)AGAMEMNON: all of you will swear allegiance to me
ACHILLES: [skateboards by] who the fuck is this clown?
)AGAMEMNON: im NEVER giving up my war prizes eat my SHIT
APOLLO: [lowers sunglasses] youre a little fuckboy arent you
)ODYSSEUS: dont you think we should sacrifice to apollo
AGAMEMNON: dont you think you should suck my dick
[plays guitar solo, badly]
—I’m Not Your Feminist Mommy & I’m Tired of Holding Your Hand
)I’m tired of talking about feminism to men.
I’m tired of explaining to men that the feminist movement will, in fact, benefit them as well as women. I’m tired of trying to hawk gender equality like I’m some kind of car salesman showing off a shiny new sedan, explaining all of its bells and whistles. I’m tired of smiling through a thousand thoughtless microaggressions, tired of providing countless pieces of evidence, tired of being questioned on every. Single. Damn. Thing.
I’m tired of proving that microaggressions exist, tired of proving that I’m unfairly questioned and asked for proof. For a movement that’s centered around the advancement and empowerment of women, why do I feel like I’m supposed to spend so damn much of my time carefully considering how what I say and do will be taken by men?
I’m tired of men who insert themselves into feminist spaces with claims of hurt feelings. I’m tired of men who somehow manage to make every issue about them. I’m tired of men like the one who recently stopped by a friend’s Facebook thread in order to call feminism “c*nty”, then lecture the women involved for being too “hostile” in their responses to him. I’m tired of men telling me that my understanding of feminism and rape culture are wrong, as if these aren’t things that I have studied intensely. I’m tired of men who claim to be feminist allies, then abuse that position to their own advantage. I’m so fucking exhausted by the fact that I know that I will have to, at some point in this piece, mention that I understand that not all men are like that. I will have to note that some men are good allies. And all of those things are true! And all of you good allies get cookies! But honestly,I’m tired of handing out cookies to people just because they’re decent fucking human beings.
Inspirational People: John O’Callaghan
“There is no map to life, no blueprints to survival, you can create your world day by day if you have a clear vision and an unwillingness to give up.”
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—Skipwith Cannéll, “Nocturnes,” Poetry (August 1913).
)I am weary with longing.
I am faint with love;
for upon my head the moonlight
as a sword.
—Adrienne Rich, from Powers Of Recuperation
)all new learning looks at first
Cabin in Valdres, Norway.
Contributed by Sturla Opsahl.