equal rights - much, much more. It is distasteful to me, to say the least. However, I have never gone out of my way to watch that sort of stuff on my own because I'm not interested in the nit-picking of fanatics. Unluckily, the detestable feminist has encroached upon my territory now.
I bought from E-Bay a copy of selected short stories of Mary Wilkins-Freeman, an excellent late 19th century writer of fiction. These short stories had been selected by a feminist called Marjorie Pryse, in 1983. Marjorie Pryse had written an introduction to these stories, and an after-word, which was an essay/rant about the stories. By the way - despite old Marjorie's rantings & ravings, it is quite obvious that Mary Wilkins-Freeman was not a feminist.
The words & terms of feminist Marjorie Pryse, such as "sisterhood", "mother-love", "maternal men" (meaning, of course, men who merely did nice, kind things such as looking after another man who was homeless & very sick, or crying - things which I would take to be merely human). Anything & everything humane & decent that men did in these excellent short stories was claimed - by this fool Marjorie Pryse - to be attributable to feminine characteristics. What garbage!!!!!!
Any cruelty, vindictiveness, vanity, jealousy or negative emotion in women (& there was quite a bit even in these carefully selected short stories) was claimed to be "misogynistic convention"!!!!!
At first I felt completely alienated by this feminist woman's viewpoint, then I started to get angry, & later - finally - I found it amusing. I would read a story & think - how on earth can that dipshit find anything to say as a feminist propogandaist (?sp) about this story? I would go to the end of the book, to the afterword, and what would I find? The woman even LIED about the contents of the story to make it sound like it was all part of a sisterhood against the patriarchy. She - a reviewer - lied about the contents of the short stories in the very book that the short stories were published in, where I could read them very plainly, and then read how she lied.
For example - in one story she claimed that the patriarchy didn't like women being involved in "folk medicine". Folk Medicine??????? If taking down home-grown vegetables to sell in town, and at Christmas taking down wreaths, posies of dried flowers & a small evergreen tree to sell is Folk Medicine, or taking in half-frozen &/or injured birds & animals to help them is Folk Medicine (& not a single word in "Christmas Jenny" says anything about medicine - folk or otherwise), then I'll eat my hat!!!!!!
Oh, I could go on, but I'll start my next rant instead.
"Rammstein in Amerika" - the DVD. When I buy a concert on dvd, I expect to be able to watch it!!!!! I have purchased & paid for the dvd because I wasn't there in person, and I want to watch what happens on stage - to be kind of part of the audience, but in a very good vantage point. What is wrong with "Rammstein in Amerika", you ask? Jump cuts from at least 20 different cameras - jump cut, jump cut, jump cut, jump cut - all over the damned place. I can't watch it - it is too much!!! I get jump-cutted every couple of seconds, from a blurred green light, to a close-up of an audience member (annoyingly shown too much - the girl with the rotten bloody aquaish colored earphones around her annoying neck), to a very faraway view of the stage where you can't see anything, to a shot of the ceiling, and then - maybe a close-up of Till's face, then a shot of one of the band's belly, and so on. To sit and watch this dvd right through, doing nothing else, is almost impossible - for me, anyway. I know - I've tried.
I nearly cried with disappointment when I first watched - or tried to watch - it. I had spent my money on E-Bay and had so eagerly waited to get it, and then, the wonderful day when it arrived, and then sitting down happily, to watch it, and then....the woe & the rage. Infuriated - absolutely infuriated.
Why? Why, "Done & Dusted"? Why?
On stage, Till even sets a man on fire, but do we get to see this rather exciting event clearly? Do we get more than a split-second glimpse of the (what looks like - if you keep your eyes absolutely riveted to the screen awaiting that split second) wonderfully gleeful, horrfied, shocked & delighted look on Till's face? Oh no, that would be too much to ask. One would think that setting a man on fire - even though it's undoubtedly a stunt man, and part of the show (which is what I paid my bloody money to watch!!!!!), is worth a bit more than a flit round the various camera views, so that I barely get to see it, let alone actually watch it.
Damn that stupid company "Done & Dusted" - they ruined what was - as far as I can tell - a good concert.
The only thing to do is to have it on the tv and do something else, so that you don't watch it, because it is unwatchable, which goes against the whole idea of DVD's. If I wanted to listen to it only - well, I can, because I have all the songs on CD's.
Am I bitter? Yes, I damned well am. Why? Well, a thought could be spared for the unwell who cannot go out much, & who buy frigging DVD's because they can't travel overseas or even out of the state (let alone the country) to go to concerts. We rely on DVD's for this!! I don't think that it's only the physically disabled like myself who might find this concert unwatchable either. A DA friend told me that the general rule of jump-cuts is that if you notice them, then they're not being used right. Do I/we notice them here? Yes, yes, yes - in fact, it's impossible to avoid noticing them!! Talk about intrusive!!!!!! My eldest son can only stand watching it for a few seconds. As he says, he wants to watch the band, not the audience, not the stage from way back in the farthest reaches of the venue (Madison Square Gardens - a place in New York), and not the pretty lights made "artistically" into blurs.
Rammstein put on a show - a show!!!! It is not merely a concert, it is an event, a live performance - they are performers, and their concerts are theatre - operatic - involving acting. I want to see what the hell they're doing!!!!! Even bloody WWF/WWE wrestling showed us better footage of the wrestlers when they were at the oh-so-bloody-famed Madison Square Gardens (which is the only other time I've heard of the bloody place). I must say here, that wrestling - WWF - does have excellent camera-work - truly excellent.
"Done & Dusted" could learn a great deal from the way that the WWE/WWF camera operators edit their camera shots. And especially since I read that Rammstein might not release any further cd's for quite a while, but release dvd's instead. I nearly cry when I think about how I will most likely not buy those DVD's merely because of the poor, shoddy camera work that Rammstein no double pay a ton for (or is the fault of the editors & cutters at "Done & Dusted?). I want to see the concert!!! I want to watch the concert!!! I can hear it quite well - the sound quality is superb, but the visual aspect is as warped as the glasses that the feminist Marjorie Pryse wore to read poor Mary Wilkins-Freeman's excellent work through.
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