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&mdash Alfred Adler (1870-1937)

Saturday, March 04, 2006

In between loads of laundry.

For the third time less than a week, C. and I drove down to Ottawa and back. This time, it was so she could deliver a kick-ass public talk. Part of Carleton University's Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies lecture series, her insightful, measured ruminations on sexuality, girlhood and the intersections of each within and around popular culture held the audience rapt for an hour.

Just like at her book launch, the lecture drew an unanticipated number of people: on a bitingly cold day, 50 people -- students, faculty and members of the public -- showed up. The atmposphere was deceptively casual and the assembled spectators/participants hung on her every word. I, as usual, was proud as hell.

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Here's an interesting development for those among you interested in Canadian media: the National Campus and Community Radio Association, representing 35 campus and community radio stations across Canada, adopted a (non-binding) resolution calling on its members to guarantee thirty-percent female content on its airwaves. The complete Tyee article, "Push to Get More Female Content on the Radio: 'FemCon' regulations proposed" is kind of superficial, but they cover the main points -- and the objections.

Personally, my initial criticisms are logistical: what constitutes "female content"? Is Garbage a "female band"? How about the Stars, Metric or Catatonia? These kinds of identity categories always, inevitably get messy and weird.

More thoughts later.


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