FKL Share Their Feminist Essentials - Beat Magazine

FKL Share Their Feminist Essentials

FKL used to be called Funktionslust. The duo – Joe Gillick and Sage Redman – used to live in London, which is where they met while studying at Goldsmiths University. Now they live in Seattle and make experimental pop.

The transatlantic collaborators (Joe is from South London originally, Sage is from Seattle) have written a ten-track LP called Out Of Tune, that’s out right now through Orphan Records.

Take a look at the video for Violence below and dip into FKL’s selection of feminist essentials.

Women​ ​in​ ​Dark​ ​Times​ by Jacqueline Rose

“The book’s essentially an argument for the darkness in a woman’s life being the fuel to her “fuck-you” feminist power. I actually think the book is a bit of a brutal and somewhat inconclusive read but I was particularly drawn to a section about Marilyn Monroe and her many philosophies on the intense adulation and objectification she faced in Hollywood. ‘Violence’ began as a series of quotes from Monroe and deals with the dichotomy between a woman’s public and private persona and more specifically the expectations that come with each. The video, directed by Jacob Rosen, really takes the line ‘We must be alive when looking dead’ and brings it life. This quote from Monroe has an added contemporary meaning to me for many reasons, but particularly because of its connotations when applied to women’s expected online personas in our age of social media.” – Sage

A​ ​Girl​ ​is​ ​A​ ​Half-formed​ ​Thing​ by Eimear McBride

“Irish novelist Eimear McBride’s story is one that I first experienced from the back row of the Old-Vic theatre in London. The play adaptation of the darkly honest, coming of age story (adapted by Annie Ryan and performed by Aoife Duffin) stuck with me long after the curtain went up, so I knew I had to read the book. Told from an omniscient third person, void of punctuation and any semblance of traditional narration, A Girl turned the way I conceived story telling (and in turn, lyricism) on its head. Stretching beyond the common Irish themes of Catholicism, family, death and sex, McBride strikes a uniquely feminist chord as her protagonist finds a quiet aftermath, amidst the gravity of sexual abuse, and portrays female sexuality with a distinct deviation from that of the traditional literary ‘victim’.” – Sage

Funny​ ​Girl​ ​(​1968)

“This probably takes the cake as my favorite film. The legend that is Barbra Streisand portrays the legend that was Fanny Brice, one of the first great female comedians. Brice made a career for herself in a male dominated industry based on her wit as opposed to her looks. She was the breadwinner in her house and endured decades of personal humiliation at the hand of her three husbands, but she did not let that affect her dedication to her career and her craft. The film airbrushes her life a bit but Streisand’s portrayal is one that has stayed with me ever since my Mom first showed me the film as a teenager. Nerd fact… The film ends with Streisand performing ‘My Man’ – a famous song of Brice’s. It’s meant to leave the viewer with the sentiment that Brice will stick by her husband, after he’s imprisoned for fraud and gives the whole thing a bit of a sappy Hollywood heartbreak after-taste. But, the original stage production ended with a reprise of the famous ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade,’ which portrayed her character with much more resilience than the film lets on. Her show must go on with or without him and for Brice it certainly did.” – Sage

Exile​ ​in​ ​Guyville​ – Liz Phair

“A quintessential one for me. Released the year I was born, I wasn’t actually introduced to Liz Phair until a decade later when “Why Can’t I” seemed to soundtrack my every 10 year old move. Discovering Exile in Guyville as a teenager, I learned a lot of what it meant to be a woman as probably cliche as that sounds. That album really bares all the blood, sweat, tears & other bodily fluids involved in coming of age in a man’s world.” – Sage

Blood​ ​Bitch​ Jenny Hval

“Hval is an artist who, over the course of six albums, has been direct enough to vividly explore the many complexities of of the female body, mind and soul. Blood Bitch is not only a phenomenal work of art but also a stark glimpse down the barrel of messy feminine reality. The album centers on menstrual blood, simultaneously a beast and a lamb of a thing and the idea of creation, our beginnings and our ends – there is blood in all of it.” – Sage

I​ ​Love​ ​Dick​ ​by Chris Kraus

“A friend of mine once joked that she felt self-conscious reading I Love Dick on a busy tube. As it’s title suggests, it is an unapologetic account of a husband and wife’s extramarital infatuation with a man named Dick. It’s a favorite of mine and certainly a pioneer of a new kind of hyper-feminist narrative, blurring the lines between fiction and nonfiction, private and public emotions (or rather displays of emotion). Reading it on the tube seems almost half the fun and I’m sure Kraus would approve.” – Sage

​Paradise​ ​EP​ ​ANOHNI

“When her debut, HOPELESSNESS, came out I listened to little else for weeks. A few months later I was lucky enough to be in attendance for her Park Avenue Armory shows to see the album, and her Paradise EP that shortly followed, brought to life. Both works center thematically around ecocide and the innate tie between mother nature and gender. She says, “Only an intervention by women around the world, with their innate knowledge of interdependency, deep listening, empathy, and self-sacrifice, could possibly alter our species’ desperate course.” The show was set beneath a huge screen that played video of different women mouthing the words to her songs, many of which appear on Paradise’s cover. ANOHNI’s message is a clear one – both in her music, her performances and her work in the Future Feminist collective – women have an integral role to play in the future of our society if we are to break the wheel of destruction and deterioration that has been rolling for far too long.” – Sage

Feminism​ ​Is​ ​For​ ​Everybody​ by Bell Hooks

“One of the most important books in my life. I read it at a time when I didn’t understand what it meant to be a man, or if there was any need to be a man? Men are constantly expected to behave a certain way because of other oppressive men, and that unfortunately perpetuates the oppression of women. Women have been oppressed because of societal stupidity for too long, and an open dialogue can only help. Bell Hooks writes a fantastic introduction to feminism designed to help anybody with an interest in the subject. I read the book wanting to be a better person and partner to my wife and I learnt so much in such a short span of time. I would say this is a must read for anyone, no matter your gender affiliation.”​ ​-​ ​Joe

Girl​ ​In​ ​A​ ​Band​ by Kim Gordon

“Sonic Youth was always there, but it wasn’t until Joe put ‘Cross the Breeze’ on a playlist for me, very early into our relationship, that I took proper notice. I wanted to read Kim Gordon’s memoir not only to learn more about her life, and what lead her to make the music she does, but I also couldn’t help being curious about she and Thurston Moore’s relationship. After all, I too am in a creative partnership with my husband. Every press release and review of the book centered around their split and the subsequent end to Sonic Youth. As it turned out, she offered much more of her life up in the 300 odd pages of Girl In A Band, than just that of her heartbreak. She delves into her childhood, her art, her motherhood and the inner workings of her mind. It is a strong reminder that no matter the lane you feel you do or do not belong in, there’s a quiet triumph in self-acceptance and celebration, independent from external influencers or associations. She writes about survival, both creative and personal and for me that makes it a seminal feminist read.” – Sage

Big​ ​Little​ ​Lies​ ​(HBO)

A phenomenal show with a captivating cast of four-dimensional women. Despite being set in the wealthy enclave of California’s coastal Monterey, Big Little Lies portray women with emotional complexity, vulnerability and strength that reach beyond the depths of their pocketbooks. It may not have a Daenerys Targaryun, a Claire Underwood or a check the box ‘bad ass’ at the helm of the narrative, but I’d argue it’s all the more feminist a show.” – Sage