What the hell is Water?

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Sep 12

catnipcharge said: I noticed that in the post in which you discussed Larvene Cox (something about her supporting someone bad?), and from what I gathered (I'm aware I could be wrong), you were insinuating you don't believe in the prison system. I was just wondering if you could elaborate on that. Whether you think the whole prison system is flawed or just a small part of it. And what other type of institution would you put in place for criminals?

I’m not going to get into the details of why the prison system is bad. The industrial prison complex, slave wages, the racial disparity, the return rate of all people in prisons, etc. These are things anyone reading this can look up themselves without me having to long post about it here. 

What I’m going to answer in regards to this question is what I interpret to be the best form of the prison argument: One of reform, humane imprisonment, and actual reconciliation with the idea that people can change for the better. 

And in that case, yes. Prisons are a rational argument. But I’ve read a few studies that say that prison as a punishment is not a very good deterrence at all from committing major crimes. Knowing this, however, doesn’t at all solve the problem, because ultimately there’s still the issue of what to do with criminals who refuse to change. 

My own idea is probably known as something like “The Australia solution”. From what I know of british history, the first colonial settlers of Australia were actually criminals from Britain that they had cast out to go somewhere else to die. Now, our world has no edges, so there isn’t anywhere that people don’t live anymore other than the cold expanse of space. But in a dream scenario, where society as a whole is restructured and the entire world is in on it, civilization could remake itself in a fashion that would allow most people to be in the “normal world” and any criminals that refuse to change their ways simply live somewhere else. To make their own world.


Sep 3

Sex becomes a highly instrumentalized exchange for … women: “Participants reported repeatedly that their decisions about how to present themselves physically, how and when to make noises, and how to move their bodies were determined far less by their own bodily sensations than by their mental calculations of what men would want them to do” (108). Several participants “noted that they spent a great deal of energy ‘watching’ themselves having sex with men, mentally stepping outside their experiences to determine whether they were acting appropriately” (108). Thus a primary affective state for these women is the “sense of being ‘up on the ceiling … looking down on the whole thing … so busy observing myself that I don’t even feel what I’m feeling’ ” (108). …

The very experience of their agency as decision making is the experience of alienating the self from the body, and this experience of alienation - or dissociation - is these women’s way of living through and participating in interpretative schema defined by men’s interests. It’s as if the women have always already contracted; what remains is to negotiate the particulars of a done deal. The women’s somatic, emotional experience of sexuality indicates an “attunement” to power relations that they (most often) do not articulate in explicit, propositional form - not, that is, in relation to their own experience.

Kathy Miriam, Toward a Phenomenology of Sex-Right: Reviving Radical Feminist Theory of Compulsory Heterosexuality (via seebster)

Upset because the link to the entire reading is broken? If anyone has it or can get to it, please tell me.

(via stayuglystayangry)


Sep 2

Straight out the gate? Damn.

But, hey

better sooner than later, I guess.


Sep 1

This is one of those rare times.

Where being what I’ve decided to be is going to be more difficult than being what’s natural. 


Aug 28

Aug 24

Wow

wow


Aug 23

Anonymous said: I know you already posted your reply to my anon, but yeah. These radical feminists who do not consider transwomen to be women are using this as an excuse to attack Cox. They did not care about the death of Ebony Williams until it was convenient for them.

In any situation where someone is universally beloved, there is a group of people waiting for a good reason or excuse to bring them down. This does not surprise me. 

When I was first confronted with the issue, groups seemed overwhelmingly in favor of just ditching Laverne Cox because of this, and the logic didn’t make sense to me. The idea that someone who’s committed heinous crimes is no longer a human being and doesn’t deserve respect and basic care is something that rubs me the wrong way.

Hopefully, this issue doesn’t drag on.


Aug 22

Anonymous said: SYNTHIA-CHINA BLAST DID NOT MURDER EBONY NICOLE WILLIAMS. She had no role in the murder whatsoever - she was called upon to clean up the scene, and could have faced serious repercussions had she not done it. She was in a gang, and faced the murder of herself and her family if she did not dispose of the body. Do some research, PLEASE. Don't let people mess with Laverne like this.

I personally don’t know enough about the issue to promote what this person is saying, nor do I think I have the emotional energy to look into it.

I made my post about withdrawing support from people who treat other people (regardless of their crimes) as human beings, and how I disagreed with that. If Synthia is not actually a murderer/rapist, all the better. 

In any case, if that’s true, that makes this issue all the more disconcerting. Hopefully, the truth will win out in the end.


This whole Laverne Cox thing is making me really sad.

And no, not because she fell from her high horse by doing a terrible thing like supporting a child raping murderer. 

I don’t believe the inherent value of a human being goes down after they do a horrible thing. That person may be terrible person, but they’re still a person, and that means they deserve to be treated like a human being. If they’re in a prison, they have the right to have safe ones, ones that are as good as any other prison cell. (Not that I’m sure I really believe in prisons, but that’s another story) 

I don’t like the idea that once a person crosses a certain threshold, they shouldn’t be treated like a human being (such as a using the correct pronouns).

And if you disagree with that, well, fight me.


so my lover watched that Anaconda video today

and upon finishing, immediately asked me to eat her out

which led to some of the best sex either of us have ever had.

Thanks, Nicki Minaj! 


“It strikes me that what is really important about violence is that it is perhaps the only form of human action that holds out even in the possibility of having social effects without being communicative. To be more precise: violence may well be the only form of human action by which it is possible to have relatively predictable effects on the actions of a person about whom you understand nothing. Pretty much any other way one might try to influence another’s actions, one at least has to have some idea who they think they are, who they think you are, what they might want out of the situation, and what their aversions and proclivities are. Hit them over the head hard enough and all of this becomes irrelevant. It is true that the effects one can have by disabling or killing someone are very limited, but they are real enough—and critically, it is possible to know in advance exactly what they will be. Any alternative form of action cannot, without some sort of appeal to shared meanings or understandings, have any predictable effects at all. What’s more, while attempts to influence others by the threat of violence do require some level of shared understanding, these can be pretty minimal. Most human relations—particularly ongoing ones, whether between longstanding friends or longstanding enemies—are extremely complicated, dense with experience and meaning. Maintaining them requires a constant and often subtle work of interpretation, of endlessly imagining others’ points of view. Threatening others with physical harm allows the possibility of cutting through all this. It makes possible relations of a far more schematic kind (i.e., “cross this line and I will shoot you”). This is of course why violence is so often the preferred weapon of the stupid.”

David Graeber, Dead Zones of the Imagination

this is why the first reaction of your tabletop rpg group is to use violence

(via antoine-roquentin)

Reblogging because I was not aware of this.


Aug 21

This, admittedly, is not how I expected that plot line to end.

And I’m not sure how much it matters. It can go well, it could go badly, it could change things, it could not. It all depends.

Regardless, this is one of those little times in life where I feel complete, genuine surprise. And, to be honest, I wonder if that’s a little insulting.

Arrogant? 

Probably just blind of me. But, now that that has closed itself, I see it for what it is, and feel much better about it.


Aug 18

maxlibertarios:

poparoll:

TUMBLR NEEDS TO STOP IT’S US-CENTRISM FOR JUST A SEC BECAUSE THE EU:S RACIST AND FASCIST PARTIES DID VERY WELL IN TODAY’S ELECTIONS AND GOT NINETY SEATS IN THE ESTIMATED RESULTS, WHICH IS SIXTY MORE THAN THEY DID IN THE ELECTIONS 2009

"Appeal to emotion by typing in caps and must use the word ‘racism’ in some way"

This is the recipe to a successful tumblr post

Genuine question: Are you aware of the context of this post? 

If not, please do a little research.

If so, why are you not worried in the long term?


Aug 13

Anonymous said: What do you feel bad about?

I picked up on a relationship thing later than I’m comfortable with.


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