The Daria Perspective

April 18, 2015

March Playlist

In March I discovered the film Pump Up The Volume, written By Allan Moyle and starring Christian Slater and Samantha Mathis. 

The film is based around a reclusive, introverted teenager called Mark who anonymously begins a pirate radio station discussing a wild array of teen angst problems and pretending to beat off on air. As the film progresses, and his radio show grows in popularity amongst his school peers, he begins to reveal many of the flaws and inequalities that are rife within his school, which draws the attention of the corrupt school principle, and also the police. 

Pump Up The Volume was one of the most inspiring and motivating films that I have seen in such a long time and it really resonated with me because, instead of just being another film all about teen angst, it was created to empower the teen demographic. 

It strove to give teenagers a voice in a time of their lives when it seems that we are powerless.  

In addition, it has an incredible soundtrack. Everybody Knows has been on repeat in my car for weeks now, no joke. 

Check out the trailer and the soundtrack below, and let me know if you have any film suggestions for me, I would love to check them out.




April 15, 2015

Catcalling

This video was spurred by the comments that I saw on the video Ten Hours of Walking in New York City As A Woman, which, more than the video, impressed upon me the seriousness of catcalling (more correctly referred to as street harassment) and the way that people disregard it, instead of viewing it for what it really is; a form of violence that is not only inherently objectifying, dehumanising and dangerous in itself, but also characteristic of a serious underlying social issue.



Summary of the main points that I make:
  • Catcalling is a misogynistic expression as it directly results in the woman being catcalled feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. 
  • Catcalling is objectifying and the first step in initiating and justifying violence against a person is dehumanising them; catcalling achieves just this.
  • Saying that catcalling and other forms of sexual violence are provoked by women's clothing is tantamount to saying that men have uncontrollable sexual / violent urges, and as it is a part of men's nature, it is therefore excusable.
  • Catcalling is the normalisation of misogyny and the everyday expression of it. 
  • Ultimately, catcalling (as with many 'women's issues') is not a women's issue,  it is not a problem for women to solve, because women are not the perpetrators. It is time for men to take responsibility and ownership of their own actions, join the feminist cause, and end catcalling.
Below is the video, Ten Hours of Walking in New York City As A Woman, followed by just some of the comments I found on the first page of the comments (this video received an extraordinary amount of hate), all of which are perfect examples of the way in which misogyny has been normalised in society.

Note: Unwanted, inappropriate attention is harassment. If the men in this video wished to legitimately compliment her, they would have done so in an appropriate setting, in an appropriate way. Catcalling is never respectful, if it was, it wouldn't be catcalling.













March 08, 2015

February Playlist

February's playlist is filled with darker, moodier songs from some of my all time favourite artists. 

I highly recommend checking out other songs from these artists as some of them, such as Marilyn Manson and Iron Maiden, have highly popularised negative/incorrect stereotypes about their music due to their outward aesthetic, and this means that people can be driven away from ever even listening to their music. Its such a ridiculous phenomenon, I have actually had to force people to listen to Marilyn Manson before as they refused because they couldn't get over his appearance/ they refused to believe that someone who dressed like Marilyn Manson could ever be so intelligent and creatively wonderful. I think that's part of the reason its so important for people like Marilyn Manson to keep doing what they're doing, so that people are really pushed to think about why they judge others on face value, and understand the importance of why these artists, who are incredibly intelligent people, dress the way they do; challenging the social norms and stereotypes that should be challenged. 

Also, I've decided to start composing Youtube playlists on my channel for these, as that means you can just click on the video at the bottom of the post and listen to the entire playlist without having to look up each individual song. Enjoy! 

A.
Sonic Youth (cover of the Carpenters) - Superstar
The Strokes - Is This It?
The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
Radiohead - Faust Arp
Crystal Castles - Crimewave
Marilyn Manson - Speed of Pain
Iron Maiden - Coming Home
Grateful Dead - Box of Rain

January 17, 2015

2014 Favourites




Just a collection of really rad things I have found this year that I thought I'd share with you so you can get to know me a little better.

Also stay tuned, I'm currently working on some vegan/ cruelty free makeup posts, my January playlist (which is quite gloomy this month to go with the weird weather we've been having here), and some other written posts including profiles of people I personally find inspiring and who I think are doing great work that I wish to support and share amongst the internet. In the meantime, make sure to subscribe to my youtube channel and follow me on instagram for updates and other cool things. 

Stay cool guys. 

A.

Now listening to: Water Me by FKA Twigs