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After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things. So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?
Source: The Huffington Post
Maybe it would be easier to navigate the dissolving boundaries between public and private spaces if we all had a variety of names with which to signal the aspects of ourselves currently on display. And maybe we should remember that our first glimpse of a person is just one small piece of who they really are
This looks cool.
Source: The New York Times
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever been a stripper?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever been to a strip club.
Oh—you wouldn’t date a girl who’s ever done porn?
In that case, I wouldn’t date a guy who’s ever watched porn.
You’re the reason we exist.
You’re the demand to our supply.
If you disdain sex workers, don’t you dare consume our labor.
As they say in the industry, “People jack off with the left hand and point with the right.”
while that may be a huge component of how criminalization functions, and how violence is enacted on us, we also need to come to terms with the fact that we actually do commit harm. That we do things considered “illegal” not just by the basis of our sexual and gender identities, but that we rob, we kill, we steal, we swindle. We participate in informal and criminal economies. The idea that prisoners who are imprisoned simply by being profiled are the only ones worthy of our sympathy is part of the logic of the carceral system. It is the reason that we pass hate crimes legislation and the reason we are willing to concede power to the state and to the privatized prison systems. Because we believe so strongly in this dichotomy of the good and the bad, we justify the state’s use of violence against us.
lowendtheory made this point explicit with his post about Trayvon Martin’s death:
It is no disrespect to Trayvon Martin’s memory to point out that our ability to make him into a slogan is based less on who he was as a person than on our desire to fit him into a mold that will allow others to see him as worthy and deserving of justice. That mold is called the Innocent Victim, and its shape can be seen in the details that we choose to highlight and repeat ad nauseam about the case: He was unarmed, he was holding Skittles and Arizona Ice Tea, he was on foot, he had no criminal record, he was a “good kid.” Add whichever narrative that you’d like to hang on him here. It’s rather perverse, really, our collective love and desire for the innocent victim, the victim who “did nothing,” the victim who, we convince ourselves, must have been so pure that we immediately scoff at George Zimmerman’s alibi that he was acting in self-defense. What if Trayvon Martin had come at this white man who held a gun? Would his killing have been justified?
The state’s ability to police queer and trans folks, especially of color relies on our buy-in to this narrative. What we need to be working towards is an analysis of what sorts of conditions produced by the State shortens our “life chances” (to quote dean spade) and drives us into committing harm on others? Once we understand the root causes of how violence is produced, and come to terms with the fact that our relationships with each other will always inevitably have some component of harm and violence to them, then the issue is no longer who the “bad” and the “innocent” are, but rather, what sorts of community structures must we build to support each other when harm occurs outside of for-profit state control?
Yes. It’s a dangerous misconception to believe that any group doesn’t do harm. I went to a conference on ending mass incarceration yesterday and one of the things someone said about the concept of crime and prison that really struck me was “harmed people harm people.” It’s the idea that the reason a black kid in the ghetto would rob a store and the reason a white prison guard would beat up that same kid are probably not so different. We perpetuate the idea of “just punishment” instead of trying to heal our society as a whole, recognizing we can all do bad and good, we all have been hurt and we all have hurt someone else.
You’re On Diet Coke, 2013
hahaha marina is so relevant
I feel like it is legitimate to express concern about overuse of devices or social media and how it may alienate some, and I have just chosen to approach the subject from a different angle. The best possible scenario is for everyone, regardless of their varying optimism on the issue, to acknowledge that the new normal involves the pressures and benefits of multiple devices and an unprecedented amount of information flowing through us. There is nothing reactionary in acknowledging that this can be problematic, and it is our role as artists to offer insights as to how best to navigate this predicament. The only people I fundamentally disagree with are those who stubbornly ignore such issues altogether, dip out, and pretend like it’s 1989 or something. I guess the principal thing I stand for is educating oneself about the potentials and pitfalls of contemporary technology such that you can use it for positive ends. Debate around these issues is a crucial part of that.
scrape your knee; it is only skin
makes the sound of violins
when you cut my hair, and leave the birds the trimmings
I am the happiest woman among all women
you have to reblog the song your tattoo is from, right?
• a transphobic woman is not a feminist
• a racist woman is not a feminist
• a homophobic woman is not a feminist
• exclusionary feminism is not feminism
ok “cumaddict72,” i appreciate your perspective, but i disagree. we all have internal biases that we can work to reduce and be more aware of, but it’s unclear if we can ever get rid of them entirely. i’m pretty sure that’s true of all people, and it seems pretty “exclusionary,” or just unrealistic, to say that only people somehow purified off all prejudice can be part of a feminist movement.
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