“Personally I’m in favor of democracy, which means that the central institutions in the society have to be under popular control. Now, under capitalism we can’t have democracy by definition. Capitalism is a system in which the central institutions of society are in principle under autocratic control. Thus, a corporation or an industry is, if we were to think of it in political terms, fascist; that is, it has tight control at the top and strict obedience has to be established at every level — there’s a little bargaining, a little give and take, but the line of authority is perfectly straightforward. Just as I’m opposed to political fascism, I’m opposed to economic fascism. I think that until major institutions of society are under the popular control of participants and communities, it’s pointless to talk about democracy.”
— Noam Chomsky
6:31 pm • 9 March 2014 • 65 notes
"Thus, through desire, my body is no longer a conglomeration of its various parts in their expressions as ‘inner phenomena,’ but is suddenly the vehicle through which I am compelled into relation with the world where it is finally only that relation that gives me a body."
— Salamon, Gayle. Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality. New York: Columbia University Press, 2010. Print. 56.
9:53 am • 8 March 2014 • 123 notes
i know i should be thankful that it isn’t a rejection, but being wait listed for Rutgers is the most terrifying thing. i wanna go to grad school there sooooooooooo baaaaaaad. fudge!
2:49 am • 6 March 2014 • 3 notes
“The project of creating a new world governed by an alternative system not based on domination, coercion, and control, does not depend on an unrealistic goal of being able to fully describe a utopian society for all at this point in time. From our position of growing up in a patriarchal, colonial, and white supremacist world, we cannot even fully imagine how a world that is not based on structures of oppression might operate. Nevertheless, we can be part of a collective, creative process that can bring us closer to a society not based on domination.”
—Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
(Source: roomtopia, via engenderandendear)
1:59 am • 6 March 2014 • 42 notes
things about ‘identity’ will always be so confusing to me. I feel like there’s nothing fixed about ‘who I am,’ and I feel like I never have moments of self-realization or ‘discovery’ or anything similar (except for the realization that these moments are absent). but those narratives are so pervasive, and I’m so confused by how other people say they experience themselves.
10:37 am • 5 March 2014 • 6 notes
bourbonismycopilot said:FUCKING FOUCAULT!!!!!!
This is literally my EXACT REACTION all the time to Foucault!!!!!!!
1:23 am • 4 March 2014 • 3 notes
Anonymous asked: psychoanalytic theory reading list please!
agh! this is kinda new to me so my list will not be very great :)
I always look for syllabi as reading lists, and I’m especially interested in this one: http://cmbc.web.emory.edu/events/sponsored_courses/syllabi/Race%20and%20Psychoanalysis%20edited%20graduate.pdf
But of what I have read -
- Bodies that Matter by Judith Butler
- Giving an Account of Oneself by Judith Butler (I like this because of her deconstruction of the ‘ego’ or ‘I’ in particular)
- Dark Continents: Psychoanalysis and Colonialism by Ranjana Khanna [disclaimer: i’ve only read a little of this so far]
- The History of Sexuality by Foucault for psychoanalysis in relation to ‘religion’/power/all that stuff Foucault tends to write about. I’m sure other books talk about that as well but ehhhhhhh Foucault right
- The chapter “Manifest Faggotry” by Appropriating Blackness by E. Patrick Johnson (I single out this chapter just because it’s the only one I’ve read… it was for a class)
- The Melancholy of Race by Anne Anlin Cheng
- my class is also reading Speculations after Freud after all this Foucault business is over… and a book by Kristeva
Hmm this is all I can think of right now, although I’m sure there’s stuff i’m not thinking of. If you want me to email any of these to you I can!
I know a lot of people don’t like Judith Butler and the critiques are valid, but her work will forever amaze me…and i will forevs have a crush on her shhhhh
[if anyone else has suggestions please feel free to add!]
1:21 am • 4 March 2014 • 3 notes
At first I was so uncomfortable and troubled by ‘modern’ psychoanalytic theory because I was like “why do these people [first was Judith Butler] see any possibility in Freud?”
But it’s becoming one of my very favorite things these days and I wish my class on psychoanalytic theory wasn’t sooooooooooo dead white dude centered. I hate classes where i want to remake the syllabus, because the point of a class is to learn and i feel arrogant and overconfident and presumptuous. but all we’ve read so far is a book by James Hillman that just ‘worships’ Greek gods and archetypes. It seems super reductionist and trivializes issues of power and oppression even though he constantly whines about the ‘reductionism’ of other ‘fields.’
And now we’re reading a 700 page book by Foucault. Because that’s worth spending 700 pages (and 4 classes) on instead of spending one night on portions of Foucault’s book and then other weeks on people who critique him for his ‘blind spots’ concerning histories of colonialism and racisms.
So many people have done amazing things with psychoanalytic theory and sexuality and racial formation and colonialism and I just hate that this class isn’t engaging with those kinds of works at all. We have papers due every week that I sometimes reference these things in, but I feel terrified of critiquing things in classes that aren’t women’s and gender studies because it rarely ever goes well, and I end up just feeling more guilty and arrogant. (Because, although this hasn’t happened yet in this class, in others it doesn’t matter how much I try to frame critiques in terms of ‘possibility’ or ‘relationality,’ it’s always construed as negative or dismissive or me being unable to see past my own commitments. And maybe I can’t, but maybe assuming that possibility implies questionable things about agency and my ability to ‘unlearn’ things or force myself to care about Greek gods who are used to normalize and render certain power dynamics as inevitable in this Hillman book.)
I just needed to rant because this is all making me cranky.
10:03 pm • 3 March 2014 • 5 notes
forevs doing weirdo things on skates
4:38 pm • 3 March 2014 • 13 notes
Tbh, I kind of have trouble trusting people who prioritize the dismantling of capitalism over the destruction of white supremacy. Capitalism is an invention of white supremacy. Capitalism is a tool of white supremacy. Trying to destroy the former before the latter would be like taking the gun from someone trying to kill you but letting him keep the knife.
hmmmm…i never made the connection that capitalism was the invention of white supremacy. i guess i don’t know enough history to be sure that’s the case.
i had always imagined the reverse. that capitalism fostered white supremacy.
I think either way, they’re both inseperable from colonialism, which to me calls for dismantling the government structures that perpetuate both through one another
4:11 pm • 3 March 2014 • 594 notes
Anonymous asked: Easy version of Judit Butler
11:01 am • 2 March 2014