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February 25th, 2012

anthrodynia

dictionaryofobscuresorrows:

n. a state of exhaustion with how shitty people can be to each other, typically causing a countervailing sense of affection for all things that are sincere but not judgmental, are unabashedly joyful, or just are.

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February 25th, 2012

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February 25th, 2012

"So the first forty minutes of our interviews are about who the subject was before AIDS. This allows…"

“So the first forty minutes of our interviews are about who the subject was before AIDS. This allows you to see that ACT UP members actually had very little in common, no real continuity of values or politics. For years I had tried to understand the common thread: it’s characterological, people who cannot stand still and allow another person to be violated in their presence. The reason that ACT UP worked is that each person was doing what they could do based on who they were and where they were at. Ultimately, all these individual trajectories occurring at the same time is what created the movement that became the counterculture around ACT UP. This changed the way queer people see themselves around the world. ACT UP was a vanguard for cultural transformation. It shows you that it doesn’t make any sense strategically to make people act and think in unison.”

- Sarah Schulman on the ACT UP Oral History Project from “An Archive of Intimacies,” GLQ vol.17, no.4, 2011.  (via militantmaudlinist)
February 25th, 2012

"Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, and Elaine Brown, each at different points in their experiences…"

“Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, and Elaine Brown, each at different points in their experiences organizing with the Black Panther Party (BPP), cited sexism and the exploitation of women (and their organizing labor) in the BPP as one of their primary reasons for either leaving the group (in the cases of Brown and Shakur) or refusing to ever formally join (in Davis’s case). Although women were often expected to make significant personal sacrifices to support the movement, when women found themselves victimized by male comrades there was no support for them or channels to seek redress. Whether it was BPP organizers ignoring the fact that Eldridge Cleaver beat his wife, noted activist Kathleen Cleaver, men coercing women into sex, or just men treating women organizers as subordinated sexual playthings, the BPP and similar organizations tended not to take seriously the corrosive effects of gender violence on liberation struggle. In many ways, Elaine Brown’s autobiography, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, has gone the furthest in laying bare the ugly realities of misogyny in the movement and the various ways in which both men and women reproduced and reinforced male privilege and gender violence in these organizations. Her experience as the only woman to ever lead the BPP did not exempt her from the brutal misogyny of the organization. She recounts being assaulted by various male comrades (including Huey Newton) as well as being beaten and terrorized by Eldridge Cleaver, who threatened to “bury her in Algeria” during a delegation to China. Her biography demonstrates more explicitly than either Davis’s or Shakur’s how the masculinist posturing of the BPP (and by extension many radical organizations at the time) created a culture of violence and misogyny that ultimately proved to be the organization’s undoing.”

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Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements « INCITE! Blog (via shoulders)

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observe how the men involved in the civil rights movement cared ALL about their racial oppression, but dished out their own mysoginist bullshit at the same time w no qualms. what has changed?

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February 25th, 2012

"They cannot scare me with their empty spaces Between stars—on stars where no human race is. I have…"

“They cannot scare me with their empty spaces
Between stars—on stars where no human race is.
I have it in me so much nearer home
To scare myself with my own desert places.”

- Robert Frost, Desert Places (via buried-denmark)
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February 25th, 2012

MARCY DOLIN: I’m lying on my bed, smoking a joint. I smoke…



MARCY DOLIN: I’m lying on my bed, smoking a joint. I smoke about eight a day, and eat a marijuana cookie before I go to sleep at night. I like the peanut-butter ones. I’ve been using marijuana for about 35 years, ever since I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It takes the pain and muscle spasms away. Without it, I would be living on morphine and other horrible drugs. I couldn’t do that to my family. That’s no life, and I would have ended it. That’s the truth. I used to take a drug called Neurontin, and I just never stopped crying. I was in a fog, totally depressed. I told my doctor that I was going back to just marijuana; he said he would have me arrested if he could. What are they going to do? I’m 71 years old. Are they going to put me in jail? I’m not hurting anybody. It’s just here in my own house.

The New York Times

I take neurontin. It’s ruining.

February 25th, 2012

"I would never be part of anything. I would never really belong anywhere, and I knew it, and all my…"

“I would never be part of anything. I would never really belong anywhere, and I knew it, and all my life would be the same, trying to belong, and failing. Always something would go wrong. I am a stranger and I always will be, and after all I didn’t really care.”

- Jean Rhys, Smile Please: An Unfinished Autobiography (via lydianea)
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February 25th, 2012

Britney.



Britney.

February 25th, 2012

Witchcraft.



Witchcraft.

February 25th, 2012

flowerscrackconcrete: Kim Gordon & M.I.A.



flowerscrackconcrete:

Kim Gordon & M.I.A.