Monday, March 30, 2009

:.Call OUT.:


This Is What Oppression Sounds Like ZINE
Submissions deadline: April 15, 2009

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

what the world needs:
  1. lubricated tampon applicators.
/end.

Thursday, March 26, 2009


too good to be true.
from ish's blah'g, pony malta.
has it been normalized?
you are cordially invited to....
also weird:
freddie prinze junior's been moonlighting a career/actually it's just his career now in creating plot lines for wrestling's WWE. but actually, not anymore since they thought he was squealing. this isn't a gossip blog, but i just had to mention it. it's just weird is all.

speaking of weird:
it's weird seeing something you wanted so bad as a little kid existing outside of your brain. i had a thing for portable/hidden/make-shift homes that lead a lot to playing inside boxes. one box had hopes of having doorways that lead into doorways that lead into doorways of different rooms all the while being so portable that you could bring it to the park. seeing this drawn out beyond my 8 year old head is weird.
this too.
kristen stewart. i'm not going to let myself feel weird.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


from playmedesign, photography by andrea galvani

wha? james iha, taylor hanson (that chick's hot), and that dude from cheap trick on the same stage? ... who stole my diary?
Sacheen Littlefeather refuses 1973 Oscar win on behalf of Marlon Brando for the Godfather.

i have a panda for a best friend.

in oprah's o magazine they feature an article, "why women are leaving men for other women." i guess i'm pretty lucky to be living in a community that's a ok with gender fluidity. now, i didn't read the whole article, i only got to page 3. i had to read the little showcase of judith halberstam's love life with her current partner. halberstam does work in ethnicity and gender theory at the university of southern cali.

though, the article seems like the accessorization and/or more medicalization of queerness and women for the first three pages i read.

i hope someone tells me how the article ends. hopefully with no one dying - but for some reason movies with same-sex love interests always end up with someone dying.

i swear i'll write about more uplifting things. i'm trying to make up for it by also posting a portrait of a goat during the romanticism period. but hey, at least we know halberstam's in love.
She's So Lovely: 
Queer love songs and other songs.

Monday, March 23, 2009


from the makers of man vs. beast that brought us little people harnessed to a plane racing a harnessed elephant to the finish line.

wow. my heart is raging furiously.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


to beautiful francophones, marry me?

Monday, March 16, 2009


are you a daft punk? this is cool.

i'm surprised and happy to say that white picket fences now make me feel comfortably uncomfortable.
in recent news, apparently the economy is in too far dainty a woods to be giving women equal pay to men. like the recession is a good excuse to be sexist. if we're thinking of more economical choices, why not lowering men's pay to find equilibrium?

Sunday, March 15, 2009


wanna grow old together?

complete with solar panels and eames armchairs.

from yatzer.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


hyper-rationality in architecture

this is the sperm donor that shannyn sossamon and i have chosen to help bring our baby into the world. one big happy hyper-rational family!
this happens way too often and it pisses me off. please stop with all this appropriating and do some research to understand the implications of a name.

Friday, March 13, 2009

The Top Five Ways That White Feminists Continue To Discredit Women of Color
2009 MARCH 8
by Sylvia/M
A guest post by Aaminah Hernández.

1) Say we are too “involved” or biased in regards to the subject, and claim that you are more “objective”.


This is frequently done to silence people who are trying to tell their own story. Academia is famous for this, but it happens outside academia as well. For example, who are the acknowledged “experts” about our cultures, religions, and lives? Why are there white upper-class men teaching Women’s studies, white upper-class women teaching African or Latin American studies, and white upper-class Christians or atheists teaching Islamic studies? Why does the media go to people outside the group they are speaking about to ask their opinion and views on a subject? The claim is that people of color and women are not “objective”. Especially in regards to religion, this is frequently thrown out there when discussing “Eastern” religions like Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism; we are viewed as too biased to speak about our own history, culture and beliefs.

2) Say we are ignorant of the subject, even though the subject is our own life, history, culture or religion, because we have dared to speak to our own story and question the way outsiders have portrayed it. This includes questioning our academic background (or lack of), our writing style/ability, and whether or not we cite “accepted” texts to prove our points.


So called “experts” are the most obvious examples of this, and this ties in with number one above, but it is also enacted regularly by non-experts. The blogging world, for example, is full of people who think they know about something because they read it on-line or have a friend of a friend who experienced xyz, and then they use this as a means to say that this is the only version that is valid. Rarely are women of color allowed to speak to our own experience, to say that we were mistreated or discriminated against without someone else claiming that we are “reading too much into it”. Similarly, if we speak of the beauty and empowerment we have found in our own culture or religion, there is someone quick to dismiss it as an anomaly or us not knowing enough about where we come from to realize the intricate workings of oppression inherent in what we have stated we are not oppressed by.

3) Speak condescendingly towards us. Tell us we are too young or too old, naïve or bitter, and that we are angry or emotional, etc.

This is one of the most offensive things done by other women. We all recognize it when done by men, and we all rally around the anger and hurt that it causes then, but some of us experience it more frequently from our fellow women. Women of privilege regularly say these things to women of color as a way of silencing our questioning of their intentions, goals, and strategies. Rather than engaging why we are angry, we are dismissed for expressing deep emotion. Rather than accepting the opinions of a woman that differ, it is said that she is “old school” or “out of touch” or that she is too cynical because of past experience and therefore not giving the new guard a chance. Young women who come full of energy and new ideas are discouraged from changing the way things have been done and told that they are ignorant of the big picture. Act as though you are protecting us, mentoring us, looking out for our good – basically patting us on the head and telling us to pipe down.

4) Pull out your “credentials” to show that you have more support and legitimacy than we do.

This ties in with the idea of “experts” but goes one farther. If writing for a large feminist blog, the offending woman will say that the size of the blog is proof of her legitimacy. She will claim to have many followers, and her followers can’t be wrong, so she must be saying something right. She will point to a woman of color’s blog and say that it is small, or accuse her of the bad grammar, unprofessional writing, and “hating” to show that her blog and writing is more appropriate, thereby her ideas must also be more correct. If the white feminist has been published in magazines or has published books, she will point to these as further proof of her credentials and acceptance from the larger society, mocking the woman of color who has not attained this sort of approval even if the woman of color doesn’t want to be published.

5) Say we are hurting the cause of feminism, or that we aren’t really feminist at all.

This one is perhaps the most damaging of all. First, it presumes that we consider ourselves “feminist” at all and thereby implies that there is something wrong with us if we don’t. Then it attempts to define what feminism is, what counts as feminism, and tells us that we aren’t really part of it, while trying to shame us and discount anything we have to say because it is “not feminist”. It does not allow that feminism could have different forms and faces, but limits it to what serves the white woman and nothing more. If, as women, we cannot set our own goals, speak to our own needs, and create our own agenda, then how “feminist” are you? Ignoring us, pushing our concerns to the back, this is what is really hurting the “Movement”. It is arrogant for certain women to sit in judgment of other women and whether or not they should be allowed into the ranks or allowed to use a label. But then, that’s probably why so many women of color are throwing away the label of our own accord. We don’t want to be confined to your self-serving definition.


From Problem Chylde: Learning & Writing

if you're a bird, i'm a bird! what i would give to be the twin that looked like ryan gosling.
as an activist, do you feel misunderstood? are you starting to feel like the only people on your side are your emergency lawyers and bell hooks? don't worry about it, someone's got you covered. 

i found out about this dating site where the search for love can be a lot easier than self-location. here's their tag: "activist? leftist? take action, get action."

whatever happened to altruism? 


life is good when:
  • you hear mom dyed her hair
  • you hear pop invested in rogaine. 
aw. this to me means my parents are living it up. 

the rock obama

is it just me or is watching the evolution of the ipod shuffle the funniest thing ever? remember when it was the size of a stick of gum? judging by the new design, it's now the size of a tampon without its applicator. glory.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunny Feeds
10 Reasons to Resist 2010

1. Colonialism & Fascism:
The modern Olympics have a long history of racism, from its early founding members (i.e., Pierre de Coubertin, a French Baron who advocated sports as a means of strengthening colonialism) to recent IOC presidents. The 1936 Berlin Olympics empowered Hitler’s Nazi regime. Both the 1988 Seoul and 2008 Beijing Summer Games helped legitimize authoritarian regimes in Asia. The 1968 Mexico City Olympics (where over 300 student protesters were massacred by soldiers, days before the Olympics began) also helped legitimize state terror. IOC President Avery Brundage, an infamous US racist and Nazi sympathizer, didn’t even acknowledge the massacre. But when two Black US athletes raised their fists in a Black power salute on the medal podium, he had them immediately stripped of their medals and ejected from the Games! Another well-known fascist IOC president was Juan Antonio Samaranch (IOC president from 1980-2001), a former government official in Franco’s fascist regime in Spain.

2. No Olympics on Stolen Land:
BC remains largely unceded and non-surrendered Indigenous territories. According to Canadian law, BC has neither the legal nor moral right to exist, let alone claim land and govern over Native peoples. Despite this, and a fraudulent treaty process now underway, the government continues to sell, lease and ‘develop’ Native land for the benefit of corporations, including mining, logging, oil & gas, and ski resorts. Meanwhile, Indigenous peoples suffer the highest rates of poverty, unemployment, imprisonment, police violence, disease, suicides, etc.

3. Ecological Destruction:
Despite claims to be the “greenest Olympics” ever, and PR statements about ‘sustainability’, the 2010 Olympics will be among the most environmentally destructive in history, with tens of thousands of trees cut down & mountainsides blasted for Olympic venues in the Callaghan Valley (near Whistler) & the Sea-to-Sky Highway expansion. In the summer of 2007, a record number of black bears were hit on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, with at least 11 dying (attributed to loss of habitat). Massive amounts of concrete used in construction have also caused millions of Salmon to die in the Fraser River, where tons of gravel are being mined to make concrete.

4. Homelessness:
Since winning the 2010 Winter Games in 2003, Vancouver has lost over 850 units of low-income housing; during the same period, homelessness has increased from 1,000 to over 2,500. It is estimated by 2010, the number of homeless may be as high as 6,000. Since the 1980s, Olympic Games have caused the displacement of over 2 million people (Fair Play for Housing Rights report, 2007). In Seoul 1988, some 750,000 poor were displaced, in Atlanta 1996, over 30,000, and for Beijing in 2008, an estimated 1.5 million have been displaced. Yet still today Olympic officials talk about ‘sustainability’ and ‘Olympic legacies’!

5. Criminalization of the Poor:
To ‘clean out’ the poor and undesirables, Olympic host cities routinely begin a campaign to criminalize the poor. In Vancouver, the city has launched Project Civil City and new by-laws to criminalize begging for money, sleeping outdoors, etc. It has also included hundreds of thousands of dollars for increased private security (i.e., the Downtown Ambassadors). New garbage canisters on streets make it more difficult for the poor to gather recyclables, and new benches make it impossible to lay down. These measures fit with government plans to remove poor downtown residents to mental institutions, “detox centers” on former military bases, and the ‘fly-back’ scheme by police to return persons wanted on warrants in other provinces. This is nothing less than a process of social cleansing!

6. Impact on Women:
Events such as the Olympics draw hundreds of thousands of spectators and cause large increases in prostitution and trafficking of women. In Vancouver, over 68 women are missing and/or murdered. Many were Native, and many were reportedly involved in the sex trade. In 2007, the trial of William Pickton occurred for six of these murders, and he is to be tried for an additional 20 more. In northern BC, over 30 young women, mostly Native, are missing and/or murdered along Highway 16. The 2010 Olympics and its invasion of tourists and corporations will only increase this violence against women.

7. 2010 Police State:
Some 12,500 police, military and security personnel are to be deployed for 2010, including Emergency Response Teams, riot cops, helicopters, armoured vehicles, etc. The RCMP plan on erecting 40 km of crowd-control fencing along with CCTV video surveillance cameras. Special security zones will be established to control entry near Olympic venues. For 3 weeks, Vancouver will be an occupied Police State! And once the Olympics are over, there is no guarantee many of these security measures will not remain (i.e., CCTV). Repression also involves attacks on anti-Olympic groups & individuals, including arrests of protesters, raids of offices, surveillance, media smear campaigns, cuts to funding programs, etc., all in an effort to undermine anti-2010 resistance. This repression has already been used against anti-poverty & housing groups, environmentalists and Natives, in Vancouver.

8. Public Debt:
VANOC and government officials claim the 2010 Games will cost some $2 billion. However, this amount doesn’t include the Sea-to-Sky Highway expansion, the Canada Line Skytrain to the airport, the Vancouver Convention Center, or the lower mainland Gateway Project. Including these costs, since they were necessary to win the bid and had to be completed by 2010, makes the true cost of the Games some $6 billion, which must be paid for through public debt, money that could’ve been spent on social services, housing, drug treatment, healthcare, etc.

9. Olympic Corruption:
The modern Olympics are well known for their corruption, including both top IOC officials involved in bribery scandals (i.e. Salt Lake City 2002) or athletes found to be using performance-enhancing drugs (such as steroids). Yet the IOC still claims the youth need an inspiration and a “model” of good sportsmanship! Despite published reports of bribery scandals involving IOC members and host cities (i.e., The New Lords of the Rings, by Andrew Jennings), the Olympics continue to be seen as an honorable & noble enterprise, thanks to the corporate media.

10. Corporate Invasion:
Government’s and business use the Olympics as a means to attract corporate investment. In BC, the Liberal government has ‘streamlined’ application processes, cut taxes, and offered other incentives to increase certain industries such as mining, oil & gas drilling, and ski resorts. This includes large increases in transport systems, including new ports, bridges, expanded highways & rail-lines. This is all part of their Investment to 2010 Strategy. The results have been dramatic, record-breaking increases in these industries, resulting in greater environmental destruction and more corporate power & influence over our daily lives. Many of the main corporate sponsors of the Olympics are themselves responsible for massive ecological destruction and human rights violations, including McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Petro-Canada, TransCanada, Dow, Teck Cominco, etc., while others are major arms manufacturers (General Electric & General Motors).

RESIST 2010!!

“What causes opponents to come of their own accord is the prospect of gain. What discourages opponents from coming is the prospect of harm.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

from no2010.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


i somehow think my minimalist pipe dream of an apt. would have a couple of these.
from the design blog.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


longing to live? we don't live too long.

Monday, March 9, 2009

this tornado loves you.

Neko Case

one of the reasons why i'm proud of being Pilipino is because there's an amazing dance culture- traditional and western. and everyone happens to be amazing at it. watch these little kids dance to single ladies. yay for gender fluidity at a young age.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


the world is your oyster.
um, what the fuughk? dakota fanning playing cherie currie from the runaways? this is reminding me of those rock-a-bye lullaby cd's.

in other news, seth rogan is writing and starring in the green hornet. i guess that's how you do it these days. weird. more importantly, michel gondry's directing it.

when did all this overlap happen?

Sunny Feeds: Screaming Females

the name. it's too bad there's actually only one female in it- she's not always screaming. but man can she rip that guitar into shreds. i quite like their songs.
screaming females, listen to them right here.

or you can use this-

SeeqPod - Playable Search
Happy International Women's Day!

If anyone asks you why there isn't an International Men's Day, please feel free to explain why and/or calmly kick them where it hurts.

i am disappointed, milan fashion week!

although, i am a little glad that at least some publications are conscious of the fact that white models have and continually are dominating the runway. ny mag gives stats on who, when, where, and how many times racialized models walk down the catwalk. and even after italian vogue's "black issue" last fall, haute couture is once again only represented by white models.

and no the issue was not enough.

on the other hand, new york's was ready to, oohhh how do we say, diversify. *crunch*

aside this, congratulations to jourdan dunn!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

aww i want to see sara ahmed badly. another point goes to the east coast. whoever can go, go because she's a rockstar. a disorientating rockstar.

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When: Friday, March 20, 6 pm
Where: McGill Faculty Club, 3450 McTavish Street
Who: Sara Ahmed
Department of Media and Communications
Goldsmiths, University of London.
Title: "Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness"
For: Open to the Public, free admission
For more information: info.mcrtw@mcgill.ca or 514-398-3911

Abstract:
This paper examines the history of happiness through a feminist lens. The paper proceeds by suspending belief that happiness is a good thing, and explores feminist histories as struggles against happiness. Happiness is how social norms become social goods. Reflecting on feminist critiques of the happy housewife, the paper suggests we can revitalize feminist languages of raising consciousness and false consciousness, thinking of feminist consciousness as a reorientation to the causes of unhappiness. Consciousness of unhappiness is not necessarily a form of self-consciousness but a world consciousness in which unhappiness can disturb the happiness of the familiar. The paper reflects specifically on Black feminist consciousness as a consciousness of what does not get noticed when happiness provides a horizon of experience. It calls for a feminist ethics and politics of killing joy.
Caili Woodyard
McGill Centre for Research and Teaching on Women
McGill, Centre de recherche et d'enseignement sur les femmes
3487 Peel St, 2nd floor
Montreal, Qc, H3A 1W7
caili.woodyard@mcgill.ca
Tel: (514) 398-3911
Fax: (514) 398-3986
http://www.mcgill.ca/mcrtw/
Save these dates!

Fri, March 20, 6:00 PM in collaboration with Media@McGill : Sara Ahmed, “Killing Joy: Feminism and the History of Happiness”, McGill Faculty Club.

Thurs, March 26, 4-6 pm: Joan Scott, “Secularism and Women’s Equality”, L232, McGill University.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

THIS IS A CALLOUT!



Point Youth Media (PYM) is a youth run and led grassroots organization
determined to make a difference in the way youth are viewed in both the
local and global community through the use of art. Its mandate is to use
media art to empower and engage youth with focus on racialized youth. As
an innovative new organization it will break normalized and
institutionalized barriers by having racialized youth at the forefront
of organizations, as well as in the media world.



For the National Day of Action, Point Youth Media will be hosting
'STIMULATE: Motivating Young Women to Strategize", a four hour media
based workshop organized and created by young women. It will be taking
place on March 8, 2009 at the North Surrey Recreation Centre from 1- 5
pm. Lunch and snacks will be provided. The purpose of this workshop is
to have young women and girls create tools of resistance. Using spoken
word, zine making, film and photography we will encourage participants
to create constructive strategies of resistance against media forces.



PYM is looking for young women from the age of 12-24 as well as allies
of young women to come down on Sunday March 8, 2009 to participate! We
will be deconstructing the role of media in our lives, looking at the
visual as well as literal ways young women are tricked into questioning
their own identities. Attached is the workshop registration form and
media release form that must be printed out and brought in by the day of
the conference in order to participate. Bus tickets, lunch and a
childcare honoriaum will be provided for those who require it. Check out
our facebook group 'Point Youth Media' for more details!



Please contact us at pointyouthmedia@gmail.com, 778-928-4582 for more
information. Visit http://pointyouthmedia.wordpress.com to find out more about our
programming.

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project