Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Artist pushes boundaries in ‘rape’ film

An artist arranged for a stranger to come into her house and have what she described as a “self-orchestrated rape representation.”  It is called are you ok bob? She then filmed the encounter.  The woman argues that as she is watching the camera all the time this is different from rape victims usual demeanour. The artist writes that to choose to put yourself into this situation challenges the use of rape as a form of control.

I have had to sit with this for a few days thinking about the reality of what the performance actually represents. However good this clip and whatever it shows  as art it is not rape.  The man was invited to participate. It was arranged.  This woman was in control of the set up of this situation.  This alters everything.  The issue with rape is the lack of control, the humiliation and the fear that you may not survive.  This changes the dynamic altogether. To put yourself into the situation does not challenge the use of rape as a form of control because it is not rape it is performance art.  That is very different.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wicked Campers

Wicked Campers have had considerable bad publicity over the past few years about the misogynist slogans on their vans.  Some of their slogans are amusing but many of them are offensive to women and fuel an attitude of disrespect for women and girls.

In addition, if you drive behind one of these van with comments such as “save lollipops suck a dick” and have children in the van it can lead to difficult conversations that you might not be ready to have with the child concerned.  A grandfather  in Byron Bay was so angry about the slogan on a van in his local area that was constantly around he spray painted over it so his grandchildren were not confronted with this slogan on a regular basis.

While we would hesitate to suggest civil disobedience or copying him, it does seem a very good idea.