It is okay, friends, I promise, to let this place close. We might even learn something in the process.

It is okay, friends, I promise, to let this place close. We might even learn something in the process.

abolition, teaching, sexual violence discussion 

Currently recalling the time I was teaching an Angela Davis essay on abolition to some freshmen and sophomores in college. One student, because it's impossible to cover the topic without encountering the question, asked, "Well what about rapists and murderers? They just get to be free? I don't wanna walk around campus and wonder if everyone around me is a rapist."

Before I could say anything, one of my other students spoke up and responded, "What do we do with rapists now? If 1/4 women in college has been sexually assaulted, chances are you're taking classes with a few rapists already." She went on to cite a couple of the contemporary examples of this, and the rest of the class had the "Oh shit, never thought about it like that" look on their faces.

It was a good day to be a teacher, getting to watch students interrogate not only the structures around them but their tangible impacts too.

@Ethancdavenport one of the things I love so much about their fling is that it's very clearly loving and romantic, but minimally sexual because of Bedap's pretty definite homosexuality πŸ˜‚

@Ethancdavenport they're not, you're right! There is some level of queering gender roles, relationships, and family, though, which signals to me that transness is totally within the Odonian norm.

The one big glaring hole in The Dispossessed, imo, is a treatment of race beyond Le Guin's standard approach of "white isn't default, and most of these characters are explicitly not white." On some level, I think this was a less than ideal decision, and on some level it was also Le Guin staying in her lane and not venturing to "solve" racism for the world, which would've meant making it an impossibly 2D analysis.

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Whenever someone asks me a "gotcha" question about anarchism, my first answer is always to read The Dispossessed. I'm not trying to build some kind of dogma or cult of obsession around it, but Le Guin was perceptive, thoughtful, and thorough. There are so few interrogations of anarchism that she doesn't address, and she also maintains a critical eye for abuse within anarchism and its communities. will look them up, thank you! is this the Lacutis Jesus Piece or a different one? πŸ˜‚

Not seeking forgiveness for my ancestors but definitely healing on their behalf

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if it was completely consensual and ethical, would you fuck an alien?

@CornishRepublicanArmy they're an alien, of course they're hot. 10/10 would engage in enthusiastic, consensual copulation with an alien

Listening to How to Survive the End of the World, and Autumn Brown says something that perhaps we ought to keep in mind in our radical organizing. Success isn't the metric, she says, because "the nature of insurrection is creating chaos inside the system to make it disfunctional so that other possibilities emerge."

@MoMartin I've thought about this not infrequently, and I suspect that the latter has stayed relatively even while the former has indeed grown.

I can't believe i listen to podcasts now. This is a sign I should quit my job

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The multiamory podcast sucks. Are there any actually good podcasts about nonmonogamy?

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