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Feb 23 2005

More Super-Fucking Sexist Bullshit

In Austin, where failure to own a grill is a felony, there are only six or seven hours per year when it’s too cold for a cookout. The Twisty Test Kitchens have operated outside the law long enough! A few days ago we finally acquired our Lodge Outpost Cast Iron Grill and Matching Stand.

Thus did I recently eat the best goddam hamburger ever grilled over glowing coals by anybody in the history of the world and that’s no joke, while looking for something to watch on TV. I saw that the Austin Music Network’s "Women Who Rock" show was on.

The Austin Music Network is a joke. Every time I turn it on it’s a video of drunk rawkboys live at Emo’s or some other dump club. The production values of these videos reflect the sweeping artistic vision of the drunk girlfriends who shoot the footage with their HandyCams.

Yet I was curious about this Women Who Rock show. It’s supposed to be "an hour packed with estrogen." I don’t know what estrogen has to do with music.

The stubborn persistence of the Vagina-Ghetto ideology* in the super-fucking sexist music world has long chapped the Twisty hide. In spite of this I clung to a tattered shred of hope that this show would have some redeeming content. Maybe not Eartha Kitt at the Village Vangard, but possibly the Bangles, or Sleater-Kinney.

So I clicked on Channel 15. It turns out that Austin Music Network’s idea of women who rock is the Flashdance song (she’s a maniac-maniac on the floor) over a clip of the bouncing Flashdance buttocks, close-up, looped, and afflicted with cheesy psychedelic video effects applied in post by some stoner pigdude. The buttocks bounced relentlessly for the entire duration of the maniac-maniac song.

Austin Music Network’s Vagina Ghetto accounts for 1/167th of their total dude-centric programming hours per week. I blame the patriarchy.

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* Vagina Ghetto/Vagina booking (thanks Kristeen Young) : a method of programming, whether for broadcast or live performance, wherein female entertainers are lumped together, usually under some bogus guise of "Grrrl Power!" or "Celebrate Women’s Empowerment!" or "Dueling Divas!" for the purpose of enbiggening the male audience. The audience for these programs is largely male owing to the male’s legendary enthusiasm for confusing any woman on a stage with a stripper, and to the female’s socially-conditioned fear and loathing of her own kind.

2 comments

  1. anonymous

    Hello, I am actually the host of the Women Who Rock show on the Austin Music Network. Its true that many of the videos we play are of low production quality, as we showcase the talents of many local artists, many of whom are not on labels and have no money. However, in regards to the Flash Dance butt video, I have to say, I have no idea what you are talking about. I never played it. I never saw it. So I apologize for whoever played that.

    The Women Who Rock show is only on from 8-10 on Monday nights. During this time I play videos from only women artists and women directors. I also interview many guests including female musicians, filmmakers, artists, etc.

    So, maybe patriarchy is at the core of most of society’s woes. I just don’t believe this is the case the Austin Music Network. We celebrate the accomplishments of women and give their videos ample airtime. We have mainly women as VJs picking the music. The network does still have many problems, which be attributed to a SERIOUS lack of funds and a city council that hates it.

    So thanks for tuning in, and I appreciate the feedback.

    Brooke Moreland
    BrookeAMN@hotmail.com

  2. Ray

    I find that burger to be embiggening to my male audience, if you know what I mean. Well done.

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