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Today it is the the INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY of 2009. Here are some paintings of the Victorian moralizing kind.

woman's mission

George Elgar Hicks; Woman’s Mission: Companion of Manhood (1863)

the outcast

Richard Redgrave; The Outcast (1851)

Found-Drowned

G. F. Watts; Found Drowned (1848)

vday

You know that Friends episode where Joey throws a secret party for the days-of-our-lives-cast and gives everyone tickets to a play to get them out of the way but then everyone finds out and goes to the party except for Chandler who is at the theatre all by himself and it turns out to be this one-woman-play with a very bitter and intimidating woman that goes “WHY DON’T YOU LIKE ME?! Chapter One: My first period.”

Well, it was something like that I imagined The Vagina Monologues would be like, which is why I have never attempted to go and see it. I was scared.

The Vagina Monologues has been around for a decade now, Eva Ensler started conducting interviews with women on their thoughts on sex, their bodies, relationships etc. which resulted in a play celebrating female sexuality and the vagina. Ensler went on to create V-Day which is a global movement to end violence against women. If I understood it right it is not on a specific day but the campaign runs throughout the months of February and March. All over the world campaigners organises benefit events, usually involving productions of The Vagina Monologues.

So every year around this time there is a student production of the play at my university. Ticket prices were £3.50, the stage was next to the union bar and they sold vagina cookies so I couldn’t really say no, could I?. Turns out I had nothing to be afraid of. True, some parts were very intense and if I had been alone on the first row like Chandler, I would probably have been a bit uncomfortable. And shouting cunt repeatedly together with people you don’t know is….well awkward. But it was very entertaining and moving (the monologues are addressing everything from orgasm, child birth, gynaecologists, dominatrix, rape, genital mutilation etc.). It did contain very visual descriptions and some images have engraved themselves in my memory. Like Burt Reynolds standing knee-deep in ‘the flood’ watching Dean Martin swimming by in a tuxedo…hmm.

“Scholars Discover 23 Blank Pages That May As Well Be Lost Samuel Beckett Play”

This article from The Onion – Americas Finest Newresource is quite old but it always makes me laugh out load. That Beckett frustrates me a little bit could be the understatement of the year, and I could probably make more sense out of 23 blank pages than I can of Waiting for Godot. Hopefully, seeing it staged will ease my confusion a little bit so I have booked tickets to go and see the play in April. Thinking about it, it is quite probable that it has the opposite effect. But never mind, to be honest, the main reason I wanted to go was to see Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen…can’t wait!

This is brilliant….and addictive.

TED – Technology, Education and Design. Loads of speeches from the conferences they hold every year are available online. They are brief and concise but so intelligent, engaging and inspiring. And quite funny.

butterfly

Is it really March already?
Are you sure this year is not a leap year?
I lost a whole day.
Damn.