the signs as cat body parts

Aries: fluffy tail
Taurus: super tickly whiskers
Gemini: pretty eyes
Cancer: back lil’ paws
Leo: smol tongue
Virgo: cute ears
Libra: the tum tum
Scorpio: smol nose
Sagittarius: v soft scruff
Capricorn: front lil’ paws
Aquarius: super dangerous lil teeth
Pisces: v pettable chest


In her book Precarious Life, Judith Butler makes extensive use of Levinas’s notion of “the face of the Other,” which serves, for Levinas, as the locus of ethics. As Levinas puts it, “The face of the other in its precariousness and defenselessness, is for me at once the temptation to kill and the call to peace, the ‘You shall not kill.’” Unlike the many ethical systems that advocate beginning with the self and then extrapolating out to include an Other (epitomized, again, by the Golden Rule), Levinas begins with the reverse presumption—that “the other’s right to exist has primacy over my own, a primacy epitomized in the ethical edict: you shall not kill, you shall not jeopardize the life of the other.” The face of the Other delivers this edict, which can be understood as a kind of divine imperative. “If the Other, the Other’s face… at once tempts me with murder and prohibits me from acting upon it, then the face operates to produce a struggle for me, and establishes this struggle at the heart of ethics.”

 — Maggie Nelson, The Art of Cruelty (Butler excerpt here)