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Time to get sad in episode 67, in which we discuss what we’re calling the ‘sad girl aesthetic,’ or the intentional cultivation of a sad, feminine image. What’s so appealing about this kind of aesthetic? What does its popularity represent in a deeper sense? Why sadness? Why? We’re diving into The Virgin Suicides, The Love Witch, and the oeuvre of Lana Del Rey to find out.
Warning: There’s some discussion of suicide and brief mentions of sexual violence. We also don’t censor our swearing.
What Missy’s Been Up To:
My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame
Lost Memories Dot Net
What Merri’s Been Up To:
Motor Crush by Brenden Fletcher, Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, Heather Danforth, and Aditya Bidikar
Silk by Robbie Thompson, Stacey Lee, Ian Herring, and Travis Lanham
Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Female Gaze: Lana Del Rey, I Love Dick, And The Love Witch by Meaghan Garvey
“I’m Actually Trying to Create a Film for Women”: Anna Biller on The Love Witch by Steve Macfarlane
Reading Bored White Girls by Morgan Jerkins
GIRLS OWN THE VOID by Audrey Wollen
How girls are finding empowerment through being sad online by Lucy Watson (We didn’t talk about this on the episode because we found it too late, but it’s a good read)