Posts tagged ‘quotes’

July 29th, 2013

“Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested,…

"Don’t ask me who’s influenced me. A lion is made up of the lambs he’s digested, and I’ve been reading all my life."
                                                                             —Charles de Gaulle

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March 24th, 2012

fette: Top, photograph by Judith Joy Ross, Untitled, from…



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Top, photograph by Judith Joy Ross, Untitled, from Portraits at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington D.C., 1984. Via. More. Bottom, photograph by Gökşin Sipahioğlu, Untitled, from May 1968 riots, Paris. Via. More.

During two years of protest reporting, I have watched white, middle-class liberals on both sides of the Atlantic realizing with wide-eyed shock, at the first wallop from a police baton, that whoever you are, the state and its agents are to be feared when you step out of line. They are to be feared whatever your colour, even if all you wanted to do was dance around and waggle some placards. The horror that police might treat young white protesters the way they have been treating young black people for years has been with this protest movement from the start. Whilst the killing of young black boys is rarely news in North America, when young white women were kettled and pepper-sprayed by the police during the first days of Occupy Wall Street their tear-smeared faces made headlines across the world.

The learning curve of white privilege is steep, especially for those who weren’t aware that they had it. Whereas six months ago, white activists were shouting that police were part of the 99% and encouraging their fellow occupiers to welcome law enforcement into the protest camps, the chant today is: “police are the army of the rich!”

Laurie Penny, America learns it cannot ignore race and class on the Million Hoodie March, for The Independent, March 2012.

II appreciate the pointer to the Penny story. But I am troubled by the juxtaposition of these photos, and the implication that white protestors are now experiencing police brutality at the level that POC have for centuries.

March 7th, 2012

"We’re mostly vegetarian. Except when we’re devouring men"

““We’re mostly vegetarian. Except when we’re devouring men””

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— Ann Snitow, at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. (via mikkipedia)

PS the documentary about Greenham women is playing next week at Spectacle in Brooklyn

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March 7th, 2012

"We’re mostly vegetarian. Except when we’re devouring men"

““We’re mostly vegetarian. Except when we’re devouring men””

- Ann Snitow, at the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp.
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March 6th, 2012

"We’re just not interested in questions about Women’s Liberation… You either think chauvinism’s shit…"

“We’re just not interested in questions about Women’s Liberation… You either think chauvinism’s shit or you don’t. We think it’s shit… Girls shouldn’t hang around with people who give them aggro about what they want to do. If they do they’re idiots.”

- Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, NME, June 1977
February 26th, 2012

"Better to be without logic than without feeling."

“Better to be without logic than without feeling.”

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Charlotte Brontë

(via flipfudali)

February 13th, 2012

"Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred…."

“Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.”

- Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies”  (via thenewwomensmovement)
September 18th, 2011

"I want to live in a world where little girls are not pinkified, but where little girls who like pink…"

“I want to live in a world where little girls are not pinkified, but where little girls who like pink are not punished for it, either. We can certainly talk about the social pressures surrounding gender roles, and the concerns that people have when they see girls and young women who appear to be forced into performances of femininity by the society around them—but let’s stop acting like they have no agency and free will. Let’s stop acting like women who choose to be feminine are somehow colluders, betraying the movement, bamboozled into thinking that they want to be feminine.”

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“get your antifemininity out of my feminism,” s.e. smith (x)

TESTIFY

Just noting one other important thing before I’m done with this sideshow and go back to menstruation, the arrival of pants in 19th century literature, the 60s, and cats: Wanting to be valorized for supposedly opting out of some feminine archetypes sure ignores the fact that people of color are barred from opting in (assuming any of them want to).

September 8th, 2011

fette: Hold Me While I’m Naked, 1966, directed by George…



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Hold Me While I’m Naked, 1966, directed by George Kuchar.

10. Camp sees everything in quotation marks. It’s not a lamp, but a “lamp”; not a woman, but a “woman.” To perceive Camp in objects and persons is to understand Being-as-Playing-a-Role. It is the farthest extension, in sensibility, of the metaphor of life as theater.

Susan Sontag, Notes On Camp, 1964.

See also, RIP, September 8, 2011.

RIP Mr. Kuchar.

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August 8th, 2010

The Seduction of Nostalgia

“The past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”

—Virginia Woolf (via hootowlchild, fuckyeahlesbianliterature)