“Save me, sugar me” – Jesus Freaks, Ladyfest & A Free Mix
“Save me, save me
Baby, baby sugar me
Gotta get my candy free” (Lynsey De Paul)
This morning started with a Jesus Freaks phone call. They wanted to put up a show or a church service at our location. I told them we don’t do that cause we don’t want to help them spread their message. The guy tried to convince me by saying: ‘but there already was a Jesus Freaks event at your location’. I told him that only happened cause no one told us that it was connected to the Jesus Freaks and that we don’t like their message. Still he kept up his social education worker tone and asked me sympatheticly: “Ach, and that one time you had a bad experience? I’m sorry about that.. blabla”. Oh, how I hate these brainwashed/brainwashing self-righteous mask of infinite politeness that undermines any possibility for discussion. Actually I don’t even want to discuss anything with them. I find Jesus Freaks intolerable and dangerous. Religion as a pseudo-rebellious youth movement that in reality is as conservative and right wing as a youth movement can get, building communities on emotional kitsch and old-testamentarian slogans coming with punk music, homosexuality depicted as disease, patriarchal and hierarchic structures, and so on. I really wish they weren’t that successful.
Today I wanted to write a review on the last week-end, on three awesome and exhausting days of Ladyfest Nuremberg but I have to put that off. It was an incredible and intense experience that touched me more than I would have thought it would. When we had started planning for it months ago, I had thought of myself as a woman that is not afraid to claim her rights. Part of my motivation for Ladyfest was to create an event that encourages other women to also dare doing the things they want to do, even if it’s something that’s usually done mainly by men and to see how easy it is to speak up against everyday gender-based restrictions. Looking back that feels a bit presumptuous. I have to say I’ve realised that there still are many many everyday occurrences in which I rather shut up and avoid an uncomfortable situation or lengthy discussion. I’ve also realised that I often (or at least more often than I would like me to) think from a “male” point of view. Thinking it’s easier to organise things with boys, just because I’m used to it. Sometimes even thinking boys are less touchy than girls, and more entertaining, maybe because they more often tend to draw the attention on themselves in a group, or just because there’s still mostly boys playing bands I watch, etc. I’m even afraid I sometimes act a bit like your average male macho towards a girl. Not all the time, but I realise that it’s there in my thoughts towards women who are not outstandingly strong persons.
Well, the presence of all the active and cute ladies on this week-end really made me feel good. Empowered even. It’s a shame that we have to create events with a dominating female community feel artificially. I had one “wow, she’s awesome, I’ve fallen in love!” experience after the other, sometimes when I watched a woman quickly solving an organisational problem or when I watched a female artist on stage.. ach, there were so many nice little incidents, my head is still so full of all the impressions.
The only thing that really sucked is that someone stole my cute pink Timbuk2 bag with the World/Inferno patch with my purse and digicam. I hope you die a slow and painful death! Woof! :(
I had made a soli-mix for the Ladyfest, including some bootleg mixes and some great songs by mostly female artists. Most of you will know a lot of the songs but if you want to enjoy it as a 74 minutes seamless party mix – suck it from here (rightclick and ‘save as’):
This is the tracklist:
EVE MASSACRE: What It Feels Like For A Lady = BEASTIE BOYS: Hey Ladies vs. MADONNA: What It Feels Like For A Girl (+ P. Oakenfold RMX) vs. FUGAZI: Suggestion
EVE MASSACRE: Tom’s Diner Continues = SUZANNE VEGA: Tom’s Diner vs. DJ KOZE: Das Geklöppel Continues
PARTYBEN: Get Laid With Khia = KHIA: My Neck My Back vs. LAID BACK: White Horse
EVE MASSACRE: Amoeba Lost Control = ADA: Arriba Amoeba vs. ELLEN ALIEN: Alles sehn (MÄRTINI BRÖS RMX) vs. COBRA KILLER & THE HOLON: Heavy Rotation vs. FANNYPACK: Nunu vs. BLACKEYED PEAS: Shut Up vs. MISSY ELLIOTT: Lose Control vs. THE FAINT: The Conductor vs. SHANNON: Let The Music Play (vs. speech synthesizer JOY DIVISION: She’s Lost Control)
EVE MASSACRE: In Fact You’re Just A Lovefool = THE ROBOCOP KRAUS: In Fact You’re Just Fiction vs. THE CARDIGANS: lovefool
ARTHUR DOLLY & TERRY MCDON: The Buckie Done Don = M.I.A.: Buckie Done Gun vs. ?
AVENUE D: You Love This Ass
JULIET: Avalon (THIN WHITE DUKE RMX)
MCSLEAZY: P-P-Pushover = SALT’N’PEPA: Push It vs SOPHIE ELLIS-BEXTOR: Get Over You
PJ HARVEY: Down By The Water (Blue Eyed Whore RMX)
LE TIGRE: Hot Topic
MISS FRENCHIE: Fuck’em Boyo = THE CLASH: Wrong’em Boyo vs. PEACHES: Fuck The Pain Away
THE HIGHWAY STARS feat. ALICE: Fucky Funky Music
MARIT BERGMAN: Adios Amigos
STELLA: Bosses Of The Soul
THE NOISETTES: Don’t Give Up
BOSS HOG: Winn Coma
60 STORIES: Countdown
SLEATER-KINNEY: I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone
HELIUM: Leon’s Space Song
MIRAH: Million Miles