Women of the Revolution: The Female Image in Revolutionary Propaganda

The woman warrior and the female image — sometimes mythological — have long played a significant role in stirring men to action, both in ancient tribal society and the modern era. The ancient Norse, for example, believed that the Valvyrie (choosers of the slain) decided which warriors were to live, and which were to dies, […]

Who Killed Valkyrie? Why Marvel’s Thor Is A Betrayal Of Women

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The recent news out of Marvel, that the company is about to relaunch Thor as a female character, has caused quite a stir. Graphic novel aficionados have denounced it a publicity stunt and political correctness gone mad. One or two bloggers, however, have argued that it gives a voice to the oppressed (women) in a male-dominated […]

Hustler: Porn, Politics, and Progress? Michael Lee Nirenberg in Interview

In People of Shambhala’s latest podcast, we speak with independent movie director Michael Lee Nirenberg about his Back Issues: The Hustler Magazine Story. The controversial documentary, exploring the curious characters and anarchy behind the rise of the porn magazine, was released in the USA in 2013, and last week (May 26) — through Solo Media — in […]

Nazi Girls Are Easy: Porn, Cinema, And The Body In Anti-Racist Politics

Porn has a political message. At least at times. Partly because the center-Right claims to stand for “family values,” and to oppose sex out of wedlock and other “sins” (including, often, pornography), political propaganda of the pornographic type has tended to emanate from the Left-wing. More than just an open rejection of the center-Right’s values, certain theories on […]

Visions of China: The Nationalist Spirit in Chinese Political Cinema

What follows is an introduction, with examples, of a particular sub-set of Chinese cinema, namely film as overt political propaganda.  Here, the distinction is one between China and Chinese considered as an organic national unit, opposed to two enemies: first, their historical and overtly hostile enemy, Japan; and second, a covert foreign cultural and economic […]

Punk, Feminism, and the anarchist Femme Fatale

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Young women did much to shape the Punk movement of the late 1970s, even if they often overlooked or relegated to the role of girlfriend and groupie (think “Sid and Nancy”). Along with Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood was perhaps the first designer of Punk clothing. Siouxsie Sioux was one of the more famous, and early, Punk […]

David Lynch Foundation to Host “Women, Meditation, and Stress” panel discussion

The David Lynch Foundation will host two hundred women professionals, including leaders in finance, publishing and the arts, at a luncheon and panel discussion at the Paley Center for Media in New York City on Tuesday, October 8 from 12 PM to 3 PM. The panel discussion will focus on meditation as a simple, evidence-based […]