Feminists are funny
Yesterday after work I met the TG’s at OCC to see the Guerrilla Girls On Tour perform. They are a feminist theatre troupe that assumes the names of dead women artists and wear gorilla masks in public, concealing their identities and focusing on the issues rather than their personalities. They produce posters, billboards, public actions, books and other projects to make feminism funny and fashionable.
The show was interactive and hilarious. They did skits on Bush, McCain and Sarah Palin and showed a bunch of the posters they’ve created.
After the show they stayed for a Q and A. A woman stood up in the back and with a shaking, enraged voice said she felt disgusted and insulted by their portrayal of Bush and the Pope as gay lovers. A man stood up and started yelling about Catholic priests abusing boys and then someone else began yelling about separation of church and state.
One of the Guerrilla Girls began to say she was also Catholic, but the woman, while still yelling, headed for the exit. Adele, always tactful and seeing the larger issue, stood and called for the woman to stay. “Don’t leave!” she said, “Stay and have the discussion.” THIS is why Adele is one of my biggest role models. In the midst of people attacking each other she was, and always is, the voice of reason and the voice reminding us of the importance of communication.
After the show we met in Royal Oak for dinner and to celebrate Adele’s 35th birthday. I told them to seat us in the back because we would get loud…and we did, loud and vulgar. We talked about vibrators and then about using curse words other than bitch and douchebag. Of course we needed to see how all the new ones sounded, yelling ‘bag of dicks’ and ‘assholery’ over and over. We also discussed our plan to open a women’s center and went over information from ones that are already running in Canada. And of course we stuffed our faces with fried pickles, hummus, pizza, and veggie burgers.
10.04.08 in Uncategorized