Five good/interesting things for this Friday the 13th:
- A beautiful squid from the Chesapeake Bay: “The color patterns are amazing and the melanophores can change size from dilute colors to focused, bright spots.”
- My new favorite thing: Magical Game Time by Zac Gorman. SO MUCH YES.
- Short film animator Don Hertzfeldt will be screening his work and speaking afterward at the Riverview Theater. Ordered my ticket! SQUEEEEEE!
- Friends who live in warmer climes scoff at our short growing season, but I’m still excited for area Farmers Market openings.
- At last, one day passes are being offered for the Girls Got Rhythm fest. Amazing line-up wedged into an already overly packed weekend.
And now for some identity-related issues. The “Double Identity” project - stacked photos of identical twins - by photographer and twin Caroline Briggs. From her:
The battle between wanting to be alike, yet craving an identity separate from your real-life clone, is one I have lived. By creating a single portrait from two people poses questions about their relationship and their desire - or lack of desire - to live completely separate lives.
Less neat and more frustrating: Barbie goes bald, but don’t tell the “normal” kids:
Distributing the bald Barbies directly to children’s hospitals is a good way to get them directly and quickly to the kids that are being immediately impacted by hair loss. But it also serves to underscore the separation of these kids from children who have not lost their hair, treating them as something different, existing in a different world, instead of showing that just because you lost your hair doesn’t mean you are any less normal. I do applaud Mattel’s decision to make the doll, but I’d love it even more if anyone who wanted to could easily pick one up!
And another HELL YEAH to this wonderful lady - “Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance”
The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.
Love her. Please read her piece.