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Saturday Links: Dog Party Edition

Karaoke has never looked so cute. Plus: What the artist Louise Bourgeois really thought about clothes, the Turkish version of The O.C., and every single episode of South Park ever.

Tavi

Earlier this week I told you how much I love Heartthrob by Tegan and Sara. What I neglected to mention was my one issue with it all, which is that there are NO DOGS like ANYWHERE on the album. Thankfully, the duo amended this oversight with this re-creation of their “Closer” video STARRING DOGS. To quote the unofficial statement they never released of words I’m putting in their mouths, “You’re welcome.”

Julianne

Twerking has been a big term/trend in mainstream pop culture of late, but it’s not a new thing. As the New Orleans rapper Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-duh”) explained a few weeks ago, twerking has been around for over two decades, since it first came out of New Orleans’ vibrant bounce music scene. And Freedia would know—she’s had boy and girl dancers twerking at her shows, onstage and in the audience, for years. On September 25, in an effort to reclaim the dance—and to promote her new reality show on Fuse (check out a clip, above)—Big Freedia’s attempting to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people twerking at once! She’ll already have 250 dancers in tow, but if you live in New York, you can join in the fun, too: Just head to Herald Square that day at noon and be prepared to shake it for two full minutes. People have tried to paint twerking as salacious, rebellious, or otherwise distasteful, but as Freedia proves, the best and most real kind of twerking is just about letting go, being free, and feeling the music so much that you feel a duty to move your booty.

Jessica

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I have been reading all the interviews I can—including this one at Frontier Psychiatrist—about the Norwegian singer/songwriter Jenny Hval’s difficult and deeply feminist album Innocence Is Kinky, which she released earlier this year. The record examines stuff like porn, gender identity, and the commodification of sexuality without trying to simplify any of it—I really applaud people who trust music to carry a complicated theme or theory. Hval explains: “As much as you’re yourself in terms of your sexuality, you’re forced into these dispositions of seeing and being seen. I wanted to go into that and see my body, voice, and writing through these forced gazes.” She also admits she’s addicted to the “completely punky” language of teenage girls on their “internet blogs.” I’d like to think she means us.

On Monday, Chicago’s own Kokumo released the single/video “There Will Come A Day,” about the fear of coming out as a transwoman. Kokumo’s voice is intoxicating, and she is just all-points-inspiring in this interview with Mia McKenzie at Black Girl Dangerous. “Growing up on the South Side of Chicago taught me what people in PhD and master’s programs pay to learn about sociology, physiology, economics, and philosophy,” she says. “Making it out of the south of Chicago made me an expert in the human condition. And me triumphing over all of this while being trans is further proof of the power of black transwomen, because I’m only one out of millions.” And when she says, “This is year one of my five-year plan,” it makes me really psyched for year five.

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At The Hairpin, Jia Tolentino’s interview with Dr. Susan Robinson, one of the four doctors in the U.S. who will perform late-term abortions and who is featured in the new documentary After Tiller, really blew my mind. Robinson is brave in the way she cares for the women and surprisingly young girls who come to her as patients. Some fly to see her from other countries, including ones where it is a capital crime to end a pregnancy, even in circumstances of rape and incest. Regardless of where you stand on the issue of abortion, the interview is very much worth reading.

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I am a real Stan for Louise Bourgeois; I was that girl who stood in front of her Vietnam-era pieces for a half an hour when some of her work was shown here in Chicago a few years ago. Dazed Digital just published a conversation with the Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha and Bourgeois’s longtime assistant Jerry Gorovoy that is a treasure trove of nerd facts about Bourgeois’s life and inspiration—a lot of it having to do with clothing and making your own path in the world. “The most profound thing [Bourgeois] ever said was, ‘Clothes are about what you want to hide,’” Gorovoy recalls. “She always saw it as what you want to hide.”

Britney

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There have been countless articles about Robin Thicke’s controversial single “Blurred Lines,” but this Sociological Images piece linking “Blurred Lines” with photos of survivors of sexual assault holding posters with phrases their rapists said to them does an excellent job of showing how insidious the song’s message really is. Before I saw these pictures, which come from Project Unbreakable, I understood that lyrics like “I know you want it” and “Do it like it hurt, what you don’t like work?” perpetuate rape culture—but I never got their IMPACT. Seeing them so side-by-side with the often similar or identical words sexual-assault survivors associate with horrible real-life memories and emotions made me wonder how anyone could ignore these people’s feelings while packaging and selling the language of assault.

Brodie

A Turkish TV network recently announced that they are remaking The O.C. for a Turkish audience. Their version of the show is called Medcezir, which translates means “tide,” and has all the essential elements that made the OG O.C. so great: a kid from the wrong side of the tracks making the shocking transition from working class to high class; wealthy parents who are as good-looking as their teenage kids; high school parties that I could never imagine actually existing in real life. Watching the first season of The O.C. at 14 was as close to a religious experience as I have ever had in my life, and by the time the show abruptly ended in 2007 (R.I.P. Marissa) it had given me all the pop culture references I’d need to get me through the last of my teen years and beyond (fellow fans of the alternate-universe episode in season four, please email me with “Eternal Friendship” in the subject line). I don’t speak Turkish, but I’ll be reliving those years by watching along. Welcome to Medcezir, bitch!

Lena

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“My Hometown,” a project that collected photographs by more than 3,000 teenagers in 45 states, is a really cool, rare glimpse at what life actually looks like for teens in cities and towns across the U.S. You can search by state or photographer’s name, but I’ve also been browsing to see which pictures are of places I recognize—or at least remind me of places I’ve been. I instantly knew this one was from rural Illinois because it looks exactly like the highways and roads I used to cruise around on with my friends when I was in high school.

Anaheed

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You guys! In THREE HOURS, ALL 16 SEASONS OF SOUTH PARK will begin streaming, back-to-back, on SouthParkMarathon.com, in anticipation of the beginning of season 17, which starts on Wednesday (10 PM, Comedy Central). That’s 234 episodes. Showing them all will take five days. THAT IS FIVE DAYS STRAIGHT OF NONSTOP SOUTH PARK ON TAP 24 HOURS A DAY. Hold me. ♦

26 Comments

  • Ludo September 21st, 2013 12:14 PM

    Here’s some alternative readings of “Blurred Lines” for those interested. It seems like after this interpretation that it’s about rape came out people won’t look at it in any other way. You can say the video and song are definitely sexist, but are they really about rape?

    http://www.reddit.com/r/TwoXChromosomes/comments/1ms29y/why_im_so_pissed_off_at_people_saying_blurred/

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/06/27/robin_thicke_s_blurred_lines_is_cocky_yes_but_rapey_and_misogynistic_no.html

    • poetess September 26th, 2013 2:14 PM

      I don’t think the song is about rape, but the parallels between some lyrics (ex/ “I know you want it”) and rapist sentiments do exist. My personal problem with the song is how it reflects a newer, more socially acceptable form of sexism– instead of pretending women don’t have sex, women are expected to find power through sex. Lines like “Just let me liberate you” (the implication is ‘LIBERATION THROUGH HAVING SEX WITH ME’) are demeaning and disgusting. I think that people are calling the song “rapey” not because it is ABOUT rape but because it is indisputably creepy and wrong, in a way that may be difficult to identify/express in our culture.

  • GlitterKitty September 21st, 2013 12:32 PM

    Those dogs were so cute! Really good links this week. But the blurred lines photos link doesn’t work. I tried clicking on it and it said it was “invalid”.

    • Lena September 21st, 2013 1:07 PM

      It should be working now. Thanks for telling us!

  • spudzine September 21st, 2013 12:32 PM

    OMG SOUTH PARK MARATHON HOLY MEATBALLS. and theres some really cool music here, check it out guys.

    http://spudzine.tumblr.com/
    http://emotwins.tumblr.com/
    http://rockogirl.tumblr.com/

  • Chloe22 September 21st, 2013 12:33 PM

    Blurred Lines was never a favorite of mine. I guess the beat was what people liked, because the lyrics were just like any sexist pop song. Admittedly, half the time I can’t even tell what Robin Thicke is saying,but now that I actually know the lyrics, I can barely even stand listening to it! People always act like anyone who tries to complain (or even mention) rape is some femi nazi, when in reality rape and sexual harrassment is something that affects everyone, of all genders. Think of Tyler Clementi. Ugh, I just hate how people just mindlessly accept this culture. When is someone going to get some brain cells for once?!
    http://rhinestonemoon.blogspot.com/

    • Princess Mononoke September 22nd, 2013 4:00 PM

      Totally agree! When I tried to mention how sexist blurred lines is I was treated like an idiot feminist extremist who “can’t take a joke” and “hates men and overreacts to everything”. People really need to be educated. They should teach kids about this sort of thing in school.

      Rant over, :)

  • Maryse89 September 21st, 2013 1:17 PM

    Oh my gosh I want to watch the Turkish OC so badly! the actor playing ‘the Ryan’ is soooo dreamy

    does anyone know how to find it with english subtitles?

  • Erin. September 21st, 2013 1:47 PM

    I don’t even know where the start on the “From the Mouths of Rapists” article. I highly commend the writer, as well as all the people who contributed to it, for everything they’ve done. It’s hard to read, but it should be read.

    I hate that there are people who exist who are so horrible, and that rape culture continues to be perpetuated in this way, and that so few people seem to care. But at least people are speaking about it, and that’s what we have to continue to do.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the “My Hometown” project, Lena. And thanks also to Anaheed for the South Park Marathon link.

    • Anaheed September 21st, 2013 2:10 PM

      You’re welcome! Less than one hour!

      • Erin. September 21st, 2013 3:06 PM

        …unfortunately, the video stream doesn’t seem to work in Canada. ><

        Oh well.

        But at least Much Music will be airing the new season, and have been showing episodes from season 16 recently, so us Canadians aren't totally missing out.

        • Princess Mononoke September 22nd, 2013 4:02 PM

          Yeah, Canada, eh! Sorry, I’m Canadian too and just had to say that.

  • Ladymia69 September 21st, 2013 2:14 PM

    …South Park plug?….really, Rookie?

  • Steward3 September 21st, 2013 5:33 PM

    I love those dogs! Lately I have just been going to pet stores all the time to look at the puppies. Tegan and Sara are really cool.

    http://steward3.blogspot.com/

  • tomfoolery September 21st, 2013 8:18 PM

    YEAH JENNY HVAL!!! listen to her rockettothesky stuff it is SO good

  • Suzie Q September 21st, 2013 9:01 PM

    The My Hometown Lens Blog was beautiful! I recognized my town and even knew the person who took it! did not expect that!

  • izzyisnotsane September 21st, 2013 10:13 PM

    I loved the “My Hometown” photos and woo! South Park!! :D

  • cestlaviee September 22nd, 2013 1:49 AM

    love the links this week!!!

  • LilyB September 22nd, 2013 2:13 AM

    Oh thank god people are talking about how offensive “blurred lines” is. It is completely offensive to women and its just flat out gross and overall stupid. BECAUSE HEY ROBIN THICKE GUESS WHAT? WE DON’T WANT YOUR CRAP SONG!

  • Caitlin H. September 22nd, 2013 10:01 AM

    Thanks for the Louise Bourgeois link!!

  • GabbyCat September 22nd, 2013 10:08 AM

    The “My Hometown” pictures have basically consumed my life, so thanks for that. I find other people’s hometowns and cities ridiculously fascinating. I wish there was a similar project set in Canada.

  • Haleyhaley2w September 22nd, 2013 10:16 AM

    I love the “My Hometown” collection! I looked through every picture and loved each one. It really made me want to appreciate the beauty of my hometown more.

  • lilagrace September 22nd, 2013 10:48 AM

    I think the “My Hometown” project is extremely beautiful – I could click through these photos for hours. I feel there is something strangely and nostalgically familiar about so many of them although they are all so very different and I haven’t been in any of these places – I can’t describe it really… it’s just lovely.

  • ArmyOfRabbits September 22nd, 2013 3:14 PM

    Check out Big Freedia on pitchfork’s youtube; it’s very interesting!

  • MeetJaclynTheDancingMachine September 22nd, 2013 6:44 PM

    OMG Yes! A Turkish O.C.! Is this real life?!

  • mariasnow September 24th, 2013 9:44 AM

    To the ladies who mentioned people flipping out about the mere mention of rape culture- don’t take it personally. It’s way easier to be in denial of a pervasive, ugly problem than it is to confront it and to confront one’s own role in it. Keep calling it out when possible and hang in there. I keep seeing more and more people talking about it and hopefully there will be some momentum and something helpful like consent being covered in sex ed (I had to watch a video about deformed sperm but the word consent was not used a single time. Aww hell naw!) and taught to young men instead of young women being warned to avoid being raped.

    And Louise Bourgeois. Thank you for that, Rookie. There are so many more brilliant and incredible female artists than are in most art history books my darlings. I took a Women in Art class this spring and it absolutely blew my mind and I’ve been an art nerd my whole life.