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Jason here from The Self Made Men. A group of transmen and I have put together a kickstarter to fund the publishing fees for FTM Magazine and we’re looking for support in the community. Even just spreading the word for us!
We’ve mentioned to a few people that the incentives include free magazines and tshirts and would be perfect for someone looking for a unique christmas present for their FTM or Gender Queer son’s this year.
Thank you in advanced for your never ended support and for your wonderful blog.
“I don’t think of architectural language as just a metaphor about space, but about spaces of power, about ideas of power.”
Julie Mehretu is an artist born in Ethiopia, raised in Michigan, educated in Senegal and Rhode Island and currently residing in New York. Mehretu’s complex pieces feature architectural forms, fictional landscapes, and grids layered with scribbles, smudges and shapes of different size and colors. Her paintings are more than just assemblage of random colors and lines. The underlying structure of her work consists of socially charged spaces such as government buildings, museums, stadiums, schools, and airports.
“I think architecture reflects the machinations of politics, and that’s why I am interest in it as a metaphor for those institutions.”
Julie Mehretu has received numerous awards including The MacArthur Award in 2005, often referred to as the “genius grant.” The American Art Award granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2005,) and the Berlin Prize: Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship at The American Academy in Berlin (2007).
The famous photographer Bill Eppridge, who has shot many of the historic events of the last half-century, died on October 2, 2013.
May his soul rest in peace.
During the funeral for James Chaney — one of three Civil Rights leaders murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi in 1964 — he says it was difficult to see the disdain the family received from the surrounding white community while suffering through a tragic personal loss.
“The treatment of the Chaney family was hateful and I couldn’t remain objective,” he says. “If you’re any kind of a journalist, you don’t remain objective.” (read more)
Google Doodle celebrating the birthday of Shakuntala Devi.
The daughter of a circus performer, Shakuntala was a math prodigy, able to calculate large sums in her head from the age of three. She toured the world as a “human calculator” and made her way into the Guinness Book of Records for her speedy computations.
Shakuntala wrote several books on mathematics, as well as the first study of homosexuality in India in 1977. Previously married to a guy man, Shakuntala interviewed a range of people for her book and called for greater acceptance of homosexuality.
Shakuntala died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 83.
- Black Girls Rock! is necessary because when you Google “beautiful women,” this is what you see.
- Because when you look at the covers of Vogue, this is what you see.
- Because when Vanity Fair printed their Hollywood issue, they put the black actresses on the back cover.
- Because when a dark-skinned woman is put on the cover of a magazine, this is what is done to her.
- Because Pixar has never made a movie featuring a black cartoon character.
- Because a black actress has never won a drama series Lead Actress Emmy. (Although Kerry Washington will change that, I am certain.)
- Because in 39 years, only three black women have been part of the cast of SNL.
- Because, until Scandal, the only real place you could find black women in leading roles on television was The Real Housewives of _______.
- Because the “first black Disney Princess” was a frog for 95 percent of the movie.
In cases of kink, “no” may be used in forms of play, however, there should always be a safe word (like bananas or squirrel or pineapple, something that can be said/signed even with a gag in/hands bound), and a conversation about hard and soft limits before play. Ignoring your partner(s)’s use of a safe word is breaking consent. Breaking consent = rape.
Ok, a list of basic resources for people who want to argue about bisexuality, your homework:
- BRC About Us
- BiNET USA
- Bisexual Manifesto 1990
- Bisexual Resources by Robyn Ochs
- q & a on bisexuals by Lani Ka’ahumanu
- The soc.bi faq
After that, you have…
Asked by Anonymous
I think there’s a difference between not giving a fuck about pandering and catering to men, not having your feminism revolve around whether or not men like it, etc. and then size shaming.
Now if you would have asked me two years ago, my hurt self would have not gave a second thought to someone who wanted to insult a dude for having a small dick (if the dude was mean and cruel). The way I saw it, if a guy is treating me horribly and I want to knock him down a few pegs, I know that “stop being misogynist” will just be fuel to his fire. He” eat that shit up. Saying that’s he’s got a “skinny shriveled dick” will hurt him.
However, in the past two or three years, I have grown a lot. So first, I will say that not all men have penises, and not all people with penises identify as men. So this subject of targeting penises as retaliation is cissexist.
Also, I know feminism is not about men or keeping them happy, but size shaming cis dudes for their penises actually contributes to the same problems we are fighting against. It is not a coincidence cis dudes place such high value in their cocks, how big they are, and what they can do. And by playing into that game, maintaing that status quo, we aren’t doing ourselves any favors. xx
- 1639: Martín de Porres, who became the first Black Catholic saint in the Americas after his canonization in 1962, dies in Lima in what was then the Viceroyalty of Peru.
- 1903: Panama becomes an independent republic following a US-orchestrated “separation” from Colombia.
- 1912: Future Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner is born in Encarnación.
- 1930: Getúlio Vargas officially becomes head of state of Brazil after the coup that ended the presidency of Washington Luís. Vargas would remain in power for the next fifteen years.
- 1978: The Caribbean island of Dominica gains independence from the United Kingdom.
THE MANY FACES OF INGEBORG BACHMANN
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Ingeborg Bachmann’s death. The famous Austrian poet and author died in the Roman Sant’ Eugenio hospital on 17 October 1973, three weeks after a fire in her bedroom. Local police concluded that the blaze was caused by a lit cigarette.
May her soul rest in peace.
“Our field is the sky,
tilled by the sweat of motors,
in the face of night,
at the risk of our dreams—-
…. … … … …
Who lived there? Whose hands were pure?
Who glowed in the night,
A ghost to other ghosts?
Who lives down below? Who cries….
Who has lost the key to their house?
Who can’t find their bed, who is sleeping
on the steps of the stairs?
When morning comes, who will dare
interpret the silvery trace: look above me…
When the water pushes the watermill wheel once again,
who will dare remember the night?”
― Ingeborg Bachmann, In the Storm of Roses: Selected Poems
#1: © Barbara Pflaum, 1971, Bachmann receiving Anton Wildgans Prize of Austrian Industry
#2: Unknown photographer, undated, 'Spiegelbild'
#3: © Piper Verlag / ddp, undated, Portrait
#4: Unknown photographer, 1962, Kurt Saucke shows Bachmann his favourite books
#5: Unknown photographer, undated, Ingeborg Bachmann working on typewriter
#6: Unknown photographer, undated, Unknown publication
#7: © Bachmann-Erben, summer 1970, Bachmann reading Italian newspaper
#8: © Bachmann-Erben, 1959, Hans Magnus Enzensberger, Bachmann, Günter Grass
#9: © Hans Müller / Piper Verlag, ca. 1952, Reinhard Federmann, Milo Dor, Ingeborg Bachmann, Paul Celan
#10: © Bachmann-Erben, undated, Bachmann as a kid, Wörthersee, Austria
Today Google celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday. She was popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy, and mental calculator. She passed away on April 21 2013, she was 83 years old. Her achievements include:
- In 1977 in the USA she competed with a computer to see who could calculate the cube root of 188,132,517 faster (she won). That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
- On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
Happy birthday Shakuntala!