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January 22nd, 2012

Phyllis Tucker on her early work in the movement providing rape…

Phyllis Tucker on her early work in the movement providing rape crisis counseling and getting a sexual harassment law passed in Texas. It’s really sweet!!

January 22nd, 2012


January 22nd, 2012

"We do not use the terms “normal” or “abnormal”. All societies are rational and irrational at the…"

“We do not use the terms “normal” or “abnormal”. All societies are rational and irrational at the same time. They are perforce rational in their mechanisms, their cogs and wheels, their connecting systems, and even by the place they assign to the irrational. Yet all this presupposes codes or axioms which are not the products of chance, but which are not intrinsically rational either. It’s like theology: everything about it is rational if you accept sin, immaculate conception, incarnation. Reason is always a region cut out of the irrational — not sheltered from the irrational at all, but a region traversed by the irrational and defined only by a certain type of relation between irrational factors. Underneath all reason lies delirium, drift. Everything is rational in capitalism, except capital or capitalism itself. The stock market is certainly rational; one can understand it, study it, the capitalists know how to use it, and yet it is completely delirious, it’s mad. It is in this sense that we say: the rational is always the rationality of an irrational. Something that hasn’t been adequately discussed about Marx’s ‘Capital’ is the extent to which he is fascinated by capitalists mechanisms, precisely because the system is demented, yet works very well at the same time. So what is rational in a society? It is — the interests being defined in the framework of this society — the way people pursue those interests, their realisation.”

- Gilles Deleuze in Capitalism: A Very Special Kind of Delirium (via hollovv)
January 22nd, 2012

rgr-pop: Seriously, I neeeeed to find out what these are…


Seriously, I neeeeed to find out what these are from!

Oh children, do you really not know? Watch this.

January 22nd, 2012



I’m wasting time at an older shopping centre right now that hasn’t been renovated in ten or fifteen years, and I was impressed to see they had bothered to install anti glory hole screens in the revolting old men’s room. I find anti glory hole screens so incredibly fascinating, they’re one of my favourite examples when I use the phrase “necessity is the mother of invention”. I could talk about them all day.

You don’t see them much anymore because newer places tend to build glory hole proof bathrooms, so it’s always a special reminder that I am a real human and this is the world I live in whenever I see them. But I worry—who makes them?

I like to think about anti glory hole screen manufacturers, and I like to picture a family run business. Carefully crafting the right size steel panels to bend over the walls of the stalls, a father proudly watches his sons machine steel into sheets lightweight enough to drape and screw into flimsy walls but strong enough to resist the bubbling urges of the Australian public.

Mum is smiling at home, slaving over a nice roast, setting a table for her husband and their grown kids to come home to after a long hard day at work. They enjoy family time and discuss new anti glory hole techniques by the radio, the boys talking about their dreams for the company. Such wholesome people.

There’ll be a rebellious younger son who doesn’t want to carry on in his father’s footsteps, the prodigal who dreams big but will one day come to appreciate the family business, good honest work. They’ll struggle—it’s a dying industry—but they’re good people.

I hate that I’m not making money installing anti glory hole screens. What the hell is this life, anti bloody glory hole screens.

Aliens are going to judge us one day, you know.

I had a similar fantasy when I discovered staple-free staplers. But it was about how all the staple mills were going to close, and the staple-belt towns would have tumbleweeds blowing down the streets.

January 22nd, 2012


January 22nd, 2012


January 22nd, 2012

melissa: “Target Practice” from Free To Fight, 1995,…


“Target Practice”
from Free To Fight, 1995, compilation in support of Home Alive

This is totally what high school feminism looked like.

January 22nd, 2012

i-dont-even-like: Floor – This thought provoking piece was…


Floor - This thought provoking piece was created by Do Ho Suh, and depicts thousands of tiny plastic figures holding up a sheet of glass, which visitors can stand on.

Floor is one of those installations that’s wonderfully thought-provoking. The figures represent the diverse and anonymous masses of people who support and/or resist the symbolic floor.”

January 22nd, 2012

Home Alive is a documentary about the social justice and…

Home Alive is a documentary about the social justice and anti-violence group Home Alive, founded in the wake of Mia Zapata’s death. It’s important to note that it isn’t a “look at this women’s empowerment group they started for their friend” kind of thing. As Roni Tartlett notes in the trailer, they worked to understand violence in a systemic way. (I know I am always going on about Ka-Mer, but the work is very similar in approach.)

Home Alive also functioned as a collective, with all of the hassle involved, and it’s  important that the documentary is also going to look at what it is like to keep something like that going for seven years. (HA shut down in 2010.)

I think it is going to be really smart and can’t wait to see it! THey have a kickstarter going, if you are able to support.