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written on the internet

I have a limited time left before our internet gives out for the day, but I wanted to point out to any who still read me over here that I have begun releasing my autobiography online! It's exciting! I think.

Anyway, you can read the first 1400 words (of tens of thousands..) at undia.gnosed.net.

The extra dot is important.


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picassoGlove

killing you softly

What defense against the apprehension of loss is at work in the blithe way in which we accept deaths caused by military means with a shrug or with self-righteousness or with clear vindictiveness? To what extent have Arab peoples, predominantly practitioners of Islam, fallen outside the "human" as it has been naturalized in its "Western" mold by the contemporary workings of humanism? ... After all, if someone is lost, and that person is not someone, then what and where is the loss, and how does mourning take place?
... If violence is done to those who are unreal, then, from the perspective of violence, it fails to injure or negate those lives since those lives are already negated. But they have a strange way of remaining animated and so must be negated again (and again). ...Violence renews itself in the face of the apparent inexhaustibility of its object.
Judith Butler, Precarious Life 32-33


Today being the day it is I decided that rather than participate in the public spectacle we seem intent on creating out of our inability to mourn whatever it was that we in the US think we lost ten years ago--although we may well have never had it to begin with --rather than go along with the ruse of our fallen, long-mythologized invulnerability to attack or even decay, that I was going to re-read Judith's Precarious Life, since in it she addresses violence and mourning in direct response to the war that we imagine only began in 2001. I wanted to try to understand what it was exactly in our fetishization of the images of destruction that I find so frustrating to deal with, beyond even practical and political concerns over the extent to which we seem to be willing to give up every last shred of dignity and "freedom" (were we "free" before?), if it will help us to reestablish our illusion of security and safety from political violence.
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oneLastDitchTheMovie.s.

News of the words

Two quick things:

One, my Kickstarter project is gaining momentum thanks to some generous people. Please go have a look, and if you know other people interested in somewhat unusual juxtapositioning of artistic genres, pass the link on to them as well. The more the merrier!

The other is that tomorrow night, Thursday September 1, at least one of my videos will be shown at the open screening at Artists' Television Access on Valencia Street at 21st Street here in San Francisco. I know it is probably too late for you all to buy plane tickets, but in case anyone is not at Burning Man tomorrow, it might be an interesting show considering everyone else will be at Burning Man.

Carry on. I mean, please visit the Kickstarter page, kick in whatever you might find in your heart to contribute, and then carry on. :)


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razorTree@Twilight

need stories about TSA security in US airports

Got a moment? I need to hear first-hand or reliably-sourced experiences with the TSA full-body scanners and/or patdowns in US airports. I especially need to know what trans people have experienced while wearing "prosthetics" and could specifically use experiences flying out of SFO and SEA.

I am a transsexual man who packs and I am also a survivor of sexual abuse and assault. Given that, just how extensive is the average patdown? I would probably refuse a trip through the scanner if the patdowns themselves were not storied as invasive and traumatic. Either way I feel like I am bound to have a bad experience if I fly, but it is the cheapest way to travel on short notice.

Please share, and keep in mind that what is "no big deal" for a cisgendered or average body may not turn out to be no big deal for a trans person's body. That and I am not sure I would be able to refrain from punching someone if they touched my genitals. PTSD is a funny thing.


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