Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Home on my mind (updated post)

I have been watching news video items on the web chronicling the Altantuya murder case, reading more protests about the mega tower, watching the Prime Minister's wife's insipid yet chilling karaoke video and finding out that Malaysia may be bankrupt in 2019

Sigh.

I think I will tuck in early tonight and continue reading Sybil Kathigasu's war memoir, No Dram Of Mercy. She is Malaysia's famous war hero who helped the guerrillas fight against the Japanese in WWII. I will read this to remind me why I'm proud of Malaysia...

(update) I'm almost done reading this book and every time I put it down, tears well up in my eyes. (It can get embarrassing when I am reading at my office desk!)

This woman and her friends fought so bravely and mightily for our freedom.

And we frikkin throw that freedom away.

We frikkin don't deserve to claim these people as our heroes. 

WTF.

Sybil Kathigasu

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Beavering away

a 'working drawing' for Aerial Painting
When I work on a composition, I tend to forget about the difficulty involved in executing certain brushstrokes. I want to be a better painter! I want to be able to move my brush with skill and precision so that I can execute my ideas perfectly! At the moment, I am mapping out a new painting and have figured out the climactic point within the composition (yes, it is very much like music!). I just know that I will be very nervous when it comes time to make the actual painting. Such is the thrill and challenge of a new painting, every time. I am so thankful to have all my faculties intact and enjoying work like this.

And you know what? It helps to have Pulp and other 90s pop music playing in the background! :-)

Sunday, October 3, 2010

I am against murder porn

Once again, the news media is being dominated by a young woman's murder. 

I am SICK of seeing murdered girls in the news as well as on the various crime tv shows that inexplicably remain popular among viewers. 

Am I drawing a correlation between fictional mutilation of sexualized women on tv and actual violence against our womenfolk? 

You know what? It's hard not to. 

But I am not saying that murder porn is the cause of actual murders. I'm saying: Let's look at how women are being portrayed on our screens. Let's ask why these tv shows are so popular? What is so fascinating about finding out how a beautiful young woman gets dismembered?? 

Notice how crime tv always has to package Murder with Sex. Not only do the female detectives exude repressed sexuality, but week after week the victims in these shows are mutilated, often scantily clad, females. 

Try telling me that this doesn't contribute to sections of society feeling that rape and physical force is titillating. 

Let's CHANGE the way girls and women are portrayed on tv. Please read about Geena Davis' organization which monitors such media content and tries to educate content-creators about having more empowering images of women on our screens.

Related RANT here.