"In those days, desires weren't allowed to become reality. So fantasy was substituted for them - films, books, pictures. They called it 'art.'"
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I realized it’s been a long time since I posted any Adam Ant (well, a long time since I posted anything, really), and the Jubilee tie-in was too good to resist.
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Chrissie Hynde, Debbie Harry, Viv Albertine, Siouxsie, Poly Styrene, and Pauline London, 1980
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This photo is from a slut walk. Just felt that I should share. I have never had such a horrible thing happen to me, but it is more than just likely that at least one of mine (as well as your own) current friends, relatives, and/or acquaintances has been raped, molested, or abused AND THEY MAY NEVER TELL YOU or even DENY IT.
Because in most societies at this time, it is the one who is raped who is viewed as somehow at fault, shameful, and responsible of the actions of others. Whether it be her clothes, her attitude, her flirting, her face, her background, her family, her income, her job, ect…: when it is NEVER their fault. Without willful, consious, honest, sober consent…. it is not consent.
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I’m not posting a lot at the moment, but I wanted to say that I’m alive and I’ll be back to post more fatpunkqueerfeministmedieval goodness in a few weeks, and perhaps sporadically in the meantime.
In preparation for grad school applications in the fall, I’m taking a Latin summer class at the moment, the GRE general test in a little over two weeks, and I miraculously snagged a research assistantship with an old professor, so everything’s pretty busy right now. I’ll probably start posting more once the GRE is done, and definitely more once Latin ends.
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For anyone in the SF Bay Area interested in body positivity, pride, diversity, and general gorgeousness, this event looks amazing.
Raks Africa does a summer belly dance program for girls that emphasizes positive body image—I really wish this was something that existed when I was younger. Raks Africa is two gorgeous women who use every inch of their amazing bodies.
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Southwark, London, August 2008.
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Lloyd’s looks pretty evil, no? London, August 2008.
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London, August 2008.
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The emotional truth of this breaks my heart, but it’s such a good reminder of why it’s a beautiful thing to be yourself, be true to your passions and ideas, and say “fuck off” to the people who are afraid of your awesomeness.
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Patti Smith, 1978
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Exorcism, by Heather Keith Freeman
I absolutely love what the artist wrote about this piece:
“You know that incredibly loathsome phrase, ‘Inside every fat person is a thin person struggling to get out?’
Well, it’s kind of true. Except the thin person is not the perfectly healthy, sexy ideal person our culture would like you to believe. No, the thin person inside us is artificially starved, surgically reproportioned, plastic sculpted to make us perfectly pretty, empty-headed dolls.
The thin person inside us is Barbie.
GET IT OUT OF ME.
This is the representation of the voice in our ear whispering that we are worthless, ugly freaks if we don’t spend every spare moment exercising and every meal eating salad.
This is the urge to read the fashion magazines that leave us feeling shamed and fat and poor.
This is every cringe when we look in the mirror in the morning and see nothing but flaws.
This is the Disney princess and the Playboy centerfold and the meanest, prettiest cheerleader in the school.
This is the plastic mantra that we can’t unhear, repeating incessantly that we are only valued by our appearance, and by whether men want to fuck us.
And it’s inside me, permeating my being, poisoning my mind in ways I don’t even realize because it’s always been there.
GET IT OUT OF ME”
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Carrie Brownstein, thrashing at the Wild Flag show at Bottom of the Hill in SF last November.
From SF Weekly’s “Wild Flag rocks our faces off,” on the crowd: ”Cool people. Not hipster cool, but awesome cool: lady punks, rawk dudes who did a tour through every outlaw guitar-music skirmish since the Sex Pistols, hippy daddies hitting bowls on the patio, and more lady punks.”
I was totally one of the lady punks. Awesome. Fucking. Show.
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Another piece of art, this time a sketch of San Francisco, by A. Ray Burrell.
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This is an etching by my great-grandfather, Alfred Ray Burrell, 1877-1952. He taught at the California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC, now CCA), and lived in the Bay Area, New York, Hawaii, and Carmel.
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Radiana Pazmor, 1892-1986. An interpreter of modern and avant-garde vocal music, she was a contralto and worked closely with Charles Ives for many years.
She was also my great grand aunt. Her father, my great great grandfather, Henry Bickford Pasmore (her birth name was Harriet Pasmore, but she changed her first name and the spelling of her last name), was a composer and organist who taught at Stanford, Mills College in Oakland, and the Isadora Duncan School of Dancing.
Radiana was very much the rebel of the family, and separated herself from the more conservative musical traditions of her father and siblings.
This picture is from 1933, and comes from the Bancroft Library Archives at UC Berkeley.
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The River Wear, Durham, UK
This is from the summer of 2008. I can’t believe it was so long ago.
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American writer Natalie Clifford Barney was well known for her Paris salon. She formed a Women’s Academy to promote women writers as a response to the all male French Academy. The daughter of American painter Alice Pike Barney coolchicksfromhistory, Natalie was an outspoken polyamorous lesbian.
Photographed by Frances Benjamin Johnson coolchicksfromhistory
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Beth Ditto on the runway for Jean Paul Gaultier.
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Since my first post is long buried:
Amyl Nitrate, punk anti-historian, from Derek Jarman’s Jubilee. The namesake for this tumblr.
I have this in patch/button form and I have also used this in my wheat pasting endeavours. It’s by the wondrous gaylord + artist Daryl Vocat.
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The Library’s Anti-Prom is this Friday at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building at Fifth Avenue @ 42nd Street! If you know a teen between 13-18 years old (or are one), let them know about the Anti-Prom! It’s always a great scene with a fun vibe, and the theme this year is SUPER PROM! The DJ is Johnny Dynell entertainment is from ChiChi Valenti/The Jackie Factory, and student clothes designers from the High School of Fashion Industries will be showing off their own superhero styles on the catwalk! It starts at 6:30 pm this Friday more information is here.
Anti-Prom provides an alternative, safe space for all teens who may not feel welcome at official school proms or dances because of their sexual orientation, the way they dress, or for any other reason.
THIS MAY BE THE BEST IDEA EVER. Just read that italicized text (emphasis not mine) a few times.
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“The revolution will be live.”
RIP Gil Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 - May 27, 2011)
Mad props to the late, the great, guy who gave me my header text.
A great activist, a great musician, a great poet.
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by Jason Hetherington
This show plays The Ditto.
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Mik’s belly rules!
I will say it again: punk will never diet.
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Beth, don’t ever change.
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So young! Look at those glasses!
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Now back to our regularly-scheduled Adam Ant ogling.
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Last Art Brut/Eddie Argos post for the moment, I swear.
Eddie Argos=Alfred Molina+Daniel Radcliffe.
Just try to tell me that this is not so.