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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged art

Sep 27 '14

Bastard Planet Bulletin 23/8/2013

bastardplanet:

Parents make up of some of our most valued allies and most hateful detractors, but we will never make a habit of focusing on parent content (white or POC, birth or adoptive). This community is for those whom adoption affects the most: adoptees and foster care survivors.

With this in mind, we’re going to start showcasing class bastard creations!

Many adoptees do not regularly post about adoption, and that’s just fine. We’re interested in promoting original content; bastards have intensely unique backgrounds and often tend towards unbelievable creativity and resourcefulness.

These also stand as rare, vital antidotes to the incessant oppressiveness of the adoption industry.

If for some reason we happen to miss your work, please SUBMIT your drawings, photography, designs, poetry, fiction, musings, music, and videos.

Or just send us a link and we will gladly boost your signal from the source!

Works in progress welcome!

Yours in global infamy,

Bastard HQ

Aug 11 '14
"Women invented all the core technologies that made civilization possible. This isn’t some feminist myth; it’s what modern anthropologists believe. Women are thought to have invented pottery, basketmaking, weaving, textiles, horticulture, and agriculture. That’s right: without women’s inventions, we wouldn’t be able to carry things or store things or tie things up or go fishing or hunt with nets or haft a blade or wear clothes or grow our food or live in permanent settlements. Suck on that.

Women have continued to be involved in the creation and advancement of civilization throughout history, whether you know it or not. Pick anything—a technology, a science, an art form, a school of thought—and start digging into the background. You’ll find women there, I guarantee, making critical contributions and often inventing the damn shit in the first place.

Women have made those contributions in spite of astonishing hurdles. Hurdles like not being allowed to go to school. Hurdles like not being allowed to work in an office with men, or join a professional society, or walk on the street, or own property. Example: look up Lise Meitner some time. When she was born in 1878 it was illegal in Austria for girls to attend school past the age of 13. Once the laws finally eased up and she could go to university, she wasn’t allowed to study with the men. Then she got a research post but wasn’t allowed to use the lab on account of girl cooties. Her whole life was like this, but she still managed to discover nuclear fucking fission. Then the Nobel committee gave the prize to her junior male colleague and ignored her existence completely.

Men in all patriarchal civilizations, including ours, have worked to downplay or deny women’s creative contributions. That’s because patriarchy is founded on the belief that women are breeding stock and men are the only people who can think. The easiest way for men to erase women’s contributions is to simply ignore that they happened. Because when you ignore something, it gets forgotten. People in the next generation don’t hear about it, and so they grow up thinking that no women have ever done anything. And then when women in their generation do stuff, they think ‘it’s a fluke, never happened before in the history of the world, ignore it.’ And so they ignore it, and it gets forgotten. And on and on and on. The New York Times article is a perfect illustration of this principle in action.

Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that."
Violet Socks, Patriarchy in Action: The New York Times Rewrites History (via o1sv)

(Source: sendforbromina)

Jul 7 '14
"Black music has always known, and not been afraid to acknowledge just how high the stakes of Black thought are. To summarize the final soliloquy of Clay, the protagonist in LeRoi Jones’ (aka Amiri Baraka’s) play Dutchman. You’d better be glad Charlie Parker could play him some horn and Bessie Smith could sing, because if they didn’t make music they might murder you. One would be hard pressed to find another group of people on this planet whose music is a surrogate for murder. One would be hard pressed to another group of people on this planet whose life is a proxy for death."
 Frank B. Wilderson, III “Do I Stank or was it already Stanky in Here?” or  ”Notes from an Impossible Negro” (via el-quilombo-negativo)
Jun 27 '14
"

I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.

"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally.”

Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?

"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness. But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb.

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Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki (via thymoss)

(Source: improv-is-easy)

Jun 6 '14
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I came up in a time when white intellectuals were forever making breathless pronouncements about their world, about my world, and about the world itself. My life was delineated lists like “Geniuses of Western Music” written by people who evidently believed Louis Armstrong and Aretha Franklin did not exist. That tradition continues. Dylan Byers knows nothing of your work, and therefore your work must not exist.

Here is the machinery of racism—the privilege of being oblivious to questions, of never having to grapple with the everywhere; the right of false naming; the right to claim that the lakes, trees, and mountains of our world do not exist; the right to insult our intelligence with your ignorance. The machinery of racism requires no bigotry from Dylan Byers. It merely requires that Dylan Byers sit still.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates on racism and what it means to be a public intellectual. (via theatlantic)

The right to insult our intelligence with your ignorance

(via amazing-how-you-love)

Jun 2 '14
alidasun:

Stars not where they seemed —A. SUN

alidasun:

Stars not where they seemed A. SUN

Jun 2 '14
kimplz:

PROPHET LIKE IT’S HOT

kimplz:

PROPHET LIKE IT’S HOT

May 31 '14
"You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it."
Maya Angelou (via winterinter)

(Source: winterinter)

May 30 '14

just-art:

Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude

via

(Source: just-art)

May 25 '14