(first of all, i just want to acknowledge that nearly everyone who was doing this with me has already finished their 30 days, and that’s because i was without a computer for over two weeks, which made it significantly harder for me to do this. but i have fun doing it, so i’m going to start back up again. for all of you who’ve been done with this for weeks, it’ll be like a blast from the past!)
day 19: a song from your favorite album
in 2008 (hey, there’s that year again! we really are picking up right where we left off) was when i really started to expand my horizons in terms of music. i mean, it was nothing in comparison to morgan’s folk-rock explosion that happened at the same time, but still, it was important. it was also when i really started to appreciate the idea of an ‘album’, by which i mean, a bunch of songs that held together really well. i no longer judged albums based on how many individual songs i liked, but by how much i liked the whole thing. it sounds kind of stupid trying to explain it, but i think you get the idea.
one of the albums i was most impressed with was Randy Newman’s “Good Old Boys”, a pseudo-song-cycle (originally a full-on concept album before he made some major changes) about life in the south. i was originally drawn to it because of the first song, which is one of Randy Newman’s best pieces of racial satire… even though i’m pretty sure i didn’t “get it” until about my fifth or sixth listen. the song i’ve actually chosen is the last song on the album, and it’s kind of nice and relaxing, but it’s also a little disconcerting.
anyway, this isn’t so much my “favorite album” as it is one of my first “favorite albums"… or something like that.
this isn’t really related to anything that’s going on, but it happened the other day and i decided i wanted to write it down:
i was in my apocalypticism class and we were discussing the ‘left behind’ books, as we have been doing for over a month now. it was the final day of our discussion, and we eventually ended up on the topic of gender roles in the ‘left behind’ series. surprise, they’re kind of fucked up! (from my point of view, at least, my point of view being that fundamentalist religious dogma is, on the whole, a little fucked up) one girl, while pointing out the many reasons why the book’s gender roles upset her, took the time to point out that she considered herself a ‘pseudo-feminist’.
i instantly understood what she was saying, and my heart sank. but one of the male students in the class didn’t get it, so she asked her, “what do you mean by ‘pseudo-feminist’?” and the girl replied “well, i like shaving my legs, but i also think i should make as much money as you.”
the point is: it’s seriously upsetting that the feminist movement has been so demonized that women who are in full support of equality feel that they have to distance themselves from it.