“America was built on two monumental crimes: the genocide of the Native American and the enslavement of the African American. The tendency of official America is to memorialize other peoples’ crimes and to forget its own - to seek a high moral ground as a pretext to ignore real issues.”
I have never seen such perfect sentences.
2:28 am • 22 July 2014 • 25,959 notes
I just spend the last hour engaging in a conversation on Twitter about trigger warnings. This person has a few thousand followers and had tweeted something mocking those who need trigger warnings, basically saying that the internet is full of triggering things and you need to take responsibility for your own healing and recovery. (I may or may not have called said person an asshole.)
Here’s the thing: I own my recovery. I am careful of the spaces I navigate and I don’t expect the world to cater to my needs. And having said that, I can’t avoid the entire world. I can’t avoid the internet. So when people put lovely trigger warnings on things, I can better protect my mental health. It’s not asking a lot of people to add two letters before sharing an article or post. It’s the same thing as with a friend who is a recovering alcoholic. If we’re going someplace with alcohol, I would want her to know ahead of time for her own safety. I let her know because I care about her and she can make decisions on how to proceed from there.
Especially when we start talking about PTSD, it is vitally important to put trigger warnings on things. This is not about “restricting freedom” but rather because we care about the mental health of the people in the spaces and communities we occupy. We can to look out for the well-being of our friends AND recognize their agency in the choices for the healing and recovery. Trigger warnings are ways we can better ensure that someone doesn’t have to relive violence or trauma they experienced, or feel increased urges to self-harm or purge, why would we NOT do that?
This person talking with me had come out of Christian fundamentalism, like I did. She kept saying that all of these “rules” in feminism felt like fundamentalism all over again, so I’d like to write a few things here that I said to her.
Fundamentalism, in my experience, was all about power. It was about appeasing those in power (whether that be “god” or leaders), protecting those in power, and being manipulated by those in power. In this new feminist framework, it was all about those without power. It’s focus was on those who were marginalized and oppressed and abused. In this way of doing life, it was not about me submitting to rules but using my newfound agency (as I was no longer powerless either) to care about others and create a world that was healing, liberating and life-affirming. That wasn’t oppressive or “new fundamentalism,” it was freedom.
Being an empathetic human being is NOT THAT HARD. Asking for you to think outside of yourself and to somehow who has been through shit and might be triggered by content you post is not asking much. You aren’t being policed, this is not about following rules. It IS about caring about the people around you and the hurts that they have experienced.
11:55 pm • 21 July 2014 • 2 notes
From Judy Grahn’s “Detroit Annie, Hitchhiking”
12:27 am • 19 July 2014
American narcissism is telling immigrants that they should be grateful to live here, when it’s, more likely than not, some form of American interference that destabilized their home nation.
THANK YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU LIKE YOURE THE FUCKING REASON I LEFT MY HOME YOU RAGING SELF RIGHTEOUS PRICKS!!!
5:03 am • 12 July 2014 • 13,623 notes
today’s list of fun things to know
a ) I suck at self-promoting
b ) I am not a writer. I am a painter. Let’s keep this in mind.
c ) I started a new blog. We’ll see, we’ll see.
d ) It’s about feminist theology / justice-oriented healthy views of love
e ) so if you’re into that
f ) the link is here: creatingaplacetostand.blogspot.com
g ) If you’re not into that, don’t worry. We’re still cool.
2:46 am • 12 July 2014 • 1 note
We decided to stop by Hobby Lobby on our way home.
10:48 pm • 30 June 2014 • 1 note
“The narrative around any act of anti-abortion violence quickly turns to talk of lone wolves, sick individuals acting outside the parameters and without any support or encouragement from “mainstream” or “nonviolent” organizations. Again and again, however, perpetrators of violence and extreme acts of harassment are shown to be directly connected to the same network of people and organizations.”
Adding Cubs to the Pack of Lone Wolves
Anti-abortion terrorism is not an anomaly. Fill people with talk of “baby killers,” “whores,” and “enemies of God” from the time they are born, teach them to mercilessly terrorize patients and staff, and murder is nothing more than the inevitable endgame.
7:25 pm • 27 June 2014 • 533 notes
The MRA hashtag is a scary corner of the internet.
11:22 pm • 23 June 2014
Feeling very Maleficent today. Channeling an evil Angelina Jolie.
6:21 pm • 23 June 2014 • 2 notes