An important statement about femininity has been made today
Post-aspirational means my movement is not about individual achievements. Post-aspirational means my…
Post-aspirational means my movement is not about individual achievements.
Post-aspirational means my movement is not about individual empowerment.
How have you cultivated a community? I find myself bereft of community, with many wonderful, individual, not connected at all friends. It could be just the lens of blogging but I get a strong sense of community from here. (Am I correct?) I am actively trying to enrich my life but my paths always lead to solitude, which I enjoy plenty, but I have enough of that at this point.
I’m not sure if you mean communities in general or on tumblr? I should start this off by saying, I do strongly feel like I am part of a community but I do not feel like I have intimate, enthusiastic friends, online or off, these days, and it makes me really sad.
As far as community, I think mine are kind of values-based? idea-based? in things like punk rock and feminism and adventurism, as opposed to having gone ot certain schools or working in a certain industry. I met my friend Elisabeth because I was making this “I Still Believe Anita Hill” totebags and she bought one and then asked me to lunch because we were emailing all the things and we have been friends ever since. I met Alithea bec she came to a panel I was on at EMP (weird music conf), and I have met other ppl through zines and at shows and stuff. I don’t know if this is helpful? I guess I generally meet ppl through projects and stuff. I hope this helps! xoom
okay i guess i am just putting together a rough timeline of your life and did blake actually steal yr true love because rude. when colin and i were first becoming friends he sent me a text message once that he was at a show where blake was acting really weird and he smelled like burning wood. this woulda been like three years ago, making blake old, weird, wood-smelling, and still going to nyc punk shows. not that there’s anything wrong with that.
I answered this privately but fuck that. I was half joking but it is true that I loved this person on a level I haven’t ever felt with anyone else, I just truly deeply trusted him. I was reading somewhere in a thing about friendship and how the best ones are people who have seen you at your worst and who still think you are rad, or something, and that is so true in this case. He was there for me during the darkest darkest but it fell apart in various hideous ways and then he was suddenly best friends with Blake and moving around the country to be near him and obv as a person and a Scorpio I felt and feel this very deeply. Like even now on the rare occasions I see him he is either with Blake or brings him up in the conversation. This is totally making me cry.
I’m trying to guess by context clues but what do you mean by "shrimping" Aaron Cometbus? [I'm not a huge cometbus fan or anything, I just started reading him and I'm curious and also "shrimp" as a verb sounds useful...]
Shrimping is sucking on the toesies. I find it kind of gross and I am not a huge AC fan it just was a funny way to combine her interests—she had a zine on shrimping—and mine, ie punk and writing.[ETA: And Aaron was in a band called Crimpshrine.] I realize as I overexplain it how dreary it sounds but at the time it seemed hilarious.
Alice Bag and Dinah Cancer.
Black women were doing the hard work of demanding respect in the rap game while MCA was still guzzling Budweiser and talking about his porno collection on wax. From Salt N Pepa to Lyte to Latifah to Monie to Miss Melody to Yo Yo to… I’ll just stop there, because all of them came up before Paul’s Boutique dropped. Nah, let’s go forward, mid-90s til inifinity: Missy, Lauren Hill (while with the Fugees and on her own), Foxy Brown, Lil Kim, Eve, and on and on.That you looked to the Beastie Boys for a non-misogynistic voice in hip hop while it was there all along in the form of women rapping about and for themselves strikes me as incurious at best.
VAGINAL CREME DAVIS
Vaginal Davis is an originator of the homo-core punk movement and a gender-queer art-music icon. Her concept bands — including Pedro Muriel and Esther, Cholita! The Female Menudo, black fag, and the Afro Sisters — have left an indelible mark on the development of underground music. Like Ron Athey, Ms Davis made her name in LA’s club performance scene, and has earned herself a similar notoriety as a cultural antagonist and erotic provocateur.
Set apart from gallery-centered art, and Hollywood movies, and from those systems’ necessities of high-polish, low-substance production, Vaginal Davis’s low-budget — often no-budget — performance, experimental film and video practice has critiqued exclusionary conceits from the outside. Davis has been a prolific producer of club performance, video and Xerox-produced Zines, and other forms of antagonistic low-cost, high-impact work. Such as in her drag reconstruction of Vanessa Beecroft’s Navy SEALs performance, Ms Davis derails collector-friendly raciness in spectacles of femininity, queerness and blackness. She critiques both the gallery system and the larger cultural trend that it mirrors, with tongue-in-cheek self-exploitation and rude provocations of racial and gender confusion.
Vaginal Davis is the key proponent of the disruptive performance aesthetic known as terrorist drag. Disrupting the cultural assimilation of gay-oriented and corporate-friendly drag, she positions herself at an uncomfortable tangent to the conservative politics of gay culture, mining its contradictory impulses to interrupt the entrenchment of its assimilatory strategies. A self-labeled “sexual repulsive,” Ms Davis consistently refuses to ease conservative tactics within gay and black politics, employing punk music, invented biography, insults, self-mockery, and repeated incitements to group sexual revolt — all to hilarious and devastating effect. Her body a car-crash of excessive significations, Vaginal Davis stages a clash of identifications within and against both heterosexual and queer cultures, and Black and Hispanic identities. From bubblegum songstress Graziela Grejalva to aging deviant John Dean Egg III, Davis’s personas reject the internal counter-cultural mandate to refuse self-criticism, instead problematising the functions and assumptions of normative trends within the margins. By renewing uncertainties within alternative cultures and identities, Vaginal Davis opens up spaces for their continual struggle towards renewed and greater challenges, over and against these practices’ timid appeasement and appropriation by the mainstream.
Note: Tonight I’ll be making short posts/reblogs on creative trans/genderqueer/etc folks from recent history- artists, writers, musicians, etc. Feel free to drop suggestions in my ask box, and they’ll all be grouped here as I post them. Enjoy!
Longtime hero. Many years ago when she had a zine called Shrimp, we were going to collab on a special issue called Shrimpshrine which makes me laugh to this day.
It’s hard to remember that I was there that night. It seems like it must have been ages ago.