Saturday, September 27, 2008

madonna/whore, what a bore

This one is inspired by my friends in the newly re-united band Sju Svåra År - or at least I stole the quote from them. It's the swedish translation of "I don't give a damn about my bad reputation" & of course they got it from Joan Jett.

But more important is the fact that a woman that's not afraid of expressing herself in any way, especially sexually, is still seen as a "bad woman" in societies eyes - she's a whore, a slut, a sinner & if something bad happens to her, well maybe she deserved it. It must be very confusing growing up in todays (western) world, where the girls are bombarded with images of the "perfect" female body, with the demand on being sexy, being available, to always dress & act according to the expectations of the male eye, but at the same time balance on that thin line that separates them from "loose women". Not to recognize their own sexuality & say fuck it, I like sleeping around, I like being myself in any way, because if they do they might be marked for life. It is amazing that the notion that a woman who sleeps around is a whore & a man that does the same is a stud is still such a unchallenged part of society. So, to not give a damn about one's reputation, whether it be sexually or in any other way, is one of the things that maybe should be most important in the feminist struggle today.

(Okay, so I'm a little bit stressed writing this - I will probably edit this post later, to get my point across in a better way.)

Thursday, September 18, 2008

viva las vegas!

I have a friend who participated in a game show on tv a couple of months ago. Unfortunately I can't find the clip on Youtube, but there was a pretty funny conversation between her & the host, something like this:

H: So, how are you gonna spend the money if you win?
S: I'm going to Las Vegas to get married!
H: Oh, does your boyfriend know about that?
S: Well, I guess he does now!

Of course she won & of course they went to Vegas to get married. with Elvis singing & everything! Last Saturday they had a party for friends & family to celebrate (since no one was at the actual wedding) & I made them a wedding gift.

As usual my crappy camera fucks up the colors... You have to imagine them a little more green/blue than they appear here. I really like they way it turned out & I think they did to. The phrase is actually something that Fox (no, that's not his real name) wanted engraved on their wedding rings, since he plays in the metal band Grand Magus, but Sarah vetoed it. But now he can at least have it on the wall in their home.

Here's some close ups:

Sunday, September 7, 2008

back with a vengeance

It's been a couple of weeks with no inspiration, due to a lot of... well,
stuff. But I got myself back on track again, by going to the ladies only craft night at Café Edenborg last week & also with some help from friends. So now I'm working on two different projects & that makes me feel pretty happy. But to get back to that good feeling you get when you've actually done with something, I spent a couple of hours stitching this little piece tonight.

I think I'm gonna put it on my bathroom door, since the text comes from some bathroom graffiti at one of the crappy Indian bars where me & my friends used to go & drink beer a couple of years ago (can't remember which though - maybe Indian Star?).