chicago zine fest
hey, you should let me know if you’re going to czf this year. i’m going for the first time, and i’m really excited to meet lots of folks I know from zines and online, but i am also really shy in crowd situations. i would love to have czf playdates though!
I’ll be tabling!
12:03 pm • 10 February 2014 • 25 notes
call IN culture
all of a sudden, the feminist blog-o-sphere is all about the topic of call-in culture as a constructive alternative to lashing out at people who make mistakes, call in culture is the process of engaging with and re-educating people in our community who have fucked up. these conversations have been sparked by the incredibly articulate post by ngọc loan trần, published by black girl dangerous, last december. i have since noticed that a lot of people (white people) have been hopping on this call-in culture bandwagon. the pendulum seems to have shifted, and i am now reading anti-call out content with as little nuance as the “righteous anger at any costs” bullshit that tends to be a given in queer / feminist spaces. as a white person who has written in great detail about my negative experiences with call out culture, i feel that it is now essential for me to clarify my perspective on the matter.
marginalized people have the right to express their anger, and it should not be their job to educate you. WITH THAT SAID, my problem with call out culture has primarily been the way in which people who are relatively privileged (college educated white queers, for instance) lord theoretical knowledge over well-intentioned people of different experiences who have already taken steps to learn on their own (aka straight “allies” lol). it takes a community to learn and grow and, tactically, you can’t expect other folks to google and understand. asking questions is a key part of the learning process. if we want people to change specific behaviors to come more accommodating, we have to be willing and able to take responsibility to talk about what in particular bothers us and what can be done better in the future. additional problem that i have with call out culture are: the ways that anger and lashing out to other people is viewed as a more “valid” response to oppression than any other reaction, how horizontal oppression tends to be perpetrated against people who are oppressed in other ways, how intercommunity violence is masqueraded as social justice and love, ways in which identities are policed, and how the climate becomes one of tension and people are fearful of making mistakes and thus remain closed off and guarded.
WITH THAT SAID, my primary issue with call out culture is that it is fucking exhausting. microaggressions are indeed small acts of violence, but when we invest all of our energy into calling people out for using the wrong terminology because they have different cultural reference points ,we often wind up allowing much larger acts of violence to slide. THIS IS PART OF WHY SO MANY PERPETRATORS EXIST IN OUR COMMUNITIES ARE NEVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE.
regardless, social justice SHOULD make you uncomfortable and if you are dismissing call out culture without considering the intersections of race / cissexism / etc something is definitely up.
11:42 am • 10 February 2014 • 21 notes
"Yonce x Get Ur Freak On"
THIS IS IMPORTANTTTTTT.
song of the year
this is actually the best thing i’ve ever heard
(Source: xprofessor / audiosavage2.0, via hairypitsandtits)
8:00 am • 10 February 2014 • 15,230 notes
my #selfcare has been playing this jim o’rouke song repetitively because the fucking lyrics
11:48 pm • 9 February 2014 • 1 note
i made a facebook post and immediately deleted it because apparently a person from my school saw it which meant that facebook privacy settings dont work.
10:04 pm • 9 February 2014 • 2 notes
yoko ono was the best thing about the beatles
8:53 pm • 9 February 2014 • 13 notes
order no more words #1 here
i couldn’t sleep last night, so instead i assembled a bunch of journal entries (and two blogs posts) into a new perzine.
topics include: strategies for managing depression and burnout, diy currency, working with teenagers in professional settings, social work, taking responsibility to inform others about unusual triggers, nyc living, femme community, misandry as a social media trend, eating disorders, and class privilege.
32 pages, black / white, cut and paste.
i <3 zine trades (especially on the day of zinefests —- chicago zinefest and nyc feminist zinefest are coming up very soon!), purchasing this zine is also a really great way to support hoax zine endeavors.
5:41 pm • 9 February 2014 • 24 notes
yesterday, we spoke on the phone and…i think i might have relapsed? by relapsed, i mean i feel just as awful as i did when i broke up with her. i couldn’t sleep last night. i can’t think. i can’t really breathe, even. i don’t know what do to. i’ve exhausted all of my support networks.
11:40 am • 9 February 2014 • 5 notes
the one positive thing about loosing friends via a breakup is that I HAVE NO MALE CIS MALE FRIENDS IN MY LIFE WHO I WILL EVER SEE REGULARLY
2:21 am • 9 February 2014 • 7 notes
it’s been 37 days.
today is a day that is particularly difficult.
4:15 pm • 8 February 2014 • 2 notes
yesterday i went to punk rock karaoke and screamed heaven’s to betsy - terrorist which, despite recent attempts to distance myself from riot grrl nostalgia, was cathartic because the entire crowd was fucking white manarchists doing misfits covers. then i actually decided to go out dancing at a gay bar (which is a rare occurrence in the life of rachel) but the crowd was mostly straight girls from long island with their gay male bffs WHAT A SHOCKER. i just submitted a mixtape to homoground. i am already behind on my homework, but i’m desperate to procrastinate. just another excuse to gpoy.
3:47 pm • 8 February 2014 • 7 notes
A dinosaur being delivered to the Boston Museum of Science, 1984
4:00 pm • 6 February 2014 • 5,058 notes
I'm Gonna Get You, Happy, by Normal Gays
6 track album
this is my solo EP I just made! I am very happy about it, please download for free if you and share among friends or enemies
11:02 am • 6 February 2014 • 15 notes