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FRI NIGHT VID: China Doll - Love, Obsession and Hard Trad

Our Friday Night Video this week centres around Heather Weidner's ascent of China Doll, a 5.14- R in Upper Dream Canyon, Colorado. This story exposes the pervasive nature of unconscious gender roles and reveals differences in how men and women approach love and sport. Heather and her husband have what many climbers would call the perfect relationship. Despite external achievements and support from her husband, Heather refuses to believe in herself. This emblematic struggle is not just about discovering personal freedom, but giving oneself permission to enjoy it.


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I thought it was a brilliant little film. I find 'pure' climbing films (i.e. repeated shots of people climbing) a little boring usually. I find that context - about a person, a route, or a location - adds immeasurably...
Could only manage halfway through as it irritated me too much. Climbing didn’t really feature much in that half - seemed that they spent a lot of time saying “like” and videoing their proposal. Also slightly...
I should have typed that as'emotionally abusive' I think. Thank you. In my attempts to understand why the film thinks it is dealing with gender issues, my comment about her experiences of unhealthy relationships might...
Thanks for that. It would have been good if the film had been given a bit more of a context in the introductory blurb - as it was, I think it was reasonable to assume that the issues were supposedly implied by the film,...
I think you've misread that, with a bit of additional sexist bias too. She mentions the problem as her mum, not abusive men. This is all she says about her childhood: "My negative self-worth issues stem from...
Although I too thought "oh, not another gender film", I was more than usually moved by Heather's very real battle with herself. The simplistic narrative of the film does not mask the fact that Heather clearly suffers...

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