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[The above photograph is of Artist Activist Andrea Gibson in a bent over…
“The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.”—Scott Woods
I’ve got writer’s block. Ya’ll wanna help me write this poem??? Please?
Nobody in the world is a faster talker. Nobody can auctioneer like you. All our would-be change, spent on the butchering of our own names. Gut the god out of us. Gut the grace. Get our joy by the jugular, bleed it out. Teach us to take a punch better than we can take a compliment. A punch is something we can believe. Have us always in the market for the truth. Tell us the truth is our bodies are dirty secrets. Have us eating nothing but our mirrors. Insist we chew them with our mouths closed. Yes I know my face is a fashion mistake. Yes I know they would hate me if they could see who I really am. Dear Shame, if I could see who you really are….
O my gosh we are so excited (!) to tell you about our brand new project – Note to Self! We need your help and can hardly wait to hear from you! Please watch our video explaining for and then check out the site for details!
So, so, so excited to get to know you all, and your younger selves,…
My joy likes to run from my body quick as it can. I’ve been practicing holding it like I practice holding my breath at the pool. I can do about half a lap before my panic freaks out on its little red whistle. My panic is not a lifeguard but you can’t tell my panic that. My panic googled “how to perform CPR on yourself.”
I get panic attacks when I’m being looked at. I get hungry in crowds, eat potato chips so I can control the noise, crunch the loud away. I spend a lot of time thinking about the people who choose the middle seat on the airplane. I miss home no matter where I am. I love good on paper. I listen to sad songs. I own more mini-trampolines than anyone I have ever known. Even my aunt who drank Tab. I sometimes wish time wasn’t always so good at what it’s good at, but I can dance the electric slide. I can remember exactly what it felt like when my dad took my training wheels off of my bike. It had a banana seat. I had everything I would ever need.
[IMAGE CAPTION: In this image there are two black and white photos set side by side. The photo on the left is of Madonna nude taken by photographer Steven Meisel. Madonna is a small bodied white woman, wearing clear opened toed high heel shoes. There is a black handbag hanging from her…
Hello! Thank you for sharing the weekend with us! Tonight we wanted to share wise words from our friend Emily Wonderboy. We love both the words and the person who wrote them and hope they resonate with you, too.
Here. Untangle from the old ache. Slow. Let go the years of blind numb compliance. Let the whole sea swallow all that…wash it away…wash it clean…soft. Know that it does not…
The fact that octopuses have three hearts. The biological reason for this is because two of the hearts pump blood to the gills and the third pumps blood through the rest of the body. The SHWM reason for this is because octopuses have a whole lot of love to share with the world. Let’s all channel our inner octopus.
say this is what the pain made of you:
god mason, heart heavier than all the bricks.
smasher of the stopwatch timing grief.
holy cliff, avalanche of feel it all.
angel of the get through.
angel of the get through.
We have been thinking of self-care and the multiple ways it can make our lives better. Whether things are great, awful, or fluctuating somewhere on that scale, self-care can help us feel more stable, present, and empowered in the moment. We look forward to more in-depth discussions about this with you in…
Calling all POETS!!! I am thrilled to announce I will be editing an anthology for Write Bloody Publishing, titled WE WILL BE SHELTER, and we are NOW taking submissions! It is the goal of the anthology to raise awareness, encourage critical self-reflection, and inspire action that supports communities in creating a more a socially just world. Find everything you need for the submission process here: http://writebloody.com/submissions/ Thank you for writing!!
Hey Everyone, Tonight, along with a number of other artists, I will be performing at the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference (MBLGTACC). Unfortunately, the Westboro Baptist Church will be protesting. So in order to turn a negative situation positive: For every person that shows up to counter protest today (4:15-5pm), The Ally Coalition will be making a donating to LIKEME Lighthouse, a Kansas City LGBT community center. In addition, a donation will be made for every WBC member that shows up, so they can also support such a worthy cause ;) We ask that you protest the hate, but do not engage those who hate at this event. More details go here: http://allycoalition.tumblr.com/ Thank you!