The nuns’ meeting on Wednesday in a vast hotel ballroom here exemplified the melding of traditional Catholicism and modern innovations that has so perturbed the Vatican. They sat in silence for a long stretch, sang songs about truth and mystery accompanied by a guitar and a choir, and heard a keynote address by a futurist who was escorted to the podium by seven liturgical dancers waving diaphanous scarves of pink and tangerine.
This is so beautiful.
Via Mikkipedia, something I’m not too ashamed to want to try
Nooooo! Of all the things to copy me on, this might be the most foolhardy. It was seriously one of the worst things I have ever tasted. Luckily we had a bottle of Veuve to take the taste away, make sure you have some good grog on hand.
That said, if the Spice Girls do reunite on Saturday, there could be no better liquid to toast them with.
Bored with other people boasting but it’s selfcare when I do it, amirite?
WASP (Women Armed for Self-Protection) came out of feminist consciousness-raising groups, doing reform work surrounding rape such as training the police in how to properly deal with survivors. Recognizing the problems and limits of these activities, they began moving on to more confrontational stances. They did graffiti (“WOMEN - CASTRATE YOUR RAPIST”), urged lawyers not to defend rapists, pushed women to train in firearms and proliferated information on using guns, publicly defended women who killed rapists, observed rape trials, etc. After a rapist was acquitted, they produced 10,000 leaflets including his name, address, place of employment, photograph, and what he had done, and leafleted his neighborhood and workplace.
An essay on the group by Nikki Craft can be found here.
suzy-x has been doing some excellent gun-blogging and it inspired me to dig this post out of my drafts folder, where it’s been sitting while I try and sort out my feelings about it somewhat more articulately than “uggggghhhhhhhhhh”
full disclosure, I have a firearms license (paid for by the university, had to get it for fieldwork safety reasons) and I do really like guns and I am definitely predisposed towards being super into this whole thing. BUTTTTT,
I feel like blacksentai’s critique of “feminist celebration of white ladies punching dudes in the face” from a little while ago is relevant & important here
(because, like, in what universe does any lady but a white lady get away with packing heat as feminist reclamation?)
I mean, they called themselves “WASP” for fuck’s sake
so, yeah, as much as I want to like this, it makes me uncomfortable and I really can’t get behind it much more than I can get behind white anarchist dudes idealizing and/or appropriating POC armed struggle, is what I’m saying
(and relevant for article club)
also 2: Tea Party Terrorists who started doing open carry to intimidate people and how there was exactly zero response from the pigs.