Marginalia

bootsriley:

Throwback Thursday. 1930s. Said in slightly different ways now.


In the autobigraphy “Hosea Hudson: A Negro Communist In The Deep South”, he says that it took him a year of working with Communists in Alabama in the early 1930s before he realized there was a such thing as White Communist. He said that there were so many Black Communists working on things- unions, etc- and that since everyone that talked to him about Communism was Black, he assumed that it was a strictly Black movement.

Raven Doesn't Want to be Labeled "Gay" or "African-American;" Most of Us Don't Get the Choice 

autostraddle:

Raven Doesn’t Want to be Labeled “Gay” or “African-American;” Most of Us Don’t Get the Choice

Last weekend, Raven-Symoné told Oprah in an interview for Where Are They Now? that she doesn’t want to be labeled “gay” or “African-American” and even called herself a “colorless” person. After…

"I don’t need language", says Raven, using language to communicate to rest of us peons that she doesn’t need it.

I won’t hate too hard on this as it’s a common confused idea people hold who are opposed to their own oppression on the basis of their identity. It just that averting the mark itself is not the tactic, fighting back and staking a claim is. You don’t need to be colorless to be human. Human needs to be exposed as a limiting expression in itself, built not to include color. Human needs to be forced into an inclusive expression, forced to its conclusion. At some point we’ll hardly need it because what’s the point of human in society when we all are?

She doesn’t get that she doesn’t quite get to be just human. Few of us do.

marxvx:

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Romney, leaving himself room to hold two opposing opinions at the same time, as per usual.

Anonymous said: You wrecking tankies is easily one of the best parts of my dash.

class-struggle-anarchism:

thanks, it’s a depressing kind of fun though

like having to explain to a “communist” why forced labour is a bad thing is an inherently dismal, disheartening experience. 

Like at that point what is even left of your “communism” if forced labor “isn’t that bad”? I’m just in awe. I’ve met these sad creatures trying to sell their papers with blaring headlines praising x, y or z “anti-imperialist” dictator and I’m like… You just love the boot so much, don’t you? Can’t give it up.

aloofshahbanou:

what’s it like to live somewhere where there’s actually fucking seasons?

It’s a journey. Like a slow roller coaster ride. In the northeast we go from one extreme to the next and the transitional seasons (spring and fall) are a total toss up - it could be 80+ or below 40, raining or snowing any day.

Winters can be somewhat oppressive, summers a bit less because it’s shorter and there’s nothing impeding mobility like snow.

But I have come to feel each season like a chapter in life. You can smell a new season coming, it stirs memories, anticipation, dread.

What “Gone Girl” Is Really About

newyorker:

Joshua Rothman writes:

“‘Gone Girl’ is fascinating because it gets at what is unsettling about coupledom: our suspicion that, in some fundamental sense, it necessarily entails victimization. Just as ‘Fight Club’ showed that manliness and violence were imaginatively inseparable, ‘Gone Girl’ raises the possibility that marriage and victimhood are inseparable, too.”

The commentary here is rather hideous.

"“Gone Girl” is a fantasy, of course, and it takes place in a dream world, not reality. Leaving the theatre, you have to ask yourself how connected these ideas are in real life. And you can’t miss the fact that, fundamentally, “Gone Girl” is a farce."

Is it now? There’s a lot of play in the movie, a way of drumming up suspense and fully riding out the twists. But ultimately, it’s a play on things that are ideologically true and valid for many people. Let’s ponder, for instance, what can be said about the fact that in our society we are currently celebrating and spending collective millions on a film about a man (imperfect, flawed, a little bit of a jerk, the film grants - but forgivable) who is married to a woman who is, the viewers are forced to acknowledge, someone who falsely accuses men of rape and abuse, and is in general heartless, manipulative, calculating, and all levels of “insane woman” stereotype. That’s not farce.

"In “Gone Girl,” it’s the mythos of coupledom, not the mythos of masculinity, that’s oppressive. "

And this is just one of many examples in which the author, with twee banalities, either sweeps over or ignores gender dynamics or the looming question of women’s oppression particularly in the context of intimate relationships with men, and in this case cis, white, monied males. He even cites the prevalence of domestic abuse, and later gender inequality, but does not frame the former as a matter of men disproportionately commenting violence against women.

And so “Gone Girl” and the ideas contained therein are a farce.

Jean-Claude Duvalier, former Haitian dictator, dies aged 63 

class-struggle-anarchism:

good riddance

hope he suffered 

Holiday season came early

No one is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them

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notfuckingcishet:

stormingtheivory:

change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.

I assumed this would be one of those satire petitions, but no. 

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