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GIRLS GET BUSY’S BLOG TAKEOVER: Peachy Keen Collective - Day 5

So it’s the last day and the last post of Peachy Keen’s blog takeover here at GGB. I’ve really enjoyed their posts and hope that you have too! Here are 5 books that they’ve recommend we all check out, and I just want to give a massive thank you to Peachy Keen Collective ♥

The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath - Karen V. Kukil

Sylvia Plath’s journals were originally published in 1982 in a heavily abridged version authorized by Plath’s husband, Ted Hughes. This new edition is an exact and complete transcription of the diaries Plath kept during the last twelve years of her life. Sixty percent of the book is material that has never before been made public, more fully revealing the intensity of the poet’s personal and literary struggles, and providing fresh insight into both her frequent desperation and the bravery with which she faced down her demons.

The Gendered Object - Pat Kirkham

From Barbie and Action Man to guns via bicycles, perfume and trainers, The gendered object is an intriguing collection of new writing on the way in which objects of everyday life are made socially acceptable and ‘appropriate’ for women or men. What does the Strawberry Shortcake doll tell us about views of the adult female body? When does the necktie become anti-establishment? How does a woman relate to a washing machine? And can a hearing aid really be gendered? These questions are answered and many others raised in this entertaining study of design for men and women.

I’ll Be Your Mirror - Nan Goldin

Based on an exhibition of the same title at the Whitney Museum of American Art this collection of more than 300 pictures documents the alternative culture of Nan Goldin’s friends and acquaintances in the arty bohemian substrata of Manhattan. Goldin turns her camera outward to record transvestites carousing in downtown clubs and the social impact of AIDS and drugs; and inward to look with unblinking intimacy at her friends, her lovers of both sexes, and herself. She records her boyfriend masturbating. She shows him on the toilet. She shows her own battered face in a mirror after he beats her up. She traces the decline and death of her friend Cookie Mueller. Goldin has created a stark record of her urban demi-monde.

The World According to Garp - John Irving

This is the life and times of T. S. Garp, the bastard son of Jenny Fields - a feminist leader ahead of her times. It is also the life and death of a famous mother and her almost-famous son; theirs is a world of sexual extremes - even of sexual assassinations. It is a novel rich with 'lunacy and sorrow’; yet the dark, violent events of the story do not undermine a comedy both ribald and robust. It provides almost cheerful, even hilarious evidence of its famous last line: “In the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases.”

Power of Feminist Art: The American Movement of the 1970’s History and Impact - Norma Broude & Mary D. Garrard

Since its inception just over 30 years ago, the Feminist Art movement has presented a challenge to mainstream modernism that has radically transformed the art world. In The Power of Feminist Art, coeditors Norma Broude and Mary D. Garrard, professors of art history at The American University in Washington, D.C., bring together many of the influential art historians, critics, and artists who participated in the events of the 1970s. Together, they have created this landmark volume, the first history and analysis documenting this fertile and dynamic period of artistic growth.



GIRLS GET BUSY BLOG TAKEOVER: Peachy Keen Collective - Day 2

Today Peachy Keen Collective share their favourite people with us:

Mariah Carey - her self esteem is an inspiration to me, she just really doesn’t care what people think. She also is amazing at making Nick Cannon’s life seem the best and the worst at the same time.

Courtney Stodden - someone who believes in every woman doing whatever makes her happy, and also runs the best twitter account.

Jenny Holzer - one of the most important female contemporary artists of our time.

Sailor Moon - not a real person, but a positive female role model for girls everywhere.

Lisa Simpson - another cartoon character, but another great female role model never afraid to raise her voice against what she finds wrong.

Nan Goldin - a photographer that helped bring attention to many issues such as AIDS and domestic abuse through her photographs.

Sarah Lucas - an artist exploring gender through her sculptures that show off her dark sense of humor.

Marina Abramovic - enough said.

Maud Lewis - the most inspirational painter, with beautiful imagery.

Shirin Neshat - another groundbreaking female artist with incredible installations.

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GIRLS GET BUSY’S BLOG TAKEOVER: Peachy Keen Collective - Day 3

Today Peachy Keen Collective share some of their favourite Youtube videos with us!

Above: Alex Bag - Untitled “Fall ‘95” [London Punk Girls]
PK: Alex Bag’s performances are a huge inspiration

Elizabeth Murray - Bop

Nathan Fielder - Thin Watermelon
PK: Nathan Fielder is probably the only comedian currently on comedy central that isn’t gross

Gillian Robespierre - Obvious Child
PK: a really great short film starring Jenny Slate about abortion

The Shangri-Las’ Mary Weiss Gives Dating and Gift Advice

At Home with Mykki Blanco

Baby Otters Swim in the Bathtub
PK: this is my favorite “cute animal” video on youtube

Vito Acconci - Untertone 1972 (extract)

Kara Walker on her “Uneasy Relationship” with her Imagination

The People Vs Brooke Candy: Reclaiming The Word “Slut”


GIRLS GET BUSY BLOG TAKEOVER: Peachy Keen Collective - Day 5

Today Peachy Keen Collective share some of their favourite movies with us!

Earth Girls Are Easy - 1988 (above)

Earth Girls are Easy is an American musical comedy film directed by Julien Temple. It stars Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, Michael McKean, Julie Brown, Charles Rocket, Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans. The film’s tagline being “An out-of-this-world, down-to-earth comedy adventure”. The film’s plot is based on the song “Earth Girls Are Easy” from Julie Brown’s 1984 mini-album Goddess In Progress.

Blue Velvet - 1986

Blue Velvet is an American mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. The movie exhibits elements of both film noir and surrealism. The film stars Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper and Laura Dern. The title is taken from The Clovers’ 1955 song of the same name. Although initially detested by some mainstream critics, the film is now widely acclaimed, and earned Lynch his second Academy Award nomination for Best Director.

Reclaiming The Body - 1995

After many decades of struggle, women have attained a strong presence in today’s art world, as evidenced by the many exhibitions devoted to their work. Loosely based on the two-part BAD GIRLS exhibition at The New Museum of Contemporary Art in Manhattan, Reclaiming the Body goes beyond the scope of the exhibition to include other significant contributors to feminist art. The film spans three generations of artists, from Louise Bourgeois to Janine Antoni, in order to give an overview of the history of this important movement from the 1960s to the present day.

Marina Abramovi: The Artist is Present - 2012

This feature-length documentary film takes us inside Marina’s world, following her as she prepares for what may be the most important moment of her life: a major retrospective of her work, taking place at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. To be given a retrospective at one of the world’s premiere museums is, for any living artist, the most exhilarating sort of milestone. For Marina, it is far more: it is the chance to finally silence the questions she has been hearing over and over again for four decades: “but why is this art?”

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GIRLS GET BUSY BLOG TAKEOVER: Peachy Keen Collective - Day 1

A mix made by Peachy Keen Collective for Girls Get Busy as part of their Blog Takeover.

Featuring Liz Phair, Mariah Carey, Billie Holiday, Molly Nilsson and more!