Collective movements for social justice do not gain traction through niceness. American women did not gain the right to vote by skipping down Pennsylvania Avenue while whistling cute songs about suffrage: they picketed, they marched, they yelled, they were arrested. Abusive partners and rapists will not be stopped by women having heart-to-hearts with their violators over coffee, because ghosts cannot talk and broken fingers cannot lift a latte. The patriarchy cannot be shattered by good vibes. In order to bring about change, old and oppressive structures must be destroyed. Destruction is not negative if what will grow from the rubble is something that will create a safer, healthier, stronger society.
u evr stay up at night thinking bout how capitalism is ruining your life
Adults: don't talk to your parents like that! they deserve unconditional respect, love, and obedience even though i've never met them and have no idea what kind of people they are
Adult schoolteacher: Do you want me to call your PARENTS and tell them how you were behaving? *assumes parents aren't abusive*
Adults: family is awesome!
Adults: blood is thicker than water!
Adults: your parents love you!
Adult media producers: *create thousands of stories where families love each other ~~no matter what~~*
Adults: It's really easy to get out of abusive families! just tell an adult :)
Adults: *don't teach kids how to recognize abuse*
Adults: *normalize physical abuse as 'discipline'*
Adults: It's hard to take anything kids say seriously haha
Adults: *takes abusive parents' word over their kids'*
I cannot make you understand. I cannot make anyone understand what is happening inside me. I cannot even explain it to myself.
Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis
You Ain’t Alone || Alabama Shakes
These are the days after. Everything now is measured by after.
Don DeLillo, Falling Man
I don’t wanna be understood if it requires me having to explain my existence
digital image, 2014
Bearing the unbearable is the deepest root of compassion in the world. When you bear what you think you cannot bear, who you think you are dies. You become compassion. You don’t have compassion—you are compassion. True compassion goes beyond empathy to being with the experience of another. You become an instrument of compassion.
WHEN YOU’RE CALLING SOMEONE OUT FOR USING A SLUR THAT IS NOT THEIRS TO RECLAIM DO NOT REPEAT THE SAME SLUR WHILE CALLING THEM OUT IF IT IS NOT YOURS TO RECLAIM EITHER JFC HOW FUCKING DIFFICULT IS IT TO GRASP THIS CONCEPT
Thus discipline produces subjected and practised bodies, ‘docile’ bodies. Discipline increases the forces of the body (in economic terms of utility) and diminishes these same forces (in political terms of obedience). In short, it dissociates power from the body; on the one hand, it turns it into an ‘aptitude’, a ‘capacity’, which it seeks to increase; on the other hand, it reverses the course of the energy, the power that might result from it, and turns it into a relation of strict subjection. If economic exploitation separates the force and the product of labour, let us say that disciplinary coercion establishes in the body the constricting link between an increased aptitude and an increased domination.
Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (via goneril-and-regan)
I Can’t Take It || Tegan and Sara