descriptionwithoutlabels said: lol literally how are these women not straight?? Is there something I’m missing?
no, they probably aren’t straight. also if somebody says that they are queer, i believe them. queerness is about much more than who you happen to be dating / your dating history.
WITH THAT SAID, i should point out that i live in new york city. i’m not the first person to point out that queerness takes on a specific form in many liberal / progressive urban settings. queer in nyc mostly refers to a certain set of shared politics and cultural references, the term doesn’t necessarily even mean that you identify as a specific gender or sexual minority. and you know what? that’s totally fine in my book. identity-based language always fluctuates / takes on new meaning with time, which is why i’ve never felt a deep connection to a large number of LGBT-related terms that describe my lived experience / sexual and gender identity / expression at any moment in time. for example, i don’t feel a strong draw towards the term “femme” even though i am a relatively feminine lesbian because “femme” today tends to refer to a particular aesthetic that i know will be very different in a couple of years for now. “queer” was not a term thrown around very frequently in my social cirlces when i was first coming out, whereas “lipstick lesbian” was (and lol nobody uses that anymore). i was the only “radical queer” i knew when i was in college (that was only five years ago!) watched as as the term became an increasingly common identity signifier. it’s cool, whatever, i’m actually glad / know that i am extremely fortunate to exist within a social circle in which people are pushed to think critically about gender / sexuality. it’s pretty fucking neat to always be in spaces where queerness is a norm. HOWEVER it really ticks me off when queer-identifying folks actually say outwardly homophobic and transphobic shit. don’t take on language that has historically referred to a group of marginalized people if you are going to be a huge jerk.
i feel like such a parody of myself even typing this because this should be sooooo obvious, but it’s been one of those weeks. if you are a cis woman who refers to yourself as queer or hangs out in explicitly queer or queer friendly spaces, you might want to re-consider making explicitly lesbo-phoboic statements. im taking about queer cis girls who say that they “would go dyke” for their friend, joking about having a “girl crush,” flat out commenting that lesbians make them uncomfortable (these are all direct statements i have heard). seriously, i know that queer has an umbrella term has been over-theorized & stretched so thin that it is pretty much devoid of material, concrete meaning. but still, this feels awful and embarrassing and like a pretty major let down. this week alone, there were about four instances of queer cis women making these sorts of comments to me and it really fucking sucked. being queer as a cis woman obviously doesn’t only mean having an interest in dating other women, but there tons of lesbian pairings (or people who are seeking out lesbian pairings) in queer communities and you should probably watch your tongue..
also, if you are a cis woman who very vocally identifies as queer but has no actual interest in dating women (cis or trans), you might want to re-consider how much space you are taking up in certain conversations.
sooooooo my uncle is in hospice care with stage 4 cancer. my aunt (his wife) has shingles and is staying with us while she gets surgery & is clearly also at her end. earlier this afternoon, my dad called to ask if i wanted to move into assisted / senior living with him & i just learned that this week marks the 10 year anniversary of my other uncle’s death. needless to say, i am having a lot of feelings about fatality & aging & carework & “growing up” and woahhhhh life can be intense
“Are you the SAT because I’d do you for 3 hours and 45 minutes with a 10 minute break halfway through for snacks, and then I can stare at you for like 10 minutes and think ‘wow, I hope I don’t ruin this.’”
— Dude on OKC with the best pick up lines I have ever heard (via hate)
DESCRIPTION: Mimi Thi Nguyen’s Evolution of a Race Riot (1997) is a huge compilation zine featuring writers of color who are affiliated with the punk and riot grrrl scenes. The pieces analyze racism, and privilege in the largely white populations of activist, feminist, punk and zine communities, and discuss isolation and homogeneity. There are articles and comics by American Indians, Asian Americans, African Americans, Filipinos, and Latinos.
The second issue of the compilation series, Race Riot 2, was released in 2002.
Thanks to a donation from POCZP member Mimi Thi Nguyen, POC Zine Project was able to scan Race Riot 2 and make it available online as a free e-zine.
If you haven’t already read Evolution of a Race Riot (issue one in the compilation series), we’ve got you covered. Yup, we scanned it in 2011! Enjoy it below:
We’re thrilled that the Evolution of a Race Riot digital zine was read over 7,000 times so far <3 We hope that people continue to read and share Race Riot #1 and #2, now that we’ve made both available to access online.
POC Zine Project’s mission is to make zines by people of color easy to find, distribute, and share. We’re an experiment in activism and community through materiality.
EDITOR’S NOTE: The original Race Riot 2 included an extensive, if partial, project directory of zines past and present made by people of color (not included in the above digital zine). POC Zine Project will release the Race Riot Project Directory as a free digital zine in 2013.
lots of people i went to grad school with are posting about their new jobs / obtaining licensure & i’ve recently been rly down on myself for not “moving forward” in my career. i’m trying to remind myself that taking a break from working in the non-profit sector is not an indicator of my long term unemployability & weakness, and that “career jobs” are no more important / valuable than other forms of employment. i am super proud of everybody who is getting licensed & already working in the field. i am also proud of myself for listening to my needs & stepping back for a bit. i am really embarrassed that, after ten months, i am still heartbroken to the point of near paralysis. i am fortunate to be working a job that i actually really enjoy - nannying for an amazing eight year old who makes my heart melt - i do hope to launch my career within the next year or so (& i greatly appreciate any job leads!) screw internalized classism, we are so much more than how many degrees we have earned & what we get paid to do.