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I have a lot of problems with the academic queer community because it’s a community that exists completely removed from reality. Those kids who are selling their bodies on the West Side Highway, on Christopher Street, they don’t even know what the fuck queer theory is.

Mykki Blanco (via iwontallowit)

I actually think that this is why social media is so very, very important. It’s the only thing I’ve witnessed in my time that’s been capable of actually creating a bridge between theory and lived experience in a concrete and necessary way.

This is definitely related to my thoughts on academics and activists who are the people who ask questions like, “What are we going to do about {X} people?” and/or “What does {X} community look like after {X oppression} is over?

This is how the people out here living it gain access to the language to describe what they’re going through, and where academics and theoreticians who actually have a conscience separate from their own advancement can listen and learn without acting entitled. Sadly, this is also where the academics and theoreticians steal from the lives of those out here living it, and use to to bolster their own reputations and “achievements”.

It’s messy and ripe for abuses but at the same time must be acknowledged, IMHO.

Social media is the bleeding edge of theory.

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attn howoddnichole : may be useful for your dis

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this quote actually really bothers me because it presumes A) that academics working in and with queer theory aren’t queer themselves, & couldn’t have possibly had lived experiences of queerness, B) that our work is only or mostly about achievement/accolades, & C) that we aren’t in the real world (as if that’s even possible.  HELLO I AM STARING DOWN UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FACE & HAVE LIVED MY WHOLE LIFE AS A DISABLED QUEER IN POVERTY. I DON’T HAVE THE LUXURY OF BEING REMOVED FROM REALITY).

i’m a queer person.  AND i’m a scholar.  a scholar who sometimes does queer theory work.  because doing that work has allowed me to understand what has happened & is happening to me as a queer person embedded in U.S. american culture.  & i hope that the ways this language has helped me understand my own queer body will help other queer folks to make sense of their lives. i do this work with the awareness that there are universities who will not employ me because i do this work.

&, i mean, i’m squarely in the humanities, and i am in performance studies, which is on the margins of academe anyway. AND MY ENTIRE DISCIPLINE IS DEDICATED TO BRIDGING LIVED, EMBODIED EXPERIENCE TO THEORY. my work is all about embodiment; i put my work on public stages & one of the things i carry with me, always, is a belief that academic work should be accessible to the public.

academia is not a monolith; academic disciplines are not a monolith.  and the disciplines that house queer theorists do so with their own theoretical and ethical commitments.  we are not all the same.

there are definitely problems with academia as an institution.  & we should talk about them.  but acting like queer theorists are getting tons of accolades for their work - which is really just not true - & that we are all removed from the lived reality of queer embodiment is just not a very productive way to do that criticism.

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Great discussion that bares retumbling

I ended up staying up all night and worked on the second page of my comic a bit more. This page is meant to introduce the means for which the animal people are forced to “Man” using drones. Here we have our protagonist fox working at the assembly line, under the watchful eye of drones hovering around him. I used ref pics of real drones to draw these which were a challenge considering I don’t really draw mechanic stuff all that much. 

Also I wanted to dedicate this page to someone, who I don’t speak to anymore but who taught me a lot about photoshop and coloring digitally, and today happen’s to be her birthday. Unlikely she notices or sees, but I do still remember some of the good times and the lessons I learned from our time as friends. I guess I’ll just leave it at that, open ended and all. 

Tomorrow I start up my first job as a microbiologists for a milk factory, so further updates might be slow for this, but I plan on working on it perodically in order to get the first 20 or so pages of it ready for the zine we plan on doing with the Furluminati.  Also this comic is going to feature the character of a fallen comrade that I want to live on through our art. So looking forward to developing this more and getting the story line moving. 

theatlantic:

This Is Big: Scientists Just Found Earth’s First-Cousin

Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home. 

NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered. 

It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute. 

But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.

Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]

alivechihiro:

things about capitalism people take for granted:

if you don’t prove your worth (and not to society at large, but specifically to the people who already have the money), you’ll literally fucking die. this is considered totally normal and not at all evidence that the system is evil

This is my life right now 

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