Grass in the Wind, Meditations by Shironeko
today’s required reading—sara ahmed on feminist hurt and the trigger warning conversation
"The insistence on one’s right to use certain kinds of materials can become a scathing indifference to how these materials affect others. Neither of these students was asking for the removal of these materials from the classroom. But perhaps their expression of hurt is already heard as censoring. And that’s what is at stake here: how hurt is heard as wrong (you are wrong to be hurt) and as an imposition. An imposition here is what is treated as alien (out of place) and, in the academic context, it is something that would get in the way of our freedom, of our freedom to show what we do, to do what we show. No wonder those who ask us to change how we introduce certain materials (as potentially causing harm) have become killjoys: those who get in the way. Hurt itself becomes framed as censoring: as requiring the removal of some offending thing (iiii). But actually the killjoy here is asking for more not less: asking for us to complicate the materials; to situate the materials; to consider how materials can create ripples in how they move us. Of course we cannot always anticipate how things affect somebody, but that does not mean we cannot learn about how things are affective by how others are affected. I might be thrown by how you are thrown."
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so if you feel like taking a few minutes to check it out, that would be hella cool! POTENTIAL TRIGGER WARNING for the subject material in my project “People I Met in the Hospital,” which deals with psychiatric institutionalization and mental illness, with references to self harm and suicide.
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I think a big part of the reason Garak got exiled is because *really*, deep down, he didn’t want to be in the obsidian order, doing the shit he was doing.
Like l’m sure he wanted to impress his father and he wanted to be a good Cardassian but I don’t actually think he wanted to do shit like crushing Bajorans beneath his bootheel.
In fact I specifically think that Garak is okay with a couple of aspects of his job
- blowing shit up
- killing people who have it coming
as demonstrated by A. that time he blew up his shop, B. that time he blew up and killed a romulan senator, C. that time he tried to blow up and kill the founders
But I am pretty sure he ffffffffucking hates interrogations, as demonstrated by
A. the thing his father choosing to compliment him on having been interrogations
B. his father forcing him to prove his loyalty by conducting an interrogation
C. alternate-universe Garak *loving* interrogations
D. that time when Gul Dukat and Garak are fighting Klingons and Dukat says something about Garak loving interrogations and Garak agreeing with him
I mean don’t get me wrong I’m sure Garak is really *good* at interrogations - like, he totally succeeds in getting information out of Odo - but he’s good at it because he’s empathetic and ends up feeling the pain he inflicts on other people.
Which is also the thing that would have soured him on the Bajoran occupation because, again - it’s one thing to assassinate a high-ranking political figure who knew that death was one possible price of his attempt to climb the ladder of power.
But putting a bootheel into a bunch of largely helpless wrinklynosed faces for fifty years just isn’t something a man like Garak can take pride in.
(Gul Dukat, or even Damar, now those are guys who can totally take pride in that)
Karen Gillan - Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere - July 21st 2014 .
The very existence of Oculus Rift has just been validated and I need five
The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.
another heart cracked in two (X)
Written documentation of our past is often based on European colonists’ reactions to Cherokee gender, who thought that *all* of our genders were “variant.” Colonists likely saw female warriors or women in positions of leadership as living as men, even though these were acceptable—and important—roles for women in Cherokee gender systems. Trying to glean from colonial accounts which of these female-embodied people might now be called “Two-Spirit” and which were simply acting in accordance with Cherokee traditions for women is very difficult. We must remember these kinds of complexities as we continue to uncover our past and re-weave our present.