On this day in 1977: The rock group KISS provided Marvel Comics with vials of their blood to be mixed with printers’ ink for their upcoming comic.
Today’s quote: “This is to certify that KISS members, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley, and Peter Criss, have each donated blood which is being collectively mixed with the red ink to be used for the first issue of the Marvel/KISS comics. The blood was extracted on February 21st, 1977 at Nassau Caliseum and has been under guarded refrigeration until this day when it was delivered to the Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York.”
Today’s ill-advised tattoo: http://tinyurl.com/caob4g9
Carolee Schneeman, Up To and Including Her Limits, 1973-6
Black Internationalist Feminism
Women Writers of the Black Left, 1945-1995
Radicalism and Black feminism in postwar women’s writing
Black Internationalist Feminism examines how African American women writers affiliated themselves with the post-World War II Black Communist Left and developed a distinct strand of feminism. This vital yet largely overlooked feminist tradition built upon and critically retheorized the postwar Left’s “nationalist internationalism,” which connected the liberation of Blacks in the United States to the liberation of Third World nations and the worldwide proletariat. Black internationalist feminism critiques racist, heteronormative, and masculinist articulations of nationalism while maintaining the importance of national liberation movements for achieving Black women’s social, political, and economic rights.
Cheryl Higashida shows how Claudia Jones, Lorraine Hansberry, Alice Childress, Rosa Guy, Audre Lorde, and Maya Angelou worked within and against established literary forms to demonstrate that nationalist internationalism was linked to struggles against heterosexism and patriarchy. Exploring a diverse range of plays, novels, essays, poetry, and reportage, Higashida illustrates how literature is a crucial lens for studying Black internationalist feminism because these authors were at the forefront of bringing the perspectives and problems of black women to light against their marginalization and silencing.
In examining writing by Black Left women from 1945 to 1995, Black Internationalist Feminism contributes to recent efforts to rehistoricize the Old Left, Civil Rights, Black Power, and second-wave Black women’s movements.
(answer: cosmo-fascist. forever rong.)
Hannah Wilke, I Object: Memoirs of a Sugargiver, 1977-8
Pyranas punk girl gang in San Francisco, 1978.
“The unexpected effect of the punk scene was the sense of empowerment that comes from being part of a community that works together to achieve common goals, even if our goals as teens were mostly just to be creative and have fun. The punk spirit, the DIY attitude, the feeling that we can steer our lives and circumvent the powers that be lingers long after the pogoing has stopped.” - Alice Bag, 2012
this is my entire life