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February 9th, 2013

blackamazon: bad-dominicana: sometimes commentary on the male gaze is just catering to the male…

blackamazon:

bad-dominicana:

sometimes commentary on the male gaze is just catering to the male gaze. irony.
like, accusing women baring legs, cleavage or midriff of doing it for the male gaze, as if they couldnt do it coz they fuckin feel like it.
or looking at art or photos of women in poses that accentuate their curves and femininity and calling it for the male gaze, as if men are the only ones who like lookin at ass and titties and girls in cute or sexy stances. as if men are the only ones who could possibly be sexually attracted to women.
way to center every damn thing around males while claiming youre against it.

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TESTIFY

February 9th, 2013

I need to sit on my hands to keep from being mean.

February 9th, 2013

WHY CAN’T I REPLY TO REPLIES ANY MORE I HATE YOU MISSING E…



WHY CAN’T I REPLY TO REPLIES ANY MORE I HATE YOU MISSING E AND TUMBLR

February 9th, 2013

She has a unicorn tattoo!!!!!!!!!!!! Dying.



She has a unicorn tattoo!!!!!!!!!!!! Dying.

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February 9th, 2013

Tulisa!





Tulisa!

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February 9th, 2013

Badass.



Badass.

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February 9th, 2013

Watching N-Dubz videos is making me love Tulisa even more.



Watching N-Dubz videos is making me love Tulisa even more.

February 9th, 2013

"The White House has disinvited the poets to a cultural tea in honor of poetry after the Secret…"

The White House has disinvited the poets
to a cultural tea in honor of poetry
after the Secret Service got wind of a plot
to fill Mrs. Bush’s ears with anti-war verse.
Were they afraid the poets might persuade
a sensitive girl who always loved to read,
a librarian who stocked the shelves with Poe
and Dickinson? Or was she herself afraid
to be swayed by the cooing doves, and live at odds
with the screaming hawks in her family?

The Latina maids are putting away the cups
and the silver spoons, sad to be missing out
on música they seldom get to hear
in the hallowed halls… The valet sighs
as he rolls the carpets up and dusts the blinds.
Damn but a little Langston would be good
in this dreary mausoleum of a place!
Why does the White House have to be so white?
The chef from Baton Rouge is starved for verse
uncensored by Homeland Security.

NO POETRY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE!

Instead the rooms are vacuumed and set up
for closed-door meetings planning an attack
against the ones who always bear the brunt
of silencing: the poor, the powerless,
the ones who serve, those bearing poems, not arms.
So why be afraid of us, Mrs. Bush?
you’re married to a scarier fellow.
We bring you tidings of great joy—
not only peace but poetry on earth.



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“The White House Has Disinvited The Poets” by Julia Alvarez. Alvarez wrote this piece after Laura Bush, wife of then-president George W. Bush, cancelled a tea for poets because many quest speakers planned on protesting the War on Iraq.  (via reclaimingthelatinatag)

Love Julia Alvarez

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February 9th, 2013

un-funk: re: That Spoonboy Video The content of the video is less of a problem for me than the…

un-funk:

re: That Spoonboy Video

The content of the video is less of a problem for me than the meaning David and others ascribe to it. The idea of “drag Batman” is kinda neat, it’s a powerful image. The accompanying essay that’s like “Transgender People Exist I Will Now Be Their Ambassador Because It’s Not Like Any of Them Exist in Punk and Can Speak for Themselves,” is kinda not so neat. 

And like, if your punk music video is doing critical cultural work, it doesn’t need a blowhard 750-word essay follow up. Also like, if you’re going to go ahead and write that essay in a thinly veiled attempt to pre-empt critique, maybe write it like the people you’re making Art about are actually going to read it.

I’m just not interested in someone else’s musings on my subjectivity?

Especially when that person and his body can exist and function in ways that mine never will be able to. Seriously dude, I’m the last person to argue that transgender people are the only ones with complicated genders, but the image of a cisgender man “binding” with an ace bandage made me feel physically ill.

It seems like Not Making Actual Trans People Feel Dysphoric and Alienated is way less the priority of this Combination VideoBell/EssayHut than Educating Cis People (won’t somebody please think of the cis people!) and then getting cool points aka social capital aka record sales aka tail in exchange.

Gender signifiers in themselves are not something that can be “appropriated.” They are literally a costume. I’m not mad David wore lipstick or a binder. But the identities and experiences that accompany living with “aberrant” gender embodiments is a whole other thing, and like, you can’t just temporarily adopt a different presentation (that I’m assuming was not seen by his job or family) and honestly think you get what this life is about.

If David wanted to do this video “in a way that was serious and informed by perspectives outside of [his] own,” maybe he could have brought the gaze up from his navel and into a conversation with some trans people. Speaking of, is anyone in the video not cis?

I’m just not interested in someone else’s musings on my subjectivity.

Mike Funk is the only philosopher I care about.

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February 9th, 2013

Obligatory pretty snow photo



Obligatory pretty snow photo