"art doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The art and the artist cannot be separated."
comments of http://cratesandribbons.com/2012/09/30/the-kissing-sailor-or-the-selective-blindness-of-rape-culture-vj-day-times-square/
If the Internet mimics real life, then there is no doubt that real life can mimic it. That if we allow ourselves to be silenced or censored, it can happen in real life too. That if an online society of people can censor your body, what stops them from doing so in real life? This is already happening, you experience this every day. When someone catcalls at you, yells “SLUT,” comments on all your Facebook photos calling you “disgusting,” tries to physically violate you, spreads private nude images of you to a mass amount of people via text, calls you ugly, tells you to change your body, tells you are not perfect, this cannot continue to be our reality. To all the young girls and women, do not let this discourage you, do not let anyone tell you what you should look like, tell you how to be, tell you that you do not own your body. Even if society tries to silence you keep on going, keep moving forward, keep creating revolutionary work, and keep this discourse alive. To those who reported me, to those who are disgusted by my body, to those who commented “horrible” or “disgusting” on an image of ME, I want you to thoughtfully dissect your own reaction to these things, please think about WHY you felt this way, WHY this image was so shocking, WHY you have no tolerance for it. Hopefully you will come to understand that it might not be you thinking these things but society telling you how to think.
The point I would like to bring up now is the problem with the desire, particularly in this case expressed by those in positions of power, to “move past” these issues. A desire to move past unpleasant (and at times criminal) events like these is not ok. “Moving past” is simply another expression of privilege, the same kind of privilege that makes the actions directed at Dr. Lee and Ms. Byrne far too frequent. A woman subject to repeated acts of harassment because she is a woman cannot “move past” that reality. A person of color regularly subject to the assumption of inferiority cannot “move past” that reality. A person whose sexual orientation does not match your own preference and is therefore discriminated against, legally and illegally, cannot “move past” that reality.
Rather than “move past,” we, especially those of us in power or gifted with the privilege of the “proper” gender, skin color, or set of attractions, should seek to linger. Linger in the moments of doubt and uncertainty we have about our own actions (or inactions) and our own culpability in the past. All of us in that position have certainly had many moments when we have actively or passively assumed a position of power and authority because of who we are and the privilege, benefit of the doubt, and assumption of innocence/correctness granted to us. Spend a little time lingering and you will no doubt uncover things you have done (or not done) that facilitated the bad behavior of those around you. And probably you have done some bad things, too. I have.
Re: the “whore” incident and don’t get me started on sexism and twisted expectations in academia (“do it because you love it” —> “put up with it because you love it”…FALSE)
"Individuals who have a deep and unwavering sense of their worthiness are free from all of the ego needs that produce entitlement, selfishness, and narcissism. Children who have been mirrored well and affirmed of their worthiness are far more likely to spend their lives caring for others than obsessively caring for themselves, because they have already been cared for well." - Dr. Kelly Flanagan
a question I have to deal with, too. I’m not sure if the genes I’m checking are actually what they are, because our dynamic database that updates automatically with everyone’s new data is not updating. but there are bigger problems, too:
I’d get rid of the Darwinian model we have in our basic college science courses — chemistry, biology, physics — where students are set against each other. At the beginning of the school year, the freshman chemistry or biology professor typically says, “Look around you — half of you won’t be here next year.”
I would change that to a system where we reward mastery of the subject matter, rather than grading on a curve. At present, the emphasis in these basic science courses is about weeding out an arbitrary number of students rather than educating anyone who’s demonstrated an interest and capacity. We are wasting a lot of human potential.
- John Matsui on improving science education
I dig it.
You saw the whole
You sighed oh no oh life
You sighed all for
You sighed oh no
You sighed only should I-
I love you
You saw no one for
You don’t know I would
You don’t love you
You don’t know, how could
You don’t know I like
You don’t know you
sigur ros lyrics.