political statement

This is your irregular reminder that US politics is continuing its descent into possible autocracy.

If you think it’s healthy for the US to have an administration that has shown little respect for factual reporting in the past, was voted into power through an election that some if not all of the US intel community thinks has had significant Russian interference, and names oil executives to Cabinet positions like Secretary of bloody State—well, I don’t know what to tell you.

Based on the actions of the transition team, regardless of motives or competency, it seems clear that the incoming administration must be kept in check. But by whom? Many Republicans, though not all, seem pretty willing to play along. Even the technocrats seem all too happy to cooperate (glaring severely at you, Thiel). It will take a titanic effort of combined internal pressure (from ordinary people, progressive organisations, and whatever credible remains of the press and political establishment on the left) and external pressure (from the international community at large, or at least the parts that still have a chance against their own far-right movements) to steer everyone away from the darkest timeline. It is possible, but it will not be easy.

Still, there’s a chance.

And no, we can’t start calling this the darkest timeline when the new President-elect hasn’t even taken office yet. It’s (1) premature; (b) somehow simultaneously the opposite of premature if you’re putting the timeline’s branching point at the 2016 election, which would ignore the undercurrents in US politics and society that have been coalescing for at least the past decade if not the past half-century and have led to this point; and (iii) only going to cause more despair down the line when, somehow, it gets worse. And, well, one of the key reasons that the US even got to this point is severe underestimation of just how worse everything could get. The incoming administration is one of such unpredictability and such uncertainty that the outcomes really could range from unprecedented prosperity (with severe disparities, but nonetheless) to outright nuclear war and apocalypse.

Maybe you’d actually prefer to see the world end than face four to eight years of the new administration. That’s probably the same impulse that continues to motivate people trying to predict the end of the world. When you see the world as you know it crumbling to pieces, it’s a natural impulse to just fall into despair and jump to ‘rocks fall, everyone dies’—the key word being ‘everyone’, not just you or me. But the world isn’t run by a Game Master at wit’s end, and the world just doesn’t end like that.

And yes, the sun coming up and the world still spinning … not exactly a very high bar for the continuation of human civilisation. But it’s a start.

So: keep an eye on credible news. Keep an eye on the transition. Keep an eye on the ‘autocrometer’ (the super-handy autocracy-tracking spreadsheet, via Paul and Storm).

But don’t get roped into believing stories without credible support, just because they either back up your internal picture of the world or make the actual picture seem just a little less horrifying. Don’t pay undue attention to ‘potential’ picks when there are plenty of actual picks to be outraged about. And while it’s healthy to take time to process the madness, don’t stay paralysed. Try to carry on with whatever parts of your life are still normal, or get mad about the parts of your life that shouldn’t be normal and take vigorous action—but for god’s sake, don’t stop living.

Because this is not the end.

Jack Kirby, born Jacob Kurtzberg, and Joe Simon were two Jewish men in a dangerous time who did something extraordinary. They created a true American hero who stood up for the little guy, like them. They created a political statement by putting Captain America on the cover of their comic knocking Hitler out with one good punch. Because the US was not even in the war yet, this led to the two men receiving death threats. Both men served in World War II, fighting against the Nazi regime.

It is so incredibly disrespectful to these two men to write this new story line of Captain America. The writers have already said it isn’t a Skrull, or a LMD, or brainwashing… this is the new direction they are choosing to take the character in. In light of this new development I encourage everyone to remember the men behind the incredible Cap we have had for all these years and to take a stand against the new series. Don’t buy it, don’t reblog it, do not show anything but opposition to it.

And always, Remember Jack Kirby and Joe Simon

the only political statement lgbt people need from fiction right now is that lgbt people are valuable and important and deserve to be happy but like by all means keep murdering our fictional role models while we’re grieving

like um.

if you don’t want to tell a story based on real world political or social context then uhhhh maybe don’t create a lesbian character and then give her a primary emotional arc that boils down to ‘is love right or wrong?’ and then certainly don’t SHOOT HER

This must be some kind of Political statement since that’s what the portuguese government stands for if you can read what they say between the lines…

I hate all this corruption and power abuse I mean, they were hired by us, they must not forget that. If you make the politics according to corporations then you are in a fascism. As plain as that!

(not my photo by the way)

The whole sense8 pride filming is making me so emotional

Because gay kisses in movies and tv shows are always a political statement, carefully calculated, there are gay kisses quotas and everything.

The sense8 cast though? They all kissed each other off camera, even actors that had nothing to do with the lgbt storylines. They were just like “Yeah why not, we’re cute, kissing is nice, no big deal”. None of them worried about people perceiving them as gay and none of them worried about the gender of the other person. They are friends, they were happy and so they kissed. Simple as that. And it didn’t have to mean anything else than a cute gesture between two people.

I don’t know I feel like this is such a huge fuck you to toxic masculinity.

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Shirley Chisholm 1972: A compilation of clips from Shirley Chisholm’s speeches during her presidential campaign in 1972

“My greatest political asset, which professional politicians fear, is my mouth, out of which come all kinds of things one shouldn’t always discuss for reasons of political expediency”

One of many things liberal “feminists” don’t get: The radical breaking down of the public/private sphere dichotomy was a significant development in feminist theory because feminists realized that a lot of the ways in which male supremacy manifested was in private spaces. Examples of this would be marital rape and wife battering. In order to be able to address wife battering, marital rape, and family violence as not “private personal issues” to be kept “inside the home” as an isolated “family problem” for the family alone to deal with, feminists had to politicize the private sphere as a social realm in which male dominance reigned. Another example of this would be the feminist criticisms of housewifery. The deconstruction of the public/private dichotomy includes a politicizing analysis of sex and sexuality, consensual and assault or rape, because male dominance can still manifest itself within consensual heterorelations.
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The Personal is Political