INTERVIEW WITH GEFFEN³

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GEFFEN³, consisting of Geffen, Kakaokatze and Wijnstijn, is trying to bring the punkrock  and good ol’ pop back in electronic music. Why I feature them in here? Because it’s out of the ordinary dancefloor sound that enables you to feel somewhat intellectual while grooving! The lyrics are straight to the point but still filled with subtile hints, the sound is energetic but never stressy. And I deem this combi as a good way to perfection.

Listen yourself:

Oh, and because they appear to be really nice folks, too.

You can also enjoy some of their music on myspace.com/geffen3

Here’s GEFFEN³:

1. Tell us about your music – what you love about it, what inspires you, etc.

g3: The insparation is people, relationships, love and hate.

And of course foood !

So we put all our joy and sadness, our carelessness and seriousness in one pot, cook them 2gether till the delicious meal is ready.

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Tea mixture for period cramps

 

Take 30 grammes of stinging nettle herb, lady’s mantle and white deadnettle herb and mix it with 20 grammes of stinging nettle’s seeds and yarrow.

Put half a litre of boiling water over 3 tea spoons of the herb mixture and let it brew for 5-8 minutes. Then pour it through a filter.

As long as the cramps appear, drink 2 cups every morning.Image

Poem from Dayna

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Past issues

(contribution from the Mixed Issue)

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 am more than solid

I’m myself, me in seventeen different

flavours

My songs are flowers

and your words are guilt free.

I’m dreaming in open eyes

laugh like ripe fruit

Smile

the weather is better

inside yourself.

branch and sunset,

bread and water

kisses fluent in goodbye

underneath street light

reflecting

heart struck eyes

I peel away to a

better place

We make magick in the

spaces between my fingers.

I am still, in passing

Honest like the open

sky

Promises making

this painless

run away with

me and my ambitions.

Stars explode the stereo

and my eyes are in your direction

swinging towards

something just past my mind.

The pavement

welcomes us

to how it’s supposed to be.

(written by Dayna)

http://www.myspace.com/bata_motel

Girl thinking stuff

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Past issues

(orioginall appeared in  Wolverette’s Mixed Issue)

GIRL THINKING STUFF

What are your first thoughts when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you still get out of bed at all? High five for you. That’s cool.

Do you ever count your daily sins? Like, what you think sins are. And what other people think sins are. Is there a difference between both? And which? Because sometimes it’s sure hard to find the loopholes in society that hold you back from living.

Did you brush your teeth today? How often? Do you like the taste of toothpaste on your tongue? And why? Does it give you the feeling of doing something right, makes it feel you fresh and hygienic cause it tastes like mint? What i fit didn’t taste like anything?

I didn’t comb my hair today.

Are you on your period today? Do you tell people you are? Why? Or why not? I like my menstruation. Some girls don’t I wonder what makes the difference. It can’t be only about having cramps or not.

What was the last time you went out on the streets, completely without any make-up? Do you think „This is my face!“ Or is your made up face more familiar to you by now?

Recognizing a thin Line

Posted: July 8, 2013 in Past issues

I’m a lucky girl. I am 26 years old and I cannot say that I am scarred in any way when it comes to sexual harrassment, being molested, rape, and the likes. Sure – there HAS been sexual harrassment. But nothing that really hurt me.

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I have to say I am quite self-esteemed and what happened to me most likely would’ve been a lot more hurtful for other girls. I also have seen so many times how women got into really uncomfortable situations when a guy didn’t know when it’s time to stop.

The advice I usually give is: search the public. If you scream at him, if you hit him, whatever – if you are LOUD, people will turn around and actually recognize that there is a girl with an unwelcome guy around her. This gives the folks around you the opportunity to take an eye on you if necessary instead of thinking this is a private issue or maybe just playful banter between a flirting couple.

But there are situations when public just isn’t around.

We all know that most cases of rape happen within the family or a circle of friends.

I still cannot imagine how this must be like and I am dead glad I don’t have to. To recognize that it is WRONG what people who should encourage, love and respect you must be a huge thing to master. To turn against them even more.

But as for someone like me who has an awesome family and great friends it always was seen as quite unevitable that girls who experience must , at least inside of them, feel the need to fight back, even if they don’t dare to.

Until I remembered some things from my past.

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Have fun!

 

You don’t have to signal a social conscience by looking like a frump.  Lace knickers won’t hasten the holocaust, you can ban the bomb in a feather boa just as well as without, and a mild interest in the length of hemlines doesn’t necessarily disqualify you from reading Das Kapital and agreeing with every word.  ~Elizabeth Bibesco


Women are all female impersonators to some degree.  ~Susan Brownmiller

 

I didn’t want to be a boy, ever, but I was outraged that his height and intelligence were graces for him and gaucheries for me.  ~Jane Rule

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.  ~Gloria Steinem

 

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage.  Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort.  ~Sydney Smith


I’ve spent most of my life walking under that hovering cloud, jealousy, whose acid raindrops blurred my vision and burned holes in my heart.  Once I learned to use the umbrella of confidence, the skies cleared up for me and the sunshine called joy became my faithful companion.  ~Astrid Alauda

 

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.  ~Sonya Friedman

 

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.  Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.  It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.  We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?  Actually, who are you not to be?  You are a child of God.  Your playing small does not serve the world.  There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.  We are all meant to shine, as children do.  We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.  It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone.  And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.  As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.  ~Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of “A Course in Miracles,” 1992

 

Let the world know you as you are, not as you think you should be, because sooner or later, if you are posing, you will forget the pose, and then where are you?  ~Fanny Brice

 

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You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny.  The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.  ~Irene C. Kassorla

Classroom Gender Issues

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Past issues

As a post-graduate teaching student I have studied literature relating specifically to the topic of gender issues in the classroom and the difference in attainment between the sexes. Through my reading I identified four key areas of study and discussion which particularly interested me. Several of the pieces of literature I looked at made reference to the ways in which boys and girls learn, “suggesting gender differences in how individuals think” (Bleach 1998, citing Kohn 1995, page 3). This was a recurring theme and appeared in strongly feminist literature by authors such as Skelton, Francis and MacNaughton, as well as less politically-motivated works. I knew from my own practical experience that boys and girls behaved differently in the classroom, as in any situation, so it does stand to reason that their preferred learning styles will vary. However, I disliked this way of thinking of the two genders as being completely abstract and different from one another; surely all children (and indeed all adults) are an individual composition of gender, social and natural factors. Skelton and Francis also take into account the idea that perhaps male and female teachers teach differently, or “that boys perceive their male teachers in a [more] positive light” (2003, page 7), yet point out that no study has yet identified a “positive link between higher numbers of male teachers and increased primary schoolboy attainment” (2003, page 7).

 

 

Several authors discussed social class and background, considering it to be a key factor central to a child’s educational potential. It has been put forward that children from white, middle-class backgrounds are much more likely to succeed academically than counterparts from ethnic minority or working-class backgrounds (Holt 1990; Francis 2000; Skelton and Francis eds. 2003; Mackinnon et al. eds. 1998). I found this interesting and this is an idea that, on the whole, educators do accept as fact. Indeed “we can expect to see many more poor and/or non-white children” (Holt 1990, page 7) struggling academically, in comparison their wealthier, white peers. While this is an interesting factor to consider and explore in a study on attainment in school, it is not very applicable to my own research, as all the children in the class in which my study and work took place are of white backgrounds, and the vast majority come from wealthy, middle-class families.

 

 

A further recurrent theme in the works I studied was the idea of children studying ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ subjects at school and consequently moving on to gender-biased careers or places of work (Mackinnon et al. eds. 1998; Coffey and Acker 1991; Bleach 1998). These so-called ‘feminine’ subjects have been identified as creative, language-based subjects, while mathematics and science subjects are considered more ‘masculine’. This idea does seem to feed into my own research and subsequent findings, as the girls in the class I worked with did prefer subjects such as literacy, art and music, perhaps because of a natural aptitude for the subjects. I found that the boys performed slightly better in mathematics than in literacy. The final key theme I identified in the literature was the construction of masculinity by schoolboys. The idea that boys need to create their gender identity by behaving in a certain social manner, such as domination of physical space in the classroom (MacNaughton 2000), as a way of accounting for poor behaviour and attainment featured strongly in feminist literature.

 

(written by Amy Louise Cunningham)

 

 

REFERENCES

 

Francis, B. and Skelton, C. eds., (2001) Investigating gender: Contemporary perspectives in education, Buckingham: Open University Press

 

Francis B. and Skelton, C. (2005) Reassessing Gender and Achievement, Oxon: Routledge

 

Head, J. (1999) Understanding the Boys: Issues of Behaviour and Achievement, London: Falmer Press

 

Skelton, C. and Francis, B. eds., (2005) A Feminist Critique of Education: 15 years of gender education, Oxon: Routledge

 

Francis, B. (2005) Not/Knowing their place: Girls’ classroom behaviour In: Lloyd, G. ed. Problem Girls: Understanding and supported troubled and troublesome girls and young women. [online] Routledge/Google books, pp9-22 (only page 9-12 are available online), Available from [Accessed on 7thJuly 2008]