My sister’s calico, Minnie enjoying the colourful evening sun!
x09 — you could very well interpret anaconda to have feminist themes about women embracing their body/sexuality in the same you could interpret kanye west’s (earlier) music for having themes related to race/blackness or MIA’s music for having themes about immigrant diaspora. my main argument is not that popular music does not have explicit or implicit political messages. my main question is what is the value of these political undertones in popular music to actually building revolutionary consciousness among workers? a lot of musical artists will sprinkle political messages into their music, but because these songs are funded and produced by media monopolies in an imperialist nation, these political messages are predictably liberal and have little to no effect with regard to challenging hegemony. my interpretation of this phenomenon (pop music with political messages) is that it’s merely a sign that virtually everything can be commodified and now supposedly ‘radical’ ideologies can be sold to us. so for me when i see kanye using black power imagery in his music or any female artist including (liberal) feminist undertones about girl power, i see this as another sign of how oppositional politics (feminism, black power, etc) are becoming further domesticated by capitalism. these political ideologies/movements are being simply reduced to aesthetics for pop musicians to make millions of dollars while capitalism, patriarchy, white supremacy, etc continue with no meaningful challenge. overall, i just fundamentally believe it’s misguided to believe that u.s. popular music given it’s mode of production is a meaningful terrain to even entertain serious discourse about radical/revolutionary politics. sorry this was so long.
THERE IT IS AGAIN! THERE IT FUCKING IS! i’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS PHOTO FOR YEARS AND NEVER COULD FIND IT!! THE LAN PARTY WITH THE GUY DUCT-TAPED TO THE CEILING!! BACK IN ANCIENT TIMES WHEN PEOPLE STILL USED CATHODE MONITORS AND WHEN COUNTERSTRIKE WAS THE NEW THING. THIS SHIT IS REAL. THIS IS REAL SHIT. SHIT THAT HAPPENED.
— Marc Maron
This whole “internal gender unrelated to external gender roles that is just an innate something you feel” thing sounds an awful lot like the concept of an immortal soul.
Which I mean like good for you but I don’t have to structure my political analysis around your personal set of ethereal beliefs.
— Marilynne Robinson, Housekeeping