Prison is the only form of public housing the government has truly invested in
All girls continue to be taught when they are young, if not by their parents then by the culture around them, that they must earn the right to be loved — that “femaleness” is not good enough. This is a female’s first lesson in the school of patriarchal thinking and values. She must earn love. She is not entitled. She must be good enough to be loved. And good is always defined by someone else, someone on the outside.
a really wonderful article about my landlady and her embroidery collective…
(Cis?) Male privilege is being able to say “I don’t agree with their social policy, but I vote on economic issues because they are more important to me.” Male privilege is knowing that even if the part that gains power enacts reprehensible policies, you won’t be directly affected.
i have literally never understood people who say things like this. probably because to me, as a person with a vagina, they’re not “social issues,” they’re the essence of my autonomy and freedom.
took a little girls’ trip to butare last week. we visited the rwanda institution of national museums, which houses the ethnographic museum. inside is a replica of a “traditional” hut, which is pretty much designed for tired girls who don’t have time for a nap. we settled down inside to relax and drink some water and talk some smack. then we went for ice cream at inzozi nziza, and dinner at a place that i can’t spell, where we had possibly the most delicious potatoes (ibirayi), rabbit, and fish i’ve ever had in my entire existence.
we also visited the genocide memorial at murambi, which is about 31km down the road from butare in gikongoro. murambi is not really a place to take pictures, as it is the most graphic of the genocide memorials. murambi was a trade school set to open in 1994, but instead was the site of the massacre of an estimated 50,000 tutsis who were ordered there by local officials. they are still in the process of exhuming the mass graves, and they have taken 2000 of the bodies and displayed them in the classrooms, preserved in lime. the last time i visited, i actually was sick. this time i managed to not throw up, but it was still really upsetting. the room with the children’s bodies is the worst, i think (not that any of the rooms are easy to see). i’m still not really sure how i feel about it as a memorial.
In order to rise
From its own ashes
The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
George Orwell (via humanformat)
Which means North America is populated by destroyed people.
but most importantly each other’s (his)tories, and how their oppression is different, but in some ways interconnected
Women who are fat are said to have ‘let themselves go.’ The very phrase connotes a loosening of restraints. Women in our society are bound. In generations past, the constriction was accomplished by corsets and girdles…. Women today are bound by fears, by oppression, and by stereotypes that depict large women as ungainly, unfeminine, and unworthy of appreciation…. Above all, women must control themselves, must be careful, for to relax might lead to the worst possible consequence: being fat.
Letting Ourselves Go: Making Room for the Fat Body in Feminist Scholarship, by Cecilia Hartley