For International Women’s Day (Nassau Ave; Brooklyn bound G)
Using electronic games in museums is useful because shiny things distract people long enough to teach them things.
Cultural Andragogic Sciences - Free University Brussels
The possibilities of interactive media as a tool for museum education
Take note, museumproblem.
But yea like I don’t consider myself a primitivist although I agree with some of their critiques but almost every single person I’ve seen unilaterally slamming the philosophy has failed to grasp any real understanding of what it is
ableist and transphobic?
Yeah exactly, there’s something to be said about approaching ableism and transphobia from western perspectives especially when you acknowledge that tons of people are disabled by the economic or physical violence of capitalism and that “primitive societies” like indigenous Americans were far more accepting of what Westerners would consider trans than Westerners today.
Nor is it a monolith that shares the same conclusions, and that nuance is completely lost most of the time people write polemics against it
You’re right. As soon as we destroy western civilization people in wheel chairs will suddenly be able to walk and those suffering from chronic illnesses in need of modern medication will be cured!
Ah yes, the argument that primitivism isn’t ableist because capitalism disables people, that makes tons of sense, because primitivism and capitalism are the only two options…
I’ve read lots of primitivist literature now, and I’ve never come across a single satisfactory answer to the charge of ableism. In fact the instances when the writer has attempted to tackle the question have been almost insulting in how transparently weak the arguments are.
I’ll ask again though, to all primitivists who may read this:
How will people who rely on technology to get around, hear, see etc going to be better off without technology?
Anonymous asked: off the top of your head, do you have any reading recommendations on feminism (or things in general that would be worth showing to a feminist reading group)?
feminism is really big so i’m gonna keep it biased and give you links to feminist/anti-patriarchy stuff i like.
here’s some lists that already exist from this blog and others:
http://danceforthatanarchy.tumblr.com/post/47010655826/queer-anarchy-nihilism (queer nihilism & insurrection/bash back! and post-bash back!)
http://ninjabikeslut.tumblr.com/post/66718200241/i-accidentally-deleted-the-ask-about-gender (gender abolition stuff)
http://untorellipress.noblogs.org/distro/ (scroll a lil bit for feminism/gender/queer)
http://stormsofhysteriapress.tumblr.com/zines (feminism mixed in with insurrection stuff)
shouts to the following homegurls:Emma Goldman (yea i know)
Voltairine de Cleyre
Marsha P Johnson
also Betrayal is really cool http://libcom.org/library/betrayal-critical-analysis-rape-culture-anarchist-subcultures
keep it nuanced
"I’ve spent the past couple of years thinking about the “twice as good” notion in the black community, and the bindings that we put on young black boys so that their country will not kill them. Of course “twice as good” ultimately means half as many arrive, and those who do receive half as much. Let us dispense with self-congratulation and great men. The question is not, “What did Jackie Robinson achieve in spite of racism?” It is, “How much more would he achieved without it?” An ethic of “twice as good” divorced from any complaint, divorced from history is “Go for self” and can have no effect whatsoever upon a justice system, upon voter ID laws, upon asset forfeiture, upon Wells Fargo. The masses of the plundered will never be respectable to those who plunder them. The essence of plunder is disrespect. They can never respect you. They hate you, sir."
Black Metal Is Sublime
Imp Kerr, Trash Past Death, 2009
In their propensity for corpse paint and murder, bands like Bathory and Gorgoroth are the unlikely fulfillment of Romantic ideals: absolute inwardness turned outward
In a now infamous interview at 2010’s Scion Rock Fest, Hunter Hunt-Hendrix, the singer and guitarist of the Brooklyn-based Black Metal band Liturgy, explained why his band doesn’t “play grim music” or “wear corpse paint.” He said he was “sickened by reveling in negativity”: “There is a fundamental substratum of chaos that is very destructive [but] also a creative force … and I think the only way to deal with the void and the flux of chaos is to affirm it.” That is why Liturgy plays what he calls “transcendental black metal,” a posi-core anomaly in the otherwise wrathful subgenre of greater Black Metal.
“True” or traditional Black Metal—not what Hunt-Hendrix plays—is an operatically dissonant blend of screeching vocals, tremolo picking, and blast beats, played by musicians in spiked jewelry and the corpse paint Hunt-Hendrix disdains, with Hammer Horror-sounding stage-names along the lines of Count Grishnackh, Faust, and Nocturno Culto, typically espousing an antiphilosophy of misanthropic individualism. In the genre’s native Norway in the early-to-mid 1990s, Black Metal spawned a culture of criminal one-upmanship that left in its wake least three documented murders, several suicides, and a swathe of burned churches and grave desecrations.
But “beneath all the grim vibes of Black Metal,” Hunt-Hendrix insists, “there’s this kind of spiritual ecstasy.” The tremolo picking creates the effect of “a string orchestra.” The great “unacknowledged influence” of the genre? Nineteenth century Romanticism.
Check it, @metalshea.
"Back when public debate over the BRT first started heating up in fall of 2012, a West End resident actually told a transit planner at a public hearing that ‘we don’t want the riffraff from East Nashville in our neighborhood.' Another homeowner said an influx of 'burger-flippers' into the western precincts was a worry, prompting one East Nashville merchant to propose a T-shirt idea: 'Burger flippers for the Amp.'”
[Image: Bobby Allyn]
There is nothing “odd” about this, it’s quite usual. Racism and classism are common features of public debates over transit expansion projects, and are deeply rooted in our transit history. See also: Atlanta.
I use the word interlocking rather than intersecting to describe how the systems of oppression are connected. Intersecting remains a word that describes discrete systems whose paths cross. I suggest that the systems are each other and that they give content to each other. While one system (here it is white supremacy) provides the entry point for the discussion (language is after all successive), what is immediately evident as one pursues how white supremacy is embodied and enacted in the everyday, is that individuals come to know themselves within masculinity and femininity. Put another way, the sense of self that is simultaneously required and produced by empire is a self that is experienced in relation to the subordinate other, a relationship that is deeply gendered and sexualized. An interlocking approach requires that we keep several balls in the air at once, striving to overcome the successive process forced upon us by language, and focusing on the ways in which bodies express social hierarchies of power.
The problem of language (interlocking versus intersecting) is not simply an academic one. If we view the acts as evidence of the operation of one system that is merely complicated by another, we will end up missing something about the violence and its psychic origins. Jasbir Paur offers an example that illustrates the outcome of analyzing one system at the expense of another. Those who viewed the Abu Ghraib photos of Iraqi men forced to simulate having sex with each other as evidence of rampant homophobia, (the photos show homosexuality as degradation) missed the bodies of the tortured Iraqis themselves.
Paur insists that both gender (Iraqi men are being made to feel like women) and race (Iraqi bodies are the ones marked as degenerate) are effaced if we concentrate on sexuality as a discrete system. In this respect, Paur’s argument is in line with scholars of colonialism who trace how colonizers sought to establish their claim to ownership of the land and conquest of its occupants, not only through the rape of women but through the feminizing of colonial men. As Revathi Krishaswamy has shown in her study of colonial rule in India, “the real goal of feminization is effeminization – a process in which colonizing men use women/womanhood to delegitimize, discredit, and disempower colonized men.” Several systems are in operation in the process of empire and they give content to each other. It is in order to overcome the problem of the discreteness of systems, and the obscuring of the full tangle of oppressive relations that I propose a focus on the bodies of the torturers rather than the tortured, a focus that requires an interlocking, historicized approach."
Sherene Razack on interlocking systems vs. intersecting systems (via kawrage)
Kinda nitpicky, but also interesting.