Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Why do I do things like this?

I have a tendency to volunteer for everything.
Can I stay late at work? Sure. Can I watch your dog? Absolutely! Can I come judge a speech and debate tournament at 7am on Saturday? No problem. Can I paint your living room? Why not! Can I put together a film for Friday that will play before the V*gina M*nologues? But of course I can!

Er. Shit. Now I'm sitting her trying to think of what should go in the film. It's not going to be anything elaborate - I just want to use it as an introduction to the show. But what mix of female empowerment/anti-violence/sexuality awareness do I use? The show has kind of a funky balance between the three.
Any ideas? Images I should use? Any songs that you think might be appropriate? I was thinking about some music, but right now I think I might have to go with no lyrics unless one of you has a kick-ass song idea.
Seriously, throw it all out there. I need to get this done by Friday. Ack. Stupid eager Io.

Edit: By the way, is it national delurk week or something? All these way cool chicks have delurked lately and it is awesome! I am running in circles in my house singing "I feel pretty! Oh so pretty!"

15 comments:

  1. Initial reaction--you've got to use Ani DiFranco. And not the later mainstream stuff, the early girl-power stuff.

    I'm thinking "I am not a Pretty Girl." Or maybe "32 Flavors."

    I'll think more on it.

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  2. Can you put it on youtube and embed it in your blog so we can see too?

    Can you believe that I still haven't gotten to see a reading of the Vagina Monologues?

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  3. OK, classic is Destiny's Child - either Independent Woman or Survivor. But for bringing us all together go with the completely non-traditional "Love Can Build A Bridge" by the Judds.

    Feminist rock from college? Sarah MacLachlan, Indigo Girls and Ani.

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  4. Okay, I've got nothing as far as what to put in the film. I do, however, wonder if you travel for certain jobs. As in, I've got some painting that needs to get done at my house and, if you're up for it... :)

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  5. I don't have any great suggestions, but I do remember this song that goes: "va-ggiiiiii--NNNNA!" over and over. Not like that really helps you...

    Good luck!

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  6. You ARE so pretty.

    Hopefully you already have the film dilemma solved by the time you read this comment, because I got nothin'. My creative impulses have been drained by my stupid job. ;)

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  7. Thanks for putting me on your kick-ass list!!! I am glad you found me.

    The only song that comes to mind is the one that goes, "because I'm a WOMan. W O M A N!!"

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  8. Dude. The Indigo Girls are all about the empowered woman thing. I mean, yeah, they're on my mind 'cos of the recent concert, but I probably would have recommended them anyway. Maybe Pendulum Swinger (lyrics here: http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Indigo-Girls/Pendulum-Swinger.html). Or Hammer & A Nail (http://www.seeklyrics.com/lyrics/Indigo-Girls/Hammer-A-Nail.html).


    I also second Ani DiFranco.

    As far as images, I would go for something subtly vaginal blooming (ever looked closely at a Wandering Jew* plant? Very, very labial.)
    *Sorry, I don't know the non-offensive term for this plant

    Or you could just go for a simple, basic graphic design element, like pictures of various subjects on the theme of a single color (for example, you could choose green, and then show abstract-ish pictures of things that are mostly green- plants, fabric swatches, a toy, Kermit). Or you could choose a basic shape and use that to unify a series of pictures (like you could choose circles, and find pictures of various round things). Or you could find photos of letters - or things that look like letters- that you show one by one spelling out "vagina", or "power" or other words that fall into your theme- over and over again. Subtle, but definitely noticable if someone pays attention.

    Um, yeah. So there's some ideas. I can't promise that they're any good, but if I had to put something together super quick, I imagine that's how I'd go about it.

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  9. Thanks guys for all of your suggestions! I have compiled a fantastic list of songs that I think I will sample from along with spoken word - the concept is coming together for the film!
    Kate - I'm going to use Judy Chicago prints in part of it! Flower/Labia imagery all over! I will look up the plant you suggested too.

    Mel - If it ends up not sucking I will post the video. However, I am not promising anything. It might suck.
    Look up the vagina monologues official website- it will give you info on shows in your area.

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  10. ooh- like you aren't joking. You are really part of the show this year. I don't know why I skipped that with your last post. I thought you just wanted to talk about your vagina! which is fine, by the way. I just didn't catch the fact you were actually part of it.

    My advice? I have none. I am horribly non creative. I do wish you well though.

    music. pj harvey. that's what i would pick.

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  11. I have no suggestions. I am lame.

    However, I did tag you on my blog, and you are required to do it since you want to be my new cyber BFF. And because you can't say no, ever.

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  12. If you email me, I can send you a shit-ton of (unintentionally) erotic looking fruits/plants/flowers photos. I swear that for a couple of months there, I must've had something weird going on in the brain... totally unintentional, but I've got at least a few that are interesting, if you need a few more to fill out your pre-show thingy. mcfarland dot kate at gmail dot com

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  13. I want to second 32 flavors and Love can build a bridge. My first ever concert was the Judds, I was 8, it was awesome.

    you grow girl (dot com) has a whole thread in it's bulletin board about erotic plant images w/ links if you still need some.

    (I am de-lurking btw!)

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  14. I like "I Am Woman,"-the version by the Waterlillies that was on the Just Say Roe album.

    Thanks for your kind words earlier this week. It helps to know someone is just there listening.

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  15. I happened across your blog, and I wanted to say that I think it's great. I think you are a really cool girl and I hope the best for you. (I myself am going through infertility issues now - am on day 8 of injections in my IVF cycle and feeling quite hormonal/bloated/headache/fatigued.... but if it leads to a baby then it's all worth it). Thanks for writing such an awesome blog. -Shaun a

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