Feeling hella stressed/anxious. Send me a sick band or something.
… punk is, as ever, dominated by straight, cis, white dudes. Also, for a subculture that purports to be different from the mainstream, there is an awful lot of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, rape culture, etc., in the scene; not to mention your garden-variety punker-than-thou assholes thinking they get to decide who’s punk and who’s not. (Sing along with me: “You’re not punk, and I’m telling everyone.”)
I get discouraged, too. But then something happens that makes me fall back in love with punk: I hear a kickass new album or read a zine that explodes in my heart like a Molotov cocktail, I go to a show where everyone dances to the music and buys each other drinks in between bands, I meet someone who is fighting the oppressive parts of the punk scene or someone who’s a dorky, fucked-up mess like I am. Something like that happens and I realize, yeah, there’s a lot of bullshit in punk but there’s a lot of good shit, too, and I can’t give up on it.
I think it’s important for those of us who are railing against the negative aspects of punk to continue carving out space for ourselves and people like us; to continue trying to eradicate the racist, sexist, homophobic dude-bros from our scene. Yeah, we all need a break sometimes, we all need to step back from punk sometimes, but stepping back from it doesn’t mean giving it up forever. Even when I take a break from it, it’s in everything I do. Punk shaped me as a person, for better or worse…"
A new study has recently found that misogyny is actually not a real thing. This study, conducted over the last few years, featured interviews and surveys of a wide range of men throughout the world.
The study claimed that, of the many men interviewed, not one had reported experiencing misogyny. One anonymous interviewee said, “I’ve never had any problems with misogyny in my life. If it’s real, I’ve certainly never seen it.”
Some have taken issue with the study, saying it failed to take into account the perspectives of any actual women. Stephen Phillips, who headed the study, defended the controversial decision. “We wanted to make sure the study was as objective as possible,” he said. “That means we needed to gather data only from people who were unbiased, and had no personal stake in the issue. If we interviewed women, they would start bringing their emotions into it, and their subjective experience. This is science we’re doing, not anecdotal hearsay.”
Kyle Lewis, who conducted a number of interviews along with Phillips, also commented, “[Phillips] is absolutely right about the issue with subjectivity. If you’re personally experiencing something, or think you are, it’s impossible to give an impartial, objective analysis of it. We needed people who could look at the issue from the outside. People who weren’t actually affected by the issue at all, so they could tell us if the issue was even real in the first place.”
"And it turns out it’s not," Phillips concluded. "After all of the men we’ve talked to over the years, we have finally been able to determine that misogyny doesn’t even exist.""
Nelson Mandela on the US invasion of Iraq
This is the Mandela that I mourn not the white-washed, sanitized version of a revolutionary figure that aligned with Communists, was part of a group branded as terrorists by Reagan, who continued to voice his opposition to Israel’s apartheid regime and illegal occupation of the West Bank and used armed resistance to fight apartheid in South Africa.
The way white people are exalting him across the political spectrum globally based on his national reconciliation work in South Africa post-apartheid (which did have major pitfalls for non-whites in particular) and erasing his revolutionary past and fight for equality across the globe shows just how ignorant of history they are and how incredibly myopic they are too.
White people are doing to Mandela what they’ve already done to Martin Luther King, Jr., and it makes me sick. If I see one more racist white liberal lionizing Mandela in a way that erases his revolutionary past so their facebook status about his death can serve as their “feel-good” justification of the day for their “liberalism,” I’m going to be sick. And don’t even get me started on the white American conservatives who are now lauding him even as Reagan demonized the ANC and Dick Cheney voted against a resolution that would have urged the South African apartheid government to remove Mandela from prison.
Don’t sanitize Mandela for your white comfort. He’s a hero in many regards, but maybe not for the reasons you might think based on the whitewashing he’s receiving in the media to hollow him out and make him into a puppet figure for racist white liberals and conservatives alike, just like MLK.