#youthforclimate protests are spreading beyond Brussels.
Numbers for 07-02-2019:
The Hague: 15.000
I've seen reports of smaller protests in 6 cities so far, probably more.
💥 Klimastreiks am Freitag, den 8.2. in:
Some good news 're #Stansted15: judge says he will not jail activists
------ queer politics, uhhh other stuff, abuse
puritanical 'no fuck ups allowed' queer spaces harbor abusers. The people with the most social clout are capable of demonizing and ostracizing other queer people at will, which is about as good as killing someone when it comes to communal isolation.
Communities really need to rethink problem resolution on a community level instead of designating anyone as 'untouchable' simply because someone else has some beef with them.
I feel like there might be a largely unfilled niche for articles about how to unlearn sexism/racism/homophobia/transphobia for neuroatypical people who don't understand most unspoken neurotypical things.
With like, really specific social situations described with the exact details that make a sexist microaggression so different from the very similar non-sexist social option in that situation.
& maybe self-help support groups for neuroatypical people learning that stuff.
On tumblr ocassionally I'd post or reblog something about characters in some fandom and I'd get dozens of comments or anons saying "Did you know the actor who played this character did ..." and then lots of triggering detail. I couldn't find any way to stop it which worked and didn't screw my head over.
White abled middle class gay men are the most sensitive to this because they are one step away from enjoying all the privileges of the system,
and it is very tempting for them to belief that people exactly like them are their allies, while people not like them - refugees, muslims, trans people, working class people, angry social justice activists - are the enemies.
But they’re not the only ones for whom this mode of thinking is tempting. No lgbt identity is entirely immune from this.
Gay men are increasingly voting for anti-LGBTQ right-wingers: https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2019/02/gay-men-increasingly-voting-anti-lgbtq-right-wingers-says-new-study/
“LGBT people — especially gay men — are not inherently progressive voters. Give them the chance and they will vote for xenophobia, for racism, and for misogyny.”
From over here in Europe: YES. This is a very serious issue. Capitalism and white supremacy are very capable of incorporating some lgbt people.
The problem of abusive celebrities staying in power is a combination of systematic rape culture, a legal system that has never stood up for victims, and rich powerful people giving jobs and support to rich powerful people. In short, the problem is power and the system that maintains it.
That’s where the problem is, not with your friend who watches a movie on a lazy night in. Let's stop turning on each other and address the actual problems.
I worry that the 'boycot movies/shows/sports events with abusers in it!' thing translates to
- you must constantly keep informed about who is an abuser in celebrity land, regardless of how triggering it is to do so
- you can't enjoy anything after I've decided it's problematic (we've tried that mentality, all we did was hurt each other)
- consumer choices can fix a systematic problem (we've tried that mentality, all we did was hurt each other)
So yeah, let's not do that.
"We fight against the things that are killing us so we can survive and things can grow in our spaces and communities"
"We create and nurture spaces and communities where we can thrive so the people in it can survive and can build and recover the strength to fight against the things that are killing us"
the best fucking thing.
& the people that do both are a joy to know.
"Aggressive direct action is seen as far too important" versus "aggressive direct action is not seen as important enough" is often a really useless conversation if you're not actually in the same local scene or both physically familiar with the same local scene.
There isn't one big uniform anarchist culture (and there shouldn't be).
A mastodon instance for anarchists and libertarian socialists.