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“Although the wealthiest Americans have always lived in their own islands of privilege, sociologists and demographers say the degree to which today’s professional class resides in a world apart is a departure from earlier generations. People of widely different incomes and professions commonly lived close enough that they mingled at stores, sports arenas and school. In an era in which women had fewer educational and professional opportunities, lawyers married secretaries and doctors married nurses. Now, lawyers and doctors marry each other. A recent analysis of census data by sociologists Sean Reardon of Stanford and Kendra Bischoff of Cornell highlighted how middle-income neighborhoods have been fading away as more people live in areas that are either poor or affluent. In 1970, 65 percent of families lived in middle-income neighborhoods; four decades later, 42 percent did. Meanwhile, the share of families living in affluent neighborhoods doubled, from 7 percent to 15 percent, as did families living in poor neighborhoods, from 8 percent to 18 percent.”—Washington: A world apart | The Washington Post (via infoneer-pulse)
“Look, without our stories, without the true nature and reality of who we are as People of Color, nothing about fanboy or fangirl culture would make sense. What I mean by that is: if it wasn’t for race, X-Men doesn’t sense. If it wasn’t for the history of breeding human beings in the New World through chattel slavery, Dune doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the history of colonialism and imperialism, Star Wars doesn’t make sense. If it wasn’t for the extermination of so many Indigenous First Nations, most of what we call science fiction’s contact stories doesn’t make sense. Without us as the secret sauce, none of this works, and it is about time that we understood that we are the Force that holds the Star Wars universe together. We’re the Prime Directive that makes Star Trek possible, yeah. In the Green Lantern Corps, we are the oath. We are all of these things—erased, and yet without us—we are essential.”—Junot Díaz, “The Junot Díaz Episode" (18 November 2013) on Fan Bros, a podcast “for geek culture via people of colors” (via kynodontas)
and communities of color, queer and trans/gender non-conforming people, fat folks, disabled folks and the whole host of us challenging desirability and defining ourselves for ourselves one selfie at a time.
there’s this thing that i’ve been witnessing over the past several weeks, this discourse on #selfies and #selfieculture where more and more, as many folks coming out in support of unapologetic vanity there are folks coming out to say that selfies actually isn’t all that great.
i’m thinking about the most recent jezebel.com article titled “Selfies Aren’t Empowering. They’re a Cry for Help." as you can probably tell by the title of my blog post that reading that article on jezebel annoyed me. deeply. angered me briefly and now i’m trying to collect myself again.
many articles on selfie culture provide an analysis of the toxic environment girls and women grow up in: cite statistics on the alarming rate at which girls and women are pushed by cosmetic companies to look like a skinny Victoria Secret model, present reports on how girls and women seen themselves and their self esteem, analyze the shit out of misogyny and what it does to bodies and spirits.
articles like the one found on jezebel talk about the culture we live in where people - especially women - are judged by how pretty (or not pretty) they are. there is this fixation on presentation and attractiveness that is defined by misogynistic standards. what a lot of these articles don’t talk about is the other ways desirability are defined. many of these articles leave out what selfies do and have one for people of color, queer and trans people, fat folks, disabled folks and all of us living at the intersections of those identities.
presenting that sort of information and creating that kind of analysis is great. it’s necessary. yet, very rarely do we read articles and analysis that talks about girls and women of color from folks who are so interested in a better world, rooted in a feminist and anti-misogynistic definition. that’s a problem. when we think about the landscape of desirability and prettiness and beauty, the analysis we offer must do and be two things: rooted in intersectionality and compassionate to the complexity of our lives when we are searching to be so much more than how society has programmed us to look at ourselves and for others to look at us.
that jezebel article and articles similar to it piss me off and aggravate me because i can’t help but to read it as the perspective of cis white women who feel that their investment in eradicating misogyny, tearing down the patriarchy gives them power to define what is empowering and what isn’t. it ignores how everyone else is engaging with selfie culture. and more so, it just seems like a gloomy interpretation of how so many of us are attempting at being more than the culture that picks us a part.
i want to talk about selfies and selfie culture for people of color, queer and trans people, fat folks and disabled folks in particular.
Hello! I would love to get into Filipino animism as I want to get back to my roots as close as possible and I want to honor my ancestors. How do I start practicing animism?
That is actually a very tough question haha.
Well first start researching. Research. Research. Research.
Though resources on our ancestors religious practices is not much compared to say the Greek, Norse, Aztec, etc., we do know some rituals, what was offered, for what, when we celebrated the deities (which is every full moon), how they set up their altars to the ancestors, etc. Most of this can be found in early Spanish accounts such as Alcina, Chirino, De Morga, & Plasencia, as well as in passages from the Boxer Codex and the early Tagalog & Bisayan dictionaries.
Now it wasn’t just animism that our ancestors practiced, they were also polytheists who not only respected and revered different deities, but also believed some souls actually became deities in their own right such as those who did heroic deeds and died in war. They believed in spirits in nature, as some people still do today especially in the rural provinces, where everything has a spirit, how one of those spirits can be our ancestors, or even a deity itself such as some rivers who were seen as a local deity. The connection between the ancestors, spirits, and deities are often seen as one but different if that makes sense. They weren’t seen as separate as once you died your soul was one with the spirit world where they joined with the spirits and deities. Some deities are actually seen as ones ancestor, such as for the Bisayans it’s Kaptan & Magwayen who brought the first people, Sikalak & Sikabay into the world that they created.
If you want to get started I suggest you read the written accounts first. I know, they are written by the Spaniards, but unfortunately we haven’t found anything that was written by our ancestors besides Laguna Copperplate, so we must make do with what we have
But read them, jot down notes, because believe me you will forget some things and forget the source where you read it when trying to remember and look back.
Mostly half of my time is reading and researching, the other half is actually practicing the old religious beliefs and practices in the modern day.
If you want to get started you can browse through the precolonial reference list I made last year here. (I’m actually going to be updating this with more resources eventually)
Then there is this list I made recently on a list of terms here.
But there is also more to it than research as its not only just that but actually practicing them. For me, this is my religion, my spiritual beliefs, trying to revive what our ancestors believed and practiced in a way that they would have practiced it today if the Spaniards never arrived. Some things aren’t just practical in society such as impaling a pig and sacrificing it to the deities and ancestors before eating it. Of course this still can be done in the Philippines in the rural areas but if you are living in a city, especially in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, etc. that’s not going to work out well. What one can do instead of just get pieces of pork and give it as an offering. If you want, you can get the traditional lechon that is roasted and offer that instead, of course if you sharing it with a large amount of people. But if not some simple pork meat and pork blood which you can find in a container in any Filipin@ grocery store, as a simple offering.
If you have any other questions feel free to ask. :)
“In Plato’s Phaedrus, the Egyptian gods object to the invention of writing. They said it would destroy memory and foster arrogance on the part of mankind. Maybe they were right all along. Think of all we’ve lost by succumbing to literacy — all the capacity for memory, all the imagination and verse, all the forms and songs. Think of those poor Yugoslav bards studied by Milman Parry who lost all their epics when they learned to read the newspaper. They must have felt like they had traded their birthright for a bowl of pottage. But the written word is a virus. There’s no turning back the clock on literacy. Even if we descend to communication by shouts or pheromones or feral emoticons, writing will outlast us. Unmoored from objects, the literature of the future will be infinite, iterational, and immaterial. I like to imagine the cybernetic authors of the future at home on some satellite in high orbit, quietly floating through space, 10,000 years after every trace of our era has disappeared from the surface of Earth. Decade after decade the programs will write their tired potboilers and predictable coming of age novels, their wistful Brooklyn comedies and sad Russian satires. Over time, they will gradually tire of these antiquated forms. Increasingly they will try to write from life, to express in binary language the pain of their fragmented hard drives, the loneliness of their aseptic orbits, the monotonous cycle of day and night, the lonely work of archiving a civilization that has long since forgotten its past. In this future, history exists as an eternal present. Through endless new iterations, timelines gradually blur. Libraries and apocalypses multiply. Books vanish and reappear. Vikings stream out of attack ships to burn the Library of Alexandria. Virginia Woolf leads Caesar’s legions into the Thames while cybernetic Miltons write hymns in honor of their machine gods. Under the forest canopies, humanlike primates curse each other in emojis, while on the edge of the solar halo, Lev Tolstoy, reincarnated as an artificial intelligence, born with no memory of his own future, sits down to write the book of his life.”—Papyralysis | (via infoneer-pulse)
Being feminine is being desired and hated at the same time. A feminine body or mind is expected to be open and receiving to everything from others’ emotional baggage to sexual fantasies of total strangers. At the same time, receptivity (not that this defines femininity by any means) is considered weak and inferior. The result of this is often violence. Femininity is to be present for other’s needs and then destroyed for its perceived weaknesses.
Being feminine and of color is especially dangerous. Not just because we are a walking target for racist, stereotyped sexual fantasies but because so often we are blamed for being that.
”—Womanist Musings: Processes of Feminization: Becoming Myself (via aseanti)