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“Precious” is About Women I Know
by via De-Bug
Friday Nov 13th, 2009 12:54 PM
When I saw the trailer for the new film "Precious" I cried. This film made me think alot about an old life I was too familiar with. It made me think about alot of women that I am close to. It made me think about my sister in her Tenderloin days, about that loud funny girl in class that smacked her gum too loud, about that girl in West Point who had AIDS and everyone stayed away from her, about that girl walking up and down Folsom pretending she has somewhere to go, about that teacher I use to have a crush on in middle school, about women. "Precious" women. This was their story.
Yesterday, thanks to the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) I was invited to watch a sneak preview of the film. I couldn't be objective watching this film, it gave me a sort of PTSD watching it and I even cried on my BART ride home. There has been quite the controversy of the film because some believe it perpetuates the stigma of life for African-American women. But to me it brings light and advocates a new hero to the Hollywood industry.

The film is based off of Sapphire's novel, "Push.” The film to me has arrived at a pivotal moment. It comes at a time where a 15-year-old girl in Richmond is gang raped, at a time where a lot of people call a famous pop star beating a woman a "small mishap" to his career, at a time where young women especially of color or queer in the inner-city are barely visible in the conversation of anything and ignored.

Even in the screening of the film.

The screening was filled with a queer audience because the preview was brought by Frameline – a queer production company. And if you are queer you'll notice that this is a pretty queer film.

This is not necessarily a queer film, but Sapphire is an openly bisexual woman and Lee Daniels is a gay man and together they've made a way to throw in some advocacy in this film.
The majority of the audiebce were older gay white men, maybe 80 percent.

I had heard a white man say to his partner after the movie, "it was so realistic." I envied his comment and it mirrored in disdain for every white man I saw on my BART ride home. And that was a long ass BART ride.

At the end of my BART ride I realized that I shouldn't make judgements on people who live a different life than I. They don’t know and it’s good that this film is there because sometimes people can only know through watching it at theater where they feel safe. I was just mad because this story is not just a "its so realistic" movie, it is a “women I know” movie. Women at the register that you buy coffee from in the morning that smile and say thank you. Women that all you know about them is just what you want to know about them.

The story is set in Harlem around the 80's. It is a story about Clareeice Precious Jones (played by Gabourey Sidibe) an overweight illiterate black girl whom is raped by her absent father and hence bares two of his children. Dealing with that her mother has an internal trauma misplacing her anger for her boyfriend on Precious. Monique whom plays her very first serious roles as Precious's mother takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions as the whole movie does as well. Hating her in the beginning and then empathizing in the end. Also making appearances in the film are Lenny Kravitz as a nurse, Paula Patton as her alternative school lesbian teacher and Mariah Carey as her social worker. Who I must say, makes you forget she made a film named "Glitter."

Right now, I’m typing this piece on at a One Stop on Mission sitting next to a girl I watched in a documentary a couple of years ago, maybe 5. She's from Sunnydale. My sister use to sell dope with her. At the time of the documentary she was incarcerated at a young age for shooting her brother, pregnant and came from a family where drugs and abuse mentally/ physical are normal. I know parts of her story. Its nasty, its nothing no one wants to face because they'll cry. But more or so she is sitting right next to me and she's real -- still alive with a smile working on her resume trying to get a job.

The movie "Precious" is not just a film for you to cry about and laugh at. Like the older gay white man said "it is so realistic." Maybe he chose to walk by "Precious" a couple of times while walking with his partner in the city, but she's there. And you can watch a movie and pretend that it’s just a Hollywood film but there’s always a Precious around, she's just not a movie.

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by jo
Monday Dec 7th, 2009 12:28 PM
If the show does not show causes, and disconnects cause from effect, it is nothing more than propaganda for the current Male Chauvinism that is prevelant in America today. The conquest of women began with the arrival of Empire, and for the British Tribes dates back to around 42ad and on-going to the present. With the advent of a new Millenium one would think the occasion large enough in quality and quantity for concious peoples to work for the return of the matriarchy. The elewomantry school of which has these laws. Double democracy in the polity by elecing woman equally politically, judicially and religios. That would begin to allow the woman at all levels to access half the wealth being half the people, and half the law making which is herstory and her genetic natural law of function for the specie.

Those three natural material laws of harmony and joy which do lay the basis of restoration of ecological green organic balance are predicted on EQUALITY, the cornerstone of the species harmony. With the British Tribes for example, the Roman Slaveholders Conquest of the Matrarchy and Patriarchy was achieved over a reletively short time, and the Slaveholder pens, now called prisons, were a war machine that divided the genders and provided alienation and weakening from the free lifestyle that the Slaveholders sought to destroy. The natural equality of 50-50- electing has not been restored from that time to the present time. The present dysfunctional condition of the man, woman question is a direct result of that conquest and organic ommission that by economic, political, judicial, and religios inequality imposed by the Bourgeois state destroys the natural function of the matriarchy and patriarchy to this day, leaving the working classes and the specie without the necessary ideological correctness to restore itself to natural balance which requires the reinstitution of the agricultural commune; worker controlled. In fact the present Imperialist America is making aggressive war against the workers of the world from uniting in a correct way of mutual benefit and solidarity with the planets livability.

The alienation that you see all around you is directed by the Imperialist state which is unjust and illegal in is violent suppression of the workers, women and also the plants and animals, as well as the air, land, and water. It is not now and never was a question only of skin colour.

In the pre-revolutionary China headed by the Fascist Chiang-Kai-Shek, the man, woman question of our specie was so bad that the women had to form a red woman's brigade to liberate themselves from enslaved conditions caused by feudal-big bougeois oppression. They killed the fascist males that wouldn't allow the liberation of Chinese women. That is hidden from your history almost entirely, but never the less I am doing the written work that exploses the conditions of oppression of the man, woman question globally. Workers of the world, unite!!