Wednesday, October 11, 2017

IT'S NOT ONLY HARVEY











It’s not only Harvey
it’s not only Hollywood
it’s not about “compliments”
it’s not about sex addiction
it’s not even about sex.

It's about the entitlement of the male gaze,
to stare, judge and condemn.
It's about the misguided authority
to tell women what to do,
even what expression to wear:
Smile! Don't look so serious.
At least that got a smile out of you. 
It’s about cat-calling
It’s about treating women like pets
like animals in a zoo 
like property
like vaginas
like breeders
like trophies 
or luxury toys
like nonentities.
It’s about POWER.

I once stood on the sidewalk 
with a large group of women 
(power in numbers)
and we cat-called all the men
walking past. 
We whistled and yelled: 
Yo, handsome 
Why don’t you smile?
Look at that tushie
etc.

Not one man looked pleased 
or flattered or complimented.
They all looked alarmed, 
uncomfortable 
and some, a little scared.
Because cat-calling is an assault.
Never a compliment.

There's only one way to get respect:
reject, report and LAUGH at harassers' suggestions.
Understand that "groping", "fondling" and "unwanted touching"
is SEXUAL ASSAULT/BATTERY.
Then lawyer up.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
Sexual Offenses Act of 2003
Verbal Harassment
Penal Code 243.4 PC, (groping)
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HARASSMENT, SEXISM, WEINSTEIN, MISOGYNY


Friday, September 8, 2017

ART inspired by BOOKS




Pablo PICASSO’s 1955 India ink sketch 
of DON QUIXOTE and Sancho Panza
was featured on the August 18–24 
issue of the French weekly journal 
Les Lettres Françaises in celebration 
of the 350th anniversary of the first
part of Cervantes’s DON QUIXOTE.
 
(Cover art by Gustave Doré)
Miguel CERVANTES, perhaps the only 
writer ever captured by pirates, 
wrote the epic novel
(EL INGENIOSO HIDALGO DON QUIJOTE DE LA MANCHA).
Part I published 1605 - Part II 1615, it
is considered the most influential work
of literature in the entire Spanish canon
and has spawned the adjective “quixotic”
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British artist Sir John EVERETT Millais painted OPHELIA singing before she drowns. 1851- 1852.
Oil on canvas. 
Inspired by Shakespeare’s 
play HAMLET.
William SHAKESPEARE’s
written between 1599 and 1602 and
derived from the legend of Amleth.
It is his longest and most
influential work:
who among us has not asked
at some point in our life
“Etre ou ne pas être?”
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Salvador DALI’s 
DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 
was based on Lewis Carroll’s 
ALICE IN WONDERLAND. 
One of twelve heliogravures, 
one for each chapter of the
book published by 
Maecenas Press - 
Random House, 
New York in 1969.

In 1862 Charles Dodgson, a shy Oxford
mathematician with a stammer,
created a story about a little girl
tumbling down a rabbit hole 
under the pen name Lewis Carroll:
Insipid Alice is a bit of a bore but
who doesn’t love the Mad Hatter,
the Queen of Hearts,
the Cheshire cat?
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** See also BOOKS inspired by ART **
 
art, books, painting, picasso, cervantes, Carroll, Dali, Shakespeare