For almost 70 years, Lucy Parsons fought for the rights of the poor and disenfranchised in the face of an increasingly oppressive industrial economic system. Her radical activism challenged the racist and sexist sentiment in a time when it was assumed that women were biologically determined to stay at home barefoot and pregnant. The Chicago police labeled her “more dangerous than a thousand rioters.”
“For when “she” says something it is already no longer identical to what she means” - Luce Irigaray
“If you ask [women] insistently what they are thinking about, they can only reply: nothing. Everything” - Luce Irigaray
These two quotes describe me very accurately. In fact, they describe some illusive part of my experience of myself that I have been unable to put into words. Countless times in my life I have been asked to provide an answer, an explanation, a truth which can only be one and not another. Again and again I have been made to feel that I am lying because the answer I provide is true and so is another answer that I did not provide. The idea that one negates the other violently divides my body, my ideas and my experiences. The concept of multiplicities is incredibly inviting.
"Since we all came from a woman, got our name from a woman, and our game from a woman. I wonder why we take from women, why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think its time we killed for our women, be real to our women, try to heal our women, cause if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, who make the babies. And since a man can’t make one he has no right to tell a women when and where to create one."
Heads up to all your pro choicers out there. This sunday is Pro - Life Cupcake Day. Yeah, I had to look up what that was as well.
Here is the description that was written by the pro lifers themselves: Bring in a tray of cupcakes for any group of people and you will find that they will flock to get them. As soon as they take a bite they will probably ask, “Who’s birthday is it?”
Then you answer. “It’s no ones birthday. These cupcakes represent the 50,000,000 children who weren’t allowed to be born, who never had a birthday.” The cake in their mouth will become dry and the moment will hopefully become quite somber. Then you say, “If you and I were aborted we wouldn’t have a birthday party either.”
I’ll be interested to see if anyone encounters this on sunday!
are you serious
Well that’s the most ridiculous thing ever. What a waste of 50,000,000 cupcakes.
WAIT- FREE CUPCAKES?!
“the cake in their mouth will become dry”. why would you ruin someone’s happy cupcake moment?!
Lol. I’d just be like, “50,000,000 huh? More cupcakes for the rest of us! LULZ!”
Not really, in all honesty I’d just look at them funny and walk away. With my FREE CUPCAKE, BITCHES.
I wonder what happens if you ask something that doesn’t lead into that dialogue.
The founder of the gulabis is the fearless Sampat Pal Devi, 40, who was married off at the age of 12 to an ice-cream vendor and had the first of her five children at 15. The gulabis, whose members say they are a “gang for justice,” started in 2006 as a sisterhood of sorts that looked out for victims of domestic abuse, a problem the United Nations estimates affects two in three married Indian women. Named after their hot-pink sari uniforms, the gang paid visits to abusive husbands and demanded they stop the beatings. When obstinate men refused to listen, the gulabis would return with large bamboo sticks called laathis and “persuade” them to change their ways. “When I go around with a stick, it’s to make men fear me. I don’t always use it, but it helps change the mind of men who think they are more powerful than me” says Pal. She has assumed the rank of commander in chief and has appointed district commanders across seven districts in Bundelkhand to help coordinate the gang’s efforts.
Pal’s group now has more than 20,000 members, and the number is growing.
"What (some) bands do is go, ‘It’s not important that I’m a girl, it’s just important that I want to rock.’ And that’s cool. But that’s more of an assimilationist thing. It’s like the ‘just want to be allowed to join the world as it is’; whereas I’m more into revolution and radicalism and changing the whole structure. What I’m into is making the world different fo me to live in."