Sunday, July 31, 2011

Mata Hari: Friend of Foe?

I have been thinking about Mata Hari, the WWI spy (and Low-lander) who used her feminine wiles to help her get information. Can we make a case for her being a feminist, though she was absent from the Wiki-list? Is she an icon worth claiming? Do we (should we) have agency, or assert agency, over her as a complicated icon to female sexual power, sex work, and political power? Can we embrace Mata Hari without a caveat? Should we embrace Mata Hari? Can we take Fassbinder's co-option of Mata Hari (in almost verb like fashion) for the heroines of his BDR Trilogy as a path to Mata?

Talk amongst yourselves and enjoy my favorite song from Fassbinder's Lola.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Feminist Berfday Wishes

Big feministy berfday wishes to Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Franz Kafka!
Friday, July 1, 2011

Dutch Feminist Fun Facts

I'm still working on my "where are all the feminists in de Nederlands" internets project and I came across an interesting factoid. DID YOU KNOW that Vincet van Gogh's youngest sister, Wilemina (aka Wil), was a profession nurse and was part of the committee for the national exhibit of women's work, raising over 20,000 Guilders for the project? Her life went pear shaped afterward, but it's an interesting fact none the less. Right?