Love, rage and pride
[Image: a bisexual flag overlaid with the text: “I AM BISEXUAL. I’m allowed to be confused. I’m allowed to be going through a phase. I’m allowed to be greedy. I’m allowed to want attention. I’m allowed to have sex with as many people as I want, or not at all. Your society builds closets all around me, alienating me, silencing me, trying to push me back into your comfort zone. Do I make you uncomfortable? MY BISEXUALITY WILL NOT BE TONED DOWN. It will slip through the edges, under the cracks, against the current, under the radar, and when you least expect it, it will burst out and shatter your monosexist world.”]
New meme by me :)
This is a lecture that I gave in the annual queer studies conference in Tel Aviv University, “An Other Sex”, in May 2012. In this lecture I talk about how, rather than trying to refute “biphobic myths”, we should try and use them to create a radical bisexual politics. It is based on, but is not identical, to this post. It is also one of the best talks I ever gave.
Language is Hebrew, with ENGLISH and HEBREW SUBTITLES. (To view the subtitles, make sure you have them on by pressing on the leftmost button on the lower right hand corner of the video).
Closing two tabs:
But it’s not an easy thing, supporting each other. We don’t really know how to do it. The medical industrial complex relies upon stripping communities of our knowledge of how to care for one another. And Icaristas, like so many others that seek to start building the world we’re working for before we get our revolution, struggled at times to equitably meet each others needs, and to build community amidst them.
For people with privilege, it is often so much easier for us to disengage from movements in order to “practice self-care” then it is to fully commit with our hearts, minds, and bodies to collective care, to healing justice, to communities of care that include all of us. I think there are parts of B’s piece that should hit home in deeply challenging ways for those of us who prioritize care of ourselves and our precious bodies over (and often at the expense of) the care of other people’s selves and equally precious bodies.
Stuff I still haven’t read:
Queer pride cane :D
From top to bottom: Bisexual flag, pansexual flag, genderqueer flag, gay flag, trans flag, bi flag. Fringes in black and purple, and black and pink symbolize anarchafeminism and queer anarchism (respectively).
The cat in the picture is Johnny, who is blind. Yay for queer disability ^_^
[Top image depicts a black cane fitted with a crochet “cozy” alternating between a black background and all the flags described above. Bottom image shows a ginger cat examining whether the cane is edible.]