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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Holland of Milk and Honey

Jolie good show: Nate Cavalieri's take on Jolie Holland ["Song Bird," April 5] was singular and dead-on. It is a beautifully done piece and captures exactly what was taking place onstage at the concert in Austin at the Central Presbyterian Church. My seat was much closer [than Cavalieri's] place in the back of the balcony, but he missed nothing of the nuances of Jolie's performance and took the readers into the sanctuary with him. Bringing in the comments of co-producer Lemon DeGeorge, manager Chris Powers, and drummer Dave Mihaly added even more depth. This is the caliber of writer required to write about Jolie Holland's caliber of talent.

Julie Jackson Lusby
Houston, TX

Color Bind

Separate and egalitarian: So San Francisco is being made "fun of" because there are no blacks here ["Ghosts of Fillmore Past," Night & Day, April 5]. That sappy PC statement is itself laughable. Ms. [Hiya] Swanhuyser must be living on the Gold Coast section of Upper Broadway. Last time I looked, the Western Addition, the Tenderloin, Bayview, and Hunters Point were all part of San Francisco and quite black.

There is only one rule in San Francisco applicable to all races and it is the embodiment of egalitarianism: Get rich or get out.

William Hall
San Francisco

Opportunistic Knocks

Let lying Pogues lie: Matt Smith's recent columns about David Pogue's conflict of interest in writing about DriveSavers usefully raise an issue central to journalistic ethics ["The Free Press," March 15, and "Technology Disassembled," April 5]. As a consistent newspaper reader, I appreciate this; on the other hand, running the most recent column appeared overly opportunistic. After all, aren't there more substantive contemporary issues of journalistic ethics, such as the rightward drift of balance, the reluctance to hold the Bush administration to account, and the takeover of news organizations by larger entertainment industry conglomerates? Perhaps SF Weekly's editorial crew could demonstrate its ethical commitments by supporting a more serious watchdog project.

Jesse Sanford
San Francisco

Cake's Not Sweet

A brief lesson in Feminism 101: This article ["Just Desserts," Eliza Strickland, March 29] ends wondering if real women's empowerment will look different. Of course it will! The activities occurring at these Cake parties do not represent empowered women expressing their own sexuality; rather, the women are expressing what men have told them their sexuality should be. Dressing/acting in a way that inspires erections is not "female sexuality," it is females imagining male sexuality as their own. Even though Cake claims to be a safe space for women, these "liberated" ones are still acting out the lessons that men have taught them about what is sexy or attractive. The key component here is the male gaze. Men dictate what is sexy for women to do, and every aspect of this practice is geared toward making women different from men. As we learned in Feminism 101, the first key to oppressing a group of people is to make them seem different, and thus not as good as the normative standard (men, in this case). According to men, women express their sexuality by exposing their body parts, by wearing cheap crap lingerie to embellish their physical attributes, by wearing makeup to simulate a pre-orgasmic state, by wearing uncomfortable shoes that force a mincing "feminine" stride, and even by having their bodies altered in grotesque ways. Women who believe any of these actions are empowering have taken it so much to heart that they can perversely gain gratification from seeing other women objectified in this manner. In a gross twist of fate, because men are the ones with power in our culture, women feel empowered by acting like men.

Shelley [last name withheld]
San Francisco

The Player Hates You

The gamers are not amused: I'm sure by now you've received lots of e-mail or even phone calls from readers regarding your article ["Don't Hate the Player," Frances Reade, Sucka Free City, March 22].

Your article is laughable. To send someone who knows nothing about videogames other than there is/was one called Pong is like sending someone who knows only that cars have engines to an auto show. Pointless. You obviously didn't do any kind of research into the industry so that you would be familiar with some of the names and icons involved in the event. Your writing is obviously biased and has no place in the news section of this publication. Opinion maybe, news it's not.

Also, I am a regular listener to PC Gamer magazine's podcast and was quite surprised by the responses to the questions asked by them. To say that you picked this event more to mock it than to report on it points to low journalistic integrity. Your reporter came off as being unprofessional, ignorant of the material she reported on, and lacking any credibility.

Next time, try sending someone that knows the business or at least cares and has an interest.

Tor [last name withheld]
Vancouver, B.C.

In Matt Smith's column "Technology Disassembled" [April 5], the podcast "Buzz Out Loud" was misidentified as "Buzz Out Loud Lounge," which is the name of a forum discussing the show.

In last week's "Ask a Track Bike!," the author, who is a track bike, indicated that Haight and Page streets intersect. They do not. Also, the mechanical description of a track bike was incorrect. The back sprocket, or cog, is fixed to the back hub, not the back axle.

In Ryan Blitstein's feature, "Space: The Final Frontier" [March 22], we quoted Blaine Merker as referring to signs that identify public space in Union Square. In fact, he was calling attention to the sidewalk plaques that forbid trespassing in quasi-public, privately owned plazas downtown.

SF Weekly regrets the errors.


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