…i did not expect to be touched while skimming a reddit thread on fetish origin stories


    when you realize you enjoy making other people happy and a tangled web of acculturation leads you to express it in the most hilariously distasteful way possible


    When a straight man finds out that bringing joy to other people feels good but has no lens for his feelings about women except sexuality so he fetishizes his literal own feelings


    The artist

    it’s a powerful project

    #MichaelBrown #BlackLivesMatter


    [ image is photograph of a brick wall with two big posters. the first one is the new york times article with every line blacked out except “officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.” and to the right is a large blow up poster of Michael Brown in a graduation photo. ]


    A Teenager With Promise




    the aesthetic of american far right christianity is horrifying


    run-down signs screaming about hell in the middle of nowhere is my aesthetic though


    You don’t know true pants-shitting fear until you’re driving in the middle of nowhere, not a single sign of civilization as far as the eye can see, haven’t seen another living being in three hours, and then out of nowhere suddenly looms a half-destroyed barn with the words “HELL IS REAL” painted on what remains of the roof.


    I find the whole libertarian transhumanist idea that we can and should abolish death pretty deplorable actually given the implications of unequal distribution of that technology. I’d infinitely rather live in a world where death is a thing than a world where anti death tech exists but is used solely by millionaires


    Local fuckhead hopes death is mandatory, fails to consider the immediate reaction people will have to such technology​, embarrasses self, movement


    “Since I have to die, I hope everyone else does too.” - old communist motto


    No I actually agree with this too. You have a time and place here. Death absolutely should be mandatory.


    You want me to die, and my siblings too.

    You want my parents to die, and all of my friends.

    You thought it was good when three of my grandparents died, and you are just waiting for my beloved last grandparent to die.

    I do not want you to die, but I hope one day you learn exactly how terrible your desires are and become a better person.


    Holy. Shit. This might be some of the worst abuse of loaded language I’ve seen in awhile.


    Wow this went awry real fast


    One might think this is a willful misreading in order to take personal offense to a pretty sound political stance, but actually if you are rich enough to afford and desire anti death tech shit for yourself while the rest of the world goes down in flames i DEFINITELY hope you, personally, die, so these sanctimonius crybabies are correct

    Fascism hasn’t come from working class poverty or oppression. That’s a deliberate capitalist intellectual confusion we have to get rid of. The oppression that colonial workers had to endure in Asia, Afrika, Latin America and the Mideast didn’t produce fascism but hopeful, radical left movements of liberation that might have been ultimately subverted, but that also contained the constructive efforts of hundreds of millions of ordinary working people. Centuries of lynchings and police state terror and colonial poverty here in the Black Nation never produced anything like fascism, until neo-colonialism and what Malcolm X called “dollarism” took over. New Afrikan colonial oppression produced so many who were internationalist and forward looking, conscious anti-capitalists with integrity and democratic values. That really represented the historic Black Nation. A people that, however poor, however held low, were predominately working class and at the productive heart of the u.s. empire. A working class culture that had a lived belief in the importance of justice for everyone. So don’t be thinking that fascism just comes from poverty or recession, because it’s not that way at all. In Euro-America – by far the weathiest nation that’s ever existed since Babylon in biblical times – the growth of white fascism has nothing to do with poverty but everything to do with the crisis of white settlerism.

    “The Shock of Recognition” by J. Sakai (via proletarianfeminism)


    Hey would you mind elaborating on DFW's heavyhanded treatment of JVD?

    Well, she’s really the only central character that is female, or at least the only central character we’re supposed to like that is female in the whole book (Avril’s the only other woman in the book I can think of with any real agency in terms of plot, and she’s pretty harshly blamed as being a large source of the Incandenza’s dysfunction (and, honestly, you could probably make the argument that DFW uses her femininity as a function of her villainy in a way that is… not great), even moreso than JOI who is a raving alcoholic for christs’ sake, and we aren’t given much to go on in terms of seeing things from her perspective, like we are with JVD. There’s other women who tangentially figure into the narrative, but don’t have nearly as big a part to play in how the plot unfolds as JVD does).Despite this, she is pretty much only used as a signifier for other characters and ideas, via her physical form (ie her looks, mannerisms, and voice). Despite all the beautiful/hideous stuff seeming like it’s supposed to be some kind of commentary on objectification, DFW continues to kind of creepily objectify her throughout the entire book to the point where it’s really rendered moot. We get a little of her interiority, but her relationship to herself is completely mediated by other people’s relationships to her - particularly their relationship to her physical form. DFW goes on an on about how beautiful she is, or how deformed she is (GET IT ITS THE SAME THING OMG SO DEEP), and how that makes other people feel and deal with her. I mean, she is literally a symbol in the entertainment itself. How much agency can a muse really have? All of this just seems to me to be due to the fact that DFW is still stuck writing from the perspective of someone who sees women this way and hasn’t really had to interrogate why that is. Everything she does and feels and thinks about is related to how she appears to others - her looks, her physicality, her voice. He doesn’t remark, and doesn’t make JVD remark, on how odd it is, either, so I’m assuming he’s not attempting some critique of a society that makes women into their own spectators. She’s basically rendered magical by her extraordinary outward appearances. He’s much more interested in making her into a symbol (and, in my opinion, a rather trite/played out/obvious symbol - all that mother/death/death as a beautiful inviting woman/etc psychoanalysis stuff that kind of only really particularly applies to straight men anyway)  than he is giving her any kind of personality that would correspond to any actual person with an interior life. Sure, a lot of characters in IJ are not particularly realistic, but the ways in which JVD is not realistic just seem so obviously devised from a straight male perspective, the perspective of someone who views a womans’ physical beauty as something integral to every other aspect of her being, of someone who really hasnt spent much time thinking about what a woman like that would actually be like. 

    I don’t mean to say that I think DFW was a misogynist or anything (lol there’s a lot of good evidence that he was an IRL misogynist, or at least evidence of him being Not The Greatest At Treating Women In His Life With Respect, but not writing a character satisfactorily in my opinion doesn’t make him so), just his skills in writing about female subjectivity seem really lacking, and that to compensate he seems to have defaulted to these kind of trite and shallow cliches to develop this character. And that bums me out because so much other stuff in the book is so thoughtful and carefully considered. It makes his lack of ability in this area stick out even more, to me. I would have loved if he’d use the character to attack the idea of a muse (which is itself an idea at least partially rooted in misogyny) or something, but he really just contributes to it IMO.


    A 17 year old boy just replied to this four year old post with the comment "lmao its like you didnt even read the book"