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Or put another way, The patriarchal race to colonise Mars is just another example of male entitlement. The presumed right to use and abuse something and then walk away to conquer something new is a hallmark of colonialism. No, really.... Continue reading
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It’s once again time to hack our way through the deep artistic underbrush of Sandrine Schaefer. Specifically, her 2012 performance piece Ambulation, shared below in sadly abbreviated form, and in which Ms Schaefer presents her buttocks to the world and... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at davidthompson
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Mary Katharine Ham on woke scolds and public pushback: Here’s how the removal of the [painting, Hylas and the Nymphs] went down — in the most eye-rollingly woke, modern-art-professor way possible. A professor and five members of a “drag collective”... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at davidthompson
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Pong for the feet. || Forbidden love. || Flushing decisions. || Meet your new neighbours. || Windows of San Francisco. || One way to do it. (h/t, Obo) || The ice is singing. || Two salaries. || For the ladies,... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidthompson
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In The Baffler, Jessa Crispin writes: His desire for stockings and earrings and a flattering skirt did not change his critical stance against capitalism, but it did complicate his view of what socialism or communism could be. “Will there be... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at davidthompson
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Attention, all white women. You and your “whiteness” are “causing real harm and violence.” You are, to put it bluntly, “a perpetrator of harm.” And so, obviously, what you need is a workshop, where you can “confront your participation in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at davidthompson
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Those of you who keep track of these things will know that today is this blog’s eleventh birthday. It’s not a round number, I know, but it is a tissue-thin pretext to remind patrons that this rickety barge is kept... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at davidthompson
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It was inevitable. || A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, 1785. || A compendium of Victorian magazines. (h/t, drb) || Oh Canada, what have you done? (h/t, Jon) || It just isn’t tricky enough unless it’s also on fire.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2018 at davidthompson
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“Men are trash” is a “positive observation.” And full of hope. According to Laurie Penny. Because modern masculinity – whether yours or mine, or your husband’s or brother’s - “wounds everyone” and is “grounded in sexual violence.” Via Tim Newman,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2018 at davidthompson
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“Through ambiguity… deep CREATIVE STATES can be UNLOCKED.” What follows, according to performance artist Sandrine Schaefer, is a brief preview of a site-specific piece that “takes on a time structure inspired by cycles of dormancy in bears,” and in which... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2018 at davidthompson
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Speaking, as we were, of people for whom anger is a credential, a kind of emotional jewellery, this seems apposite: My fury has been bottomless. I drink my morning coffee from a cup that says, “I hate to wake up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2018 at davidthompson
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Katherine Kersten on “social justice” education and its pernicious, all-pervasive racial dogmatism: Like students, the district’s faculty and staff must submit to racial equity re-education. One such mandatory session for school bus drivers is illustrative… The training session was entitled... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at davidthompson
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As I’m pushed for time this week, you’re getting another chance to throw together your own pile of links and oddities in the comments. I’ll set the ball rolling with a speck you may want to magnify; a symbolic modern... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2018 at davidthompson
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“We want to destroy the Conservative government. We want to bring down the Patriarchy.” And if this doesn’t do it, I don’t know what will: In the UK, women and femme-identifying people have come under sustained attack by the Conservative... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at davidthompson
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I don’t, as a feminist, want to undermine your earning capacity, but… Tim Newman finds plenty to poke at in a clip from This Morning, about feminism and glamour models in televised darts competitions. Do note who condescends and does... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at davidthompson
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Franklin Einspruch on our fearlessly radical aesthete caste: Last fall, the Guggenheim made quite the symbolic gesture of its own. As reported in the Washington Post, the White House asked the museum to lend it an 1888 canvas by Vincent... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at davidthompson
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In the pages of the Guardian, another pressing issue of the day: Marijuana: is it time to stop using a word with racist roots? Posing the question for a general readership, even one as fretful and agonised as the Guardian’s,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at davidthompson
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Local toughs. (h/t, Ben) || Lucas has been captured. || The London time machine. || The mothership wasn’t the first thing to land there. || “How big would the Solar System be if Earth were the size of a basketball?”... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at davidthompson
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Further to the recent, eye-widening exchange between Jordan Peterson and Cathy Newman, Conor Friedersdorf on scandalous paraphrasing: In the interview, Newman relies on this technique [of perverse rephrasing] to a remarkable extent, making it a useful illustration of a much... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at davidthompson
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Apparently, this is a thing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2018 at davidthompson
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We are in fairly constant contact with furniture. Yes, it’s time to sup from the deep, sorrowful well of feminist scholarship and thereby discover previously hidden knowledge. Specifically, regarding the “problematic” nature of preschool seating, on which Dr Jane Bone,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2018 at davidthompson
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Curses. || Art rock. || Russian dashcam road movie. || Scenes from a pencil factory. || Minguk, Manse and Daehan are triplets. (h/t, Elephants Gerald) || Bruce is handy with a pair. || These memo pads are much fancier than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2018 at davidthompson
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Or, A Demonstration Of Patience. “You’re saying we should organise our societies along the lines of the lobsters…” In this largely unedited video, Channel 4’s Cathy Newman interviews Jordan Peterson. I use the word interview quite loosely. In fact, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at davidthompson
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The pain is real. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2018 at davidthompson
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Roger Kimball on “shitholes” and theatrical indignation: And here we come to a second curiosity in the preening and ecstatic outrage over the president’s comment. Everyone, near enough, knows that he was telling a home truth. It was outrageous not... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2018 at davidthompson
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