Source: Truths You Won’t Believe
Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated.
also the myth of Black people being lazy/unemployed
(Source: owning-my-truth, via cuntofdoom)
1:04 pm • 6 March 2014 • 78,637 notes
Here’s a handy list of all of the events going down during Chicago Zine Fest weekend! We’re gonna see you there, right?!
Click on the photo for a larger image!
10:34 am • 6 March 2014 • 39 notes
Black Women Suffering Silently With Eating Disorders
We cannot heal what we refuse to identify as a wound, Erika Nicole Kendall writes in a piece for Ebony.
(Source: blackgirlcrisis, via killmyblues)
1:59 pm • 4 March 2014 • 168 notes
Homoground Mixtape: Hoax Zine Playlist #1 - Manifest the Mystery
This mixtape is intended for queers among us who are known for their appreciation of nineties leading ladies, distortion pedals, getting lost in daydreams, feminist utopian visions of social transformation and, of course, sludge metal. Really, the only theme is that these are all songs Hoax Zine co-editor Rachel plays as background music while she is editing zine submissions.
1. the two funerals – this basement
2. helium – vibrations
3. pj harvey – legs
4.. great thunder – dishes in the sink
5. sonic youth – cotton crown
6. cat power – rockets
7.. jen schande – i really like sonic youth, and i really want to have sex with you
8.. kylesa – running red
9… shannon wright – noise parade
10. acid king – lead paint
11.. ragana – all’s lost
12. 1905 – can’t change everything
13. trophy wife – four
12:29 pm • 4 March 2014 • 55 notes
WANT TO VOLUNTEER AT CZF?
We’re still in need of a few more volunteers on Saturday, March 15! Most shifts are only 2 hours long! And all volunteers receive one of these beautiful CZF 2014 screened posters!
Want to help out? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get more info on the roles & shifts!
12:05 pm • 4 March 2014 • 9 notes
grrful said: hi, i know this question seems out of left field, but did you ever post an article about the use of colors--how white europeans generally avoided bright colors, and traded these with african and indian (iirc) ethnic groups for goods, and thus a lot of orientalism is founded on the use of ~exotic bright colors or something like that? if so, do you have a link to it? :<
Yes, I actually had a few posts/discussions on that. Here’s a link to the excerpt from the article about chromophobia and colonialism, and here is the post about Greek statues being originally painted, overcleaning, and Western aesthetics.
8:52 am • 4 March 2014 • 144 notes
The key to not misgendering strangers is to stop gendering strangers.
(Source: cashmoneyvaginaswag, via catiebat)
7:37 pm • 3 March 2014 • 12,277 notes
No mas venticinco dias hasta Smash It Dead Fest 2014. Bandas de Chica-go van a representar. Estoy listo! Y usted?
Only twenty-five days ‘til Smash It Dead Fest 2014. Some Chicago bands will be rep’n it up! I’m ready! Are you?
7:33 pm • 3 March 2014 • 100 notes
HEY XICAGO!!! in march 15th our writing collective/crew/cholas are doing a panel discussion at chicago zine fest called BROWN AND PROUD TAKING UP SPACE: WE DO IT FOR LA RAZA, come thruuu
1:00 am • 3 March 2014 • 195 notes
February is national eating disorders awareness month. I mostly have bitterness for it, not just for the winter and its cold, but for the reality that the cold was once much harsher against my much sicker, smaller body. And that once, I had nothing but shame for the experience. My eating disorder took up most of my teenage-hood. Younger me had plenty of media representations of people with eating disorders. Trouble is, they were exclusively representations of white, skinny ciswomen. Every year, a white, skinny cis woman would come talk at my health class or school assembly about her experience. This wasn’t a mirror for me to look into; it was a portrait of why I had an eating disorder to begin with.
I remember being hugely troubled by the language many of the speakers and health educators would use about their experiences: that ‘eating disorders were about power and control, not beauty’. As if this were a dichotomy. As if beauty were something other than a system of control and domination. There is nothing shallow about beauty; I have drowned in it. My anorexia had everything to do with affluent white womanhood, something not available to me, but that I was systemically surrounded by. It had everything to do with heterosexuality: an aspiration for ‘proper and dignified’ white womanhood – that is ultimately desirable to white masculinity.
tw: eating disorders
2:44 pm • 2 March 2014 • 185 notes
South Carolina Legislators Use Budget Cuts To Punish Colleges Assigning LGBT Books
Legislators in South Carolina have voted to pull $52,000 in funding from the College in Charleston for assigning Allison Bechdel’s graphic novel “Fun Home” (which Rep. Garry Smith said could be considered pornography) and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate for assigning the media history “Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio” as required reading for freshman.
This is usual Republican anti-LGBT reactionary nonsense, but this quote was telling:
"Because critical thinking allows for both sides to be freely debated, not pushing a social agenda [of] a few."
That was Rep. Smith.
Here’s the thing: “both sides” are represented because freshman were also required to read books about non-LGBT subjects and with heterosexual characters. That’s “both sides” such that sides exist.
What Smith means, however, is that if freshmen are required to read books with positive depictions of LGBT characters or subjects, balance would require that they read books with negative depictions of LGBT characters or subjects.
While I’m not a fan of the “you wouldn’t say that about [insert other group]” game, doing so in this case is illustrative. “If freshmen are required to read this book with a positively presented main female character they must also read a book with a female villain.” “If freshmen are required to read this book which positively represents the black civil rights movement they must also read a book which criticizes it.”
To Smith and his cohort in the legislature, the mere presence of LGBT people or representation of LGBT history without homophobic counterpoint is the inappropriate pushing of a social agenda.
But somehow, having all representation having to coexist with opinion which denies us the right to our existence is just “proper academic debate.”
11:18 am • 23 February 2014 • 47 notes
POC Zine Reading + Workshop
Come check it out before you go off to Chicago Zine Fest!
Chicago folks, check it out!! Also folks coming from out of town for Chicago Zine Fest should also check it out!
9:12 am • 21 February 2014 • 61 notes
HOLDING STILL FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE by Zoe Whittall
*new* book club edition coming out soon
Buy here at Indigo (Canada) for just $10.79 or, here at the publisher’s site or, ya know, Amazon or whatever.
One of the best trans novels out there—winner of the 2010 Lambda Literary Award for Transgender Fiction. Tell your book club to put it on the roster!
8:59 pm • 20 February 2014 • 47 notes
“Sex workers should not be expected to defend the existence of sex work in order to have the right to do it free from harm.”
Melissa Gira Grant
As quoted in a Washington Post blog about her book “Playing the Whore”
6:23 pm • 20 February 2014 • 1,591 notes
QUEER PUNK FEST
We have basically zero organizing done for this but we really want to make it happen by April of this year!
- QUEER BANDS
- DJ FOR DANCE PARTY
- DISTROS/MERCHANTS TO TABLE
- SPOKEN WORD ARTISTS
- ARTISTS’ INSTALLATIONS
- LOCATION IN LA (we have two locations we’re thinking of rn)
- FOOD +++
Find “S.Q.U.A.D.” on facebook and join the group to let us know what’s up! Solidarity Queer Unity and Diversity (S.Q.U.A.D.), Los Angeles Queer Resistance (LAQR) and potentially USC QPOC will be collaborating to organize this
S.Q.U.A.D. is a qpoc-run group. We distro radical/progressive queer* and poc-centric zines+. Our mission is to establish a queer presence in radical spaces to make them safer and more comfortable for people like us.
Hey West coast friends, check this out!
5:51 pm • 20 February 2014 • 456 notes