Sunday, March 6, 2011

Shock Value

I love shock. I love creepy. I love the slightly grotesque. I love riots. I love scary girls. You know those girls; the ones who aren't afraid to get in your face. The girls who aren't afraid to say what is on their mind. The girls who aren't bound by etiquette. I think I find humor it. And I get bored with normalcy. Which, I think is why I think Lady Gaga is hilarious and brilliant, and why I love Bikini Kill. Bikini Kill constantly shocks me with their lyrics, and I love that. I often find myself thinking "You can't say that in public." And they do. And it's awesome. And I'm going to pass it along.

Lyrics to "Blood One" by Bikini Kill.

A-E-I don't owe you nothing
Nothing, Never
I don't fit into yr dumb words
Language is memory pushing thru my skin
Bloody memory that filters everything
Blood is One
Hate is Two
My Pussy is Three, 3
That makes you for

Peace, Love and Equality
Your terms
I don't fit into those words
Yr alphabet is spelled with my blood
Yr alphabet is spilled with our blood
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah
I don't understand
I don't understand

Thoughts on Ministry

Instead of “Feed the poor”, it’s: Don’t be gay, don’t be a democrat, don’t have sex, don’t strive for the church to expand the four walls. If church is everywhere how will you get paid? Fight for another paradigm.

Thursday, February 17, 2011


I have conflicting thoughts on Nicki Minaj. Of course I love a diva that comes out and says "Imma bad bitch" and can throw down on the mic in a community full of men. However, I think Jasmine Mans REALLY throws down on the mic, and captures a moment of conflicting thoughts on Nicki Minaj. I think that Jasmine isn't trying to hate, but is just trying to say "wake up."

They are trading you paper, in exchange for you to be plastic.
I dreamt, that you used to back-pack the lost rhymes of female MC's.
'You da bestest'... But I know that your spine binds on crooked lines and you can't seem to write a rhyme for your broken daughters.
Do you know what this media is trying to do to you? The will porcelain barbie doll the shit out of you. Leave you loose-necked, hanging from Zion....they will Lauryn Hill you.
Barbie...stop spittin' me 'toy stories'.
You're going to have to come a little harder for rap. Too many female MC's have laid down tracks, U.N.I.T.Y. so you wouldn't have to record on your back.
Crown, Vagina, and Womanhood all sold are being stabbed in your back.

Friday, February 11, 2011

After thought....

After looking at the things I post....videos, images, ect...I have come to realize that I do everything I do with a THICK sense of humor. Trying to figure out if I am using humor to make my point...or cope with the reality of my point. Maybe both?

My life in pictures

Every time I find a visual, a cartoon, or a picture that I like or am drawn too, I save it on my computer. Here are some from that insight in to the crazy mind of rebelgirlelectric. This should also be titled: "Why I really should have a tumblr instead of a blogspot."

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Funny Stories from the 90's

Kathleen Hanna tells a funny story about the 90's, and cover's "Smells like Teen Spirit"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Feminist Bookstore!

This will be hilarious for anyone who is a feminist with a painfully dry sense of humor. Otherwise, you might be a little lost! haha

"This box....these little me, that's not the way women think, you know what I mean? This is the way men think. This is about putting us in a box."

"It is. Totally."

Biblical women and feminist spirituality

My sister sent this to me, and I LOVED it. It is a history channel special called "Banned from the Bible" and it tells stories that were, you guessed it, banned from the bible. I watched the whole thing, but this was my favorite. It was about a woman named Thecla, who chose to follow Paul's teachings about celibacy. Which, in my opinion, given the historical context, was a feminist way of achieving autonomy over ones body.

The story is that this guy wants to marry her and she says no, and is sentenced to death. I am assuming that there were probably arranged marriages....and clearly there were FORCED marraiges, whether prearranged or otherwise. Thecla refused to marry someone, and subsequently have sex with someone she didn't want to have sex with, otherwise known as rape. Thecla refused to be raped, and asserted her right to live an independent and autonomous life. (On a side note, do you think Thecla did this for spiritual reasons? Or perhaps for political ones? I think it could swing either way. Perhaps Paul's teachings were simply convenient for her. I wouldn't want to be forced into marriage with some creep-o either!) Okay, so then because she refuses, they sentence her to death and throw her into a den of lions. Then, the female lions, instead of attacking her as planned, lay at her feet and protect her. Oh --Well hello ecofeminism! Nice to meet you.

So she is saved by the She-Lions which is awesome, and she is on her merry way with Paul, and then ANOTHER dude wants to marry her, she refuses, and is sentenced to death. Again. This time they are going to burn her at the stake. God sends rain to squelch the flames and she is saved. God clearly has this girls back! So the people are pissed and decide to throw her into a shark tank. (P.S. this is all VERY Dr. Evil, ya know? Like, stop missing around and plotting these elaborate schemes, and just kill her already! You don't need freaking sharks with freaking laser beams attached to their freaking heads.) Thecla had asked Paul a while back to baptize her and he told her no. I know, RUDE. So, knowing she is about to die....this badass bitch baptizes HERSELF. That is some radical feminism right there. And God approves because then he sends lightening bolts to kill the sharks. Brilliant.

First, I have my doubts about whether the bible really is the inspired word of God. In fact...I'm going to just come out and say it: I have A LOT of doubts about it. I have been told by numerous spiritual leaders that you can't "pick and choose" what you want to believe out of the bible, because everything in it is 100% true and are God's breathed words written down via men, and that you either believe ALL of it, or NONE of it. (Which, regardless of how I feel about the subject itself, I refuse to play into this bogus, binary, dichotomous "all or none"/"black or white" bullshit that people try to pull in order to make a point) It was still written by a bunch of dudes, and the it contains a lot of violence, sexism, and horrible things that I just don't believe God would ever promote -- which is one of the reasons I LOVE this story. Even though PAUL, one of God's main guys, refused to baptize Thecla (in essence he caved to the social standards of the times) God still clearly approved on Thecla being baptized, but also approved that she did it to herself! Showing me that a lot of these guys who participated in writing the bible, while they may have been spiritually enlightened in some regard, were still susceptible to falling short of perfection, and following societal norms and the status quo. If this is true, than isn't it possible that the bible's words aren't EXACT truths, FROM God? That perhaps man made a few mistakes? I think that is a pretty valid concern. In fact, I REALLY hope that I am right about men making mistakes...because it would make the bible and religion make a lot more sense to me.

Now clearly, this story could be totally fabricated and made up (Although I think the History Channel is a pretty decent source)...but I suppose the stories from the bible could be too, right? My point is that this is a RAD story, and that I often think about if I believe what the bible says...


Links to awesome things:

1. Amazing article that shouldn't be missed! I really enjoyed it. Usually I am the queen of skimming articles, but this one was awesome. Long, but totally worth the read! Talks about Joan of Arc and connects it to the recent Arizona shootings. Read at Tiger Beatdown.

2. Pat Robertson called and wants his religious shtick back. Cindy Jacobs says that all those birds that died in Arkansas are because the government repealed DADT and God was P.O.ed! Livin' in YIKESTOWN. Speaking of yikes-town, can we just talk about that unfortunate jacket????

3. News from a tiny green island from across the pond: A. Boots now will offer the morning after pill without a prescription. B. Ireland might elect an openly gay president.

4. THIS is adorable.

5. Courtesy of Nikki G -- "Women laughing alone with Salad."

Monday, January 10, 2011

Hans SIGHger

That's right. I'm getting local. I think it's a lot easier to write about someone you will never meet. I actually have a pretty high chance of running in to this guy at Top Foods. Or perhaps a Puyallup favorite, Bumpy's. I would buy him a "Touch Down"- another Puyallup favorite...because I love this community too. But here goes nothing...all things I would probably say to his face:

Listen...I'm sure Hans Zeiger is a nice guy. In fact, I met him once--He came to my door and handed me a flier and seemed very friendly and warm. He is 25, and unseated an incumbent for the State House of Reps. In all sincerity, that is really amazing. He also already has a masters degree, and is clearly motivated. Besides just not agreeing with his political views in general, I took issue when, after I heard all his talk about building community and how much he loves Puyallup and such, I heard that he said this:

"One might wonder why the Girl Scouts have been spared the painful attacks that have been launched upon the Boy Scouts by the Left in recent years. The reasons are simple: the Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. … If the Girl Scouts of America can’t get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.”

And then didn't exactly refute it. He basically just said he was young, and then said: "Zeiger told me he still believes the Girl Scouts have strayed from their roots, but notes that isn't likely to come up if he becomes a legislator."  
 No apologies to Girl Scouts, homosexuals, atheists, pro-choice activists or feminists. Just simply, "That won't come up if I'm a legislator." YEAH--Thank Goodness it won't. This is what I hear: "Community is *So* important to me! Welcome to our lovely Puyallup Community! Unless you are queer, have different political and/or religious beliefs than me, then you don't have 'real character' and thus we shouldn't include you." (I understand saying things when you were younger that you don't believe me. I was heavily involved in church and when I was younger expressed that I didn't think gay marriage was "right", something which I truly regret thinking and speaking aloud. The problem I have with Zeiger is that he didn't apologize. I will tell anyone about my past and how I have changed my way of thinking, and I have apologized to homosexuals I didn't even know when I was younger because I felt so bad for blindly accepting what the church told me as truth.)

So needless to say, I'm not a fan.  

So then there is this absolutely glowing piece in The Herald the other day about how great and wonderful he is. So the article is going on and on about how great he is, and then it ends with him saying that his "Goals in life are to write a book about the history of Puyallup and to marry a beautiful woman."


Really? That is your goal? Smart woman? Sassy woman? Woman who makes you a better person just for knowing them? Woman that expands your views and horizons...possibly about controversial topics about women's rights that you might not have thought about? A woman who can be your political/academic partner who can help you and encourage you?

Nope. Just a pretty one.  

Now, I am probably being a bit nit-picky, but that quote just made me really frustrated because this guy is supposed to be representing me, and he clearly isn't, but yet he is talking about "community." To me that says "I'm going to create a community in which you are not involved and you can just stand there and be pretty."

Sunday, December 12, 2010

The personal is political

Kavita Ramdas- "Maybe this is because feminism, unlike almost every other social movement, is not a struggle against a distinct oppressor -- It’s not the ruling class, or the occupiers, or the colonizers. It’s against a deeply held set of beliefs and assumptions that we women far too often hold ourselves. And perhaps this is the gift of feminism --that the personal is in fact the political. So that as Eleanor Roosevelt said once of  human rights, the same is true for gender equality. That it starts in small places. Close to home. On the streets yes…but also in negotiations at the kitchen table. And in relationships between lovers and parents and sisters and friends.  "

Watch HERE

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

"Let's have some fun, this beat is sick, I wanna steal your secrets with my memory stick"

"WASHINGTON – The young Army private suspected of stealing diplomatic memos and feeding them to WikiLeaks may have defeated Pentagon security systems using little more than a Lady Gaga CD and a portable computer memory stick"   


Memory Stick???? More like disco stick of secrets! Here's more: 


"He told the computer hacker who later turned him in that he lip-synched along withpop singer Lady Gaga's hit "Telephone" while making off with "possibly
the largest data spillage in American history."

Best of feminist blogosphere for the week

1. interview with Beverly Guy-Sheftall. HERE.
2. New Study about rape in South Africa. (Scary!) HERE
3. Sarah Palin, Riot Grrrl (I found this article humorous and interesting, but I don't necessarily agree w/ it) HERE
4. Student protestors in England. + the most hipster hair I've ever seen. HERE
5. Anderson Cooper calls bullshit on the censoring of Tina Fey. HERE