Helen Reddy believes this.
T. Rex - 20th Century Boy - 1973 TV performance
“So, like, right now for example. The Haitians need to come to America. But some people are all, “What about the strain on our resources?” Well, it’s like when I had this garden party for my father’s birthday, right? I put R.S.V.P. ‘cause it was a sit-down dinner. But some people came that, like, did not R.S.V.P. I was, like, totally buggin.’ I had to haul ass to the kitchen, redistribute the food and squish in extra place settings. But by the end of the day it was, like, the more the merrier. And so if the government could just get to the kitchen, rearrange some things, we could certainly party with the Haitians. And in conclusion, may I please remind you it does not say R.S.V.P. on the Statue of Liberty. Thank you very much.” - Cher Horowitz
and: *F*eminist is a *critique*.
when you imagine my voice saying this word—please feel free to imagine a snarl on my face when i say it. it is a *critique* and it comes with value judgement.
i’ve never needed to be attributed. women of color have used the word repeatedly without ever once attributing me and i haven’t ever one single time EVER thought even for a *second* on it. because I know that THEY are using it with a full and complete understanding of the critique.
but this is what makes me mad.
somehow “attribute” became code white folk word for “basic respect.”
can you talk about the theories/analysis of women of color without being astonished that you really aren’t the first person to come up with the idea?
do you see that the *surprise* you show that you aren’t the expert you thought you were is what all of us sees and understands and is so fucking familiar to our very DNA that it sort of makes us gag a bit when we see it?
oh, fuck, white folks are *surprised* again.
do you know that *surprise* is what lets *F*eminists get away with culling words like “justice” and “accountable” and “transformative”?
because it makes *sense* that some chicanas are baby carrying anchor babies and that we present a *problem* to the immigration system—but it’s a shock! a suprise! that some poor mami in the rust belt could ever possibly come up with anything that contributes to anything important? i.e. white discourse?
why is it easier to insist on attribution from your punk white asses than it is to explain basic fucking human respect?
why do you understand *ownership*, but basic respect as a deep thinking *equal* to you is some astonishing ass shit and you need some links?
tumblr is my think tank
My best hope for the summer is that the wasp nest above the garden door scares my neighbors away so I have it all to myself again.
Moheeba Khorshid, Palestinian freedom fighter, the leader of “Daisy flower” organisation in Yafa, Palestine pic.twitter.com/d9lrAKIk
Galaxie 500 - “Fourth of July”
YOUR DOG REFUSED TO LOOK AT IT.
18 years ago at MacWorld Boston I was bored to death working in my company’s booth when I met a charming fellow named Damon Krukowski and later, the lovely Naomi. I think it was a couple of years at least before we even realized the music connection. We all got cats and email at the same time and we’ve been friends ever since. You guys should follow him on tumblr: International Sad Hits