My eyes are on fire, btw.
The Association — Along Comes Mary - performance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, 1967.
Wow I never knew they were so real!
"Woman in the street walking and weeping with purpose in the pale green organza number that sizzles…"
green organza number that sizzles as she drags her dead mother’s
four-wheeled paisley satchel she uses as a carry-on over the bricks
into a cab—a brassy diaphragm and drum muted by the clothes-
stuffed body and the drizzle that’s unseasonable with flecks of snow.
A siren in the distance, a paisley of leaves in the streets, the scissoring hush
of the weeping woman’s skirt. She’s the prima donna of the male slash
female opera that mimics slander or rapture. Luggage a language
of methodical longing like a sonnet, the wound and absence of the other
in a small, cadenced space. She is her belongings. She flies somewhere.
The insides come out, the folds are unfolded, the creases uncreased,
each ruck and pucker expressed. Somewhere the clocks are wrong
by three hours, giving time to the insult or insult to the time no voice
unravels. And there’s poetry. Surely there’s that syndrome and song.”
- Bruce Smith, “Devotion: Flight” (Devotions, University of Chicago Press, 2011)
Female health-care workers and lawyers earn less than half what their male counterparts earn. via @susiebright http://t.co/Z9oYsQCe
One month to Eddie.
[image: male surfer riding a huge, perfect wave)
Will there ever be genuine understanding within the #feminist and #WOC #reprojustice movements?
—Sister Song NYC
Hey all—a few weeks ago I went to a meeting Sistersong put together for some open discussion of the racist sign that was carried at Slutwalk NYC and white privilege within the repro rights movement and feminism. It was challenging and sobering and exciting; As some of you know I’ve been kind of tied in knots over this issue in both present-day feminism and feminist history—not that the discussion was intended to give me comfort, it was very much centered on how black women have been hurt (small word for some big things) by whiteness in their lives and in social justice environments.
Jasmine, the Sistersong organizer, put forth the idea of a Truth and Reconciliation-style commission, which we and others from that night are moving forward with. I really feel that we can’t keep doing feminism until we work on undoing it, decentering white women’s experiences and needs, and dealing with how whiteness is built into our organizations and our ways of organizing.
We’re meeting next at my house in North Brooklyn on Nov 17th, 7-9 pm, with this as our proposed agenda, from Jasmine:
I think this meeting should focus on taking some of the comments and statements that came out of the initial meeting and begin building identifying tools for people to use to be accountable and address it both systemically and individually. I’m thinking using conflict resolution/anti-violence models as tools and applying that frame to an RJ framework.
I would love to see some of you there! if you’re coming, rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org and get directions to my house.