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October 6th, 2011

A day in the life

M: You have to see the picture of Ke$ha with the shark strapped onto her face.

C: This one?

M: Oh my god. Not that one, this one. She has two face sharks!

M: Look at this

C:  She’s off her rocker. How do they know it’s her?!

M: Haha we should all start wearing them. I AM KE$HA

M: Also. How has Ke$ha not done this?

H: Also, this.

C: Hello friends and colleagues. I just threw up in my mouth.

M: Yoko Ono Zeitgeist! 

M: And this is more support for my theory that when Ke$ha is dressed normally, she manifests a spirit animal that appears beside her.

M: You guys I have a major slideshow STATEMENT welling up inside me.

October 6th, 2011

punkrock: Dayglo Abortions live in Long Beach 1986 (by…


Dayglo Abortions live in Long Beach 1986 (by otvorenity)

October 6th, 2011

Can you imagine the TOTAL THRILL when I learned the Spanish word for “journalist” is…

Can you imagine the TOTAL THRILL when I learned the Spanish word for “journalist” is “periodista?”

October 6th, 2011

superseventies: David Bowie, 1972. Colleen Williams, 2011


David Bowie, 1972.

Colleen Williams, 2011

October 6th, 2011

"It wasn’t until I marched in SlutWalk that I finally got it. It was simply this: No matter how hyped…"

“It wasn’t until I marched in SlutWalk that I finally got it. It was simply this: No matter how hyped SlutWalk had been, no matter how long the marches had been going on or how global their reach was, no one ever imagined we could book Radiohead. We had all known that wasn’t our place; it wasn’t a degree of recognition we felt entitled to, even in our fantasies. Even on the day we marched, we weren’t the biggest show in town. We had accepted that. We didn’t tell the Wall Streeters it was their duty to join forces with us; we didn’t express resentment that more of them hadn’t come uptown. We were just feminists, after all. We might well be the next wave, but to the progressive community we looked a lot like the feminist waves before us: A sort of women’s auxiliary to the real movement. Maybe admirable, mostly irrelevant. This invisibility and erasure, as much as anything else, is responsible for women in their twenties not knowing about Take Back the Night. It was also what had fueled much of my own pre-SlutWalk protest. But here I was, in 2011. The men I knew who had been Occupying Wall Street were still not there with me at the year’s most heavily promoted anti-rape protest. I still couldn’t rationally expect them to be. The “next global feminist movement” still wasn’t moving strongly enough to occupy the city for three weeks. Or even one whole day.”


SlutWalk NYC: Real Empowerment, Corsets and All — In These Times

Trying incredibly hard to be patient. 

Is getting radio head the goal of your protest? Is being the biggest show in town? Are people not showing up because you’re feminists? Or because OUTREACH is different than PROMOTION? 

Is the goal to get men to show up to your march? Or is it to end sexual violence in all its manifestations? 

To me, the problem is not that people are trying to “get attention” on an individual level (i.e. men taking pictures of naked women)—but that THE “MOVEMENT” is trying to get attention. that the goal of THE “MOVEMENT” is to get attention—NOT to end sexual violence in all its manifestations. 

if feminists did the kind of on the ground grassroots OUTREACH that other orgs/activists/etc are doing—THEY would be able to get hundreds of thousands of people holding protests for weeks at a time across the country. 

But feminists do love their 501c3s that promise to do all the work for the rest of us. and they do like insisting that they have the best organizing strategy. which prevents them from being critically aware or understanding that they need to be writing about how strategically it’d benefit them to be guided by the women of color organizers that have done outreach to them—INSTEAD OF being all grrrl power!!!compare/contrast with OWS. 

but here’s the thing. If these organizers would step back and *let grassroots women of color* lead—their organizing strategy itself would have to fundamentally change—not to mention their goals, their *OUTREACH* etc. It couldn’t be some ambiguous “we hold EVERYBODY accountable!” while holding nobody accountable—it’d HAVE to be—the military, corporations, the education system, the christian right, etc. Because women of color organizers *understand* where the violence being inflicted on them is coming from—AND their goal is not “be inclusive” or get all Teh Womenz to call themselves feminists or to appeal across the board to republican, libertarian and christian women. Their goal is to end violence in all its manifestations against women of color and their communities. 

what would that march have looked like if there had been genuine talks, accountability measures implemented, agendas changed, values reevaluated, etc—if the TIME had been taken to do this work—and the massive amounts of community that women of color across the US have organized were  mobilized? 

And my old standby question: What would’ve happened if for the past 30+ years, feminists had been on the streets, in churches, in schools, at PTA meetings, etc doing grassroots organizing—rather than/in addition to signing petitions and paying 501c3s to do lobbying?

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Reblog for comment.

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You really have to work hard to be this clueless. It’s quite impressive, really.

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I appreciate this critique, especially in its focus on Women of Color feminists. However it is problematic in that it posits 501c3 work as the devil. Sometimes it ain’t shit, sometimes that is where little bears are politicized.

There is also something to be said for where are the men?

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I agree with midwestmountainmama’s response and those feminist non-profits and other non-grassroots organising spaces can also turn off new feminists and older feminists too. Turn people away from the movement. 

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Unbelievable. Linking back to this and this for context bec I’m posting this on Twitter.

(Also, commodity fetishism over ideas, religious fervor over images, CAN WE EVEN GET MR. DEBORD ON BOARD?)

October 6th, 2011

theswingingsixties: 1960s party room interior design.


1960s party room interior design.