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“By keeping us focused on ourselves and our individual happiness, “Do what you love” distracts us from the working conditions of others while validating our own choices and relieving us from obligations to all who labor, whether or not they love it. It is the secret handshake of the privileged and a worldview that disguises its elitism as noble self-betterment. According to this way of thinking, labor is not something one does for compensation, but an act of self-love. If profit doesn’t happen to follow, it is because the worker’s passion and determination were insufficient. Its real achievement is making workers believe their labor serves the self and not the marketplace.”

In the name of love by  (at Jacobin Magazine)

This article speaks some hard truths. 

“With another episode concluded in the queasy oscillation between political insult and repair, the task remains to circulate, conceptualize, and perhaps learn from symbols and markers of disenfranchised cultures without dictating the terms of engagement. As the institutional backing responsible for Inukt’s newfound visibility, the MBA carried a distinct obligation to obviate profitable abuses of power, even in a venture as admittedly minor as a clothing line at their museum store. Yet the “minor” spaces are all the more crucial here, where longstanding erasures move within the cultural imaginary as naturalized practice. If anything, the need for constant vigilance, the need for the often exhausting labor of critiquing grotesque displays of power, becomes all the more apparent.”

The Musée des Beaux-Arts Shows its Colonial Hand in Inukt Affair by Joseph Henry (October 31st, 2013)

An Analysis of the Inukt Boutique by Chelsea Vowel (October 30th, 2013)

Yesterday I just felt nauseated by this story. But after reading Henry and Vowel’s insightful critiques, it feels like a step in the right direction. School these assholes.

“Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You [white women] fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you; we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs on the reasons they are dying.”

– Audre Lorde, “Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference” (via kawahineaihonua)

“I think that when you think about the word ‘fierce’ and how that word has been absorbed into our culture, it comes very much from queer people of color community, queer people of color history. When you think about queer people of color, especially femmes of color, the amount of resilience that is needed to survive in a world that is constantly bombarding their identity and their body is incredible, and then to turn it into this thing where it like looks effortless and looks fashionable and looks stylish and looks sexy and looks effortless… that shit is not effortless!”

– The transcript of my interview with Virgie Tovar is now available, thanks to Deelie Ree Jones! (via niaking)

“Despite what HRC would have you believe, the reality is that this organization doesn’t speak for our community, or even reflect it. The HRC’s cadre is made up of disproportionately white, cisgender people of wealth, power and privilege, who end up fighting, not for social justice, but for personal self-interest. Donors think they are putting their dollars toward equality, but they are merely paying for homonormativity and assimilation. There’s nothing equal about deciding who gets rights and who gets left out.”

Blogs | Nico Lang on HRC trans flag incident | WBEZ 91.5 Chicago

Compelling arguments about why the pink & red equal sign that was making the rounds last week isn’t as rosy and inclusive as it purports to be.

“Not being racist is not some default starting position. You don’t simply get to say you’re not a racist; not being racist — or a sexist or a homophobe — is a constant, arduous process of unlearning, of being uncomfortable, of eating crow and being humbled and re-evaluating. It’s probably hard to start that process if you’ve been told that every thought you have is golden and should be given voice, and that people who are offended by what you say are hypersensitive simpletons.”

PostBourgie (via thugzmansion)

have repeated this countless times - yet it bears repeating again and again and again…

“‘But I never looked like that!’—How do you know? What is the ‘you’ you might or might not look like? Where do you find it—by which morphological or expressive calibration? Where is your authentic body? You are the only one who can never see yourself except as an image; you never see your eyes unless they are dulled by the gaze they rest upon the mirror or the lens (I am interested in seeing my eyes only when they look at you): even and especially for your own body, you are condemned to the repertoire of images.”

– Roland Barthes, Roland Barthes by Roland Barthes  (via starlit-mire)

“But the more vexing problem with Morrissey’s stunt is that it bolsters the idea that racism is a terrible personal failing that can be corrected through sufficient public shaming. This notion of racism-as-evil is so pervasive that few people who readily espouse bigoted beliefs would recognize those ideas as racist; unsurprisingly, people don’t like to think themselves monsters. And so our conversations about racist behavior and racism write large get frustratingly bogged down in trivia about how churchgoing Suzie is or Connor’s friendly rapport with his Hispanic teammates.”

- G. D. in “Doing Antiracism Wrong at Jezebel" at Postbourgie (November 12th, 2012)

absolutely fantastic article that articulates all the reasons why i was/am uncomfortable with that approach to naming-shaming online racism.

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