Remember, just because you once went to a quinceañera or traveled to Cabo for spring break doesn’t mean you understand the Mexican culture and it gives you absolutely no right to use the culture as a costume.
And look, I totally get it — Cinco de Mayo is a perfect excuse to unwind during the week and drink with friends, but just take a little time to learn more about the culture and holiday you’re celebrating. Read more (Opinion)
“I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination. We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces.” ~ Do Ho Suh
Inspired by his peripatetic life, Do Ho Suh has long ruminated on the idea of home as both a physical structure and a lived experience, the boundaries of identity and the connection between the individual and the group across global cultures. Meticulously replicating the architecture of the places in which he has lived and worked, such as his childhood home and Western apartments and studios, Suh’s one-to-one scale translucent fabric structures give form to ideas about migration, transience and shifting identities.
These ideas are further conveyed in his Hub works, where transitory, connecting spaces between rooms, such as vestibules and corridors, speak metaphorically about movement between cultures and the blurring of public and private, as well as reflecting on the passage of the artist’s own life, and the experience of a person who has developed roots in multiple countries. “I see life as a passageway, with no fixed beginning or destination,” says Suh. “We tend to focus on the destination all the time and forget about the in-between spaces. But without these mundane spaces that nobody really pays attention to, these grey areas, one cannot get from point a to point b.”
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Whoever is saying “Pop occulture means society won’t take us seriously” is missing the whole point of Paganism being a counter-cultural movement.
Seriously, society already thinks we’re nuts for worshiping many deities, practicing magic, thinking rocks help with everything, thinking cards can tell the future, dressing up in fancy robes and mispronouncing Latin.
“Society will think less of us”, we’re already there.
it’s funny…anti-sjw/alt-right goobers say that they’re “anti-censorship” and compare “the ess jay dubayoos” to jack thompson and the ptc, but they’re the ones demanding that “cultural marxist propaganda” should be banned. they’re the ones who got offended at the “down with cis” meme. they’re the ones who demanded to ban a shakespeare play and the ones who boycotted star wars and wolfenstein.
they don’t realize that they’re not rebels, they’re not critical thinkers, they’re not a hip youth counter-cultural movement. they are the mainstream, just with a nastier tone of voice.
So I wanted to outline some of the new topics outlined in the new California history-social sciences curriculum to include and celebrate LGBTQ+ history. Because it’s something I’ve been doing a lot of research into and I just think it’s absolutely fantastic. The following is copied from the “Making the Framework Fair” document - a report from the Committee on LGBT History. It’s a comprehensive list of the topics proposed.
> Grade 2:
• LGBT families in the context of understanding family diversity as a contemporary and historical reality
• Central roles played by gender and sexuality in California’s history as a site of rich, contested, and changing
- How settlers and missionaries sought to impose European American concepts of gender and sexuality on
Native American societies
- Possibilities and motivations for same-sex intimacies and gender diversity in frontier conditions and the
Gold Rush era
- The role of gender and sexuality in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century migrant belonging and policing
- The crucial place of California and Californians in the development of the modern LGBT rights movement
• Variation over time, region, and culture in colonial American practices and laws with regard to gender and
- Native American gender and sexual diversity and European responses in the context of North American
- Regional diversity in family and community arrangements, gender roles and possibilities, and approaches to
sexuality in law and practice, with attention to Puritans, Quakers, Southern settlers, and enslaved Africans
• Fundamental transformations in gender and sexuality in conjunction with nineteenth-century urbanization
- Same-sex romantic friendship as an accepted cultural practice resulting from the separate spheres ideology
and shifting gender expectations for women and men
- Roles of gender and sexuality in the practice and struggles over slavery and emancipation
- Interlocking ways that gender, sexuality, and race shaped Western expansionism and the diverse
possibilities it presented
- Evolving social and cultural expressions of intimacy between men and women (including same-sex
relations) through urbanization and immigration
• The evolution of modern LGBT communities and identities
- Relationships formed in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century female worlds of settlement
houses, women’s colleges, and social movements
- Sexual and gender diversity in early twentieth-century cities and cultural movements, including the Harlem
- The impact on approaches to same-sex sexuality, gender diversity, and cultural expression of 1920s changes
in sexual and gender norms, including Prohibition, the rise of dating, and the emphasis on companionate
- New possibilities in World War II for same-sex intimacy, community, and identity on the homefront and
- The postwar creation of vibrant if persecuted LGBT subcultures
- The formation of open and expressive LGBT cultures and communities since the 1970s
- Contemporary diversity of LGBT people, families, and relationships
• Twentieth-century persecution of sexual and gender minorities and the related growth of the LGBT civil rights
- The medicalization of homosexuality and gender diversity as pathological and the subsequent struggle
against this perspective
- Systematic World War II attempts to eliminate gay men and lesbians from the military and the
establishment of a regime of dishonorable discharge that denied many veterans their rights to benefits
- The Lavender Scare targeting gay men and lesbians, which developed in conjunction with the postwar Red
Scare and exceeded its impact in both time and scope
- Homophile, gay liberation, and contemporary LGBT movements as part of the story of civil rights activism in
the United States
- Anti-gay activism as part of the rise of the New Right
- AIDS as a medical, political, and social issue in U.S. history
- Court cases about same-sex sexuality and gender diversity demonstrating changes in policies and public
opinion over time
This is super exciting news for parents and teachers in California. Hopefully the rest of the U.S. follows suit quickly. It’s also important to note that teachers aren’t really being forced to teach these subjects, nor are they yet included in textbooks, worksheets, or other teaching tools very widely. Teachers are receiving trainings, but it will take years to disseminate this throughout the state.
on one hand the get down was probably one of the most expensive shows netflix was producing, but on another hand the fact that its the only one not to get a second season is absolutely bullshit and I’m skeptical of it just being about directing conflict. It seems more likely that the real reason it’s getting scrapped is how undervalued its subject matter and story is. Like sense8 is EXTREMELY expensive AND had a director walk out half way through AND had to replace an actor and its probably gonna go on to get a season 3. But it stuck to every stereotype in the book about the poc represented and gay men (and even resurrected the “f*g hag” which is regressive as shit) and drowned its story in orgies so it gets play but not a legitimately well done, well told story about the influence of black/gay culture on artistic movements because. obviously.
Hey, all! If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see the future let me know! This lesson is about Surrealism. Now a bit about the movement itself.
Surrealism began in the 1920s as an offshoot of Dada, an avant-garde art movement that embraced the absurd. Surrealism was more than a mere art movement, it was a cultural movement that the way to achieve completeness was to combine reality and the unconscious, thus creating a Surreality. They are best known for combining an environment that is almost photographic quality with otherworldly and disconcerting elements, such as the melting clocks in Salvador Dali’s Persistence of Memory (shown above). Surrealism was meant to make people uncomfortable and to think outside the box that reality tends to put people into.
Notable Surrealist Artists:
Andre Breton (founder)
For Surrealism, I’ve created a card spread that boils down the main idea of Surrealism, combining reality with the unconscious to create a surreality.
The Surrealist Card Spread:
Reality: What influences are around you
Unconscious: What your inner self is telling you
Surreality: How to achieve and balance what both influences want
Please note that tarot, oracle cards, or runes are not a substitute for professional help.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve seen people being very
demeaning or hostile toward African Americans, in regards to what culture we
have or who we are as a people, and I’m sick of it. I’m sick of people acting
like we as African Americans are nothing but “slaves”, I’m sick of people
acting like we’re “inferior to real Africans”, I’m sick of white people telling
us we have no culture while trying to take effort for what we’ve made for
ourselves. I’m sick of negativity toward African Americans by both the black
community, and white society.
So I just want to make a point that we as African Americans
have our own culture that no one else on this world has.
It’s a culture of hardships, struggle yet at the same time
triumph. It’s the culture of forging traditions and customs from ourselves from
what we have lost, and making that into something bigger than ourselves.
Our culture is music, hip hop, R&B, rap, blues, soul,
rock (yes rock), gospel, etc…etc… Our culture is dance, praise dance, hip hop
dance, street dance, etc…etc.. Our culture is the religion/faith we’ve made
that got us this far, it’s the food we eat that is only unique to us! It’s even the lingo/slang we use. It’s the way
we dress, wear our hair because that in itself is a political statement and a
testament to our culture. The natural hair movement started in the African
American community, that is ours.
All that I’ve listed above and MORE is ours, and if someone
tries to tell you that you don’t have a culture, then don’t fret because you
do. they’re just to ignorant to see it or understand it.
If someone tries to tell you that you don’t belong in their
culture, then don’t be upset, because you have your own culture that shows just
not how strong you are as a race, but as a person.
Don’t be ashamed of being African American. Don’t be ashamed
of not finding your roots, because you have
your roots, you know your roots and culture. It is the culture we as a
people have made for ourselves that shows our true testament of survival and no
one can take that away from us, no one can claim that, no one can claim that we
don’t have it because we do.
That is our culture, as African American people…don’t let
anyone tell you otherwise.
And this isn’t an attack on anyone, but it’s a way to uplift
African American people, especially African American women because we are
always trying to connect back to our roots. I just want all of us to know that
we, as a race do have a culture and we should be proud by how we’ve constructed
it! It isn’t slavery either, it’s what we’ve crafted from then to now.
Keith Haring and William S. Burroughs photographed by Kate Simon, 1987.
In September of 1987 a group of visionary poets, artists, and performers representative of the cultural and literary movement known as the Beat Generation gathered in Lawrence, Kansas for a week-long literary festival of readings and diverse activities.
The whole notion of a pure white medieval Europe, so important to white supremacists today, is false. The fixation on skin color is largely a modern phenomenon, alien to a Europe dependent on a Mediterranean world composed of people with varying shades of brown skin. It’s not that medievals lacked prejudice or hate, but our hang-ups and divisions were not theirs. Medieval Europe was not isolated from the broader world, but rather participated in a “Global Middle Ages” that linked great Eurasian and African cultures through the movement of things and people (sometimes voluntarily, sometimes not). One of the vectors of those connections was, of course, the very same Vikings now serving as fodder for American hate.
I was going through my photo’s from nyc and found these from the Museum of Art and Design. They had a section on the counter-culture movement in the 70′s that involved a lot of handmade, sustainable and reused fashion.
Some of it was really gorgeous! But some looks like the fashion equivalent of an LSD trip.
(sorry for the dark photos - idk what it is about nyc but all the museums were really dark)
“A lot of times, when people say Hip-Hop, they don’t know what they’re talking about. They just think of the rappers. When you talk about hip-hop, you’re talking about the whole culture and movement. You have to take the whole culture for what it is.” Afrika Bambaataa