Bait a Hook

This song, Bait a Hook by Justin Moore, came out on the radio approximately a year ago, and ever since the first time I heard it, I’ve been completely outraged by it. The entire meaning behind the song is that unless a man is a rugged fisher, hunter, outdoorsman, macho, tough guy, he is unworthy of love and relationships.  This is just one example of how the patriarchal society is not just damaging to women, and the list does not end there.  Women are not the only ones who suffer and are victims of this.  Justin Moore, I lost a lot of respect for you since I heard this song.

And now, to introduce what’s happening next!

Many people judge feminists because they claim that the feminists are ignoring the men’s issues and are just trying to make it all about women.  While this is far from the truth, there’s no way better to prove this than to show it.  So I’m starting a new series of posts.  I’m not saying how long this will run for, but for the next period of time, I’m going to be covering the issues that men deal with in a patriarchal society and how feminism is for all gender equality, and not making women superior.

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My Weekend Off

So I failed my NaBloPoMo.  I made it 8 days, which I guess is decent.  Truth is, I had some stressful things going on this weekend, and it was occupying my brain far too much, and I’m trying not to mix my own personal issues with what I’m doing here.  So there’s that.  I will be getting back to it, and hopefully I won’t miss any more days this month, I’ve really enjoyed this so far, and I don’t want to turn back now.

Rape in Rocky Horror

Some people call me weird.  This could be for many reasons, but one of the reasons I’ve heard multiple times is that I get up on stage, dance in a corset, and do the infamous Time Warp in my Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast.  While many people call me weird for this, I don’t care one bit.  It’s one of the highlights of my current life.  I have met, and continue to meet some truly amazing people through this, it got me far out of the comfort zone I used to hide in, and on top of all that, it’s just a lot of fun!

Other than the weirdness factor, though, there is another issue that has come up occasionally when I discuss this with people, and that’s the subject of rape in the film.  If you haven’t seen the movie, let me give a slight summary of the scenes I am referring to.  There are 2 scenes that go basically the same way.  The man enters the bedroom of the girl or guy, dressed as their fiancée.  Things start getting heated up, girl/guy pulls the wig off, realizes who it is, freaks out, and the man then coerces them each into having sex with him anyway.  I have heard people talk about how they didn’t like the movie or they didn’t like that I participate in it because of that.

Let me first say that I am in no way trying to justify it or say that this is ok, but I do not think that it ruins the movie or the experience of going to see the show.  The man in these scenes is a sick, twisted, demented man who experimented with people’s brains, killed a man because of petty jealousy, and then later fed that murdered man to the rest of the people.  This is obviously not someone of sane mind.

There are a million reasons to love this movie and the show: the music, the costumes, the chance to get up and dance, or shout things out, or throw things in a movie theater, and the overall frivolity and sexiness of it all.  This show has everything!

In case you have never been to a live shadowcast of this movie, let me tell you a little bit about it, so that I don’t just sound like a raving lunatic.  A shadowcast is where the movie plays on the big screen at the theater, and a group of performers act it out along with the movie, and basically shadow it.  One of the other things that happens at one of these shows is audience participation.  The audience can dance along with the Time Warp, which is probably the most well-known song from the movie and has a specific dance that goes with it, the audience can also shout things out whenever they want, whether it’s something that’s a traditional “callback” or just whatever they feel like shouting, there are opportunities to throw different props or use different noisemakers during the show.  The audience can dress up in costumes if they so choose, or they can just come as they are.  It’s a great chance to get out with your friends and let loose for the night.

Now, I’d like to take a minute to dip into the sappy reason to love this movie.  One of the songs, and one of the main themes of the movie is “Don’t dream it, be it.”  No matter how old you are or what stage of your life you’re in, this is a great motto to live by.  You don’t have to settle for whatever you might think you’re stuck in.  If there’s something you have a dream of doing, just do it.  If there’s somebody you want to be, just be it.  Many people get into this phenomenon as a teenager or young adult, and this is the perfect time for them to hear and remember something like this.  But it doesn’t have to just be for teenagers.  From children to seniors, everybody can hear this message and take something valuable away from it.

So, while there may be a few points in this movie that I don’t agree with and that I have struggled with, there are also plenty of good aspects of the movie and the live show, and I highly recommend not letting the bad ruin the entire experience for you.

I would like to see what other people have to say about this subject, and if you haven’t already seen the show, I definitely recommend doing so.

Vote!

Vote!

Even if I had absolutely no interest in who’s running, who to vote for, or what happens to this country, this picture right here is enough for me. In the early 1900s, women gathered across the world and fought for their right to vote against all odds. They marched, they picketed, they were even arrested, just so that they could vote for who leads their country. For women now to see that and still not vote is basically throwing that back in their face and saying, “Thanks for all your stress and hard work, but I don’t want it.”

Now on to my next point. I refuse to see being busy today as a valid excuse. Whatever else you’re doing today, you can make time to enter a ballot. It is your right, your privilege, and your duty as an American citizen. And if that’s not enough, read about this woman who was in labor, and still stopped to vote on her way to the hospital. It pretty much makes your excuse invalid.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/woman-in-labor-votes-first-then-heads-to-hospital/

Separate Church and State

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house.  That’s what was happening with me tonight, so I found myself going to see the new Denzel Washington movie, Flight.  Overall, it was a decent film, but there were some things in there that I wasn’t a fan of.  For starters, the whole thing seemed like one big PSA for alcoholism.  Now, I don’t mind this being a theme of a movie, I understand it’s a big issue in a lot of people’s lives, so it makes sense that it would be a subject in films.  However, this whole movie was basically one big lesson on the dangers of drinking.

That wasn’t my biggest problem with the movie, though.  My main issue with it probably seemed like a minor thing to most people who watched it.  While working on the court case, one of the good things that happened was the lawyer convinced them to add “Act of God” to the official documentation.

Seriously?  They were actually able to get away with saying something was an act of God in a legal case?  Please tell me how they got away with that.  I know this is a fictional story, but I just can’t get over that.  In a country that supposedly separates church and state, the two are still completely attached.  Despite the fact that it’s fiction, I wouldn’t be surprised if something like this happened in real life.  This is, after all, the same country that has government officials telling people that pregnancy due to abortion happens because God wanted it to, so how different is that than an act of God being a reason in official legal proceedings?  With the GOP, continued control by churches, the never-ending fight for gay rights simply because people think it’s a sin, and the constant disputes over the religions of the presidential candidates, there is no separation, and this country is still completely controlled by the religious community.

While there is still the lack of separation, this country will always be in trouble.  Government officials will still be basing their decisions on an ancient book as opposed to what is right for the people, people will still be preventing others from their basic rights as citizens, and the country will remain torn and broken.