KYEO: George Will, "survivor privilege," and Invisibilty
Why are we pissed today? This backlash against sexual assault survivors is a legitimate public health crisis that threatens all women. And if that’s too abstract for the dudes out there, this includes our mothers, sisters and daughters. But remember that women’s worth is never contingent on their relationships to men. And do not for a minute think the underground community is exempt. There are batterers and rapists among us, standing next to you at shows, in bands, on the covers of magazines. Keep Your Fucking Eyes Open.
Still reeling from George Will’s contention in the washington post that survivors of sexual violence attain “coveted status.” Leave it to a backwards right wing “intellectual” to steer us back towards the Stone Age. These people need to be dragged, kicking and screaming if necessary, into the 21st century. Survivor privilege?
“Part of the obstinate disbelief seems to be a need to protect the privileges of sexism: associating misogyny with a mass murder would mean having to recognize just how dangerous misogyny really is and - if you’re partaking - giving it up. Some men want to believe that they can continue to call women “sluts” and make rape jokes without being part of a broader cultural impact. But they can’t: sexism, from everyday harassment to inequality enshrined in policy, pollutes our society as a whole and limits our ability to create real justice for women.”—Jessica Valenti (via caramichele)
Pain, neglect and loss turn so many into bitter, hateful, people with tiny, hardened hearts. Other’s find a way to make their hearts bigger & make beautiful art. Obviously not a simple dichotomy, but a rather complex bit of alchemy. Thoughts whilst listening to aggressive & energetic music this A.M.
"In 2006, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) was involved in a half-million encoun- ters with pedestrians who were stopped because of suspected criminal involvement. Raw sta- tistics for these encounters suggest large racial disparities—89 percent of the stops involved nonwhites. Fifty-three percent of the stops involved black suspects, 29 percent Hispanic, 11 percent white, and 3 percent Asian, and race was unknown for the remaining 4 percent of the stops. Forty-five percent of black and Hispanic suspects were frisked, compared with 29 percent of white suspects; yet, when frisked, white suspects were 70 percent likelier than black suspects to have had a weapon on them."
-Analysis of Racial Disparities in the New York City Police Department’s Stop, Question, and Frisk Policies
Just a reminder that we’re playing in NYC on Saturday with Hop Along, Night Birds, and Bad Canoes.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar Saturday March 8th 6pm It’s gonna be rad!
Although the show is free, our friends from the @AliForneyCenter will be on hand to accept your donations of new t-shirts & socks & cash! Please visit them at AliForneyCenter.org to learn more about how you can help homeless LGBTQ youth. Check yr privilege. See you in Saturday!
This weekend, instead of celebrating football, an obvious metaphor for American imperialism (and it’s inherent futility), can we just all fucking agree to celebrate Dischord’s release of the S.O.A. demos?
Snow, in addition to being truly beautiful, one of the few things that can truly transform the cityscape, tends to create conditions that highlight both the best and the worst of what humanity is capable. We experienced the full range today, and it was a real shitstorm for awhile, but neighbors and strangers helping each other out is still the rule rather than the exception. We still got that PMA.
And here we are. We will play a *FREE SHOW* at the Brooklyn Night Bazaar on March 8th, joined by kindred spirits HOP ALONG, NIGHT BIRDS and BAD CANOES. This is, at the moment, our only planned east coast show of 2014.
Although the show is free (or maybe ESPECIALLY in light of that fact), our friends from the Ali Forney Center will be on hand to accept your donations of new t-shirts & socks, as well as monetary donations. Please visit AliForneyCenter.org to learn more about how you can help homeless LGBTQ youth. Check yr privilege. Many thanks to Noisey for making this happen. Hope to see you!
As we begin the new year and the editors have revealed their best albums of 2013, we’ve also got the reader-voted list of albums which saw Epitaph Records take the top two spots and three in the top ten overall. .
The PunkNews.org editors AND readers have BOTH named our “INVISIBLE” EP the #1 EP of 2013. And who are we to judge them?