Linda Stirling Unmasked: The Black Whip

: Dragged from her chariot by a mob of fanatical vigilante Christian monks, the revered astronomer was stripped naked, skinned to her bones with sharp oyster shells, stoned and burned alive as possibly the first executed witch in history. A kind of purge that was apparently big business back then.



June 2008 top five films (for men only?)

There is a disproportionate number of horror films being serve up to the willing public this June

BOX OFFICE DOMINATION LIST (taken from Web Site: Rotton Tomatoes)
66% The Incredible Hulk $55.4M
87% Kung Fu Panda $33.6M
21% The Happening $30.5M
34% You Don't Mess with the Zohan $16.4M
77% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull $14.7

Film often reflects what is not covered in the News, The documentaries bring us current events or past events worth contemplating today. Fantasy films that rise to the top reflect the emotional state, the private emotional lives that beg to be addressed.

Film is a healing source, a pleasurable one, done to a public, to be enjoyed privately

With that in mind, this trend towards horror films, is alarming. I have not personally seen any of them and hope that I continue to successfully avoid this experience of adult viewing however the trend, not the quality of production is what concerns me.

These films serve the same function as "rides' at Coney Island or disney world or whatever "amusement park' is in your vicinity.

The rides are precursors of emotional experiences yet to happen or a reflection on the emotional experience that is currently dominate in your life. Specifically fear.

We are living in a time of free floating anxiety stimulated by the radical change in weather that is uprooting the lives and domiciles of formerly secured abodes and ways of life. And the perpetual War without cause or an invisible undefinable cause begging for limit by definition. the menacing "terrorist" is always on our minds. it is a War against an enigmatic enemy located not just in Iraq but throughout the world. And the remedy of Collective punishment prevails.We are all in the line of fire.

We are living in terrifying times and how to we continue to live as if we are on the same ordianry course of existance that has been know for year upon year and assumed to be ever lasting?

Children love to be afraid., They start with hide and seek and go on to the Rides, the Cyclone, the mini bumper cars. All these rides allow the terrifying experiences in life and our responsive fear to get experienced in a controlled setting.

Personally, I'd rather go on a ride then see the Hulk or the Panda attacked or the Happening.

But maybe that's because I'm a woman and these big men protrayed in all their glory never resonated with me. It's the real man I fear but i have spent a life time living with that fear. Have you?

This is an interactive blog.

your response is welcomed.

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective
Rotten tomatoes: Witches Brew

1 comment:

  1. What do you mean with Kung Fu Panda? it must be a heavy joke... I hope so... because I think it was the worst movie this year.