Amy Luna Manderino 
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Re: “Maleficent

OK, If I hear one more reviewer use the word "feminist" and/or "empowerment" in their review of this film, well...I think I'm going to have turn the reviewer into a raven. Why is it that when we CORRECT the MASCULINEST bias of ALL OF OUR PREVIOUS MYTHOLOGIES that THAT is somehow "BIASED?" Tell a tale from the male? It's simply a tale. Tell a tale from the female? it's "revisionist." I think it's really interesting that critics were falling all over themselves to praise "12 Years a Slave" for its bold telling of a horrific part of history. No one called THAT film "black revisionist empowerment." It was just simply TELLING THE TALE FROM THE VIEWPOINT OF THE HISTORICALLY INVISIBLE PERSPECTIVE. No need to slap a label on that. In 12 Years a Slave, someone is drugged and betrayed and has to fight not to become evil in the face of unspeakable evil. Maleficent is a fairy tale version of the same evil that happens to women everyone (being drugged with a ruffie and raped). And THAT evil is actually SUNG ABOUT in our popular music as being OK. But 12 Years a Slave is an epic human masterpiece and Maleficent is "feminist revisionist." Pah-lease.

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Posted by Amy Luna Manderino on 06/08/2014 at 9:41 PM

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Re: “Dan Savage: How Can Sex Worker Clients Fight to Legalize Sex Work?

The issue of whether or not to legalize sex work is complicated and there are reasoned arguments on both sides. Even Savage himself notes that the Nordic model is "much-touted" but neglects to offer why. It's called the Nordic model because it's already been implemented in countries that have tracked its effectiveness. Savage does a disservice to this issue and effectively silences the sex workers who "tout" the Nordic model by only representing one side of this debate and only offering the sources that support his views. When you present one side and suggest that you are speaking for all who are effected by an issue, that's called "propaganda." That would be like asking about the Black Lives Matter movement and only quoting articles by members of law enforcement. That's what Savage has done and it's a disservice to the issue and to the women and men who both work in and have dealt with the sex industry who disagree with Savage's one-sided presentation of the issue. In addition, his celebratory, fun tone regarding sex work completely ignores the epidemic problem of child sex slavery, as many sex workers are first pimped while under the legal age of consent. Speaking of pimps, Savage also conveniently left them out of the discussion, as well. While Savage shows empathy for the people who buy sex, he appears to have zero empathy or awareness for the children who are pimped into forced prostitution or the women who are trafficked across borders for forced sex work. Nor does he offer any solutions for those heinous human rights violations.

Posted by Amy Luna Manderino on 08/31/2016 at 7:56 AM

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