Up, up and away Grand Rapids
Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries.

Mia Mingus, “Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability” (via cactoids)

reminder that physical illness is a valid reason to stay off school or work but mental illness is not. reminder that the loudest voice ‘for’ autism wants to ‘cure’ it. reminder that society will give investment bankers millions but doesn’t want to give people with disabilities enough money to live on. reminder that education is geared to teach the ‘intelligent’ they deserve the world at the disadvantage of the ‘less-intelligent’. reminder that all mentally ill children and teenagers are just ‘attention-seekers’. reminder that all mentally disabled children and teenagers are just ‘lazy’. reminder that all mentally ill and mentally disabled adults aren’t even acknowledged.

reminder that women used to be labelled as ‘hysteric’ if they dared to be anything other than complacent tools for men to use, reminder that ‘hysterical’ women were ‘cured’ through institutionalization and abuse, reminder that boys are 5 more times likely to be diagnosed with autism and society is still more willing to call this a biological fact and not rampant misogyny

reminder that queer people and trans people are still frequently labelled as mentally ill. reminder that huge swathes of people still believe queer and trans people need to be ‘fixed’. reminder that homosexuality was only declassified as a mental health disorder in 1990. reminder that being transgender is still classified as a mental health disorder. reminder that navigating the mental health profession as a queer and/or trans person is a minefield because of all the homophobia and transphobia. reminder that the only reason people are researching the ‘causes’ is because they want to find a cure.

reminder that ableism is a tool used to oppress every minority. reminder that ableism is something that needs to be talked about.

reminder that ableism makes me incredibly angry and it should make you incredibly angry too.

(via monsterau)

(Source: disabilityhistory, via maycontainvikings)

Two posts in a row from La Dispute’s new album. 

NO RAGRETS.

You in the living room

Legs bent at forty-five degrees

I write AB AB, try to find your rhyme scheme

I look for objects on the desk with which to sculpt your image best

What would I name this could I paint it “Woman (reading)?” “Girl (at rest)?”

I remember it so well watching you shifting your weight, turning the page, I can see it all there

Inside a living room where only I live and never go in

A role in name alone

Woman (In Mirror)

nodaybuttodaytodefygravity:

oodlyenough:

image

image

what year is this

where am i

image

I’m starting to wonder that exact thing

(via butyouregettingworse)

Most of the characters in my fantasy and far-future science fiction books are not white. They’re mixed; they’re rainbow. In my first big science fiction novel, The Left Hand of Darkness, the only person from Earth is a black man, and everybody else in the book is Inuit (or Tibetan) brown. In the two fantasy novels the miniseries is ‘based on,’ everybody is brown or copper-red or black, except the Kargish people in the East and their descendants in the Archipelago, who are white, with fair or dark hair. The central character Tenar, a Karg, is a white brunette. Ged, an Archipelagan, is red-brown. His friend, Vetch, is black. In the [Sci Fi Channel] miniseries, Tenar is played by Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk, the only person in the miniseries who looks at all Asian. Ged and Vetch are white.

My color scheme was conscious and deliberate from the start. I didn’t see why everybody in science fiction had to be a honky named Bob or Joe or Bill. I didn’t see why everybody in heroic fantasy had to be white (and why all the leading women had ‘violet eyes’). It didn’t even make sense. Whites are a minority on Earth now—why wouldn’t they still be either a minority, or just swallowed up in the larger colored gene pool, in the future? […]

I think it is possible that some readers never even notice what color the people in the story are. Don’t notice, don’t care. Whites of course have the privilege of not caring, of being ‘colorblind.’ Nobody else does.

I have heard, not often, but very memorably, from readers of color who told me that the Earthsea books were the only books in the genre that they felt included in—and how much this meant to them, particularly as adolescents, when they’d found nothing to read in fantasy and science fiction except the adventures of white people in white worlds. Those letters have been a tremendous reward and true joy to me.

So far no reader of color has told me I ought to butt out, or that I got the ethnicity wrong. When they do, I’ll listen. As an anthropologist’s daughter, I am intensely conscious of the risk of cultural or ethnic imperialism—a white writer speaking for nonwhite people, co-opting their voice, an act of extreme arrogance. In a totally invented fantasy world, or in a far-future science fiction setting, in the rainbow world we can imagine, this risk is mitigated. That’s the beauty of science fiction and fantasy—freedom of invention.

But with all freedom comes responsibility. Which is something these filmmakers seem not to understand.

Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Whitewashed Earthsea: How the Sci Fi Channel wrecked my books" (via)

In case you weren’t aware how awesome Le Guin is.

(via blueandbluer)

(Source: zuky, via maycontainvikings)

(Source: sabau, via vzrvel)

He may still love you. He probably does. He probably doesn’t know what he wants. He probably still thinks about you all the time. But that isn’t what matters. What matters is what he’s doing about it, and what he’s doing about it is nothing. And if he’s doing nothing, you most certainly shouldn’t do anything. You need someone who goes out of their way to make it obvious that they want you in their life.

(Source: ludgateing, via haleykrunk)

breathtakingdestinations:

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - Colorado - USA (von Matt Payne Photography)

breathtakingdestinations:

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve - Colorado - USA (von Matt Payne Photography)

devotionaura:

everyone watch this video of my dog gettin embarrassed that i caught him singin

(via dearbuddha)

daccodacc:

I laughed so hard no sound came out

(Source: iguanamouth, via butyouregettingworse)

Julia
Anthropology
Music
Life
Weird Stuff