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|Posted by Admin on February 14, 2016 at 12:20 AM|
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|Posted by Admin on June 5, 2014 at 7:35 PM|
Check out pics from last night's red carpet VIP media launch in Glasgiw for 'EVIL IS...' over at M.J. Martin's Official Facebook Page - here.
As well as select industry, VIP and special guests - producers from Bad Pony Media were also in attendance at Peckhams in the heart of the Merchant City - as well as some of the new faces from TV drama series NINETY EIGHT PERCENT, including; Jennifer Silva (Chelsea), Alex McPhail (Pete), Kieron Larkin (Mark), Rachel Leonard (Jenny), Jan Douglas (Janett) and Anne McIntyre (Donna).
Also in attendance was special guest Kim Hughes from comedy series 'Idiot's Guide to Becoming a Film Maker', currently filming in Glasgow - who read some excerpts from the book, and joined a panel of speakers including Louise Graham, Sarah Miles, Hazel MacGregor and Jennifer Silva to discuss the role of women in film, TV and media.
Hollywood and London guests joined via video link, including; Karen Keech Swerling, Claire-Monique Martin, Billy Hayes, Robin Shelby and Sean Spence - with additional well wishes from stars including Ethan Reynolds, Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degeneres and Ninety Eight Percent series star Mary Waters (Mary MacFarlane).
Special thanks to Geo Wright at Wright Media, and Frank McGowan and Charlene McDonald from Bad Pony Media.
|Posted by Admin on January 8, 2014 at 8:10 AM|
|Posted by Admin on January 8, 2014 at 2:10 AM|
Boobs, tits, breasts, fun bags...whatever name you know them by, they’ve certainly been the subject on everyone’s lips lately (articles here and here from BBC amongst many to hit the headlines since June 2013).
So boobs are bad. They are bad and they shouldn’t be seen. They should be covered up in news stands and promotional PR alike. In fact, they shouldn’t be in newspapers at all. It’s degrading to women. That’s the gist of all the hysteria revolving around the female anatomy of late. That’s right I said hysteria.
Personally, I find it patronising to assume grown women are degraded by their chosen profession. I find it arrogant to assume that as women, we are so vulnerable within a democratic (supposedly free) society that we must be told what to wear (and what to keep on). What alarms me most is it is mostly women pushing this ill thought out campaign of pointlessness.
Isn’t this kind of attitude a step back toward blaming the woman’s choice of clothing for causing the actions of a man?
Upon recently advertising for a glamour model to pose for some raunchy pictures with an actor for one of the TV shows I’ve written, it didn’t take long for the trolls to jump aboard the band wagon posting links to articles and swinging around unfounded sexism accusations. The MALE troll telling me what is sexist to my own gender set alarm bells ringing for me. This anti sexism campaign is quickly backfiring and setting back the rights of women everywhere.
At first, I patiently pointed out he was assuming details and that the show in question was written by me - a gay woman, that we had a strong LGBT crew and cast and that the pictures would be within the context of the show’s PR and carried out by consenting adults. Obviously, this made no difference and I began to lose my patience with this man - who of course knew the perils of sexism toward women much better than I. (I assume because as a woman I can’t possibly have a valuable opinion on the subject).
I pointed out the irony in his own sexism in dictating to women what was sexist for women to do but still, the troll made no effort to sway from his path. It seemed not only in his eyes I should not be able to enrol women to pose in anything but fully clothed pictures but that also it was degrading to portray women as being strong, sexually confident people. My argument finished by advising him to get a hobby (I suggested can collecting) and saying how very dare he tell women what is sexist when it’s we (women) who live with real sexism every day. The gender pay gap that is reportedly worsening being one example and being told to cover up being the other that comes to my mind immediately.
To my surprise, not only did both women and men join me in defence of women’s choice to enter into glamour based careers but my inbox quickly filled up with female friends recommending glamour models and even family members who would love to help out on the project! They mentioned they had been following the argument and wanted to make sure the project went ahead. (I later thanked the troll for all his help in drawing attention to my facebook ad.)
In my opinion, this entire anti topless argument is in danger of becoming a slippery slope from protecting the image of women to dictatorship and censorship. What will follow? Prison for pornography? A blanket ban on women showing their faces in public? Cutting off the entire internet? Or a return to the attitude we should all be in the kitchen? As a democracy, we must be careful to find balance, respect and tolerance of the great responsibilities that come with its benefits.
I have failed to find a single female in my diverse social circle who is remotely interested in campaigning against topless women and glamour models. These women in the articles do not seem to represent the majority of women who favour an open approach to careers in glamour – mainly we’re talking all about CHOICE. In fact the pictures of these campaigners (ironically wearing two scarves in summer, I suspect because they are so self conscious about their own bodies) do not resonate with me one bit.
Personally, I love boobs. There is no such thing as a bad boob (a subject I recently tried to explain after several drinks to a gay male friend – who I’m sure I scarred for life). It doesn’t matter how bad a day I’m having, even the word ‘boobs’ brings a smile to my face. I think there should be a page 3 and maybe even a page 4 or 5 too! The glamour model I eventually found was a happy, enthusiastic 29 year old recommended by a female friend of mine (her older sister). She told me how she really enjoyed the line of work and was so excited about it she sat up all night in case she slept in for the shoot! When the article went out with the pictures in the Sun, my inbox and phone became inundated with messages saying how sexy the pictures are and how exciting it was to see the show launching. I hasten to mention that every one of the messages were from women, some gay, some straight but all really enthusiastic about the pictures, so enthusiastic in fact that no one mentioned the notorious bank robber (given a small acting role) who was actually the story’s main feature!
After the story went public, more of my female friends began freely volunteering to work on similar glamour jobs just for fun. They are confident, intelligent women who are unashamed to throw off these tired restrictions and stereotypes surrounding sexuality and support the right for women to choose. Real women, with real bodies and confidence in spades, surely nothing on this earth is sexier? And why should they not be proud to show their bodies if they want to?
Let’s not go backwards. Let’s not allow ourselves to take a leap back into the dark ages. The female form is beautiful, vibrant and surely only its owner should make the choice about how much of it to show off.
Breasts make the world a better place. But will censorship?
I also want to change the way women are portrayed by the media, it’s one thing I do have in common with those woolly, double scarved protestors. Instead of focusing on how much cleavage they choose to show, I write diverse, strong female-led storylines. In them the women don’t just exist to be a love interest for the leading man; instead we see how they build and shape the very world around them and - more importantly - how they feel and what they want from life. The choices these characters make are their own and aren’t overshadowed by overbearing male characters. Granted, sometimes they might just choose to get their tits out but why wouldn’t they? They represent real women.
The entertainment industry is changing; make sure you’re on the right side of the debate. It’s your body, your choice. And if you must wear large woolly scarves, for the love of God at least colour co ordinate!
What are your thoughts? Should page three stay or go? Is there such a thing as a bad boob? Are boobs bad?
|Posted by Admin on November 29, 2013 at 2:05 AM|
Photo: Courtesy of Frank McGowan
Just a quick note to say thank you to everyone for my birthday wishes. Although I didn't get the day off I had a briliant evening with friends/family and the team, and I can't believe everyone managed to keep the surprise party from me until the last minute. What a surprise to see everyone!
The food and cocktails at Missoula were amazing, and as it was my birthday we were lucky enough to get free VIP entry upstairs to the Retro Lounge, which had a great atmosphere, great music and some great tasting cocktails to try!
Special thanks as well to Frank, Charlene, Megan, Jonathan, Alex, Elaine, Paddy and James, Alan and the rest of the Bad Pony Media Team gang for great company, great presents, my special cake and a great night out.
|Posted by Admin on November 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM|
John Hagee, who says Hurricane Katrina was sent by God to warn us about the dangers of "The Gays" in our society made an interesting statement today about Atheism to the Global Press:
"Let me tell you that atheism has never painted a masterpiece. Atheism has never dispelled fear. Atheism has never healed a disease; faith in God has, but not atheism. Atheism has never given anyone piece of mind. Atheism has never dried a tear. Atheism has never given an intellectual answer to the creation. Atheism is bankrupt and empty; it’s brain dead.” - John Hagee.
Like many others I was insulted, though I must admit it made me consider how a reply might look to this. What were my answers to such outlandish assumptions?
I thought about it for a little while and came up with this open reply;
"Atheism had brought me great comfort. It has taught me to stop asking the inevitable question, ‘Why me?’ when bad things happen. There is no particular reason, so there is no room for self pity, or for feeling victimised by life’s hurdles. It has made me accountable for my own decisions – both good and bad. It has taught me responsibility for the direction of my life lies only in my own hands – which is empowering.. It has answered the great many big life questions I have, either through science or by simply admitting, ‘We don’t know’ – a welcome change to the lies and fantasies of the Catholicism that burdened my childhood. It has taken away the monsters from the darkened corners of my room. It has encouraged me to ask questions and it does not hide from debate. It has made me appreciate the now, the moment, the fragility and beauty of human emotion. And when I act in charity or with compassion, I know I do so, not for the selfish promise of eternal rewards but through empathy, understanding and good character. It has removed my fear of judgment and death and caused me to appreciate how precious and short time is.
Atheism might not have painted a masterpiece, though many atheists have."
|Posted by Admin on September 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM|
Image: Cell Block Psycho / Costume Community.
With the Tesco and Asda costumes for Halloween hitting the headlines this week the question has arisen is it offensive to wear costumes like these? The short answer – in my opinion, nope. As someone who has two diagnosed Mental Health disorders (classed as disabilities under UK law), I find it offensive for others to tell me what I should find offensive.
Telling adults what they can and can’t wear is a dangerous step down a slippery slope. Isn’t the silence behind Mental Illness the very thing we’re trying to tackle?
I believe in freedom of expression. It won’t kill anyone to be insulted or offended now and again. What will kill our freedoms in society is driving the issue back behind closed doors and banning everything that isn’t soft or fluffy.
There is no stigma being created by someone wearing a ‘psycho killer’ costume. It’s kind of like saying a blood soaked nurse’s uniform should be banned because it gives the wrong impression of the NHS, or that we should ban nun’s costumes in case it offends Christians. If society can’t differentiate between a dramatised costume on Halloween and someone with Depression then we have a lot more to worry about than silly costumes.
When I was a kid little boys went trick or treating dressed as prostitutes and little girls went dressed as fictional child killer Freddy Kruger and no one batted an eye. We understood the difference between costumes and reality. Have we as a Nation lost that ability? Are we frightened of everything? Does banning things really make us better people?
Should we be concerned about what might be deemed as offensive next? Have we become paranoid and mundane as a society? Have we nothing better to do than nitpick? Surely if something is distasteful then we are adult enough to find something we like instead of throwing a tantrum and trying to control what others do?
The only thing that has gone mad here is Political Correctness.
What are your thoughts?
|Posted by Admin on May 9, 2013 at 7:10 PM|
Welcome to the new official website and blog of Scottish writer/producer and musician M.J. Martin.
The site has lots of information on M.J.'s current projects as well as her work with Braw TV Scotland and across the entire creative spectrum.
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