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If you have 8 minutes, watch this.
If you don’t have 8 minutes, wait until you do.
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Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries.
Mia Mingus, Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability (via classycoochie)
This is one of my fav quotes from her speech.
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Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering, there’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.
Let’s face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins weren’t invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren’t sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.
And why is it that writers write but fingers don’t fing, grocers don’t groce and hammers don’t ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn’t the plural of booth beeth? One goose, 2 geese. So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn’t it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn’t preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell? How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites?
You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which an alarm goes off by going on. English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race (which, of course, isn’t a race at all). That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
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There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. … No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.’
You go back to her and I go back to.. I go back to.. black.
My tears dry on their own. Goodbye Amy Winehouse, you were a truly amazing artist.
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Who said that ideaology is also my adventure? Adventure and ideaology are incompatible. I am my own adventure. One day of depression on year of depression one hundred years of depression.
I discard ideaology and I no longer know anything; losing my way is my proof.
I no longer have a glamourous moment at my disposition.
I lose attractiveness.
You will not find an anchor-point in me.
Who said that emancipation has been unmasked?
You court me now because you fear that I will be the interlocutor with the world that you could never be.
You wait for identity from me and cannot make up your own mind.
You were given an identity by man and cannot give it up.
You burden me with your conflict and are hostile to me.
You assault my integrity.
You would like to put me on a pedestal.
You would like to keep me under your guardianship.
I distance myself and you do not forgive me.
You do not know who I am and you make yourself my mediator.
What I have to say I will say on my own.
Who said that you helped my cause?
I helped your career.
But by appearing I spoilt your party.
Provocation is a gesture of attachment.
You force me to be present at painful revenges on a note of defiance.
You celebrate a myth that fell with me.
Who said that culture is a sublime goal?
It is the sublime goal of self-destruction.
In acquiring culture you have complied unreservedly with a request that excludes you.
You have wanted to participate without existing on your own.
Ultimately you are unrecognizable.
And while this has been happening, you have sufferred from a feeling of inadequacy.
You claim solidarity because you went to the fight.
To my mind you have got yourself into a mess.
You have given your life to show that we are mediocre.
You have got stuck while climbing the phallus.
It seemed a question of time before you succeeded.
They continue to tell you that your mediocrity is temporary.
I see you stuck there forever.
You will come to envy my nothing.
Who said that you do not know power?
‘To occupy oneself with’ is intellectual arrogance.
The more you occupy yourself with women the more estranged you become from me.
Do you know what exposing yourself means?
You search for error without being prepared to risk anything.
Who said that was self-awareness?
That would be a pantomime for fools.
It would be over before it even started.
It has become swamped in misunderstandings.
It has vanished into stale air.
Don’t talk to me if you have ‘experienced self-awareness’.
Self-awareness is the other one.
Have you heard about hte ‘double militancy’?
And about ‘the private is political’?
And the one about ‘you are not doing enough’?
I have found my source of humour.
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