Friday, February 22, 2013

Forgot About Steubenville

And I forgot about Steubenville
Just like everyone else did
Each one a pig
Indifferent and agnostic and execrable
And what's wrong with being an attractive young woman?
Nothing, we say

But I prefer self-control
You prefer birth control
He doesn't like politics
He believes in football
But what's wrong with being an attractive young woman?
Please drink responsibly

You shouldn't go out alone at this hour
Demons of the night and all
Demons that look like me
The dead body on video
What's wrong with being an attractive young woman?
The woman part, that's all

We can outpig Steubenville
Even though men aren't out to get women anymore
She must exercise restraint
Watch how you dress
"Nothing wrong with being an attractive young woman"
Or there shouldn't be, anyhow

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Family and Community

Corner Store
2010.  70 minutes. USA. Directed by Katherine Bruens. Watchdate: 5/24/2011.
You should really check out  Corner Store, now available to watch for free on Hulu. I think this documentary is great but I am biased because the director is my older sister. The documentary follows the owner of a corner store located in San Francisco who emigrated a decade ago as an economic refugee due to the Second Intifada in Palestine. The documentary  his reunification with the family he had long been separated from, and the decisions associated with whether he should move back to the West Bank or bring his family over to the U.S. I have seen at least three different cuts of the movie by now and each time I get caught up in it emotionally. I actually get choked up at the end. So this movie is in good company with You Can't Take It With You, Up, and The Shawshank Redemption - all movies that make me cry.