Hi, I'm Nick. I just graduated from college. I have a job in education for a year and then I will be going to Emerson for graduate education in publishing. Generally, my (largely reblogged) topics include marxist philosophy, feminism, semiotics, literary theory, quite a bit of humor, and anything else that comes along. I'm also trying to change my self-conception by blogging positively under the tag "positive identity."


This is my wonderful girlfriend.

What does it even mean to “be your authentic self”? Some people seem to have an innate sense of that but I’m lost. In general, I find it confusing but more so in a gender context. I guess I just need to read more. I’m very focused on the social side of most things so it’s hard for me to understand the internal identity one. I can’t tell if this is a struggle I’m lucky I don’t have to wage or if I’m so far from understanding it that I haven’t even begun to start it.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

feelknower93:

if this video isn’t in some way literally spiritually enlightening to you then i don’t know my audience very well

punwitch:

If you are a man I urge you to reconsider.

If you reconsider being a man and end up still being a man then I urge you to reconsider what being a man entails.

Eviscerate your masculinity, hollow it out of the all the poisons it is made of and create something new. Will you still be a man after that point? Maybe, maybe not. But you will be better. You will be a person, instead of a weapon.

I’ve always felt alienated from masculinity and with my experience in feminism, I’m definitely distant and distancing from it. That said, I still don’t have the feeling that other people seem to where they start to feel like they are no longer a man, or that they must rejected manhood. I reject all of the aspects of masculinity that are directly harmful, that dehumanize me and others (though I recognize the social position itself is inherently oppressive and that blanket rejection is an impossible feat). I’m still a man though, I think. That’s how other people see me and that still feels like who I am. A weird man maybe, but a man. It almost feels like cheating to step aside from that? At least for me, I mean. I guess I still need to explore that. I’m very interested in gender theory but I feel no urge or need to explore my own gender, nor do I really know what that entails. I do study and reflect on norms and how other social aspects affect me but I don’t feel anything essentially internal to it. Hmm. 

"'Nonanalytic' and 'nonrational' forms of discourse, like fiction or poetry, may be better able than other forms to convey the complex life experiences of one group to members of another."
Uma Narayan, “The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist” (1989)
"The universalizing pretensions of Western philosophy, which by its very abstractness and distance from vulgar reality seemed to be all-inclusive of human experience, are thereby shown to be illusory. White (male) philosophy’s confrontation of Man and Universe, or even Person and Universe, is really predicated on taking personhood for granted and thus excludes the differential experience of those who have ceaselessly had to fight to have their personhood recognized in the first place."
Charles W. Mills, Blackness Visible (via ganjagremlins)
"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is a ruling class in a capitalist society."
Jason Read (via finedineonmyvegangenitalia)

blastortoise:

"good luck in the real world" says the 16 year old white middle class boy still living with his parents and never paid a bill in his life

"Absolutely Cuckoo" by Magnetic Fields
 
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