A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
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Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism

There are too many people, in the trans community alone, who feel like they are unable to call it their community and find shelter there because the tenor of discourse is so corrosive as to be just as stressful and antagonistic as the outside world.
Quinnae Moongazer, “Words, Words, Words: On Toxicity and Abuse in Online Activism.” (x)
If your activism involves turning over tables and then leaving them there for minimum wage workers to clean up, please rethink. If your feminism involves “breaking glass ceilings” and leaving other women to sweep up the glass, stop.

Stealing Sexy Calendars isn’t Jesus, and it isn’t Radical. (via erikawithac)

tbh I’m really glad this post is taking over my dash. more ppl need to have this concept on their radar… if I had a quarter for every time I had to listen to some brogressive or manarchist or Feminist talk about how to steal groceries or whatever while throwing the low-wage workers held responsible for product loss under the bus and straight up saying they “didn’t care” bc “punishing corporations” and “refusing to pay for resources” that they COULD pay for, in order to make a point, was more important to them than low wage workers who are collateral damage.

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This post was written by my friend Sarah Moon, and if you’re not reading her, you should be.

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It seems as though some of us – us being folks invested in the advancement of social justice in some way or another – are calling folks out sometimes not to educate a person who’s wrong, but to position themselves a rung above on the radical ladder.

I’m skeptical of people who spend more time justifying why they have a right to be angry than why they should be kind

If your activism makes your oppressor feel comfortable than maybe you should reevaluate your activism

My badass professor Dr. Zwissler 

We were talking about Slutwalks, when she dropped that truth bomb. “Don’t get my wrong, I want to dance at the revolution, but I don’t want my oppressors dancing with me”. 

LOVE HER  

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damn.

so much truth.

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my closest friends always tell me that I have an aggressive personality — that I don’t take shit from anyone, ever — and that this is what both isolates me and makes me memorable. making people uncomfortable is political. I have no regrets.

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I’d hope there’s room for us who don’t have the emotional wherewithal to alienate friends and family right now.

I don’t know about anyone else, but the last thing I need these days is to drive people away because I made them uncomfortable with politics.  I need emotional support, I need friends.

I also happen to have that specific insecurity where I’m constantly terrified that I’m this close to losing even my most intimate friends over one small thing.

Like… a disagreement over politics.

The last thing I need right now is feeling like a bunch of people are saying I’m a bad activist because I have different priorities.  The last thing I need is the suggestion that anything short of aggressive action is inadequate.

I’m emotionally fragile, anticipating the death of a grandmother, stressed over work, and I’m supposed to be perfectly content making people I love profoundly uncomfortable all the time?

(I’m not saying aggressive activism is bad.  I’m saying it’s bad for me, especially right now.  I’d hope we can have a variety of approaches to activism be considered valid.)

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So like, what would you like your oppressor to be doing at the revolution instead of dancing with you? Suffering to some degree? Lamenting their loss? Not there at all?

I’d rather have a reformed oppressor who’s joining the celebration.

I feel like this post is saying “if your oppressor is comfortable, you’re not doing activism right.” If you follow the idea that learning is usually uncomfortable, and challenging old ideas is uncomfortable, and those two things are necessary for your oppressor to reform, then sure, they’ll probably be uncomfortable. During safe space agreements, we’d talk about leaning into discomfort because it often means you’re learning.

But at the end of the day, when the revolution is happening, I hope my oppressor is right there with me, dancing away.

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think-progress:


"But Poehler does something else in this speech that I think is both genuinely important and great life advice. She argues that activism has been important to her because it’s been one of the things she’s found that’s best for ‘meeting like-minded people who become your travelers in life.’"— Amy Poehler gives some amazing advice on how activism makes for the best friendships.

think-progress:

"But Poehler does something else in this speech that I think is both genuinely important and great life advice. She argues that activism has been important to her because it’s been one of the things she’s found that’s best for ‘meeting like-minded people who become your travelers in life.’"

— Amy Poehler gives some amazing advice on how activism makes for the best friendships.

The Wrath of a Great Leader | Martin Luther King, Jr.

'You must not harbor anger,' I admonished myself. 'You must be willing to suffer the anger of the opponent, and yet not return anger. You must not become bitter. No matter how emotional your opponents are, you must be calm.'
Martin Luther King, Jr., in his autobiography

Alexei Davydov, Leading Russian Gay Activist, Dead at 36

Twitter, Facebook, and social activism

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

In praise of 'slacktivism'

"Nothing happens just because we are aware of modern-day slavery," the group says on its website, "but nothing will EVER happen until we are."