radical at best

The real damage is done by those millions who want to ‘survive.’ The honest men who just want to be left in peace. Those who don’t want their little lives disturbed by anything bigger than themselves. Those with no sides and no causes. Those who won’t take measure of their own strength, for fear of antagonizing their own weakness. Those who don’t like to make waves—or enemies. Those for whom freedom, honour, truth, and principles are only literature. Those who live small, mate small, die small. It’s the reductionist approach to life: if you keep it small, you’ll keep it under control. If you don’t make any noise, the bogeyman won’t find you. But it’s all an illusion, because they die too, those people who roll up their spirits into tiny little balls so as to be safe. Safe?! From what? Life is always on the edge of death; narrow streets lead to the same place as wide avenues, and a little candle burns itself out just like a flaming torch does. I choose my own way to burn.
—  Sophie Scholl, member of the anti-Nazi resistance group the White Rose executed by guillotine on February 22, 1943 at the age of 22.
In America, or any other country or situation

In the America that has inspired me in the past – in my ideal America, in the best America that I have seen:

Respect and discourse are key elements.

There is an understanding of the value of process.

Compassion leads.

We strive to ensure that our actions are driven by the principle that all are created equally.

We recognize that we are all human, and we work to make sure we all have the same opportunities.

We honor traditions while not being driven by them.

We strive to inspire.

We strive to live by example.

We treat each other with respect and kindness.

We do our best to contribute, because contributing is what makes societies, and indeed any of our relationships, stronger.

We do our best to care for, and watch out for, each other.

More radically, we do our best to love and respect each other.

‘The Body’: The Radical Empathy of Buffy ’s Best Episode

Twenty years ago, when Buffy the Vampire Slayer debuted on The WB, it’s hard to imagine anyone conceiving of what a phenomenon the show would become—a hit TV series, yes, but also a platform through which pop-culture theorists and sociologists alike could consider the dynamics of American teenaged life around the turn of the millennium. “Buffy Studies” have become a thriving faction within academia, while streaming services have kept the show on the contemporary cultural radar. In a media landscape where people continue to be surprised that teenaged girls engage with political issues, the idea of a perky blonde cheerleader being tasked with saving the world is still strikingly subversive. Read more

radfem related ask meme!

i always see lil ask memes floating around and i personally love asking n answering questions and finding out more about the people who fill my dash so i decided to make an ask meme just for us radfem ladies <3 xx 

ya’ll know the drill, put the numbers in an ask box to get the question answered and reblog for some supportive (and maybe a lil curious) peeps in ur box! (also feeel free to ask me any of these, goes without saying)

  1. how did you find radical feminism & what was your first impression of the movement? 
  2. when did you begin to call yourself a radical feminist? 
  3. how long have you been a radical feminist?
  4. were you previously a lib fem? 
  5. who is your favorite tumblr radical feminist?
  6. radical feminist must reads? (or must watches?) 
  7. best experience as a radical feminist?
  8. worst experience as a radical feminist?
  9. your opinion on what the most pressing issue for the feminist movement to solve. 
  10. best radical feminist meme.
  11. radical feminists you look up to?
  12. favorite herstory moments? 
  13. how does your country affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  14. do you believe liberal feminists are feminists?
  15. what was your Peak Trans? 
  16. what do you do for women in your everyday life? 
  17. suggestions for baby radfems?
  18. favorite feminist artists/art pieces? 
  19. your feminist anthem (can be a song, poem, speech, book, etc.)
  20. what parts of radical feminist do you agree with most passionately? 
  21. what parts of radical feminism do you disagree with? 
  22. what parts of radical feminism confuse you (or confused you when you first learned about them)?
  23. are you GNC? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  24. are you LGB? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  25. are you mentally ill? how does this affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  26. how does your race affect your viewpoint of feminism? 
  27. what do you wish radical feminists talked about more?
  28. what do you wish radical feminists talked about less?
  29. do you have more radfem friends online or in real life?
  30. your liberal feminist pet peeve. 
  31. are you “out” as a radical feminist? 
  32. how do you feel the issue of gender should be tackled?
  33. how do you feel the issue of sex work should be tackled?
  34. how do you feel the issue of male violence should be tackled?
  35. how do you feel the issue of kink should be tackled?
  36. best thing about being a radical feminist?
  37. worst thing about being a radical feminist?
  38. do you like discourse? 
  39. when were you most proud to be a woman?
  40. something you wish you could tell your younger self. 

feel feel to keep adding to this!!! 

Okay this is something I’ve wanted to say for a while but like

Yes, there is a privilege involved in saying that like you’re a better leftist if you “do things”. Not everyone can go to marches, work in soup kitchens, unionize, etc.

But I’m kind of tired of people making themselves out to be the best radicals ever because they write stuff online and meanwhile they’ve gone to one or two marches

If young people on and outside this website want to get pumped about voting, let them. That’s cool. I’m excited for them too. Each of us was politicized at some point, and this election cycle may be their moment. The problem is when we let young people fall into the voting trap, the myth that the project of a radical new world is BEST sought through the ballot box when it’s just not. Voting becomes the apex of political engagement in a world where the narrow parameters of “resistance” are allowed to be defined and policed by the oppressing class, the class whose uproot and overthrow lie at the very foundation of our project. Herein lives a contradiction. We cannot expect to uproot that which every election cycle we give our tacit support to, that which we legitimize, and still expect to see progress toward an oppression-free world. Real push-back then means making clear that anti-oppression means also anti-statism, which means recognizing and illustrating how limited voting really is. It means challenging those politicized through the ballot box to move beyond it into political work like community organizing/coalition building, prison and police abolition, labor organizing, radical education, care work (mutual aid), divestment, decolonizing methodologies, and so much more. I want to be clear here about what it doesn’t mean: It doesn’t mean shamming, belittling, or hazing youth via social media because they see value in voting. That’s messed up. Go vote if you want, just don’t stop there.

I Miss You, Even When You’re Around. An Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind-inspired mix.

// I Sing I Swim - Seabear // Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood // Bloom - The Paper Kites // Daydream - Tycho // Welcome Home - Radical Face // Our Deal - Best Coast // Junk Of The Heart (Happy) - The Kooks // Together - The xx // Polish Girl - Neon Indian // Better Together - Jack Johnson // R U Mine? - Arctic Monkeys // 

Listen on 8tracks here. Listen on Spotify here.

Image by Nan Lawson.

Nice Guys Finish Last

1. kill my boyfriend- natalia kills, 2. lewis takes action- owen pallet, 3. jenny- studio killers, 4. sweater weather- the neighborhood, 5. black eyes- radical face, 6. boyfriend- best coast, 7. the sailor song- the gadsdens, 8. poppies- the attorneys, 9. don’t mess with me- temposhark 10. die young (deconstructed)- ke$ha

a KeiAki mix i co-made with Bri!! (●′▽‵●) hope everyone enjoys it!