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?): I need some help. I’m doing research for Sana’s Eid party.

?: What is Eid?

?: Is it Muhammad’s birthday?

?: The interney says it’s a bit like Christmas

ELIAS: maybe

EKLIAS: It’s not Muhammad’s birthday

?: When is His birthday then

?: Do I meet up at Maghrib or Iftaar? Should I bring snacks and gifts? Should I wear flats? A folk costume? Necklaces? Will there be dancing? Should I contribute with songs to a Spotify playlist? Are there Eid stores?

ELIAS: just go down to grønland and ask for a standard Eid package

ELIAS: and remember when you pay in the store, you have to put in your code backwards because arabic countries read from the right

?: Eid package here I come


Elias: hey?

Unknown: I need help. I’m researching Sanas eid party
What is eid?
Is it Muhammad’s birthday?
On the internet they say it’s like Christmas

Elias: maybe
not Muhammads birthday

Unknown: when is his birthday then
Do I meet at Magrib or Iftar o'clock? Do I Bring snacks and presents? Should I wear flats? My Own costume? Jewellery? Will it be dancing? Do you want me to contribute to the Spotify playlist? Are there stores only for eid?

Elias: just go down to Grønland And ask for a standard eid-package
And remember when you pay in the stores you have to type the code in backwards since Arabic countries read from the right

Unknown: eid package here I come

Okay, I know we both won and lost last night, but it’s not over until the scary witch lady sings (doing a disservice to witches there). If you live in a constituency with a Tory MP, I must ask you to contact your MP and ask them to say no to a deal with the DUP. As it stands we are still not out, we still have a chance. If the Tories make a deal with the DUP then we really are, as a country, going backwards and our parliament will exist purely as an exercise in Theresa May’s vanity rather than for the good of the nation. It takes a couple of minutes to email, or a little longer make a phone call. Worth doing. Last night we showed that the Tories aren’t as powerful as they think they are, let’s make them listen to us again today. Thanks ♥

  • British Media: Americans are so sexist and racist! Can you believe how they just elected Trump? What a totally backwards country!
  • Meghan Markle: *dates Prince Harry*
  • British Media: Meghan Markle is a literal whore and her mother is in a gang and Prince Harry needs to only date white girls from now on.
Letters to Bucky (Part 11)

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Hang on lovelies, because this one was rough.

“Move.” Tony wove his way through the group of people in the lobby of the medical center. “Move!” he snapped louder, and the crowd started parting to make way.

“What can I do for you, sir?” the bored looking receptionist asked.

“Just directions to the elevator.” he said quickly. “I need to be up on the eighth floor right now.”

“I’m sorry sir, no one is allowed past the third floor without an appointment. Do you have an appointment, sir?” she didn’t look up once as she recited what she had doubtless said hundreds of times before.

“Are you serious? Do you know who I am?” Tony whipped off his sunglasses, and she glanced up then.

“Handsome and stressed?’ she shrugged. “Do you have an appointment?”

“I don’t need a fucking appointment!” he yelled. “You call Dr Persson and tell him that Tony fucking Stark is standing downstairs NOW!”

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Eskild: EID MOMBARAK Elias!
Elias: Hello?
Eskild: I need help. I’m researching Sana’s Eid-party.
Eskild: What is Eid?
Eskild: Is it Mohammad’s birthday?
Eskild: It says on the internet that it sort of like Christmas Eve
Elias: maybe
Elias: Not Mohammad’s birthday
Eskild: When is his birthday then
Eskild: Should I arrive at Maghrib or Iftar? Do I bring snacks and gifts? Should I wear short heels? My own suit? Jewellery?
Eskild: Is it desired for me to contribute songs to the Spotify-playlist? Are there any Eid-shops?
Elias: Just go down to Grønland* and ask for the standard Eid-package

* (street in Oslo with many immigrants & ppl from different cultures)
Elias: And remember that when you pay in the store you have to type in the code backwards since Arabic countries read from the right side.
Eskild: Eid-package here I come

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“A lot of black folks in Cuba. You wouldn’t know that being here, though.”

When i heard that line recited the first time i saw the film, I was not only overcome with immense pride (being half Afro-Cuban), but also with the knowledge of the fact that this film was made for myself. The film at this point is being manipulated for the gains of Neo-Liberals, however once they find another film to run behind, I’m excited to see what impact this has on black folks who are in love with cinema. Folks who want nothing more than to express themselves for the purpose of simply being able and wanting to do so. Instead of proving the worth of their own humanity to a group of people who masquerade as a moral compass for this backwards country. I want to see how far people take not only the aesthetic decisions made in the film, but also the vulnerability which these characters portray throughout the film. I would love to witness a film by a black man or woman, who after seeing this film, thought to themselves how incredible it would be to make a film that strictly took place on the shores of a Florida beach and was about a father talking to his son. All because of scenes like this planted that idea in their heads in the first place. I want this film to be a launching pad for different ideas and directions, which are never predicated by the attention these ideas and directions are given by pseudo-intellectual audiences. Ultimately, I believe if a film can get you closer to figuring out how to communicate the inarticulate, you’re dealing with artwork that deserves to be preserved, appreciated, and endlessly studied.

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I’m still really bothered by that one scene

There’s one scene in the new Beauty and The Beast that really, really bugs me.

When the school headmaster acts disgusted at Belle teaching a little girl to read “Isn’t one enough?” followed by a woman (who later is revealed to be Cogsworth’s wife) saying “We need to do something.” that was really jarring and took me out of the time period.  In 1740s France (when this is set) one out of every four women could read, and not just in Paris.  Today that’s a higher number than people who can read clocks that have hands.   If one in four women were literate (and again, this was in regard to all of France, not just the big cities) there is no way in Hell Belle is the only literate woman in town.

Nor was it in French culture to ever discourage female literacy.  This is the wrong country for that. 

It doesn’t really feel empowering to pretend women being literate was frowned upon in 1740.  It also ironically erases the likes of Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve (author of the original Beauty and the Beast novel) and   Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont, who edited and revised Beauty and the Beast into the short fairy tale version sixteen years later. There were also girls’ and Woman’s magazines published in France in that era.  

This just perpetuates the negative stereotype that people in the country are backwards and living in the past.   Even worse is France is a culture that never actually had that past for them to be stuck in.      

Another issue with this scene is Mrs. Cogsworth.   Cogsworth is a man’s man, a very poper gentleman’s butler.   He’s well educated and of high status.  Servants who worked in castles weren’t simple peasant beggars.  They were usually higher class and well educated.   Why would Cogworth (of all characters) be married to a woman against female literacy?  It doesn’t fit the character.  

The scene really bothers me.   The only other scene that annoys me is when Gaston shoots The Beast.  And that is only because I felt stabbing him in the back after The Beast let him go had a lot more symbolic meaning and visual quality.  There’s an intimacy to a stabbing which makes it more disturbing and sinister and I think it would have vastly improved the scene. 

Otherwise I do like the remake but that scene with the headmaster really takes me out of the story and even the time period.

Today, out of the blue, I remembered a story one of my college professors told us once. I don’t remember where he was, it might’ve been Europe, for some Teaching English as a Foreign Language stuff. He got into a conversation with a man from the Middle East (sorry, I can’t remember which country anymore, it’s been like three years) who had apparently been dealing with some racism for the last few days.

Well he mentions to my professor that a lot of Americans seemed to have the impression that his home country was backward or primitive. (Oh boy. Ain’t ethnocentrism grand?) And he asks my professor if he feels the same way.

My professor looks at him and says, “Sir, your ancestors were writing poetry and coming up with complex numerals while mine were eating brains.”

And it cracks me up every time I remember it because I’ll bet that wasn’t what the other man was expecting to hear.

every time a liberal says “even x war-torn nonwestern country has mandated maternal care for mothers/female political representatives/etc” it really speaks to how liberal feminists, regardless of race, perpetuate western hegemony. they’re utterly shocked that these ostensibly primal and savage countries full of brown and black people actually have medical systems in place or excel in arenas of education or reproductive justice or innovation or something else that’s hailed by american exceptionalists as something only americans/westerners can be good at. like for example if a liberal feminist will be making the case for establishing broad access to abortion and contraceptives, or is discussing how paltry the US’s system of maternal care is, they’ll say “see? even those [barbaric] countries are better than us at this”, as if 1) the people in those countries aren’t autonomous, 2) as if feminism, maternal care, reproductive justice, and medical innovation were invented by, are only relevant to, or are exclusive to the west, 3) this kind of rhetoric indirectly upholds american exceptionalism by positing that if we’re “falling behind” these supposedly backward or savage countries that we’re humiliating ourselves, and 4) this reframes the vital necessity of maternal care and reproductive justice in capitalist competition terms, so that we lose sight of the point that all women deserve safe and just access to reproductive services and instead make it a contest about who can achieve this standard first. fuck liberal feminism. 

The “backwards planet/country/temporally regressed social milieu/etc.” plot isn’t that unusual. And it’s not uncommon for some kind of anti-oppression issue in any story to be treated as a shorthand for morality and social progress. Usually feminism, sometimes homophobia or related gender stuff, sometimes race allegories of varying degrees of subtlety (though rarely actually race). 

In the Vorkosigan Saga, it’s disability rights. That’s the barometer, consistently, for Barrayar catching up ethically with the rest of the nexus, for individual character morality, everything. Another reason I love the books so much, we never get this. 

The Racism I Own

The racism I deal with is standard in its own way. It’s the racism of erasure. It’s the racism of assumptions. Don’t want me? Easy. Give me no representation. Take my story out of history books. Teach me to be quiet. Tell me it means I’m “model.” Spend my childhood telling me that white is beautiful but brown is exotic. That to be American is to like apple pie. But I smell like curry. Gross. Tell me my food is weird when we’re children, but ask me to cook for you when we grow up. Ask me if I’m a dot or a feather. The irony is lost on you. Ask me if you can cheat off my math homework. Ask me not if I want to go to med school, but where. Take away the illusion of choice. Compliment me on my English. Be surprised when I don’t have an accent. Ask me if I eat monkey brains. Ask me how to say something in Indian. Say my name wrong. Tell me you’re going to say it wrong because it’s easier. Laugh. Tell me my mother’s country is backward. Call it abnormal. Ask if I’m glad that I’m in America because my country doesn’t care about women. Ask me where I’m from. Ask me where my parents are from. Ask me where my grandparents are from. Tell me my people work really hard. I turn 17 and you call me a terrorist. Ask me to celebrate this country. There’s a disconnect. I’m Model. I’m a hard worker.  But we are angry. We are militant. Consider us all the same. Confuse the names of my language and my religion. Tell me not to be so uptight if I correct you. Tell me I’m too argumentative for men. Tell me I’m supposed to be demure. I talk to you about boys. Tell me you know a great Indian guy. Stop yourself. Ask if I’m getting an arranged marriage. Ask if I’ll kill myself if my husband dies. Send me stories written by white men. Don’t look me in the eye when I ask where the books by brown people are. Or worse, roll your eyes behind my back. Tell me not to be so angry. Tell me it’s a stereotype. Tell me you get it. You know what it’s like. You know my history. You know who I am and what I’ll be. I teach you about our country’s past. I teach you about white mobs. I teach you about the history of anti-immigration. Act surprised. Wait a beat. Ask me if I read that story in the New Yorker about texting. Move on. I get angry at movies and tv shows and books that pretend I don’t exist. Tell me it’s not worth it. Tell me I can go to the Asian Studies section. Tell me there just aren’t enough quality writers who look like me. Explain to me how it works. Tell me the cream rises to the top. Tell me you’re sorry. Tell me you wish it was better. Pause. Wait a beat. Ask me if I want to go to brunch next weekend.  

the idea that if guns are outlawed only outlaws will have guns seems precisely backwards given that in countries were guns are banned the outlaws tend not to have guns.


All of the following are Marxist tendencies. A more thorough explanation of Marxism itself, as well as brief biographies of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels will be incoming if I can actually manage to write them.

This post will likely be added to and changed for inaccuracies.

There are dozens more tendencies not included here.


Marxism as applied and developed by Vladimir Lenin and later Joseph Stalin. Can be put under the broader label “Leninism”.

Some features of Marxism-Leninism include:

  • The idea that revolutions will occur first where the chains of imperialist Capitalism are weakest, not necessarily where the productive forces have been strongest, as has usually been held. Basically, revolution is more likely to occur first in poor, colonised countries.
  • The vanguard party - the idea that a disciplined organization of the most advanced members of the proletariat should train, lead, organize and steer the proletariat towards revolution.
  • The idea of a proletarian socialist state, used to suppress the bourgeoise and act as the dictatorship of the proletariat (dotp - this will be defined hopefully in an upcoming post) and build Socialism and the path to Communism.
  • Heavy emphasis on anti-imperialism.
  • Emphasis on developing productive forces in poor or backwards countries.


Marxism as applied and developed by Leon Trotsky and followers. Can be put under the broader label “Leninism”.

Some features of Trotskyism include:

  • The vangaurd party and the proletarian socialist state, as in Marxism-Leninism.
  • The idea of permanent revolution - that, especially in underdeveloped countries, revolution should be exported, especially to the more advanced capitalist countries before Socialism has a chance to be built.
  • The “broadly-based” mass party. The idea that the party should be more open to people joining and support a larger, more variant membership with ranging ideas, similar to Western political parties.
  • Strong opposition to Stalin and Marxism-Leninism, which is often called “Stalinism” by Trotskyists.
  • Support of revolution in “Stalinist” states.


Marxism (and sometimes not Marxism) as described by people who were opposed to Leninism and consider themselves to the “left” of Leninism (Marxism-Leninism and Trotskyism).

Features of Left-Communism include:

  • Emphasis on directly democratic workers councils.
  • Rejection of the idea of a Vanguard Party.
  • The idea that the dictatorship of the proletariat will not be a literal state but the revolution itself.
  • Rejection of party-based or otherwise hierarchiel organization.
  • (Often) Opposition to workers unions, which are seen as having become bourgeous tools.
  • Emphasis on revolution in advanced, capitalist countries.


A type of Marxism-Leninism, Maoism is Marxism-Leninism as applied and developed by Mao Zedong and others during the Chinese Revolution and followers since then.

Two types of modern Maoism are “Mao Zedong Thought (MZT)” and “Marxism-Leninism-Maoism (MLM)”. Explanations for what these are are out of the scope of this page, but hopefully will be written in the future.

Some features of Maoism include:

  • Emphasis on anti-revisionism. Maoists see the Soviet Union post-Stalin and China post-Mao as having abandoned Socialism and Marxism-Leninism and become “revisionist”.
  • Siding with China and Albania in the Sino-Soviet and Sino-Albanian split.
  • Cultural Revolution: The idea that bourgeois elements of society will have to be purged through occasional mass, popular revolutions of the common people against party beaurocracy and capitalist elements withing the party and government.
  • Heavy emphasis in general on mass movements of common people.


Pronounced Ho-ja-ism, Hoxhaism is anti-revisionist Marxism-Leninism as applied and developed by Enver Hoxha.

Hoxhaists rarely call themselves Hoxhaists, usually just “Marxist-Leninists”.

Some features of Hoxhaism include:

  • Heavy emphasis on anti-revisionism, Hoxhaists tend to see the only Socialists states as having been the pre-Krueschev Soviet Union and Albania under Enver Hoxha.
  • Siding with China and Albania in the Sino-Soviet and Sino-Albanian split.
  • Rejection of Maoism as being revisionist.

This isn’t a post to call out for anyone or anything, but as a formerly “rural” queer sometimes it is so difficult to relate and talk to “city” queer people.
Like there just seems to be a “holier than thou” attitude and I must be a backwards country hick still learning about the world & the queer community. This isn’t the case 99.98% of the time, but i’m tired of having to defend my upbringing just because it doesn’t conform with others.
Idk, I just wish I knew more people here in the cities who had a somewhat similar background/upbringing who won’t give me a concerned look or make fun of me when I talk about important parts of my childhood (such as hunting, showing animals, and participating in 4H & FFA).
I enjoy living in the cities and the opportunities it gives me, but sometimes I just want to commiserate, laugh, and talk with other rural queers!