Otterday! And Open Thread.

Today’s sea otter mother-baby pair comes via the Mail Online. The otters were snapped in Prince William Sound, off the south coast of Alaska. Thanks to all the people who pointed me to it!

Fuzzy sea otter pup resting on its mothers belly, as they both float on a calm ocean

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? What have you created lately? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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  1. I’ve lost the link now, but I was reading yet another thread about the alleged almighty power owning a vagina gives women over men, and yet again the example of Anne Boleyn was brought out.
    As in “Anne Boleyn’s sexual power over Henry VIII was enough to make him divorce his Queen and turn England into a Protestant country, that’s how strong female sexual power is”.
    I just can’t stand the historical ignorance. Katharine of Aragon was divorced because she didn’t give birth to a living son, and if Anne Boleyn had never been born that still would have happened. Plus there was already a Protestant faction in the English court in the time of the previous King Henry VII, long before Henry VIII decided that he needed to divorce his first Queen because he lacked a male heir. The Gentlemen of the Privy Chamber and the Lords of the Privy Council controlled virtually all physical access to the King – and half of them were Protestant in their sympathies.
    The huge advantage that the Protestant faction had over the Catholics at Court who supported the divorce is that the Protestants had noble daughters right there in England to parade before the King, while the Catholics were all trying to persuade him to marry a foreign Catholic princess in order to shore up alliances in Europe. So it was hardly earth-shattering for a King renowned for indulging his whims to fall for one of the women who was right there in front of him as planned by the Protestant members of his Court.
    None of this is to take away from Anne Boleyn’s own cleverness and her strong ideological convictions that had such long-lasting consequences – she wanted more than just a pro forma separation from Rome, she wanted true religious Reform and actively patronised allies at Court who could help persuade the King to undertake such reforms. But in terms of purely sexual attraction, the King had no problem in finding willing mistresses to acquiesce to his philandering inclinations any time that he liked, so his fascination with Anne is unlikely to have been purely sexual, despite the romantic myth that has developed. It was her personal brilliance that he found fascinating and wanted to possess as a husband, not simply her body, and he wanted that brilliance to be inherited by a legitimate son and heir.
    Sorry for the tl:dr, just needed to vent. None of this stuff is hard to find out if people are genuinely interested in how a certain historical event came about. So why are people generally so easily satisfied with simplistic historical myths?

  2. @tigtog And the obvious fact that her sexual power didn’t stop him from executing her, which is what made me go “whuh?”
    And this article in the SMH is just heartbreaking:
    “Within the predatory culture aboard HMAS Success junior female sailors would agree to have sex with their male counterparts to ”get it over and done with so the focus would move to someone else”.”
    And makes me even angrier at people who spout blind support for the troops, all the time. And the tiptoeing around rape in the article is also just ARGH.
    On the other hand, Alice in Wonderland is a wonderfully pretty, plotless movie.

  3. Yeah, her 1337 sexx0rz p0w4z didn’t exactly save her from Henry’s continuing to be Henry. If women really did have the kind of power these individuals claim mightn’t we use it to, y’know, keep ourselves alive and unbattered? Or to get something more like parity in employment and political representation?
    On the other hand, Alice in Wonderland is a wonderfully pretty, plotless movie.
    .-= kaninchenzero´s last blog ..The More It Hurts the More Sense It Makes =-.

  4. I’d promised to take kids to see Alice in Wonderland before Mr Depp’s disappointing support for Polanski, and since it was an ensemble film rather than just a Depp vehicle I decided not to renege. I don’t plan to see anything that is just a star vehicle for him until/unless he does an Emma Thompson on this though.

  5. I don’t know *what* I can go see at the movies anymore. With Ewan McGregor falling to Camp Rape Apologist as well, I can’t think who’s left, on the leading man side of things. Matt Damon, I’m pretty sure. Hugh Jackman, I hope.
    So very, very depressing.

    • Polanski’s team has very deftly spun this as being all about an ancient statutory rape case, and the victim doesn’t want the case to drag on, so *obviously* it wasn’t really a *bad* rape at all, so why should anybody care about anything except that charming silver-haired Polanski’s being persecuted? [/sarcasm]
      The inconvenient fact that he has already been convicted on the rape case and was arrested this time around for his fleeing of lawful custody at the time, and that setting a precedent whereby rich and famous people get away with fleeing lawful custody is highly undesirable and thus his arrest is very much in the public interest, is very carefully glossed over by Team Polanski. I have no doubt at all that hardly any of the celebrities saying supportive things are aware of the full facts of the case, and that’s just how Team Polanski wants it to be.

  6. Speaking of Matt Damon, Stephen and I went to see Green Zone the other night, which is the recent project of Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon (who last did Bourne together); I was thoroughly unimpressed, I have to say. It seems rather like people trying to make themselves feel better about the Iraq war by a) pointing specific fingers and b) having the nice white Marine save the day. Stephen made the good point that the CIA obv. had heavy sign off since the CIA guy comes up as pretty sympathetic. Also, there are some Michael Bay-esque action scenes that just made me want to vomit, the camera work was so “omg let us immerse you in the action”.
    Otherwise, I’ve had a rather quiet weekend after being interstate for work all week, though I’m rather dreading this week of work as it’s full of painful meetings and backlog because the lady who was covering my stuff was sick last week. :/

  7. I’ll just say that Mr Shuffles is an adorable name for an elephant.

  8. We went to hear Teddy Tahu Rhodes singing on Tuesday evening – fabulous. He has a gorgeous voice, but more than that, a gorgeous manner. He had none of that air of deigning to sing for the hoi polloi which some singers have, but a real sense of engagement with this particular audience on this particular occasion. He communicated the emotion of the songs for us, and seemed to be genuinely delighted by the applause at the end. He’s coming back to Adelaide to sing in The Pearl Fishers later this year; we are definitely going to it.
    shallow moment And he’s very easy on the eye! /shallow moment

  9. Heard a fascinating lecture last week from a Dr Anne Phillips of the LSE on whether it is inappropriate to apply the language of property to the human body. Didn’t reach any conclusions (hers or mine), but it pleases me to know that this is the level of debate going on right now. She was really trying to bring all the examples, opinions and evidence together to create a fully informed response to the issues.

  10. Am catching up, as we say here. Got a haircut on Friday, the 12th; same guy has been cutting my hair since I got my first random cut with him in 1970 at Vidal Sassoon shop in Manhattan, several weeks after giving birth (and longing for sleep). (Shortly after that, he left for a shop near my home and I continued.) For 8 years, too ill with ME/CFS, I didn’t get my hair cut at all. When he moved into a shop with steps some years ago, he started coming to the apartments of those of us who are wheelchair users or otherwise unable to “do” steps. He likes my art.
    The 13th was the anniversary of my father’s death, which happened suddenly, just after my tenth birthday. He thought I was the gift of the universe to him. That positive continued throughout the pain years of his loss. And, I finished the Countdown to 7 0 (as I’ve noted before) on Feb. 23rd, will copyright it in the US and hope to publish the log I did of art done between Jan. 4 – Feb. 23, 2010. The art project and “log” (in 31 emails to myself) of work process is a major bit for art history and I’m pleased and still recovering. Three women are reading it. It is my observation that how artists think as we work on art is a mystery to nonartists.
    It feels good to finish. Sanda Aronson

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