who wants to help me make some weird shit?
anarchist documentary crowdfunding
You may have seen the incredible documentary series titled 'No Gods No Masters' about the history of anarchism from the early 1800s to 1939.
The filmmakers are currently putting together a new part of the series, covering the history of anarchism from 1939 to the modern day, and they are currently looking for funding to help get it made. They have met their initial goal, which means it will be broadcast in France. But they're still trying to meet their stretch goal, so that they can broadcast the new films internationally.
"adversarial fashion" prints look enough like car license plates to trick surveillance cameras into thinking you're a car. https://adversarialfashion.com
Kurdish activists and Rojava are calling for a boycott of Turkey similar to the one against apartheid South Africa as well as to the BDS campaign
Saying "any pronouns are fine!" doesn't make you a good ally
Okay so I want to preface this by saying these are general trends, and there's a whole lot of exceptions.
A thing I notice really commonly though is that when spaces where people are asked to give their pronouns, quite often people I perceive as cis -- and it's usually people I perceive as guys -- will make a big point of saying "any pronouns for me are fine!"
This doesn't actually help. I know the thought process is to show that you're cool and hip to a world that doesn't have as much in the way of gender expectations, but. Really. I promise. Having preferred pronouns is fine. Saying "anything works!" smacks of performative allyship and, in practice, means we have to guess for what pronoun you're actually listening for -- which defeats the entire point of people giving pronouns.
If your assumed gender identity has always fit comfortably, it's easy to feel like gender isn't a big deal. It's easy to think "yeah whatever is fine, I'm cool with things." This is especially true if you know that assigned masculinity is a prison. I can say in confidence, though, that if you've lived a life where people continually made the wrong assumption, pronouns can become a very big deal.
So, really, I promise, it's fine to say "I use he/him pronouns".
Straight ladies, don’t fuck w dudes who
-disrespect you(You’re dignity is priceless and non negotiable)
-substitute telling you how they’re feeling with accusations.
-keep interrupting you.
-push your boundaries instead of trying to understand why you have them.
-disrespect your interests & hobbies.
-does little to no house work or cooking and gives little to no acknowledgement of you picking up their slack.
-leaves you to ‘cool down’ but demand immediate consoling after a bad work day.
McDonald's worker: "Hi, can I help you?"
Me: "Help me? No comrade, you should be helping yourself! For you earn less in one year than your CEO does in one day. The true value of your labour is being stolen by people neither of us will ever come into contact with. There is a solution, comrade: organization. Join the One Big Union today and organize your comrades from the bottom-up into a truly independent trade union that will organize in your interest, both by achieving short-term gains and by focusing on the long-term goal of overthrowing this rotten system that looks at exploitation and calls it profit, that looks at robbery and calls it property. Do not give yourself over to brutes, people that don't care whether you starve or work yourself to death, the only people that can organize the workers are the workers themselves. Solidarity forever comrade, long live the revolution!"
McDonald's worker: "..."
Me: "Chocolate milkshake, please..."
Capitalism, environmentalism, long
This is the same basic structure that capitalist relationships to the environment have, too. Which of course is intensified by a strong sense of dominion.
Someone doesn't like the way the land is and thinks they could clearly design it better. So they alter, say, the flow of the river. It works for a while before the river starts flooding in places it never used to flood. So they build dikes to carry excess water away, but the they're not getting *enough water* and build a dam. The dam also changes the behavior of the groundwater and eventually creates new wetlands on what were supposed to be farms. Etc.
And so instead of fixing the problem by addressing the initial conditions, we put a series of bandaids over each new problem caused by each new solution. In fact, it's very well documented how this happened in Idaho in the mid 1800s when settlers decided to farm it. The book Irrigated Eden by Mark Fiege describes it in detail.