catharsis (kuh-thaar-suhs): the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions
I am so angry.
If you have had access to any United States news outlets in the past week (or ever, for that matter), you have a good idea why. It is infuriating to have bodily autonomy and rights to privacy ripped from you from a handful of people with their own agendas. It is infuriating and devastating to imagine what I or someone else may face in a worst-case scenario. It is unthinkable how many people could face permanent repercussions or death over these dangerous bans.
In this time, I need to find ways to process my rage and anxieties constructively. I need something where I can shut out the world and clear my head. One of the many aspects of horror I am grateful for is its ability to let us experience primal feelings in a safe environment, in a way that does not cause actual harm. For me, some good-old slasher violence enacted by characters whose side we’re on and a dose of screaming help tremendously in times of crisis. Listed below are some horror / horror-esque films I turn to when I need something cathartic:
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)
For anyone who needs information and/or resources, here are a few links that might be helpful:
American Civil Liberties Union: https://www.aclu.org/
Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/
Until next time,