Nomadland: The “Old” Woman Who Lives in Her Way (No Spoilers)

Release date: 2021
Director: Chloé Zhao

Nomadland is a story about a senior woman who lives her life in her own way ––– on an RV. How simple. But the movie tells us that this is easier said than done. If you are convinced by the two easons why you should see this movie I lay out below, go ahead and give it a shot.

First, we have seen enough of young people’s stories in the media. It is time to listen to our seniors’ voices. In a highly-individualized society like the United States, being old does not naturally earn you more respect like in some other cultures. Instead, being old often means you are not as productive as you were. And this doesn’t seem right. The seniors indeed have a lot to offer to society and to young people. Nomadland is not a story that has some high morals to teach the audience. It just humbly depicts what a senior woman wants. Can you spare 100 minutes to listen to their voices?

Second, “old” women are seldom lovable and desirable characters in the media. Let’s face it. Older men, especially the rich ones, can be sexy, playful, and alluring, as depicted by the media. It is because being experienced and intelligent is part of men’s sexual attractiveness. The same does not apply to our perception of older women. Can we see the beauty of a brave, free woman through our protagonist, Fern, played by Frances McDormand?

If you have seen the movie already, let me know your thoughts!

The Feminist Steak: Recipe Included

Meat-eating sounds not-so-feminist, huh? No. Eating a steak is about self-love. I will tell you why.

Recipe:

A Steak by your choice

A PMS appetite and a partner who would share half of your housework (optional, just to achieve the best result)

Olive oil (save some for your hair)

Salt (the tears of your enemies, not yours)

Pepper (don’t be afraid to be hot)

Direction:

Season the steak with peppers and salt generously (for real; salt and peppers cost very little that you should take this step seriously, shake it hard, girl)

Brown the steak with olive oil on a pan; 3-5 minutes each side until desired results achieved (usually no more than 25 minutes for beef steak)

Why eating steaks is feminist?

Simple. It’s delicious. It can make a woman happy and healthy. If you happened to find a good steak and feel it melted in your mouth, it feels better than sex —- well, let’s face it, sex to many women just means faking orgasm in bed. The pleasure of eating steaks is so private, genuine, and real.

The chunk you suck between your sexy lips would seduce you to crush it, to chew on it. The meaty juice would splash when you grind it, all at your own pace. The juice is thin and crispy, never too sticky or heavy. At this point, you would want to swallow it to make the chunk entirely yours.

Beef steaks have a lot of iron and nutrients. A lot of us women lost so much blood every month. We have to replenish what we lost. Of course, there are many ways to be healthy. But I highly recommend a delicious one.

Tokyo Fiancée Movie Review

Director: Stefan Liberski 2014

“Tokyo Fiancée” is an interracial love story about how we failed to truly love the exotic others. The interesting thing is, this time the woman is the white person. My feeing is, it is a metaphor of how many of us can be at most engaged but not married to a new, foreign culture.

A Japanese-born young Belgian woman taught French lessons in Tokyo and fell in love with her student, a Japanese man who loves French (and perhaps some Belgian) culture and runs an all-man French Fanatics society. The story is simple and somehow typical: the interracial couple failed to go beyond their cultural assumptions about each other to build trust. They like each other, but the other is always the exotic other as if their love is inevitably screened through their cultural lens. At the end, the guy forced his fiancée to go back to Europe amidst the tsunami, though she insisted to stay. For her, this means that she was not accepted as a Japanese. They never saw each other since then, and the guy eventually married a real “French” woman. And the woman, who aspired to become a Japanese writer, is also forever engaged but not married to her Japanese home.

Pretty, touching, light. I especially enjoy the woman’s perspective. Some stereotypes are exaggerated but it’s exactly the woman’s fantasy about Japanese men.

The Manifesto

Why does a woman like me NEED to write a blog?

I am fed up with being interrupted, stopped, and silenced by men.
(Indeed, those who won’t shut in the meetings are men.)

I am Hungry and Keen. I am a HK feminist.
(Indeed, too many food shows have featured exclusively men, especially white men. How often did you see a woman traveling to exotic places like the Far East to enjoy the local cuisines on TV? Shoot me one if you’ve ever seen one.)

I love being heard.
(Indeed, women are still less visible than men in many aspects.)

I want to enjoy writing.
(Indeed, I wrote a lot for my career. But it is not so fun.)

I want to feel sexy and hot.
(Indeed, good erotica for women is a rare breed. We urgently need that! Let me play dirt.)

I want to create my own playground.
(Indeed, social media fame is exhausting. Let’s not play by their rule.)

Shoot me some juicy, sexy, healthy tips to be a hungry and keen feminist! Looking forward.