SMELL LIKE A MAN
SPORT SCENT SO EVEN WHEN YOUR CLOTHES ARE CLEANED AFTER SPORTS YOU STILL SMELL LIKE SPORTS
SMELLING LIKE SPORTS MEANS YOU ARE A MAN BECAUSE ALL MEN PLAY SPORTS AND IF YOU DO NOT ALWAYS HAVE SPORTS SMELL YOU NEED TO MAN UP!
SMELL LIKE YOU CAN MAN AND ALSO LIKE YOU CAN SPORTS
For some reason I desperately want this but (1) am allergic to laundry fragrances, and (2) my partner will flip her shit if her laundry ends up smelling like dude.
[Image description: A high heeled sandal with a removable ankle brace. The aesthetics of the shoe reference orthopedic/ rehabilitation devices.]
Originally written for Threadbared.
Kokon to Zai orthopedic heels, as seen on I’M REVOLTING, photographs by Shop It Right Now. I am considering, among other things: the figure of the disabled body as a problematic metaphor; the eroticization of medical apparatus as well as the disabled body; phenomenological prosthetics that transform consciousness of self in the world; the blurring of the always precarious line between medical-surgical discourses of necessary utility and rehabilitation and “elective” aesthetics and beauty; clothing (and shoes) as armor against access and intimacy; Seoul’s pink parking spots designated for women in high heels; and finally, this quote from Rosemary Garland Thomson:
“Many parallels exist between the social meanings attributed to female bodies and those assigned to disabled bodies. Both the female body and the disabled body are cast within cultural discourse as deviant and inferior; both are excluded from full participation in public as well as economic life; both are defined in opposition to a valued norm which is assumed to possess natural corporeal superiority.”
–Rosemary Garland Thomson, 1997, “Feminist Theory, the Body, and the Disabled Figure,” The Disability Studies Reader, Ed. Lennard J. Davis (New York: Routledge, p. 279)
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CP is such a visible, all-encompassing part of my life, but sometimes it hits me that if a stranger was to walk into my dorm room, they would find almost no evidence of the challenges I deal with every day. If they searched through my drawers, they’d find blister bandaids, athletic tape, and injury wraps, and they might actually assume I’m an athlete.
At least until they found my shoes.
Earlier in the year, I was talking to my mom on the phone when I paused for a moment, took a deep breath and said, “You know the new sneakers I got just before school started? I kind of wrecked them.”
My right shoe, especially, was ruined. My right side is worse than my left, and my unusual gait pattern takes a toll on my footwear (and my feet, but that’s a story for a different day!). They’re worn down in all the wrong places.
My mom was silent for a moment, and then….
I waited to ensure I’d heard her correctly, shocked. “I don’t think you heard me. I wrecked my shoes. Like wore-a-hole-into-them kind of wrecked.”
"I heard you. Congratulations."
Thoroughly confused now, I checked my connection…maybe I was in a dead zone or something, and “I wrecked my shoes” was being transmitted as “I got an A+ on my chemistry exam” (which, for the record, is impossible).
"Mom," I said, slowly and clearly this time. "I wrecked my shoes. My new shoes."
"I know!" she said.
“And those doctors said you might never walk! You go girl!”
I wrote a Facebook post the other day freaking out about Ebola and comparing its social effects to those of the Black Plague (not unfairly, I think. I have a minor special interest in the Black Plague). Post was in response to this Frontline documentary on the current crisis, which you should only watch if you want a long, ugly, body-shaking cry right now. Shit is bad.
One commenter, whom I barely know, responded to my “holy crap this is just like Black Plague” post by saying “but it isn’t airborne.”
Which was sort of odd because NEITHER WAS THE BLACK PLAGUE (with the exception of one of its forms, pneumonic, and it’s debatable how much that form contributed to transmission). Which I pointed out.
Then this dude helpfully explained to me that the Black Plague was only as fatal as it was because there were lots of rats in medieval Europe and little sanitation, as if this weren’t something we were all taught in elementary school and this a narrative that I’m already fully aware of. (Plague outbreaks continued into the 19th century, so this isn’t just about people in the middle ages being exceptionally dirty. Experts on Black Plague have questioned exactly how much of the transmission came from rats, since there isn’t enough archeological evidence of mass rat die-offs at the time, which is what you’d see if the infected rat population was large enough to infect that many people. I don’t have a strong opinion but let’s just say I read more of the relevant Wikipedia articles than this dude). Some non-airborne diseases (e.g., HIV, stomach bugs) can still spread widely in places with good sanitation, if the incubation period is long enough or people are too crowded or the food supply is tainted or any number of other conditions are met. And anyway, the sanitation and infected animal concern is just as relevant to the current epidemic, because thousands and thousands of people on the affected areas have no running water and live near large populations of infected animals (in this case, bats). Nobody is trying to be dirty, but if you don’t have running water abs access to protective equipment, you CAN’T take the precautions that you might need to take in order to care for a sick loved one without being infected. Even at the Doctors Without Borders field “hospitals” shown in this documentary, sanitation is pretty minimal. The resources aren’t there.
Then I realized that the only reason anyone would want to go on about how Ebola “isn’t airborne” and how non-airborne diseases supposedly only spread widely in places with limited sanitation IS IF THE ONLY THING YOU CARE ABOUT IS EBOLA’S LIKELIHOOD TO SPREAD TO THE UNITED STATES. Even though that isn’t even remotely something I was talking about.
This non-airborne, fluid - and animal - transmitted disease is killing THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. The fact that improved sanitation could help MAKES THIS WORSE because it means that this shit is fucking preventable. International health organizations are treating people in open air pens surrounded by plastic fencing and are using the same vehicles as ambulances and hearses. People are lying on the ground and dying of fluid loss because there’s no way in hell anyone could give them an IV because they couldn’t keep it sterile. THIS IS FUCKED UP AND THESE PEOPLE’S LIVES FUCKING MATTER.
Figured tumblr might like to see this.
"You start where you can make a difference."
Simon, you got red on you.
It’s my lipstick, because that deserved a cheek peck.
I…I don’t…does this guy think that “In the Middle East” is the only places where rape happens? Like, he seems to be saying that as far as he knows, catcalling is worst violence women face across the rest of the world? I…wHAT?
sometimes tumblr’s US-centric social justice makes me so fucking frustrated. Right now sweden’s third biggest party are literally neo-nazis and our elections couldn’t even get onto trending tags today, goddamit.
Okay, so the post is gaining notes and people are confused, so to explain what the hell is going on:
Swedish elections held were on last Sunday, 14th September. We’ve had a right-leaning government the past eight years and after this there will be a change of power. The new party, Socialdemocrats (S) gained a total of 31% percent. The old party, Moderaterna (M) gained 21%.
Sverigedemokraterna (SD) gained a total of 12.9%. Their policy is racist, Islamophobic, anti-immigration, anti-refugee, anti-diversity, anti-LGBT+, and anti-feminist. Basically, they tick every box on the douchebag lottery.
If you’re here to argue that they’re ~not actually~ Nazis: 1) Fuck you. 2) Fuck the horse the you rode in on. 3) I hope you get stepped on by a moose, you ignorant asswipe.
- they literally started as neo nazis. They have used a Neo-Nazi movement as campaign slogans,
- party members have assaulted immigrants with iron pipes (tw for racialised violence),
- worn Nazi symbols
- supported and helped build Neo-Nazi group SvP.
There’s probably more, but I don’t have links on hand.
They’ve been having rallies and demonstrations all over Sweden, and people have shown up just to turn their back on them and protest (this post explains it better).
In the 2010 elections, SD were pretty much considered no better than neo-Nazis and only got 5.7% votes - it put them in 6th place and was just enough to get them into parliament. In the elections before that, they got about 2.9%. In the past four years, they’ve grown exponentially in Sweden.
They’ve also run extremely extensive PR campaigns, appealing to the youth, kicking out members “exposed” of being racist, (note: these members often end up in SvP) and picking up buzzwords from the Socialdemocrats’ ideology.
29% of votes they gained this year were from swing voters who previously voted M, and the biggest gain have been in the south, in small towns and the countryside:
This is not something that’s just going on in Sweden. Europe has seen an influx of extreme-right parties over the last decade or so, often thinly disguised as a party that puts ‘traditional values’ and ‘national interest’ first.
In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU.
Because here’s the thing: we’ve forgotten what it looks like. We’ve gotten to the point where we’ve turned Nazism into a cartoonish lampoon of goose-stepping, uniforms and moral lessons that “we’ll never be like them~”, ignoring the fact nationalism is not as cut-and-dry two ends of an extreme but exists on a scale.
People have been apologising for SD’s actions for a while now because they’re not considered “extremist enough” to be neo-Nazis, because they don’t share the same beliefs, because they’ve “publicly denounced” SvP.
But the same people still get hurt. Still SD has the institutional and systematic power and privilege to oppress, degrade and humiliate people of colour, which they already have done. Stop making excuses for them. Stop making leeways for right-wing-extremists because that is how they gain tract.
Please spread this.
Re-copied for emphasis:
"In Greece and Hungary they’ve already been in power. In Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Finland France and UK, extreme-right-wing parties have been voted into the EU."
Neo-Nazis in Europe are scary.
This morning, Jane escaped police custody while being transported to a court-mandated therapy session. She was found by Hartford police this afternoon and is reportedly being taken back to state custody. At this time the exact conditions of her detention are unknown.
Many wonder why Jane would attempt to escape today, on her way to a therapy session. Let’s look at her history with DCF: From a very young age, Jane was placed by DCF in extremely traumatizing conditions, where she was subject to rape, assault, trafficking and drug exposure. Much of this abuse happened at the hands of DCF employees. Jane was severely punished for having symptoms of PTSD and reacting to inappropriate behavior from staff. Part of this punishment was her detention for over a month at York Correctional, a women’s prison - without any charges being filed. DCF Commissioner Joette Katz, who as head of DCF has the responsibilities of Jane’s guardian, has been hostile to Jane since news of Jane’s imprisonment became publicly known. When asked about Jane’s court affidavit (http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/1113035-4-14-14affidavit-redacted-reduced.html), in which Jane details the horrific abuse she sustained at the hands of DCF workers, Katz brushed off the statements and did nothing to investigate the situation. Instead, Katz made herself out to be a victim, talking about how difficult her job is and what a monster Jane is. She said that many kids in the care of CT DCF die, and that Jane is lucky to not be one of them.
After community outrage resulted in her release from York, Jane was continuously demonized by Katz, which affected her chances of being placed in an appropriate facility. Furthermore, multiple loving families and individuals have reached out to DCF with the hopes of adopting Jane Doe. DCF has not replied to any of these requests. Most recently she was held for over a month in a solitary cell at the CT Juvenile Training School at Middletown, which is a facility for male youth. She was placed there after being part of a fight where she was attacked. As far as we know, no one else involved in that incident was attacked. Certainly no one else was transferred to a boys’ facility. Today was a turning point and shows that this new program was too little, too late after everything that Jane has endured, including months in solitary confinement.
The promises made to Jane by Katz and DCF were all broken, and Jane is right to mistrust the system that abused her. We urge all of you to put pressure on that system now. Please call, tweet, email and otherwise contact CT DCF and Governor Malloy with the demands that:
- Jane not have charges pressed against her for her escape
- Jane be placed in an appropriate facility that is conducive to her healing and safety, with her input and approval
- Statute 17a-12, which sanctions the indefinite imprisonment of children in DCF care, be repealed
- Commissioner Katz be fired
- There be an independent investigation into CT DCF’s treatment of its vulnerable youth.
Jane has become the public face of the glaring truth that the system is unable to care for those who are most in need. From sanctioned DCF abuse to the racist police violence epidemic to the school-to-prison pipeline to the lack of safe homes and resources for LGBTQ youth, her case is just one example of the inability of the current system to take care of the most vulnerable among us. In fact, as Jane’s case has shown, those more vulnerable youth are most likely to suffer more abuse and humiliation at the hands of the state. We urge anyone and everyone who has been mistreated at the hands of DCF or the Department of Corrections to come out and speak out on September 27 at the DCF headquarters in Hartford.
All of this. Except that I hope that Jane is not placed in a facility at all, but rather a qualified foster placement with appropriate supports. Many families would love to take her in. Hope Jane isn’t left “age out” of the system without ever developing a connection with a caring, non-abusive adult.
reminder: don’t ever make fun of someone with a stutter, lisp, or any other speech problem.
Also wait patiently for people with speech problems to finish their sentences. Don’t try to…
Also I think they assume his speech must be an affectation because his speech was more standard before he was president.
I think it could easily be the other way around.
Maintaining socially acceptable speech patterns is really hard. Being president is much harder than anything he’d ever done before.
Having speech get weird under pressure is normal for so many people. Mocking it isn’t ok. It hurts so many people.