Saturday, October 26, 2013
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The feminist movement likes to think of itself as being anti-oppression, anti-racism, anti-homophobia and anti-transphobia. And I do think that most feminists believe in these ideas in theory; unfortunately, many of them have a harder time putting these concepts into practice. There’s a tendency to ignore or even silence queer women, trans* women and women of colour, and while I don’t think that this silencing is intentional, exactly, I do think that many people, even those working within the feminist movement, don’t want to address this problem or even acknowledge that it happens.
Here’s the thing: when someone from an oppressed group speaks up, you listen. You shut your mouth and you listen. You don’t tell them that we’re all women, here, and the issues that we’re working to resolve are issues that affect all women. You don’t discount their lived experiences by countering with your own examples of being oppressed as a white woman. And finally, you most fucking do not pretend that sexism experienced by women of colour or queer women or trans women is exactly the same as what you’ve experienced. Because it’s not; it’s worse. Get off your high horse, acknowledge your privilege, and let someone else have the microphone for a while. Feminism isn’t an egalitarian movement if it’s only promoting the rights of white, educated, middle-class women.
Friday, October 18, 2013
|The RCMP are upholding the Harper government's LAWS for energy|
|Brave souls stand in the way of destructive equipment for ALL OF US AND OUR CHILDREN.|
Saturday, October 12, 2013
"The time when you lived on Second Street, where there were fruit trees aplenty
There were cherries and apples for pies you made
The dark green paint of the Chrysler
Garden gloves stiff from the dried up dirt
and the juice of blackberries and cherries
The trips to Alberta and Manitoba
Snowball fights on the White Pass Yukon Route in July
Swimming in Departure Bay, Beban Park and Long Lake in the summers
Sandbox beneath the Arbutus on Avalon
Crochet at Birch Bay and bikes on the beach
Your camper was comfort with it's hard boiled eggs
Or 2 dollars
The bee stings at Four Seasons were treated with onions
Garter snakes in the rocks in Chase, by the Dartt's
The gear shift fell out in the driveway in that brown Comet
Grandpa came and rescued us and cursed
With his tools from the jars and the parts of the car
Was as far as it got and we left
Back to public beach access, where castles were built in the sand
As long as we were back before the Sun went down
We had those soft cookies or muffins with butter
To get us through the day
We learned to pull carrots and peel them
To plant seeds and prune trees
And see things and be things
There is always time enough to dream
I remember lying in the grass, watching the clouds roll by in the wind
It wasn't why is the sky blue?
It was why not
That green bike you brought, that I careened into a wall
On my 6th birthday
I hadn't yet learned, how to make a turn
But I did
When I lived on 3rd Street and went to college
You and Grandpa came by all the time with food and friendship
White Christmas Tree always had so much beneath
Your life of creativity and paint were an example and a bar that you set
That I carry with me still, art is life.
That time the neighbour cut his fingers off with a lawnmower blade
and Grandpa rescued him and raced to the hospital
You cleaned blood out of the New Yorker after they got home
I thought you and grandpa were heroes.
I guess you were
I guess you are
And will ever be."
the world is a creation of our thoughts. thoughts create experience. thoughts and experience come from the original "I" thought. first there is me, then you and he and she and it. the idea of "me" is simply an idea, a thought. this "I" thought is the ego, the mind, the knot that ties us to our bodies, thinking we are the bodies. release this knot, remove this veil of confusion, and then the world will always be beautiful. of course in that case, the world as we know it, as a separate entity, will no longer exist - "I", you, she, he, it, the world, experience, experiencer and experienced will all be one.