Homophobia: The fear that another man will treat... →
hollow-gram: We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger…
…all of them sad insomniacs of the hinterlife, tallowing hours away in the earth to understand this… -“Baffled in Ashdod, Blinded in Gaza,” Steven Heighton
So long, endorphins. You were great for about an hour. Then I encountered the real world again and remembered that I’m miserable and it’s not because my body lacks aerobic engagement it’s because I’m an asshole.
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth: I loved you first, I loved you first.
And what is the point of playing a game if, even when you win, you feel like you’ve lost?
And now I have a Kylie Minogue song stuck in my head. This is not cool. Now I’ll really have to go join the picket lines later so I can feel like less of a terrible human being. At least my sudden, disgusting burst of conformity will be useful in a picket line.
Why I Must Get Out of Academia Pronto
I had a phone interview this morning with someone writing a news article who was interested in me as a ‘spokesperson’ for a panel I’m part of for a grad student conference in April. And argh I acted like I was this guy. I acted like the kind of person I never wanted to be. I used terms like ’interrogate’ and ‘problematic’ like they were the best lexical...
A New Way to Measure Poetry
Reading a poet’s biography online tonight, I came across this sentence fragment: “She is one of the top five ranked female poets in the world…” How, and why, the freaking hell would anyone rank poets? What do they quantify? Numbers of readers? Number of pages? Density of rhyme? Please let this be a joke.
IMBROGLIO: Racism, and how it Affects Me →
hollow-gram: The past week has been a hard one for me in some instances. The news of Trayvon Martin’s murder has trampled over my usual fiery anger over social injustice and left me feeling sad, scared, vulnerable and helpless. This, combined with the huge controversy over Invisible Children’s Kony2012…
MEGAN FALLEY [ON ICE!]: WHAT THE HOUR HAND SAID TO... →
meganfalley: exia: WHAT THE HOUR HAND SAID TO THE MINUTE HAND At 7:35 A.M, you lay your tired body on mine before peeling off, like a slow band-aid. At 8:40 you sprint home and make instant coffee. At 9:45 we finally drink it, cold. I finish your leftover half. By 10:50 you are already breathless. I live for every time we overlap. When 11:55 comes I spend the entire minute...
This is about “feminism” but, as the author points out, can apply to other relationships between someone oppressor and oppressee. http://shakespearessister.blogspot.ca/2009/08/terrible-bargain-we-have-regretfully.html
I have never understood people who say that they don’t want to face reality or don’t want to know the truth. I spend so much of my time longing to know that my perceptions are real, that my beliefs are true. That doesn’t mean I don’t also want reality to be otherwise.
So one of the units in the union I belong to (because I work at the university) is going on strike. As members of the same union, we’re all expected to show solidarity and not go into work. Of course, because our unit’s not on strike, this means no pay. I kind of need the money so I can make rent payments, feed myself, feed my cat, and also save for college for next year. I’m...
You say my freckles are constellations; now I’ve two new silver stars.
This is a cool photography project about a not-quite-abandoned former Canadian mining town. http://www.ianbrewsterphotography.com/ucity/uranium-city-saskatchewan/
10 things you (probably) didn't know about death →
fuckyeahoddities: 1. When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go — the first is usually sight, followed by taste, smell and touch 2. A human head remains conscious for about 15 to 20 seconds after it has been decapitated 3. 100 people choke to death on pens each year. One…
Everyone has six names:
1. your real name: Jade 2. your detective name Blue Horse 3. your soap opera name Alyssa James 4. your star wars name (first three letters of last name, first two of middle name, first two of first, last three of last): Walaljaace 5. superhero name (color of your shirt, first item to your immediate left): Black Aspirin 6. goth name (black and one of your pets): Black Ari Dear god...
Creamy but Quenching Vegan Smoothie
-1/2 cup frozen strawberries -1/3 cup frozen mango -1/2 cup sweetened soy milk -1/2 cup brewed cranberry herbal tea at room temperature -scattering of frozen spinach leaves 1. Blend and enjoy! Notes: You can substitute in any type of non-dairy milk, fruity herbal tea, or frozen fruit that you like. For a thicker smoothie, reduce the total amount of liquid. For a richer, sweeter smoothie, use...
Days ago, 16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and the law. If we act now, we can stop this unspeakable tragedy from happening to anyone else. Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a...
I’m reading Michael Ignatieff’s Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry for my human rights paper that looks at possible interpretations of the ‘social progress’ that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights talks about. And I can’t help but wish Canada had voted in Ignatieff. I don’t necessarily agree with him about everything. But come on. Harper (who...
Another Bewildering Classroom Discussion
Today in my labour seminar our professor actually asked, seriously, “If goods were redistributed to each individual ‘according to his needs,’ then why would we need a politics of recognition anymore?” So I said “Well, who would be responsible for assessing what each individual needs? Doesn’t even redistribution rely on categorizations and values that are...
WRITERS SEE HERE
This is a free contest that leads to a possible publishing contract, as far as I can tell, and it sounds awesome. But submissions are due tomorrow!! http://writebloody.com/submissions/
Poetry is not the way we talk, but the way we would talk, if we could, at...– paraphrasing Steven Heighton, from “On Poetry” in Workbook: Memos and Dispatches on Writing (via hardglare-softgaze)
Call for Advice
Do not continue reading after the break if you are squeamish about personal discussions of birth control. Please read on if you are not squeamish and ESPECIALLY if you think you can provide useful feedback about birth control options. [[MORE]] I don’t like children. To be fair I don’t like most people, but of the people I do like most of them are not children. And even of the small...
Happy St. Patrick's Day...I guess...if you're into...
I almost considered listening to some Spirit of the West and Dropkick Murphys today, you know, to be festive, and then I remembered that they are a Canadian and an American band, respectively.
As we have so recently and publicly discussed, girls and women have “anger...– Soraya L. Chemaly, Stop Telling Girls They’re Hysterical (via sparkamovement)
His heart beat faster and faster as Daisy’s white face came up to his own. He...– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby (via libraryland) I both like this passage and am made uncomfortable by what’s implied but I’ve yet to figure out -why- exactly.
Just a thought
theperksofbeingaroxi: if Fred & George had the map for years, how did they not notice that there was a man named Peter sleeping in Ron’s bed every night? :O
International Anti-Street Harassment Week: 10... →
hollow-gram: “What do you think street harassment is about? Sex? Benign flattery? Attraction? Women who can’t just suck it up and deal? It’s power. Catcalls, sexist comments, public masturbation, groping, stalking and assault: gender-based street harassment makes public places unfriendly, frightening and dangerous for many girls, women, and LGBQT people. It’s power to control public spaces....
asthepoemsgo: In 1837, Arthur Schopenhauer submitted his essay, “On the Basis of Morality” to the Royal Danish Society of Scientific Studies, which was offering a prize to the best essay. Schopenhauer’s was the only entry. His did not win. Hehehe.
Why the "other people have it worse than you!"...
1) Given that I am not the mythical Narcissus incarnate, or living under a rock, or completely devoid of empathy, I am already quite aware of the fact that there are other people who suffer and that many even suffer more deeply than I suffer. In fact, I often think of other people’s misery when I am miserable. This means that someone telling me “other people suffer more than you...
This week feels so overwhelming, but I suspect that’s partly because I’ve been depressed so anything but sleep feels exhausting. Still, in the last 48 hours I’ve gone from: [[MORE]] -crying in the fetal position on my bed (upset about a lot of things and important things like school and my future but also about something that happened with T that turned out to be...
Thoughts on Myers-Briggs
If I take a Myers-Briggs test I’ll get a different result almost every time. However, when I research MB personality types, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m an INTJ. http://www.personalitypage.com/INTJ.html If true, this means my decision to go into law is a good one. It also means that I don’t exactly have the soul of an artist. Damn.