Plant Guilds - companion planting with certain species that will benefit one another and naturally develop a resilient edible garden system based on ecological principles, filling the various niches of an ecosystem
The inferiority of women is man-made.
In 1906 German art historian Wilhelm Worringer wrote, “The value of a line, of a form consists for us in the value of the life that it holds for us. It holds its beauty only through our own vital feeling, which, in some mysterious manner, we project into it.”
Artist Heather Hansen employs her own body and performance to create large-scale charcoal and pastel drawings.
What is sad about the Castro (and similar gay neighborhoods across the country and around the world), and indicative of what gay people do with even a little bit of power, is that these same smiling gay men have failed to build community for queers (or anyone) outside their social groups. Many gay men (even in the Castro) still remain on the fringes, either by choice or lack of opportunity. But as the most “successful” gays (and their allies) have moved from outsider status to insider clout, they have consistently fought misogynist, racist, classist, ageist battles to ensure that their neighborhoods remain communities only for the rich, male and white (or at least those who assimilate into white middle-class norms). They’ve succeeded in clamping down on the anger, defiance, flamboyance, and subversion once thriving in queer subcultures, in order to promote a vapid, consume-or-die, only-whites-need-apply version of gay identity. Homo now stands more for homogenous than any type of sexuality aside from buy buy buy.
In 1992, there were still a few slightly interesting things about the Castro: a gay bookstore with current queer ‘zines, and freaks and drag queens on staff; a used bookstore with a large selection of gay books; a cafe with live cabaret shows; a 24-hour donut shop with a rotating cast of tweakers; a tiny chocolate shop filled with delicate creations; a dyke bar; and a cruising park where faggots actually fucked. These meager (and mostly fag-specific) resources have disappeared, as rents have skyrocketed and corporate chains have replaced local businesses. A glittering Diesel clothing store now dominates Harvey Milk Plaza, the symbolic heart of the Castro, and the historic Castro Theater shows Eating Out, a movie about a straight guy pretending to be gay in order to get the girl with the gay friends (The tagline reads, “The fastest way to a girl’s heart is through her best friend.”).
Gay bar owners routinely call for the arrest of homeless people, many of them queer youth, for getting in the way of happy hour. Zephyr Realty, a gay-owned real estate company, advises its clients on how best to evict long-term tenants, many of them seniors, people with HIV/AIDS and disabled people. Gay political consultants mastermind the election of anti-poor, pro-development candidates over and over and over.
Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, “Sweatshop-Produced Rainbow Flags and Participatory Patriarchy: Why the Gay Rights Movement Is a Sham”
I wish I could reproduce the entire article here it’s a very important read, especially for SF queers.(via projectqueer)
there are bugs that are literally, split down the middle, half male and half female, worms and snails that have both sets of genitalia, fish that just up and switch sexes when there’s a male or female space in their group that needs filling and you want me to believe that God hates all sorts of gender-bending in his children
I think you need to take a better look at God’s creation
I danced one of the most amazing 5 Rhythms waves of my life tonight. It was wild and freeing and sweaty and so magic. This phrase was going through my head the whole wave. “What would it take to welcome your whole self home?” A magical woman named Maeve who I met in Scotland said that to me once. What would it take? What stops us from welcoming our whole selves home? Think about what is stopping you, begin to understand and push on those walls. Self love is a muscle that we must work to strengthen every day. Those walls will give more easily as you grow stronger. Dance them down.
watercolor & colored pencil
Phoebe Wahl summer sketchbook 2013
ugh people with master’s degrees telling me not to take out loans to pay for grad school when they are currently benefitting from the privileges their grad school education has afforded them…
i know loans stink, i get it, but not as much as never being able to work in your desired field because you lack any/all basic qualifications. getting this degree is ESSENTIAL to my work, so i really don’t see another option right now unless i pursue some other career altogether.
constructive feedback (recommendations for scholarships or grants i might qualify for, career paths that do not require a graduate degree but are also important/fulfilling, i don’t know) is welcome but i can’t keep listening to people tell me what not to do. free education is not an option i am aware of at this point, & apart from loan forgiveness for 10 years working in the public sector, i think this is what i am working with. i still don’t know if i will qualify for enough loans to make it happen, but it’s really shitty to hear from people who are currently in a more privileged position telling me not to do what they essentially did while they are working better jobs than i can get.
i need these.
Some of the posters on Norman’s bedroom walls in ParaNorman.