"Sometimes you don't want to be a slapstick clown in order to convey a funny perception of the world." -- Tina Weymouth (b. 1950-11-22)
"Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter." -- Thomas Jefferson (b. 1743-04-13, d. 1826-07-04, US President 1801-1809), 1787-01-16
"I cannot hide my anger to spare your guilt, nor your hurt feelings, nor answering anger; for to do so insults and trivializes all our efforts. Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one's own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness." -- Audre Lorde from the essay "The Uses of Anger: Women Responding to Racism" -- in the text Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-14:
"...I asked Kimberley Shears, the company's director of logistics, whether eating Larry [the lobster] was cruel. Admittedly we were enjoying a delicious lunch of cold lobster tails in Tangier's shoreside gazebo at the time, not the most sensitive choice of nourishment, considering the subject at hand. Ms. Shears bestowed a kind look on me, and said, "They technically don't have a brain." No, I thought: They have two penises instead, I guess it's a trade-off." -- Ian Brown, on lobsters.
(submitted to the mailing lst by Rob Wood)
"I've been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn't think I would have to do it when I was 90. We need to stand up today so that people won't have to do this when they're 90." -- Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, after getting arrested during a protest in St. Louis 2014-08-18, quoted in an article by Steven Hsieh in The Nation
"Justice for Renisha would have looked like Michael Brown being able to attend college. Justice for Trayvon would have looked like Renisha McBride getting the help she needed the night of her accident. Justice for Oscar Grant would have looked like Trayvon Martin making it home to finish watching the NBA All-Star game, Skittles and iced tea in tow. And so on, and so on. Justice should be the affirmation of our existence.
"In the absence of such justice, we take to the streets. We protest, we hold vigils and, yes, we riot. What options are left? Rioting/looting (what some would call rebellion) may not provide answers or justice. But what to do with the anger in the meantime? We are told to stay calm, but calm has not delivered justice either. Do we wait for the FBI to investigate? I guess, but what to do in the meantime, as the images coming from Ferguson echo Watts in 1965? We're told not to tear up our own communities, when time and time again we're reminded that they don't belong to us. Deaths like Michael Brown's tell us we don't belong here. What, then?"
"When radical #feminism has the same position on trans
people and sex work as the religious right, it's time to quit
pretending it's radical.
A truly radical and gender critical feminism wouldn't be enforcing the gender binary by attacking trans people.
A truly radical feminism wouldn't be attacking women who do sex work, but the system that forces women into it via economic coercion.
Radical would be dismantling the capitalist misogynist racist systems of oppression, not attacking those trying to survive those systems."
-- @SabinePublic, 2014-08-11, series of four tweets [thanks to @tjathurman for retweeting]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-01-12:
"You know, as much as aging sucks, there's a huge advantage to it, and that's called life experience. No, I don't like having lines on my face and stuff, but, on the other hand, I really like knowing what I'm doing." -- Julia Louis-Dreyfus, actress.
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"I've never undersood the appeal of vampire romances. The traditional Dracula scenario is to be mesmerized by a vampire who sucks your blood for sustenance. The real life equivalent would be a handsome man seducing you while you're drunk and stealing your wallet to buy a sandwich." -- Grace Sciuridae, in EGS:NP, an out-of-continuity side-comic using the same characters as El Goonish Shive, by Dan Shive, sometimes in 2009
"In queering a text, one of the first steps may simply be to acknowledge those individuals already in that text who are presented as sexual minorities. It is not terribly radical actually, but it can go a long way to open up a discussion about otherness in the Bible and the essential roles that non-gender normative people play in it and in the world today. If you see yourself as an LGBTQ ally, the next time you talk give a sermon or perform a skit about the Book of Esther, go out of your way to include the eunuchs. Do not overlook the gender-variant, sexual minorities all over the page." -- Peterson Toscano, "Eunuch-Inclusive Esther--Queer Theology 101", 2013-09-30
"Lister remembered reading in one of Rimmer's Strange Science mags that an Earth biochemist claimed he'd isolated the virus which caused Love. According to him, it was an infectious germ which was particularly virulent for the first few weeks, but then, gradually, the body recovered." -- from Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, 1989
[I do not seem to develop antibodies to this virus. It sticks around.]
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-07-19:
"Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life! Before succumbing to the intoxicating warmth of that promise, it's critical to ask, "Who, exactly, benefits from making work feel like nonwork?" "Why should workers feel as if they aren't working when they are?" In masking the very exploitative mechanisms of labor that it fuels, DWYL is, in fact, the most perfect ideological tool of capitalism. If we acknowledged all of our work as work, we could set appropriate limits for it, demanding fair compensation and humane schedules that allow for family and leisure time.
"And if we did that, more of us could get around to doing what it is we really love."
-- Miya Tokumitsu
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