Thursday, April 30, 2009

talk about toddler heart throb. i'm pretty sure i have that same blazer in the same size.

from wordboner.
sorry to tell you folks, BUT NOW IS THE TIME TO PANIC.

kidding, we're going to be just fine.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

raya showed me a blog that had this picture. then she directed me to this article.

serious eats

Monday, April 27, 2009

R.I.P. Bea Arthur.

you want a beard? you got a beard.
i made you a beard (dot) blogspot (dot) com.

satanism fail.

thanks just.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Soon after Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, another youth, 10 year-old Jaheem Herrara was after he had hanged himself because of incessant homophobic bullying by his peers.

More reason to address homophobia within the frameworks of school curricula. Support efforts such as the Miss_G Project and GALE in addressing these issues and getting them into the school systems.

from feministe.
from feministing.
"... psychologists have a concept called "the halo effect"--essentially that we often project unrelated and unearned attributes to people based on their beauty. We see a hot women on the street, for example, and automatically assume she has a great, easy life, a loving partner, a successful career--all because her hair is shiny and straight and she wears a size two."

i need to work myself out of this continuum - especially when they look at you with those flirty eyes and lurk behind corners in those flirty ways. DAMN! although, i'll admit, being around people who i'm attracted certainly makes me more productive and is the definitive reason why i am in the place that i am right now. some may argue, you did it for yourself. nope folks. i do it in the name of hot people.

anyway, read the rest of the article. it talks about susan boyle - the england's got talent superstar who seems to have built up some sort of reputation based, not on her talent (which everyone would like to think so), but based on the fact that she does not at all resemble jessica simpson. we're working in that gauge i guess.

from feministing.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

by Special Correspondent Jessica Yee

Savage. Squaw. Indian. Would we all agree that these are immensely derogatory names that should not be, in this day and age, still used to geographically locate places? Or even people, for that matter?

From the varying answers I’ve received when posing this question, it all really depends on who you ask and what it’s for. Percie Sacobie from the Maliseet Nation in New Brunswick, is currently lobbying the city council of St. Mary’s to change the name of “Savage Island”, located seven kilometres west of Fredericton, to something less demeaning to the Wolastoqiyik people.

He went to city council with historical documentation of its origin, and the full support of the Maliseet chiefs from Oromocto, Kingsclear, Tobique, Woodstock, Madawaska and St. Mary’s First Nations, only to be told that he has to submit some sort of formal application process, and maybe, just maybe, they might consider changing it.

The Wolastoqiyik people are recorded to have used Indian (as it’s locally referred to) or Savage Island as far back as 1762, when Surveyor General Charles Morris described it as “a place where the Maliseets held their annual council.” It was a place where disputes were settled and hunting grounds allotted to each family before they began their summer hunts.

Percie Sacobie is suggesting the island’s name be changed to “Eqpahak Island”, which means “at head of tide on river or inlet.”

This is quite a similar story to a recent number of name change requests, or challenges to the history of the seemingly racist names places have been given. In December 2000, the province of British Columbia passed legislation that removed the word “Squaw” from all public establishments where the word is used. Although the act of carrying out this legislation has been less than desirable, British Columbia followed suit from Saskatchewan, Alberta, Prince Edward Island and the Yukon, as well as a number of U.S. states who also passed similar legislation.

Yet there are some people who contest that “squaw” isn’t even an offensive word. They claim that this was an honorable word for women, before it was twisted around to mean something racist and degrading by the colonizers. Even if the word were ever to be reclaimed, it has certainly been tainted for good by its misuse.

Now take the word “Indian” for example. Although we’re not from India, although Columbus seriously got it wrong, and although many of our communities are starting to reassert their ancestral language rights, we still use it. This is an ongoing, decades-old word battle with folks from all across Turtle Island, many who say we’ve got “bigger” problems to worry about than what we’re being called, and that we’ve been using it for so long anyways, what’s the problem with it? (And yes I know that “Native” is also tumultuous word territory). In Canada, we have begun to use First Nations and Aboriginal, although depending on who you ask, even this isn’t cutting it, particularly the word “Aboriginal” since by government standards, it’s an assimilative term used to meld First Nations, Inuit, and Métis into one Indigenous funding pot, while one of us is bound to continuously lose out on getting culturally competent services.

If you asked me, naming is in fact important, but the language we are using is an even more troubling situation to assess. According to UNESCO, approximately 600 languages have disappeared in the last century and they continue to disappear at a rate of one language every two weeks. Up to 90 percent of the world’s languages are likely to disappear before the end of this century if current trends are allowed to continue. Within Canada and the United States, there are more than 750 First Nations with hundreds more languages and dialects, yet there is no official federal language in the US, and only English and French in Canada. Recent reports have also said that Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut are the three Aboriginal languages considered to survive right now in Canada.

I personally don’t like the word Indian myself so I try not to use it, but from an organizational perspective, this is a constant difficulty to render in “appropriateness” so people can self-determine what they want to be called (and if folks want to be called Indians - that’s fine by me). But let’s be clear, English itself is the language of the colonizer. While we struggle to find the words that will do us justice, in whatever context, I know that English will not always be able to do that for us, and perhaps this is where it becomes such a hardship to deal with. I often think that if I spoke my own language, Mohawk, fluently, I might be able to convey the sentiments I try so hard to come up with, since in my language, one word can have multiple meanings and connotations.

Thankfully there are many efforts being made to recover Indigenous languages worldwide, and my own community, with the Akwesasne Freedom School, has made considerable change so that our young people grow up totally immersed in the language and culture, with 9 year olds who now run circles around us, completely fluent in Mohawk. I think the greater issue lies within empowering people to continue to take all of these issues seriously, and particularly within the Aboriginal community, not to denounce one and other in the name of better “priorities” when one of us tries to actually do something about it.

Case in point: recently my partner who is Oneida was on his way back from a Pow Wow, when he asked the two youth he was travelling with what they would like to be called. He said “instead of Indian or Aboriginal, what do you want to be called?” It was an interesting question that made them think, since no one had really asked that before. My partner said “How do you want people to know who you are?” And they both replied “I want people to know that I’m Ihanktonwan Dakota and if they don’t know what that means, I’ll explain it to them”. This was proceeded by a conversation on how the youth felt it was important that their Nation be known and that it was cool for other people to know what it’s really all about, and actually about time that they did.

We definitely do need to think of our impact on next generations if we are hoping for any sort of true reclamation or sustainability. Like many other people, I remember growing up and not really being into my culture, but now at 23, I am so proud to be Mohawk and if I ever have children, I want to raise them with the fundamental understanding and recognition of their roots. When I talk to other communities, Native and non-Native, I usually begin my presentations by introducing myself in my language and saying that I’m proud to be Native! Some of our youth are rejecting the old world all together because of assimilation and the difficulty to balance walking in the new world as well, but this is our challenge and responsibility, to find middle ground for us to live on.

So while I agree that we do have so many other issues to deal with, in order to get to where we are trying to go; which is the comprehension and respect of our culture and sovereign peoples, it is important that we identify who we really are. In our Indigenous cultures, saying I’m Mohawk carries a lot more weight than just the word itself. It tells people where I come from, who my ancestors are, and the strength that I bring into my person every day because of who I am. And that’s just what I can tell you in English!

It seems that there is more public discourse on Native issues these days (albeit not the most positive or accurate information being disseminated) but if we are going to talk, we can at least try and get who and what we are talking about right.

From Racialicious. Yay Jessica Yee!

single ladies by the masses:
i saw this today and thought it was kinda cool because (a) i wish we all communicated through dance routines, (b) so are guerrilla tactics of getting people to remember that spontaneity is fun, (c) stops traffic.
then i started thinking about it further had of course deconstructed it and become problematizing how (a) the usual trio of the single ladies dance routine always seemed kinda empowering to me (even though the song is about institution of marriage/the heterosexual matrix), but the fact that it was done in a huge mass sort of amplifies the objectification to astounding proportions, (b) kinda creepy that most people in the audience were men, (c) the real gwen fosse wasn't dancing to mexican breakfast.

that's my two cents for today.

by the way, it was earth day yesterday. happy belated earth day!

Monday, April 20, 2009

tyra, you are problematic.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

this makes my furniture porn seem so amateur.

from beautiful/decay.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road.
Every Monday afternoon, 4.00 to 6.30pm, from April 20 to June 15.
For youth aged 14-18. $20 for nine sessions!

To Register: Email:
Phone: 250-381-4673
Power of Hope

jk keller teaches us the american sign language alphabet using matchbooks. check out the last hand.
more here.
michelle obama's words are much more valuable than her wardrobe. but damn that woman's classy.
i love this. lately i've been reading up and thinking a lot of the commonalities of music communities and the familial relationships it brings when sharing and coping with struggle and oppression together. i've been focusing a lot on the hip hop community and the beginnings of the punk/indie community - two of which seem so binarized. but it's kinda cool and comforting to know how fundamental elements of hip hop and punk run parallel. everyone just looking for a way to say their shit and have family behind them.

the portraits were done by dan witz. you can see more here.
Is that homophobia in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

The authors investigated the role of homosexual arousal in exclusively heterosexual men who admitted negative affect toward homosexual individuals. Participants consisted of a group of homophobic men (n = 35) and a group of nonhomophobic men (n = 29); they were assigned to groups on the basis of their scores on the Index of Homophobia (W. W. Hudson & W. A. Ricketts, 1980). The men were exposed to sexually explicit erotic stimuli consisting of heterosexual, male homosexual, and lesbian videotapes, and changes in penile circumference were monitored. They also completed an Aggression Questionnaire (A. H. Buss & M. Perry, 1992). Both groups exhibited increases in penile circumference to the heterosexual and female homosexual videos. Only the homophobic men showed an increase in penile erection to male homosexual stimuli. The groups did not differ in aggression. Homophobia is apparently associated with homosexual arousal that the homophobic individual is either unaware of or denies.

Adams HE, Wright LW Jr, Lohr BA.
Department of Psychology, University of Georgia, Athens 30602-3013, USA.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

check out this database by the brooklyn museum. it has a collection of feminist art and information about and artist statements by feminist artists. cool.

Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Feminist Art Base

and then watch this trailer for a docu about women in the arts called "who does she think she is?"

Miranda July recites The Shared Patio from No One Belong Here More Than You.
amazon(dot)com has taken queer literature from their search engines and best-sellers lists because it's been classified as "adult material." this includes books for both adults and children because of course glbt literature is always just hardcore porn with sex dripping from the periods of each sentence. how fucking stupid.

please sign the petition in protest of amazon's "adult" policy here.
reasons why homophobia, sexism and racism should be addressed in elementary, middle and high schools. or maybe they're just waiting for one more tragedy to legitimize it.

NEW YORK, April 9, 2009 - An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year.

read more here.

r.i.p. mr. cobain

Saturday, April 11, 2009

peaches is singing not about sex. but emotions.

Hey-o! Come to this today. I'm speaking in the Race & Oppression panel & Theatrework with River Chandler at 11:00 am at Vertigo in the UVic SUB.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

how's it gonna be - third eye blind

in this hour, nothing in the world will tear the grip between me and this song.
I Can't Think Straight = 2 more out queer racialized women in movie land.
Amazing artist, Jin-Mee Yoon (whose sister happens to my mentor and friend) is up for a nomination in the Grange Prize. I think you should vote for her here.

Jin-me Yoon: Selector's Statement

Jin-me Yoon’s photographic and video-installation works pivot on explorations of identity and place that the artist links to her autobiographical experiences of moving to Canada from South Korea at the age of eight.

Whether photographing herself in postcard-like vignettes of Canada’s scenic Rocky Mountains, or making multiple-channel videos of a black-clothed figure crawling through the cityscapes of Seoul, Korea, Yoon asks the viewer to contemplate the question of “how do we belong?” In so doing, her photographic practice cuts to the heart of the Canadian experience of hybridity, in which the mixing of cultures produces an acute awareness of living “in-between” worlds. By inserting the sole figure into landscapes and city streets, Yoon fractures the image to evoke this “in-between” experience of identity. From the rent in the image, another place within representation emerges: one in which traces of history and flashes of memory, longing and gesture converge.

i just found out about a sweet blog called ickaprick & ironpussy that explores topics on sex work, sexual health, and solidarity building. ch-check it.

there's also a pretty good handy list of blog postings from other sites along the left panel. mm wealth of resources.
the first time i read this i was morally offended. he's a little less graceful with his words than i've been conditioned to deal with, but maybe it's a good thing to step away from those euphemisms. i'll admit that a lot of what he says doesn't really float my boat, ie, the whole grim lesbian line (hey man). but still, there's something terribly annoying about how the straight regime infiltrates nonhetero relationships.


Which was more upsetting to your parents, having a Soviet spy in the family or an avowed homosexual?

Oh, an avowed homosexual. They would have much preferred I be a double agent. But they are quite old now—my father is quite unwell—and age has a way of knocking down a lot of things that mattered before. They are very sweet, my parents. They are very sad in one sense, that they don’t have grandchildren.
here's something that really annoyed me today.

But being gay doesn’t preclude one from having children. You could adopt or go the surrogacy route that so many gay men are using these days.

I think this surrogacy thing is crap. It is utterly hideous. I think it’s egocentric and vain. And these endless IVF treatments people go through. I mean, if you are meant to have babies then great. But this whole idea of two gay guys filling a cocktail shaker with their sperm and impregnating some grim lesbian and then it gets cut out is just really weird. If I did have the impulse to be a parent, I would adopt—or foster. But this whole thing of forcing the idea of parenthood on us gay men is so bogus. Marriage? Babies? Please. I want to be illegal. I want to live outside the mainstream.

You’re so old-fashioned.

Or am I slightly ahead of the curve? It has to change. These awful middle-class queens—which is what the gay movement has become—are so tiresome. It’s all Abercrombie & Fitch and strollers. Everybody has the right to do what they want to do, but still...

It’s good to know you’re not judgmental.

attached to posting in ickaprick also about a gay single father from butt magazine.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

In Solidarity

The Miss G___ Project