UPCOMING PRESENTATIONS of FEM NOIR:
Saturday October 19 Gabriola BC – SOLD OUT
Thursday November 14th First Unitarian Hall, 595 Townsite Rd. Nanaimo BC doors 7/show 7:30, tickets $20 available now at eventbrite. This performance is a joint fundraiser for Haven Society (Nanaimo) which has been providing services to women and children for almost 40 years.
LENGTH: 90 minutes with no intermission
RATING: adult subject matter, not suitable for young audiences, some profanity, lots and lots of feminism
THE SHOW: FEM NOIR is a Power Point-driven show held together by an original script. The show title comes from Film Noir, a genre of movie which was created post WW2, and was marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace especially when it comes to women. Rather like today only with hats and gloves. Film Noir specialized in conveying an oppressive no way out ethos with a sense of entrapping darkness – especially when it came to women. Again, just like today only without restraining orders.
FEM NOIR is divided into two basic sections. The first, which runs around 60 minutes, covers the 2,500-year history of sexism, defined loosely as the slippery conviction that women are innately inferior to men. Along the way I dismantle the notion of HISTERIA (sic), the all-purpose, ambidextrous charge leveled at women throughout history. There is quite a bit of humour in this first section because a great deal of the material is ripe for parody. An example would be the widely held notion that the womb was a separate animal wandering around in a woman’s body like an itinerant hobo. What’s a girl to do with something like this?
The second section runs around 30 minutes, explores the relationship between sexism and misogyny; and the way that violence against women in Canada is a direct result of that relationship.
WHY THIS SHOW NOW:
With FEM NOIR I want to offer a more holistic, cumulative perspective on the situation facing women today, rather than the ‘divide and conquer’ style which typically distributes information in segments so that we never get the whole story. Feminism itself has been broken up into waves even though no other civil rights movement has been parsed out this way.
I consider myself a strong and informed feminist and yet I had no idea until I researched this show, that so many attempts had been made by world powers such as the UN, to end violence against women. I also didn’t realize that we were still trying to make women and girls responsible to protect ourselves from stranger danger when we know with certainty, that the risk is overwhelmingly located within our intimate relationships with men.
What we don’t know can hurt us.
As a second-wave feminist approaching my 70th birthday, with more and more people around me starting to shuffle off this mortal coil, I found myself asking “is there anything I still want to say about the state of affairs for women?”
FEM NOIR is my answer.