Sophie. Anishinaabe-kwe. student on Unceded Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh territories.
please don’t contact me to tell me i don’t look native.
I’m in Toronto. It’s the weirdest feeling. And the heat. The humidity. My face is going to melt off.
thank you for such a sweet message. I’m not as anxious as I might seem. I’m very excited, actually. I’ve missed my family and the land a lot, and it’s been a long time. but thank you, you are very kind
redbellied-piranha said: Si you are bougie
is croquet a bougie game? i love croquet. i played hella croquet when i was in rehab. am i bougie???
sex, vulnerability, intimacy, violence
fears and desires
y’all know drake doesn’t like white girls right……
A list of all massacres of Indigenous Australians that happened in Victoria. I feel this information needs to be shared as people don’t know nearly enough about Indigenous Australians and do not know how horribly we were and still are treated. Nothing else needs to be said as the list tells it all. Click the photos to save a bigger image for reading the list clearly.
Photo/display credit: Brambuk - The National Park & Cultural Centre.
Lush cosmetics openly supports Palestine!! Get eid goodies for others and nice natural stuff for yourself from there!!
Porn robs us of intimacy and replaces it with violence
This is my fiancé’s auntie Regina Brave. I was able to meet her this summer. She told us about her experience at Wounded Knee two. How she butchered the cow for their meals and taught the young thunder cats how to shoot and take apart their rifles. She loves talking about it and we were lucky enough to learn. She is such a badass woman! The real woman of Wounded Knee!
'Tell me what happens the first time you see a woman naked.'
'The first time you see a woman naked will not be like you imagined. There will be no love, no trust, no intimacy. You won’t even be in the same room as her.
You won’t get to smile as she undresses you and you undress her. You won’t get to calm her nerves with nerves of your own. You won’t get to kiss her, feeling her lips and the edge of her tongue. You won’t get to brush your fingers over the lace of her bra or count her ribs or feel her heartbeat.
The first time you see a woman naked you will be sitting in front of a computer screen watching someone play at intimacy and perform at sex. She will contort her body to please everyone in the room but her. You will watch this woman who is not a woman, pixelated and filtered and customized. She will come ready-made, like an order at a restaurant. The man on the screen will be bigger than you, rougher than you. He will teach you how to talk to her. He will teach you where to put your hands and he will teach you what you’re supposed to like. He will teach you to take what is yours.
You must unlearn this. You must unlearn this twisted sense of love. You must unlearn the definition of pleasure and intimacy you are being taught. Kill this idea of love, this idea of entitlement, this way of scarring one another.’”
Read Marx. His insight to the ways in which capitalism works and its destructiveness is important. Even if you don’t agree with all of it or if you’re too afraid to take on the label communist/Marxist, read Marx. Marxist account of history and analysis of global class dynamics is crucial here.
ETA: Two other recommended, short, resources: Engels’ ‘Principles of Communism’ and Marx’s ‘Wage Labour and Capital’ via darakhton
Read Larrain on Theories of Development. Absolutely important reading.
Definitely read up on post-development theory (Escobar, Illich) and dependency theory (Cardoso & Faletto). Finnemore on the Role of the World Bank; Rodney on how Europe underdeveloped Africa.
That’s the literature I can think of off the top of my head. Now to list a few points -
- Capitalism is unsustainable. Its ultimate goal is high mass consumption (see Rostow’s Economic Stages of Development for how this is perceived as the final stage of economic development).
- Capitalism inherently is exploitative. You need to exploit labor, you need to exploit resources, you need to exploit entire continents and peoples in order to increase profits. Capitalism thrives on class struggles, domestically or globally. It needs a proletariat in order to have a bourgeoisie; it needs “developing” countries in order to have “developed” countries; it needs a periphery in order to have a core.
- Imperialism is a stage of capitalism. Capitalism was bound to expand geographically because a. it needed new markets to which it could exports its goods and b. cheap raw materials and resources such as labor.
- The existence of a “developing” region in contradistinction to a “developed” region is by no means coincidental. It is a direct consequence of capitalism. As I said, the marginalization of the periphery was necessary for the thriving of the core.
- Capitalism is institutionalized in organizations such as the World Bank and the IMF: They promote neo-liberal, capitalist agendas through their policies, forcing countries in the periphery to adopt such ideologies.
Just to mention a few. They focus on development since that’s what my field is but I hope this helped.