Barbarism


Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence
February 26, 2011, 7:34 pm
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From the eponymous article:

“Realistic dolls. Swedish paper doll exemplifies the frankness about the human body that is needed to inculcate wholesome attitudes toward sex and violence. In this paper doll, no attempt is made to idealize or de-sexualize the human body; the body is simply accepted as it is.”



Eric Drooker and Audre Lorde, together at last
January 30, 2011, 7:10 pm
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Eric Drooker

“The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, and plasticized sensation. For this reason, we have turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with the pornographic. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling…. In touch with the erotic, I become less willing to accept powerlessness, or those other supplied states of being which are not native to me, such as resignation, despair, self-effacement, depression, self-denial.

-Audre Lorde



What I hope to be a clarification, and the Gas Food Lodging trailer
October 6, 2010, 12:11 pm
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To clarify, one of Sarah’s and my missions for BARBARISM is to explore and decry the injustice not of being female, but being made to feel “biologically inferior” (-Sarah Secunda) on account of femaleness. I have oftentimes felt awful about being female though I’ve never felt so on account of some notion of the ‘inherent’ awfulness of females (females have always been my best friends! mothers! kindhearted mentors! imperfect operatives in an imperfect world!) but because the world that says women are Virgin Marys or Mary Magdalenes is an unkind one for unlucky vagina-bearers. One thing Sarah and I have discussed is how, upon watching movies or operating in the real world, we see men and we recognize them as human and thus, we relate to them. We chart their struggles, we hear their jokes. What normal people! We feel just like them! Let’s join in! But no, the entrance of a woman in a movie or the actuality of being a woman entering the scene of a gaggle of men in real life, we come to realize that we are not welcome in this chummy, intimate, masculine circle. We are causes for fun at our expense; we are either the other, dirty idiots who deserve maltreatment or the chaste, “pure” babies who deserve to be domineered with paternal authority/malfeasance/pain any way you call it. So, we’ll be limning this in our mission statement soon but I wanted to make this known. And having make this known, allow this to color your viewing of the awesome Gas Food Lodging trailer!

1992, the American West. My dreamy yearning for an imagined past is roaring up already! Mystery and Secrets! Is it the Supernatural? Is it the Church? No, fools, it’s memory; childhood conflict: The only real propeller forward. A hope for a complete and loving family moves our heroine. If only Dad hadn’t left, ruined the unit, and the rest of our lives as collateral damage, as usual. Fantasies of a family romance: Maybe Raymond, who “looked like he walked straight out of an old romantic movie” can set things aright. But mom and sister Trudie have already been defeated by men (abandonment and gang rape has made them too bitter to un-cynically and openly accept new experiences; what bitches we ladies are!). Empirically, they assume any new encounter with men will be bad (“Well, that makes two things you do quick”; “This is your method, you get girls in your car, show ‘em you can make ‘em glow in the dark.”) This is one sad, dreamy movie buoyed up from despair by the only authentic love and attachment therein; the one between women! And how good is the music! Good enough to go on another day!



New Video!
August 13, 2010, 10:39 pm
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Wham! Bam!

Barbarism is happy to present Coming Attraction, the trailer to a provocative new feature film produced by Robert Redford and generously funded by the Carnegie Foundation for the Arts. Winner of innumerable prizes, including Best of Show.

Enjoy!

Up next: Beth’s Secret, a soft-core porn…with a twist!