The in-between season time is the hardest for me. I do not feel productive and I am unsure of what will happen next. Self conscious and lacking direction. Things have shifted but I can’t quite place how just yet. It feels like the season will never get here to tell me how to feel.
Things that I remember intensely, but am afraid will never come back: the feeling of sun on my skin, the smell of fresh cut grass and the burnt pine of the forest floors - the pure euphoria that one receives when things are growing and blooming all around you. I become nostalgic for moments that once existed and intensely study photos from seasons that once were. Memories that feel bright and brilliant, sure, sweet, and sad - a contrast to the grey and seemingly never ending in-between. Feeling nothing really at all but static to the things that are whirl-winding around me.
Things have shifted, things are changing. Places I once called home and friends that were once close are slowly fading.
otherdogs asked: As a person who deconstructs rape culture on a daily basis, I think there needs to be a demarcation between a satiric critique of rape culture and a joke that is unaware of its own malice. In the case of the aforementioned flyer, it's obvious (to me) the intent was the former, as if to say, "This is a problem." These bands, this kind of show, this sort of mentality, the apologist nature, is a problem. Not simply using the word "rape." Or maybe I'm wrong.
There’s a really great Wanda Sykes joke about rape that I always reference when this comes up. It’s something along the lines of “I wish I could take out my vagina so I couldn’t be raped, a guy jumps out of the bushes while I’m jogging and I’m like ‘ahh sorry, I left it at home!!’” And that’s a joke that doesn’t make the victim the punch line. That’s what’s important in these jokes, that the victim is not the punchline but the rapist, and rape culture are. That’s how that joke was meant, not “haha you were raped” but “yeah hardcore dudes are shitty and condone rape and that’s stupid let’s make fun of them” these jokes can be helpful in dealing with rape and can be helpful in pointing out how ridiculous rape culture is, that just by existing in a particular body or identity, you’re deserving of being raped. That just by existing, this is what you have coming.
This is super true, but also there are too many folks out in the punk/diy world who have been sexually assaulted or raped by someone in a band/heavily involved in the scene and I could see how they might be in a wicked sensitive place where they could see this flyer as hitting a litttle too close to home? It could have been phrased differently or a little better on the joke flyer? Though funny in other ways…
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