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October 23rd, 2011

"Friday night we played what was possibly the rowdiest show we’d played yet. A benefit for Occupy…"

“Friday night we played what was possibly the rowdiest show we’d played yet. A benefit for Occupy Wall Street, the show was not immune to attracting a handful of douchebags, one of whom were in the band that played before us. It was their first show. Their lead singer charmed everyone by cracking a rape joke on stage (to which a chorus of people in the audience said “That’s not funny”) and taking swigs from a bottle of Maker’s Mark in between verses and spitting on people.
(Trigger warnings ahead— slurs/harassment)
So, Shadies started by inviting “ladies and queers” to the front, to which the aforementioned douche and his white cismale friends had ignored. One guy in a GG Allin shirt (sigh) was overheard saying, “Ugggh I hate queers cause I can’t fuck ‘em.” They were shoving each other around, eventually moving in on my queer/lady-friends and grinding up against them. I stopped and reminded the guys to move on back and give us some room. The singer from the last band moved up close behind my two friends, Nicole and Jess, and grabbing their asses as he said, “But c’moooon, I just wanna have a good tiiiime.”
Coincidentally, we were about to start playing “The Wrath,” a song against street harassment, when the crowd started chanting “MOVE ON BACK, MOVE ON BACK!” The dude in the GG Allin tee started flicking me off as people moved him to the side, and I said “now is not the time to fuck with me,” promptly before beginning the song. The Douche Bros started grinding on another friend of mine, who proceeded to shove him off. We were almost done with the song when a crowd of women surrounded the dudes and started yelling at them.
Kim, Matt and I hopped off the stage to join what must have been nearly 20 of our friends exchanging harsh words with the guys and a couple of their friends, one of whom was a woman. The dude in the GG Allin shirt complimented me on my rendition of “My War,” and then proceeded to turn and call her my friend a liar for accusing him of grinding on her. I yelled, “Hey, you wanna support my music? Don’t fucking bother my friends!” “Yeah, real fucking hardcore,” yelled GG Allin guy, “It’s called freedom of speech, motherfuckers!”
The guys then demanded that we procure photo evidence of their behavior. My two roommates, Blake and Gleb, both asserted that they saw the guys hump and touch my friends, not to mention a few others in the audience. One bro proceeded to call them “faggots,” and that’s when we decided they weren’t looking to have a productive discussion. I said to their lady friend, “Please, just get them out of here.” ”We shouldn’t be here,” she said, holding her friends back, “they hate us because we’re not gay!”
But they wouldn’t budge; instead, they continued to call my friends ugly and said they wouldn’t fuck them if… Yeah. So the whole crowd started chanting, “GO HOME!” and shoved them out of the room. Willie, the singer for the following band, grabbed the microphone and yelled “Go home you fucking assholes!” One of the bros threw a bottle of beer at Willie, which he actually caught and took a swig from. They were gradually squeezed out the door by about 20+ angry punks, and it was safe to say we had successfully ejected the Douche Bros & Co. from the space.
Not long after, the police arrived, but only to look at the trash cans for a minute and leave. I heard later that the dudes called the cops as they left the venue. Yeah— real fucking hardcore.
I never thought I’d have to play another show in which I’d have to deal with this, but it reminded me of why Kim, Matt and I started this band. And I was glad to have such a rad posse of folks there to support each other. We’re fabulous, don’t fuck with us.”

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Suzy X. isn’t real:

 Activism.

October 23rd, 2011

theswingingsixties: Walking down Carnaby Street in 1968. This…



theswingingsixties:

Walking down Carnaby Street in 1968.

This is more amazing than my wildest imaginings.

October 23rd, 2011

"HEY ALL! I am trying to put together a group of dedicated ladies and dudes that want to put together…"

“HEY ALL! I am trying to put together a group of dedicated ladies and dudes that want to put together C.L.I.T fest in New Jersey. I need people to help reach out to bands, promote the event, secure places to play, put on events leading up to C.L.I.T fest to help pay for possible expenses, organize skillshares/panels , find houses for bands to play and a number of other things I am not remembering right now. If you are SERIOUSLY interested please e-mail me at mkacosta24@gmail.com. Also please pass this along to other people since I want a number of people involved not just those that I immediately know. THANKS! Info on last year’s C.L.I.T. fest: http://clitfestdc.tumblr.com/

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Not Otherwise Stated: C.L.I.T FEST NEW JERSEY!!!!?????

 
October 23rd, 2011

A canon of things you love is still a canon.



A canon of things you love is still a canon.

October 23rd, 2011

"And recognizing that our male dominated culture is fucked up doesn’t make you a self-hating man,…"

“And recognizing that our male dominated culture is fucked up doesn’t make you a self-hating man, either. When I first heard Bikini Kill, it was fucking thrilling. Hearing someone lash out against dominant sexist attitudes wasn’t exciting in some sort of “oh good for women, they’re standing up for themselves,” type of way. It was liberating to hear someone take on those traditional expressions of masculinity, because I hated the ways I was expected to act as a man. I hated the toughness and numbness that was expected from men, because I wanted to be able to express my emotions without fear of ridicule. I hated the predatory way that men acted towards women, because I wanted to be free to have meaningful relationships with women. Likewise, I hated the homophobia, because I wanted to have meaningful relationships with the men in my life. I see men around me all the time who refuse to show any signs of vulnerability for fear of appearing feminine, and they tend to cut themselves off emotionally from the world. It’s fucking sad. I see men all the time who only view their relationships in terms of conquest, and I can’t think of one of them who has a healthy emotional life. Breaking down ideas around male superiority and masculinity is absolutely in mens’ best interests. In a punk context, I can say with certainty that the scenes I’ve visited that were the most gender inclusive have always been the most exciting and thriving music communities. There’s nothing to be gained for men in maintaining the boy’s club. —David Combs”

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grungy white young man on a couch playing acoustic guitar

I am pro this, although Mr. David Combs (author of “Hegemonic Blowfish”!) might want to ponder his narrative of personal benefit as revolutionary strategy.*

Related: If you haven’t been reading ILiveSweat’s series on sexism and punk, you should be.

*Mandatory Killjoy Moment

PS: I often feel great killjoy solidarity with Mr. David Combs, who shares my tendency for moral overthink:

On the plane to northern Sweden I had a conversation with the woman sitting next to me about Americans’ perceptions of the Swedish. I told her about the insane conservative backlash currently popular in the states, the great fear of socialism and how conservative American pundits scare their audiences (who know shit about social democracies) by telling them that if Barack Obama has his way “we might end up like Sweden!” I also mentioned how Americans generally consider Scandavian people to be especially attractive, and she tied the two points together with an interesting theory: her proposal was that there must be some genetic link to the fact that there are better social programs in Scandavia to the seemingly higher proportion of attractive people there. If social programs are better, she argued, people are less stressed out and therefore better looking.

In spite of obvious holes in the theory, it comforted me briefly, as I’d been a bit disappointed in myself because of how succeptible I’d been to the aryan beauty standard. You could attribute it to American socialization and the high number of Scandanavian models who are imported by the American beauty industry, but as soon as we got to Denmark, Jordan and I were both embarrassed to admit that everywhere we looked we saw beautiful people, men and women equally. For example, In Copenhagen a girl fainted suddenly on the bus. We stopped to wait for an ambulence, and after a few minutes two ruggedly handsome EMT’s rushed on the bus, both of them with muscular model’s builds shown off by tight white tee shirts. They gazed sincerely at the girl (who was really pretty herself) and asked “are you alright? Can you hear me darling?” It was like a scene from a soap opera unfolding in front of us.

When we got to Umea I shared my friend from the plane’s theory with our friend Viktor, and he shot it down immediately. “That’s bullshit that people are less stressed in Sweden! We have the highest suicide rate in the world! You’re so bombarded with this beauty standard from a young age. That’s the only reason people think Scandanavians are more attractive.” He was right. The high suicide rate in Sweden is interesting too. Some people we met attributed it to the idleness of a society where people have so many things provided for them, though I think it’s probably related more to the fact that in the winter there gets to be as little as 3 hours of sunlight a day, and people who work indoors can go a whole week without ever seeing the sun. But hey, I’m no expert.

You have to assume he’s hitting on the woman on the plane, though, right? I mean, that’s a given.

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October 23rd, 2011

meltzer: via iamnotawomanartist: Thank you for this early…







meltzer:

via iamnotawomanartist:

Thank you for this early valentine. M-squared.

October 23rd, 2011

theswingingsixties: Girls making music.



theswingingsixties:

Girls making music.

October 23rd, 2011

What happens if you wear a wicking tshirt inside out?

What happens if you wear a wicking tshirt inside out?