Thoughts on Sady Doyle’s Interview

0 Comments | Posted on Aug 21 2019 in Writings

“Horror is a soothing genre.. It’s upfront about how scary it is to be a woman.”

I was sold the moment I read this headline, and even moreso when I saw the picture of Medusa under it. Medusa got a bad rap, but that is another story.

I have been a feminist for years but I have been a horror fan even longer. I’ve slowly sussed out why I became a horror fan. Horror gave a terrified, and I don’t use that phrase lightly, terrified little girl the means to explore being afraid in a way that inured me to the feeling. I was consistently frightened as a little girl by men that I honestly feel hated women, or at the very least feared them in a way that made attacking them and tearing them down the biggest thing they did day to day. And any time I stuck out or didn’t defer I was attacked both emotionally and physically.

And that is what got me into horror.

Why horror is important to me now is exactly what Sady Doyle talks about.

“I find that horror is almost a soothing genre, because it’s very validating. It’s often not that far [removed] from reality. It uses dream logic to tell its story, but it’s still one of the few genres that’s really upfront about how scary it is to be a woman and how much violence goes into a woman’s life.”

Whenever people talk about feminism in horror they immediately talk about final girls, and I don’t want to talk about them. Final girls gave me my start, it gave me a means to see myself in a film, which was a great start. But final girls are for men, honestly. Purity, character building through suffering, young, nubile, beautiful… They are everything men want them to be. They are little horror surviving dolls, at least until the sequel comes out.

I saw a funny tweet the other day,
a tweet and a comment…
“Modern feminism is an attack on men.”
with the reply “Not all men.”

Haha, right?

Rotten Tomatoes recently had to change their policy on allowing reviews of movies before they come out theatrically. Apparently men hate women starring in, directing, or being the primary subject matter in movies so much that they will provide review after review, before they have even seen the movie, on how much they hate the movie, the star, the director, and the system that allowed that movie to be made. They hate Social Justice Warriors for daring to say that women, and gays, people of color, or of whatever difference from them, should be treated with the same respect as men.

Which brings up another little fun online quote.

“If women want equality, we should be able to hit them.”

The hatred and abuse is constant.

Being female brings a constant attack every day.

I was raised from infancy surrounded by physical and emotional abuse.
The first time a man touched my genitals and asked me if I liked it, I was 8 years old.
I was 12 or 13 years old the first time a man commented and yelled at me on the street
I have consistently been just a little afraid walking places by myself or riding the bus alone.
Many times men have used close proximity to touch me or rub against me in public.
I have been harassed online and in person by men my entire life.

All of these experiences are power plays, and based in anger and a want to hurt others.

Women deal with men’s anger every single day.

We are angry, we are afraid; we want to choose different paths, different roles. And horror movies talk about this. Even when it’s made by a man to say, ”Isn’t she fucking horrible!!” we grab it and claim it and say,

“OH MY FUCKING GOD YES, THAT IS MY ANGER, THAT IS ME, THAT IS MY HATRED AND FEAR AND THE CORNER THAT I HAVE BEEN SHOVED INTO!!”

The Witch, Hereditary, Midsommar, Ex Machina, Stepford Wives, Under the Skin.

And then you have the ones we make and it’s filled with our anger and rage or even our depression.

The Babadook, Raw, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Jennifer’s Body.

Because there is horror that exists for girls that aren’t chaste. There is horror out there that exists for women. And it tells our stories like nothing else that I have found. So I watch horror, I watch it and rejoice, and rage, and cry, for the stories of the women on the screen. And I feel a little better for a little while, and sometimes that is as good as I can get.

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 100: Movies That Made Us!

0 Comments | Posted on Aug 04 2019 in Episodes

Hey, Latin Illiterates, it’s our big one-oh-oh, and for this extra-sized centennial episode Jennifer Lovely and Rhias Hall had the wonderful idea to get their friends together and talk about the 5 movies that most influenced their lives.

To that end, they gathered Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School , Monty Ashley of The Incomparable Podcast Network, Jeff Harris of Fanboy News Network , and lil’ ol’ me, Handsome Husband Jim.

You’ll learn a lot about us as people, how kids are sheltered from violent media unlike in our day (also get off our lawns), movies that were made by piles of cocaine, and hear the shriek of the Man-Bat.

Thanks for listening, folks, and here’s to another 100!

We are back up! (I hope)

0 Comments | Posted on Aug 02 2019 in Site News

The crazy site migration is all done, and hopefully everyone’s feeds will be back to normal shortly (iTunes is lagging behind, naturally). We have a new RSS feed, http://www.dontreadthelatin.com/feed/podcast which is also linked to above on the site buttons. You may need to refresh, or even unsubscribe/resubscribe if it’s not showing up properly soon.

Now, to work on editing this long 100th episode so it can go up next week!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 99: Horror on the Road!

0 Comments | Posted on Jul 15 2019 in Episodes

No, no, dear listeners, we didn’t go anywhere, but Jennifer Lovely and Rhias Hall are going to share their favorite movies that happen on the road! (Okay, Jen and I went on vacation to Vegas, but we flew there)

Plus they give their first Three From the Vault recommendations! And there’s an appearance by Max the Yelling Cat! Enjoy!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 98: Hispanic Horror!

0 Comments | Posted on Jun 30 2019 in Episodes

Hello again, Latin Listeners, this time Rhias Hall and Jennifer Lovely look at Spanish spookiness, Mexican macabre, Honduran horror, and Venezuelan… vampirism? Okay, that kind of got away from me there.

Plus, your hosts out themselves as pro wrestling fans, and you’ll hear Rhias use the term, “Inferred boners”, which is now the name of my Motley Crue cover band. Enjoy!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 97: Pets Gone Bad!

0 Comments | Posted on Jun 16 2019 in Episodes

Welcome back, deer listeners, as it’s time for another episode of Don’t Read the Latin! This time, Jennifer Lovely and Rhias Hall are coming atcha with their favorite movies about our domesticated buddies taking matters into their own paws! Side note: Rhias says the movie Roar is about lions, but I seem to remember it being about tigers. I think this bears more research. Oh, my!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 96: Horror From The UK!

0 Comments | Posted on May 26 2019 in Episodes

I say, did you know that the English Isles aren’t all Doctor Who and the original Office? Well, Rhias Hall and Jennifer Lovely are here to help round out your knowledge of UK horror with what they’ve enjoyed. Rhias gets historical, Jennifer gets modern, so no matter your preference they have you covered. Pip pip and cheerio, and whatnot!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 95: Crypticon Revisited!

0 Comments | Posted on May 12 2019 in Episodes

Hey, Latineers, Jennifer Lovely and Rhias Hall just got back from Crypticon, one of the most beloved horror conventions in the northwest, and they want to tell you all about it! They’re joined by Jillian Venters of
Gothic Charm School, who went to Crypticon for the first time! You should make next year your first time too!

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 94: Folk Horror!

1 Comment | Posted on Apr 22 2019 in Episodes

Hey there, it’s time for another Don’t Read the Latin! This time around, Rhias Hall and Jennifer Lovely talk about folk horror. They’re not on the same page as to what makes a movie folk horror, but Max the yelling cat soon sets them straight.

Don’t Read The Latin! Episode 93: You Should Watch This!

0 Comments | Posted on Apr 07 2019 in Episodes

Hey Latin fans, we’re back again, and this time around Rhias Hall was under the weather, so Jennifer Lovely called an audible and brought in me, Handsome Husband Jim for a show about hidden gems from the last 10 years. We have different tastes, so they’re very different lists.

We also go over a couple of new movies, like Pet Sematary, but we cut the spoilery stuff to go after the credits. So if you want the whole truth of our opinions, keep listening like it was a Marvel movie for that after-credits goodness!