Anaïs. 23. From New-Caledonia. Blurred identity. 3rd year student in Sociology with Social Psychology. York. Some articles, quotes or images which relate to my field of study and topics of interest.
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Angela Davis on the “Racialization” of Terrorism, From Assata Shakur to Boston Marathon Bombings
Published on May 3, 2013
Watch the full interview with Angela Davis on Democracy Now! athttp://owl.li/kGdcY. The legendary activist and scholar Angela Davis tells Democracy Now! that the FBI’s adding of former Black Panther Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorists List exemplifies a longstanding “racialization” of terrorism in the United States, and an effort to deter the young activists Shakur has inspired today. “When the grandchildren of those who were active in the late ’60s and early ’70s are becoming involved in similar movements today, there is this effort to again terrorize young people by representing such an important figure as Assata Shakur as a terrorist,” Davis says. “Before the Tsarnev brothers were discovered to be the alleged perpetrators [of the Boston Marathon bombings], there was an attempt to present the person who planted the bomb as either a black man or a dark skinned man with a hoodie. This racialization of what is represented as terrorism is an attempt to bring the old-style racism into the conversation with modes of repression in the 21st century.”
In 1998, Democracy Now! aired the audio of Assata Shakur reading her open letter she wrote to Pope John Paul II during his trip to Cuba in 1998 after the FBI asked him to urge her extradition. Listen at https://soundcloud.com/democracynow/a…
I didn’t learn until I was in college about all the other cultures, and I should have learned that in the first grade. A first grader should understand that his or her culture isn’t a rational invention; that there are thousands of other cultures and they all work pretty well; that all cultures function on faith rather than truth; that there are lots of alternatives to our own society. Cultural relativism is defensible and attractive. It’s also a source of hope. It means we don’t have to continue this way if we don’t like it.
Kurt Vonnegut (via cielito-lindo)
selections from Ancestral, Meryl McMaster (Plains Cree, Blackfoot)
Ancestral explores the idea of heritage through a combination of portraits and self-portraits. Using late 19th century historical images of various Aboriginal men and women, the images were digitally projected onto the subject. The idea is to take historical bodies by inserting them into the present, bringing together old and new, as a way of looking at the past through the present.
Anon: This might sound like a weird question but I just want to be clear. My boyfriend has a higher sex drive than myself and I tend to turn down sex quite a lot but he is very persistent. Eventually I feel guilt tripped into having sex anyway and just do it. He said that it’s not rape because I don’t physically try to stop him, don’t cry after or try to push him off me, but is it classed as rape since I didn’t want to and felt as though I had to?
FYSE: that can definitely be classified as rape. No one should guilt trip you into sex and you shouldn’t feel obligated. Your partner should take the first no. Being talked into sex is not consent.
If you’re in the West Yorkshire area of the UK you should get yourself to Bradford Baked Zines this week! It’s a pop up shop run by Loosely Bound Collective. It’s full of just amazing zines, I had a lovely bus ride home with lots of new zines to read!
They’ve got LOADS of events going on through the week and are open till 7 every day.
Also, my feminist art collective, Project:BABE have our Becoming Pt. II exhibition there, exciting stuff!
The perfect image on the page of a magazine captures but a single moment in time, effacing the work and inequalities that lie beyond the frame. If modeling is the professionalization of gender performance, then it is a prime site to see the construction of masculinity and femininity, as well as race, sexuality, and class.
Ashley Mears, Pricing Beauty (via melaniekirsh)
In the particular area of sexuality, for instance, I assume that most of us know the following things that can differenciate even people of identical gender, race, nationality, class, and ‘sexual orientation’ - each one of which, however, if taken seriously as pure difference, retains the unaccounted-for potential to disrupt many forms of the avilable thinking about sexuality.
- Even identical genital acts mean very different things to different people.
- To some people, the nimbus of ‘the sexual’ seems scarcely to extend beyond the boundaries of discrete genital acts; to others, it enfolds them loosely or floats virtually free of them.
- Sexuality makes up a large share of the self-perceived identity of some people, a small share for others’.
- Some people spend a lot of time thinking about sex, others little.
- Some people like to have a lot of sex, others little or none.
- Many people have their richest mental/emotional involvement with sexual acts that they don’t do, or even don’t want to do.
- For some people, it is important that sex be embedded in contexts resonant with meaning, narrative, and connectedness with other apsects of their life; for other people, it is important that they not be; to others it doesn’t occur that they might be.
- For some people, the preference for a certain sexual object, act, role, zone, or scenario is so immemorial and durable that it can only be experienced as innate; for others it appears to come late or to feel aleatory or discretionary.
- For some people, the possibility of bad sex is aversive enough that their lives are strongly marked by its avoidance; for others it isn’t.
- For some people, sexuality provides a needed space of heightened discovery and cognitive hyperstimulation. For others, sexuality provides a needed space for routinized habituation and cognitive hiatus.
- Some people like spontaneous sexual scenes, others like highly scripted ones, others like spontaneous-sounding ones that are nonetheless totally precictable.
- Some people’s sexual orientation is intensely marked by autoerotic pleasures and histories - sometimes more so than by any aspect of alloerotic object choice. For others the autoerotic possibility seems secondary or fragile, if it exists at all.
Some people, homo-, hetero-, and bisexual, experience their sexuality as deeply embedded in a matrix of gender meanings and gender differentials. Others of each sexuality do not.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet
[Social constructionism] begins with radical doubt in the taken-for-granted world - whether in the sciences of daily life - and in a specialized way acts as a form of social criticism. Constructionism asks one to suspend belief that commonly accepted categories or understandings receive their warrant through observation. Thus, it invites one to challenge the objective basis of conventional knowledge.
Kenneth J. Gergen, The social constructionist movement in modern psychology
I chose to be a writer in girlhood because books rescued me. They were the places where I could bring the broken bits and pieces of myself and put them together again, the places where I could dream about alternative realities, possible futures. They let me know firsthand that if the mind was to be the site of resistance, only the imagination could make it so. To imagine, then, was a way to begin the process of transforming reality. All that we cannot imagine will never come into being.
bell hooks, “Narratives of Struggle” (via sevenredumbrellas)