2nd ANNUAL FEMINIST ALTERNATIVE TO THE OSCARS – PART III

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LADY PARTS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

We, Liron Cohen and Mimi Torchin, started Lady Parts, a blog/Vlog dedicated to the women of television and film and the roles they play, as a venue to promote women’s work in the media and to celebrate the shows and films we love.

Over the past couple of years, Lady Parts has grown into a space where fans can gather, share ideas and points of view, and have fun, and our interactive Vlog has become a community we cherish.

This is why we want to be able to keep it going.

However, you all know how much work we put into these Vlogs, and after doing this completely free of charge for two years, we’ve reached the point where the Vlog needs to be able to support itself.

And we’ve found a way to do just that!

INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS

We want to bring you your favorite Lady Parts Vlog series, like “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” and “Lesbian Movie Club,” and even expand into more Vlog series (it’s all up to you!), through an extremely affordable and flexible subscription model. SO affordable, it’s ridiculous!

For that, we need YOUR help. We are raising this very minimal amount of money to cover some of the initial costs, so that we can bring you a new and better website, a high quality channel, and a year full of Vlogs!

You’ve enjoyed our interviews and our interactive discussions before. Let’s keep them going!

WE’VE STARTED AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN: LADY PARTS PLUS.

We have to meet the goal here in order to get started. So, please, give as much or as little as you can (starting with $1 and up!) — and get some fun perks on the way — and use the IndieGoGo sharing tools to spread the word and tell your friends to donate as much as they can, as well.

And once we’ve hit the goal, keep donating if you can. Every little bit helps us give you your favorite Vlogs about your favorite shows and movies.

Let’s do this!

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FAQ

1) Does the backing money only support the campaign, or does it also go towards initial subscriptions?

Backing money only goes toward getting Lady Parts Plus up and running. There are a lot of initial costs that have to be covered. This money also helps to make sure that we can keep subscription fees to a minimum.

2) Is the backing additive? (If I give $25 this month and $75 in Feb before it closes, will there be a way of indicating multiple donations?)

It is our understanding that one can make multiple contributions. That is also a way to claim multiple perks — that must be done as separate contributions.

We understand that some of you would like to give more, but need to do it in “stages.” If a perk is unlimited ($25 & $50) or if one of the limited perks is still available, we will absolutely honor it, even if you had to do it in stages. For example, in this case, if you give $25 and then $75 and one of the ten $100 perks is still available, we will give you a thank you call.

3) If/when the goal is reached before the deadline, and someone still wants to donate, are they eligible for a call, chat, guest spot, or is that a limited time offer?

Our goal here is the very basic amount we must have to get started. However, every bit more would help us get you the best Lady Parts Plus experience right off the bat. This is why the campaign will continue to accept and welcome funds after the basic goal has been met. Perks will continue to be available, and new ones will be added!

4) Will all of the previous Lady Parts Vlogs, including interviews, still be available on YouTube, or will they transition over to Lady Parts Plus?

Any video we currently have on our YouTube channel will remain there and you can access it for free at any time (though, please consider clicking on an ad to help us there, too).

5) Will there be any new Vlogs/stuff added to your YouTube page, or is the new stuff trictly going to be through Lady Parts Plus? 

Yes! Lady Parts Plus will be a special channel for Vlog series (i.e. “Talking Teal,” “Post Op: Holby City,” “Lesbian Movie Club,” etc.) The original Lady Parts YouTube page will continue to be active and provide the general public new Vlogs and also little snippets from new Lady Parts Plus Vlogs.

6) Can I donate from outside the U.S.?

Yes! You can donate from almost anywhere in the world! That’s part of the beauty of Indiegogo, which accepts funds from most countries. That simply means your currency will be converted to dollars when you contribute.

Please let us know if you have any other questions, and we’ll be happy to clarify!

Thank you.

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WATCHING “THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT” FOR THE FIRST LESBIAN MOVIE CLUB WILL BE:

Remember, emails for the first Lesbian Movie Club are due Friday, February 10th. For all the information and for questions to help you get started, read our blog entry ANNOUNCING THE FIRST “LESBIAN MOVIE CLUB” FILM

YOUR NEW HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST

Dear friends,

Holiday season 2016 will not and should not look and feel like a holiday season any other year. Unfortunately, that is because many families are now torn apart, and many people do not know how they will be able to sit at the same table with family members who seem to have such a vastly different view on life, our country and our planet.

But this holiday season we also have a chance to channel our anger, fear, sadness and frustration into action. Inspired by the brilliant John Oliver, whose video here I strongly recommend you take the time to watch, we encourage you to do the following:

Instead of spending money on buying your friends and relatives gifts, please consider donating to one of the many charities and organizations which will be on the front lines fighting to protect our rights, freedoms and values from a hateful and bigoted administration. You can donate in your friends’ and family members’ names as your gift to them. That could work wonderfully if your friend or family member is a progressive who is overwhelmed with tough emotions right now, and it can especially work wonderfully if your friend or family member voted for the forces of evil and you are looking for a way to send them a clear message of where your values lie.

Another great idea is giving your friends and relatives subscriptions to real newspapers that practice real investigative journalism. Not only will we need our news media to be our watchdog now more than ever, but also our very fundamentally democratic freedom of the press is being threatened. Support newspapers like The New York Times, The Washington Post and ProPublica by purchasing a subscription for yourself and others. This will not only fortify our press, but will make sure that you and your loved ones (or ones who desperately need it) get your information from reliable sources who report FACTS, rather than simply from biased and unreliable social media sources.

This holiday/shopping season, please use your money for good. Use your money to help us all.

Below you will find links to articles that list the various organizations you might want to help. If you still require assistance or need ideas, guidance or help finding resources, please don’t hesitate to ask us.

And if you want to put a smile on our faces, please write to us and let us know that you donated this holiday season.

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LESBIAN SPACES MATTER

Tomorrow, our beloved website AfterEllen.com , is, for all intents and purposes, ceasing its operations.

The site that we have come to think of as an essential part of our lives, the site that has celebrated our community, served as our voice and champion in the media, provided us with a space to exchange ideas and learn about our culture and make friends. The site that was more than just a webpage, but a cultural statement, an affirmation of the validity of our stories, our desires, our needs. The site that was a place where queer women got together and supported one another.

That space, that very important space, is being effectively shut down by straight men. Bury your gays much?

So, let’s learn a bit more about the straight guy who manages AfterEllen and claims the reason for firing its editor-in-chief, Trish Bendix (and then punishing her for speaking out by refusing her severance. If he were a woman, I guess we’d be calling him a bitch, right?) was strictly a financial one , shall we?

According to his Linkedin profile and company website, Emrah Kovacoqlu is the founder, president and CEO of Total Beauty Media, a “new media beauty company” whose mission is to “inspire all women to live a beautiful life.” What the company does is build websites to provide women with fashion, beauty and “wellness” information (men have learned by now that they have a better chance at selling women crap they don’t need if they claim it’s not just to make them more attractive to men but because it’s better for their own “well being.”) The company says it reaches all kinds of women because “all women want to look and feel beautiful.”

And so, according to Kovacoglu, who is also the general manager of “TotallyHer Media” (I’m sure the irony is not lost on you) and obviously thinks of himself as the man who has finally figured out what women want, lesbians (a strange variety of “woman” he probably had never encountered before and who, as it turns out, might want different things!) are not a big enough draw for advertisers (I could take it as a compliment and deduce that they think our community is just far too smart to buy into their stupid marketing strategies, which try to tell women they’re not good enough/pretty enough/hygienic enough/smooth enough and so they have to buy their products. But the truth is, they are probably just too lazy to try to come up with a new strategy that doesn’t have to do with telling women that if they bought their product they’d be more appealing to men).

But there is more to this than just the bottom line. This is what happens when men run women’s spaces, and when straight men run queer women’s spaces.

When men are exclusively running “women’s health” panels and committees is how abortion and birth control are still a contentious issue rather than a fundamental right a woman has to her own body.

When male executives control almost all the top positions in the media, film and television industry, is how year after year, women are relegated to the roles of “girlfriend” (usually sexually objectified) or “mom” (usually culturally invisible), whose identities are defined strictly by their relation to the men in their lives.

When men make up 80% of our legislature is how we still have to fight (unsuccessfully, for the most part) to pass common sense legislation to combat domestic violence and end the gender pay gap.

Women’s spaces, lives and bodies have been ruled by men for far too long. And who is the most threatening woman? The one who doesn’t need men to validate her existence at all. The one who is not interested in men or needs them. The one who will not buy a product because it will help her get noticed by them, the one who will not dumb herself down so that they like her, the one who will not shut up about them killing her surrogates on television.

So I say, let’s make our own spaces. Let’s eliminate the male managers and the ignorant advertisers, and let’s do it by and for ourselves. To the fabulous women of AfterEllen.com , the women we have come to love as some of the most wonderful voices of our community, I call upon you to start a new website, subscription based. And to the audiences out there, the queer women who have loved AfterEllen for years, you who have decried that #LGBTfansdeservebetter , I call upon you to support one another and our community and BUY a subscription.. Make this into a statement so big that we prove to all of them out there who we are, what we want and what we are capable of.

Listen to our queer sister Jill Soloway and let’s Topple the fucking patriarchy!

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MOVIE REVIEW: “I.T.”

Opening this Friday, Sept. 23rd, across the U.S., is the new thriller “I.T.” The movie stars Pierce Brosnan as a successful, self-made man, living the latest version of the American Dream: the “Smart” version. In a world powered by technology and smart devices, Brosnan’s Mike Regan shows off his success and manly vigor by building a state-of-the-art “smart” home, which is completely controlled by computers.

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You can see it coming, right? Immediately after establishing what a swell guy Mike is and how beautiful his wife and daughter are, the movie wastes no time. Mike brings in Ed, his new company I.T. genie (a very effectively creepy James Frecheville. So effective, in fact, that you’d be surprised Mike let him in his house to begin with!), to upgrade his home and car systems.

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James Frecheville as Ed Porter in the thriller I.T., an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo credit: Jonathan Hession.

Mike’s daughter Kaitlyn (Stefanie Scott) and Ed hit it off, a fact that does not amuse Mike and his wife Rose (Anna Friel) at all, to say the least. Ed is much older, and did I mention, he’s totally creepy? Yeah. And we all know how well movie computer geeks take rejection, right?  Doesn’t Mike know that? Doesn’t he go to the movies? I guess not, because he seems genuinely surprised when, after he slams the door in Ed’s face and refers to him as a “nobody,” the aggrieved hacker decides to use his smart system to torture him and his family.

But Mike will not take it lying down. He has James Bond’s blood running through his veins. And that is what the movie is all about. This is not a whodunit movie. The trailer will tell you immediately who the bad guy is and what he does. This is a revenge movie, where a man (emphasis on “man”) must take justice into his own hands because, even though we have all this great technology running our lives, no one, least of all the authorities, seems to quite know how to handle its implications for our privacy, for our civil rights and for our safety. Mike has to resort to the tried and true “dumb” methods of heroism to protect himself, his company and his family.

It is clear that the movie presumes to take the old “good guy vs. bad guy” story and put a new technological, 21st century spin on it. And it does appeal to that very basic need in an entertaining way. But how new is it, really?

Mike’s wife and daughter, in accordance with genre tropes and traditions, are objects, almost property. They are there to provide the picture-perfect life Mike has, so that we know what’s at stake for him; they are there to be used against him by the man who covets what he has “earned,” or rather, was entitled to (which is another question the movie wants you to think about…. but not too much), in particular his beautiful daughter (seen in the picture through the good ole’ male gaze); and they are there to appear helpless, so he can rise to the occasion and show us he is going to be a Man and protect his family. (Not only do the women not help poor Mike fight this awful fight; they are actually angry with him for screwing up and demand that he “fix it.”)

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Stefanie Scott as Kaitlyn Regan in the thriller I.T., an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo credit: Jonathan Hession.

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Anna Friel as Rose Regan in the thriller I.T., an RLJ Entertainment release. Photo credit: Jonathan Hession

So I guess gender roles are not what’s new here.

As we see in the trailer, Ed uses the home camera system to take private footage of Kaitlyn and spread it among her schoolmates. Since we know young girls these days are practically expected to provide their boyfriends with sexual and/or nude pictures of themselves (pictures which will later be traded with other boys, or oftentimes spread out to humiliate the girl), is this the movie trying to tackle the awfully widespread “smart” problems of “sexting,” online bullying and child pornography? No. It just wants us to know that Daddy has let his daughter down, and now Daddy needs to “fix it.”

So, no. Nothing really new here besides that the weapon of assault is a computer (which, by now, is not really new, either).

“I.T.” will give you 95 minutes of the twisted kind of fun action, led by a charming leading man. Just don’t expect anything more than that.