God made the lakes
God made hampshire
We all make mistakes"
Scratched into a Saga table (via hampshireshit)
dropping truth all over Saga
coming out day symbolizes everything that’s wrong with contemporary gay politics. what does it mean to prioritize queer visibility in a political climate where visibility for most (queer) people of color and queer youth = surveillance, criminalization, and incarceration? what does it mean to make the onus of liberation on the individual (you! come out!) versus the system (you! eradicate the closet!)? what does it mean to compel people to come out when we do not have the infrastructure to support them (homeless shelters, radical foster care, finances, emotional support, etc.)? what does it mean when the state uses our queer visibility to pinkwash itself and justify its war (colonial expansion) and imperialist policies? what does it mean when not being ‘out’ is associated with being repressed/self-hating rather than being strategic and discerning? what does it mean for coming out to be the only way the majority of queer people get involved with movement struggle by proudly announcing themselves on facebook and then subsequently participating in economies, politics, and logics that further oppress other members of their communities? i can tell you what it means: it means that when you say ‘gay rights’ what you mean is a politics engineered for white, able-bodied, upper-middle class men located in the west for whom it doesn’t only “get better” but it “gets bourgie!” coming out is an irresponsible political tactic that is complicit in a racist, colonial, sexist, ageist, ableist, classist, xenophobic agenda that is responsible not for the liberation of our peoples, but rather for the concomitant erasure and annihilation of the most oppressed among us.
- Kim McMillen (via onherway)
sage advice for this day
I wonder what the world is like when virtually everywhere is a safe space for you
and you don’t have to block people and leave websites and sever friendships and avoid certain activities and drop classes and switch deans and ignore comment sections
just to go through the day without too many people trying to plant the idea in your head that you are less than human
in the words of an Amherst College friend: As a five college community we talk so much about Amherst College policy, which is incredibly important, but it often means we miss how far behind our neighboring institutions are in the pursuit of justice.
TW: sexual assault, rape
Today is December 10, 2013, and I was just informed of the repercussions for the man that raped me nearly 2 years ago.
Unfortunately for me, the rapist, Lale Labuko Zino, is a sweet Hampshire dream child. Thanks to his founding of an organization called Omo Child, he is held in high esteem and largely revered by both faculty and students of the college. This means that during the time I spent on Hampshire campus it was apparently quite unbelievable that such a ~wonderful~ person could do such a thing.
I attended Hampshire College for only three semesters, dropping out because of the pressure and anxiety induced by the rape itself and the community attitude towards my offender. Recently I had been entertaining the idea of returning to Hampshire to complete my studies, however the idea of attending a school where rape is taken so lightly completely sickens me.
As of today, he has been convicted of sexual assault only; not convicted of sexual harassment, threatening and intimidating behavior, or physical endangerment – three things cannot be separated from rape in any sense. The “punishment” for sexual assault is as follows:
“Lale is no longer permitted to live in campus housing, effective December 17, 2013 (the close of housing for the fall 2013 semester) for the duration of his time as a Hampshire student.
Removal from housing means he may remain an actively enrolled student, but he is only allowed to use the academic resources of the College. He may only use the buildings and resources necessary to complete academic work. He is prohibited from any social gatherings on campus, formal or informal, or any events that are not a requirement of his academic work. Any requests to be on campus for anything other than class, a meeting with his faculty, or academic work (e.g., studying in the library) must be approved in advance.”
I am appalled and offended by Hampshire's policy on rape in the community and can only hope that a rapist allowed to interact with the community in which he committed the atrocious crimes will hurt nobody else.
While this is not the place to share specifics, I am more than willing to discuss my experiences regarding both Lale Labuko Zino and the Hampshire community during this ordeal. Right now I am working towards finding my next steps to assure I am comfortable with the ramifications of my rape on Hampshire’s campus, and for all incidents in the future.
— Their Laws Will Never Make Us Safer (via ninjabikeslut)
How homonationalism works:
1) The Inclusion Argument: Sexual minorities should call for inclusion in the state through liberal rights of the individual (e.g. gay marriage). The struggle for individual rights replaces the struggle for collective rights, collective resistance, or the transformation of asymmetrical power formations.
2) Good vs. Bad Queers: The call for inclusion is predicated on making the distinction between good queers and bad queers. These appeals argue that most sexual minorities are no different than members of dominant society, and thus that these queers deserve to be recognized as part of the mainstream. Here, bad queers are offered as the undesirable other to help sell the good queers to Canadian society, since bad queers are dangers to society or drains on state resources. They include racialized queers, people who are HIV-positive, poor and homeless queers, drug users, non-status queer migrants, etc.
3) Reinforcing the Social Order: Once the right kind of queers are welcomed into the state, these institutions can use the newly admitted ‘good queers’ as evidence that symmetry has been achieved, effectively dismissing larger concerns over the rights of those who remain marginalized and subjugated. Further, the inclusion of sexual minorities under the terms of individual rights is then used in propaganda by the state to demonstrate how civilized, modern, liberal, and democratic the West is, particularly in opposition to backward, pre-modern, and non-democratic states (such as in the Middle East) – a tactic rooted in Orientalism."