"Academics, shrinks, and feminist theorists have traveled through our lives and problems like tourists on a junket. Picnicking on our identities like flies at a free lunch, they have selected the tastiest tidbits with which to illustrate a theory or push a book. The fact that we are a community under fire, a people at risk, is irrelevant to them. They pursue Science and Theory, and what they produce by mining our lives is neither addressed to us nor recycled within our community. Our performances of gender is invariably a site of contest, a problem which - if we could bring enough hi octane academic power to bear - might be “solved”."
- Riki Wilchins, on the ignorance of violence in scholarly analyses and discussions of trans people (via homoarigato)
"The learning process is something you can incite, literally incite, like a riot."
Audre Lorde (via hollywoodoverthrow)
This abundance of Audre Lorde material has been posted to honor the anniversary of her death.
Homonormativity is a chameleon-like ideology that purports to push for progressive causes such as rights to gay marriage and other “activisms,” but at the same time it creates a depoliticizing effect on queer communities as it rhetorically remaps and recodes freedom and liberation in terms of privacy, domesticity, and consumption.
In other words, homonormativity anesthetizes queer communities into passively accepting alternative forms of inequality in return for domestic privacy and the freedom to consume.
- Martin F. Manalansan IV, ‘Race, Violence, and Neoliberal Spatial Politics in the Global City’ in Social Text 23/3-4 (2005). (via literature-and-cats)
"Motherfuckers will read a book that’s 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and White people think we’re taking over."
- Junot Diaz to the interview question “Do you think using Spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?” (via kawahineaihonua)
"I will close Guantanamo Bay."
- Barack Obama (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)