Things Seen, Things Made

Jo : queer politics - stories - beautiful things

“A long and gut-wrenching list of damaging side effects—painful scarring, reduced sexual sensitivity, torn genital tissue, removal of natural hormones and possible sterilization—combined with the chance of assigning children a gender they don’t feel comfortable with has left many calling for the surgeries to be heavily restricted.”

Should We ‘Fix’ Intersex Children? Standard medical practice is often to operate to “normalize” genitals, but some families are fighting back.

lots of intersections with trans and disability justice around the need for bodily autonomy and the need for doctors to stop forcing “normal” appearances on people especially when it causes demonstrable harm.

(via disabilityhistory)

emilyenrose:

swanjolras:

ohhcaptainrum:

swanjolras:

#[sharp inhale] #these are the times that try canon; seriously this is the point in time where i’m going to ignore agents of shield for THIS PRECISE REASON #the immediate decision to rebuild shield cheapens this turn so fucking much i dont CARE about what cap 2 does for your mediocre tv show #you cannot mistake this film for anything except what it is - a movie made in the 21st century when we’re moving#out of the immediate recent past; it couldn’t have been made at any other time other than now and to TEAR! AWAY! THAT MASK! #and show you that anyone and anything is capable of being /this/; that this rot can grow anywhere and that #we’re not as different as we like to think - is such a smart decision #it topples the status quo it is very decidedly moving forward and goddammit this show had to go and ruin it #man fuck it fuck it so hard fuck it to hell (ilvalentinos)

#mal flawless as per usual #shield was toxic because it was hydra but shield was ALSO toxic because it was shield #BECAUSE SHIELD AS AN ORGANIZATION WAS ROTTEN FROM DAY ONE #you cannot ‘rebuild shield from the ground up’ because shield and hydra WERE ALWAYS TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN #those helicarriers were not horrific BECAUSE hydra was in control of them #they were horrific because TO HAVE THAT KIND OF WEAPON IS INHERENTLY IMMORAL AND TYRANNICAL #because shield is not an organization of good men! it is an organization of perfect soldiers! #any organization like shield would have become rotten and corrupt and ultimately evil #whether! or! not! it! had! nazis! #the nazis were not the REASON that shield was evil #they were a DEMONSTRATION of JUST HOW EVIL SHIELD WAS CAPABLE OF BEING #this movie’s politics were the smartest politics #please marvel don’t take this away from me (via swanjolras)

#yeah. YEAH. #THE POINT IS THAT SURVEILLING AND SIGNIFYING ANY HUMAN LIFE AS IMMEDIATELY WORTHY OF DESTRUCTION WITHOUT THEM DOING ANYTHING WRONG #IS NOT! A GOOD FOUNDATION! FOR A GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION! #WE CANNOT PREDETERMINE HUMAN LIFE AS DISPOSABLE; WORTHY OF DESTRUCTION; PART OF A MASS OF OTHER THAT WILL DESTROY US #WE CANNOT CHARACTERIZE SOME HUMANS AS GRIEVABLE AND MOURNABLE AND OTHERS AS /NOT/ #THE WHOLE POINT OF CAP 2 IS YOU CAN’T HAVE THE DRONES. BY HAVING THE DRONES; YOU HAVE EMBODIED THE IDEA THAT SOME HUMANS ARE MORE GRIEVABLE; #RECOGNIZABLE; WORTHY OF CARE #YOU CAN’T HAVE THE DRONES AND EXPECT THE ORGANIZATION TO STILL BE ‘GOOD’ #YOU CAN’T HAVE THE DRONES! (bropunzeling)

shinelikethunder:
#shield was not unamerican because Secret Nazis #shield was unamerican because Authoritarianism #because so very Authoritarianism that they’d been nurturing a faction of secret nazis the whole time and nobody could tell the difference #the principles behind what shield was doing do not suddenly become Evil or Not Evil depending on whose name is on the letterhead #the point is that some things are evil even in service of *your* cause #and yes they are alluring even to smart people like fury #and that is how groups like hydra and the RL fascists they’re standing in for come about in the first place #this entire movie was like a followup to that erskine quote: so many people forget that #the first country the nazis invaded was their own #captain america only works as a character because if #by some accident of birth and nationality #he’d been captain germany instead #he still would’ve gone down fighting nazis
ahahaha this post is now a perfect storm of tag meta so I won’t add more tags, but a big YES to all of this. Watching the MCU try to engage with the whole Our Bad Guys Are Nazis thing is… interesting. But that moment in Avengers when Steve makes a jab at Loki about the last time he saw a man standing above the crowd in Germany? That’s a pretty good jab. But the actual hero in that scene is the old man who refuses to kneel - and you know Steve would say the same.     
 

Reblogging this for the commentary of course, but also because I’m fascinated by the linguistics of tags. Does it get any more post-modern than ” #shield was unamerican because Authoritarianism #because so very Authoritarianism ” ?
No, no it does not get any more pomo than that. Ever. I love it.

emilyenrose:

swanjolras:

ohhcaptainrum:

swanjolras:

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shinelikethunder:

            

ahahaha this post is now a perfect storm of tag meta so I won’t add more tags, but a big YES to all of this. Watching the MCU try to engage with the whole Our Bad Guys Are Nazis thing is… interesting. But that moment in Avengers when Steve makes a jab at Loki about the last time he saw a man standing above the crowd in Germany? That’s a pretty good jab. But the actual hero in that scene is the old man who refuses to kneel - and you know Steve would say the same.     

Reblogging this for the commentary of course, but also because I’m fascinated by the linguistics of tags. Does it get any more post-modern than ” #shield was unamerican because Authoritarianism #because so very Authoritarianism ” ?

No, no it does not get any more pomo than that. Ever. I love it.

“Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing
inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and
purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
It is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.” 

medievalpoc:

mindsplat:

hoomanao:

medievalpoc:

1800s Week!

Jean-Louis André Théodore Géricault

Le Radeau de la Méduse (The Raft of the Medusa)

France (1819)

The Louvre Museum, Paris.

The Raft of the Medusa—a major work in French 19th-century painting—is generally regarded as an icon of Romanticism. It depicts an event whose human and political aspects greatly interested Géricault: the wreck of a French frigate off the coast of Senegal in 1816, with over 150 soldiers on board. The painter researched the story in detail and made numerous sketches before deciding on his definitive composition, which illustrates the hope of rescue.

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The raft had been abandoned by the crew of the wrecked Medusa. For sustenance they had only a bag of ship’s biscuit (consumed on the first day), two casks of water (lost overboard during fighting) and a few casks of wine. Only fifteen people survived.

i fuck with this painting. bc i think the captain of the ship just had his position bc of politics & he didn’t really know what the fuck he was doing, so no big surprise when his colonizin ass crashed. he high-tailed it on the lifeboat with the other upper-class men while the crew had to make this shitty raft & were abandoned. but see the diagonal that starts in the lower left and brings your eye up to the black man signaling for help? in that black man lies hope for the rest

[also, fun fact: gericault’s studio had mad cadavers and severed body parts while he was doin the studies for this. commitment!]

Yes!!  Ingres actually had a massive problem with this painting and tried to get it removed from the Louvre:

"I should like to see removed from the Louvre that picture of the Medusa and those two big Dragoons[The Charging Chasseur and The Wounded Cuirassier], its acolytes…then they will no longer corrupt the taste of the public,which should be accustomed solely to the Beautiful….I resent the Medusa and those other pictures of the dissecting room [Gericault’s studies of human limbs]: they show us man only as a cadaver and reproduce only the ugly and the hideous. No! I object to them. Art should always be beautiful and should teach us nothing but the Beautiful."

^^ Like I’ve said repeatedly-what we think of as “beautiful” is shaped by our culture, and has been shaped that way ON PURPOSE by individuals. Note how Ingres is very concerned that this painting would “corrupt the taste of the public”.

This kind of open grappling for control over what kind of art people see, what kind of subjects, is nothing new.

John Glenday, “Undark”

poem-locker:

And so they come back, those girls who painted
the watch dials luminous and died.

They come back and their hands glow and their lips
and hair and their footprints gleam in the past like alien snow.

It was as if what shone in them once had broken free
and burned through the cotton of their lives.

And I want to know this: how they came to believe
that something so beautiful could ever have turned out right,

but though they open their mouths to answer me,
all I can hear is light.

“After 40 years of impoverished black men getting prison time for selling weed, white men are planning to get rich doing the same things. So that’s why I think we have to start talking about reparations for the war on drugs. How do we repair the harms caused?”

Michelle Alexander  (via lugardepiedras)

Always reblog, because I’ve noticed the media salivating over all these *white* weed entrepreneurs for being so “ingenious” and “savvy businessmen”, while ignoring the the mostly Black, Brown and poor victims and survivors of Amerikkka’s “War On Drugs”, and the ongoing racist and classist injustices that keep locking away Black, Brown and poor people in masses while giving white people who commit the same offenses less or no jail time at all.

(via the-uncensored-she)

And it costs like $8,000 non-refundable application fee to even get started running a legal weed shop.

WHO had access to that kinda money?

WHITE PEOPLE.

(via iamacollectionofmiscellanyandtea)