Womanist Thoughts On Street Harassment, Activism, Consent, Media and More Topics... -
While I was on break from blogging but still tweeting off and on, I shared a post that gathered some of my thoughts posted outside of the blog (primarily on Twitter and Storify) but relevant to the topics that I write about here. Below I have newer content like this since the aforementioned…
A Southern Thang: opening reception Saturday July 12, 2014, 6-10pm.
A group show about summer in the South. Southern summer is a hot and glorious thing, full of critters, fried delicacies, elevated tempers, long evenings that never end and the distant rumbling of a thunder storm. Heat warps the air and slowly bakes the red clay landscape. Sweat is battled with cool drinks and big Ol’ ‘lectric fan. Come see a show about this season in the South with work by too many artists to count.
Some of the artist (not in any particular order) in the show include : Melissa Basham, Megan C Mosholder, Steven Assael, Stacie Uhinck Rose, Beth Lilly, Teresa Bramlette Reeves, Lisa Tuttle, Suzi Selman, George Long, Marcy Starz, Mike Stasny, Nikki Starz, Cory Mcburnett, Feral Fagiola, Ellie Spresser, Jocelyn Rease, Laura Vela, Jenny Woodall, Jackson Price Henry, Tracie L. Hinnant, Chris Carder, Chris McClure, Leisa Rich, Stephanie Smith, Christopher Neuenschwander Grace Kim, Christine Lu, Windsor Reach, Robert Sherer, William Cash, Terry Stephens, Sara Sarah Perez, Theresa Buchanan, Kristina Hamm, Rooth Stanford, Adam T. Hall, Erin Palovick, Adam Sanford, Katy Malone, Erin Dixon, Jules Cozine, John Paul Floyd, Paul Rodecker, Angus Galloway, Margaret Hearin Hiden, Susan A. Cipcic, Donald Robson, Ryan Benefield, Grady Haugerud, Chris Boyko, Ashley Anderson, Lauren Peterson, Namwon Choi, Devin L Hunter, Craig Cameron, Devin Hamilton and many many more…
I find myself at 1am with thoughts
that make my bones ache. — e.f.b. (via solacity)
(Source: somniloquencee, via note-a-bear)
Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking. — Audre Lorde (via quotebookshelf)
The worst thing about being bipolar or mentally ill in any way is that any time you’re legitimately sad- any time you’re truly angry, and with good and clear reason, you will be told that you are only feeling as you are because of your illness. Every time your boyfriend is being an ass, and you call him on it, this is what you will hear, so get used to it: “Have you been taking your medication?” A life of non-credibility, even amongst those you love. This is what you face. Especially amongst those you love, for they think they know you. It is the eternal equivalent of being asked if it’s your “Time of the Month” every time you get upset. If this doesn’t make you want to kill yourself, I don’t know what will… — Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls (via born-of-stardust)
[“The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.” -Toni Morrison]
Wow. I swear, every time Toni Morrison opens her mouth, truth that cuts to the core falls out.
This quote resonates with me because so much of what I want to happen here has to do with removing a lot of the racist assumption about history in so that others can just get on with it. Even if you don’t like what I write, the images, links, books, and resources are still here to link to, rather than constantly being bombarded with and distracted by demands for “education”, “proof” that racism exists, or anything else anyone might need it for.
Whether you’re writing, making visual art, working in education, or just trying to have a conversation, it’s my hope that this blog might help remove some of the distractions of racism as defined above, and do your thing.
by thomas broomé