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    1. Heyyyy! Thanks for your interest. Just use any comment field on any post. (Click on any post and leave your contribution or link as a comment). I’ll try to add a submission box at the bottom if I can later. Thanks again! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. It really is a great initiative! I’ll leave a review of something as soon as an idea comes to mind. Do you also allow literature reviews?

  2. Every time Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty burn up the screen in “Splendor in the Grass”–I get millions of hits on this:
    Everybody knows they are seeing a proto-feminist movie, but not sure why or how it is feminist. I like filling it in; read the comments too! Barbara Loden, who played Bud’s “fast” sister, was the wife of director Elia Kazan, which was also considered a bit shocking at the time.
    Writing it now, I would 1) add more about Bud’s sister and 2) point out how at the end, Deanie has taken full responsibility for her emotions and *grown up*–something beautiful arm-candy women of that era were actively prevented from doing.
    The author of this amazing play, William Inge, also wrote the highly-charged and highly-gendered PICNIC (also recommended!) which you will want to see for Kim Novak’s dance alone:

    (Holy God, I can’t breathe, did you say something?)
    Inge was gay and committed suicide; he understood the untenable nature of gender in our world very well. Like Tennessee Williams, many (most?) of his plays dramatized the unworkable positions women were placed in by men’s desires. I think it was Dworkin (a big admirer of Williams), who said gay men understood male desire and sexual obsession better than women did; and if they were empathetic (big if) might understand women’s social position. I think Inge instinctively did.
    Thanks Gallus! I love a chance to mention “Splendor in the Grass” which I think hasn’t aged nearly as much as it should have. <3
    I was nearly Deanie myself in high school and if it hadn't been the rockin 70s, I surely would have been. I identify far too much with this story, as I identify too much with "Hero Worship" by the B-52s. Thank god for hippies (actually Yippies), who snapped me out of my dopey Betty-and-Veronica-teenybopper-hood!

  3. Okay, as usual, tried to post that there, but it shows up here. (?)
    Grandma gonna go nutz with WordPress (sounds like the title of a cutesy country & western novelty song).

  4. Thanks so much Gallus! I loved that Julie Bindel piece and flattered to be in her company. <3
    (PS: animals misgendered for the win! My cat is just as upset as her Maisie is.)

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