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A Response To ‘On Discovery’ by Maxine Hong Kingston

by Scott Frank . Friday, 9 December 2016

   On Discovery detailed a forceful and brutal transformation from man to woman in an older Chinese style. In this piece, an over-confident male explorer discovers the Land of Women. He is captured by the women, imprisoned, and subjected to physical modifications to become a woman. Over time, he accepts this change and it becomes his gender identity. Through this short tale, author Maxine Hong Kingston is relating how gender is developed over time into one’s identity, and representing a way in which oppression has been used to maintain a gender power dynamic.

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The 100 Day Decline: Trump’s Plans

by Scott Frank . Friday, 9 December 2016

In November, NPR published an article [link] outlining Donald Trump’s initial plans for his first 100 days in office. A few things stuck out to me.

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Eargasms For Your Genitals, by Marianne Toilet And The Runs Review

by Scott Frank . Saturday, 16 July 2016

Eargasms  Marianne Toilet And The Runs are an extravagant sex-positive comedic rock act from Massachusetts. This is a must see live band, which is something that doesn’t always translate well to record. In fact, more often than not, the difference is disappointingly staggering. Thankfully, this is not the case here. Eargasms For Your Genitals is a really enojyable release that effectively captures the character, hilarity, and fun of their live performance.

Eargasms opens with a rousing southwestern-style religious sermon and the origin story of Marianne Toilet and the bowel-moving manifestation which brought this wonder upon our world. Having seen them live a few times, I expected the theme to follow (sadly absent from this ep), but FiFi was a great transition. What is a fifi? A fifi is a homemade pocket pussy made with a cup, a couple sponges, and a latex glove. It’s also a great upbeat love song you just can’t stay still during. Next is Frat Guy In The Closet. We all know a few and can rejoice in his hidden happiness. Gentleman And A Scholar is the most honest ballad I have ever heard. The tragedy of Lawnmowing will bring a tear to your eye. The Blumpy? The Blumpy is a wealth of ideas buried in an endearing story of a darling lady. In this mix, we have an ep that takes us on an emotional and very horny journey from the inception of Marianne Toilet and beyond.

Marianne Toilet And The Runs write very effective rock songs about hilarious takes on the debaucherous corners of our society. Pimp d’Crip’s guitar work and both Marianne and Cami’s vocals really stand out for me with The Red Nightmare’s solid drumming keeping it moving. The humor is infectious, the songwriting is very solid, and the production is clean and strong. The idea is wonderful and the execution is brilliant.

5/5 – an absolute must have album

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