linked up: Girl Protagonists, Fbomb, Sex Trafficking, and Girl Trouble

Hello All. Today’s post contains a potpourri of links. Enjoy!

1. Caitlin, who blogs about mediated  representations of violence and horror over at Dark Room, has a new post up titled “Strange Little (Spanish) Girls.” In the post Caitlin examines two films – The Spirit of the Beehive and Cría Cuervos – that were released in the final years of the Franco regime in Spain. She explores how both films utilize girl protagonists as conduits for exploring fascism, ideological warfare, and violence. Caitlin views these girl protagonists as antecedents to the character Ofelia in Pan’s Labyrinth and connects the films to the Surrealists’ conceptions of girlhood and fantasy. Cría Cuervos is a favThe Spirit of the Beehiveorite film of mine and I highly recommend it. Though trailers for the film cast it as a sweet but odd coming-of-age tale, the film is quite dark. This is evident from the title, which does not refer to a character’s name, but rather translates to “Raise Ravens.” According to a professor I had as undergrad, and who introduced me to the film, Cría Cuervos refers to the Spanish saying: “Raise ravens and they’ll peck out your eyes.” Hardly the stuff of sugar and spice and everything nice we generally associate with girls.

2. B-Listed posted an interview with Julie Zeilinger, the teen editor and founder of the teen feminist blog, Fbomb. Zeilinger talks about how she was inspired by other feminist blogs and forums such as Jezebel and Feministing, but felt that these sites were missing teen voices. As a result she founded Fbomb, a site she manages while attending high school. Every time I see yet another article asking where have all the young feminists gone, or suggesting that younger generations embrace feminist ideals but refuse to take on the label of the “f-word,” I think of shining examples like Zeilinger. Young feminists exist(!), they are making their voices heard(!!), and they are changing today and the future(!!!).

3. The Root has a must read article up titled “Black Girls Are Still Enslaved.” In the article writer Salamishah Tillet tackles child sex trafficking and corrects many of the misconceptions about this illegal trade. The majority of media representations and literature on sex trafficking focus on international rings and the “illegal trade of young females from Eastern Europe, Cambodia and Thailand,” but Tillet argues that sex trafficking is a domestic issues as well, and one that affects hundreds of young black U.S. born girls. She contends that in order to “end the trafficking of young black girls, we must have initiatives that name the crime as such.” Moreover, Tillet argues that we – as a society – need to understand the racist implications in remaining silent about the disappearance and trafficking of hundreds young black girls. In order to combat and end the heinous practice of sex trafficking, we need to assert that black girls’ lives are valued in this country and worthy of protection from sex trafficking.

4. Last but not least, Nicole Levitz reviews the documentary Girl Trouble over at Feminist Review. Girl Trouble is set in San Francisco and examines the lives of three teens who’ve been in and out of the juvenile justice system. Directed by Lexi Leban and Lidia Szajko, the documentary spans over 4 years of these girls’ lives and addresses how the juvenile justice system often gives up on girls, rather than helping them rehabilitate and change their circumstances to the best of their abilities. Girl Trouble is not currently available through Netflix. Also though it aired on PBS’ series Independent Lens, the video for Girl Trouble is no longer available online. However, the PBS site has more information on the documentary and a Q & A with the directors. Below is a trailer for Girl Trouble:

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~ by actyourage09 on April 13, 2010.

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