Hello, friends. My name is Ariel and I am very excited to have been invited to guest blog here at Feministe.
These are some things I do: raise funds for social justice. Go to clown school. Tap dance. Solder. Make tiny movies. Try to be a good person. Watch pop and dance music videos on YouTube and draw parallels. (Sorry about the dumb completely unnecessary [thanks, Jennifer!] subtitles on that first video link there! The real original is nowhere to be seen.)
This is what I have to say about my politics:
- WHAT DO I WANT? an end to racism, sexism, ableism, classism, heterosexism, cisgenderism, transmisogyny, and all other forms of oppression! WHEN DO I WANT IT? Now!
- WHAT DO I WANT? Justice and liberation and self-determination for all people! WHEN DO I WANT IT? Now!
- 2 4 6 8 smash a gay movement that prioritize a romantic/sexual dyadic union over any other form of liberation or struggle or intersectional analysis of privilege, power, and need, smash the state!
- WHAT DO I WANT? A world where people are overt about privilege and talk about the privileges they have rather than pretending they got where they got only through hard work and luck! WHEN DO I WANT IT? Now!
- WHAT DO I WANT? New cheers for the movement! WHEN DO I WANT IT? NOW.
These are my identity cards: I am a white person. I am a woman person. I am cissexual. I am overinvested in my own gender fluidity. I am a practicing homosexual. I am carnivorous with omnivorous aspirations. I feel lucky that my body lets me do everything I want to do. I am twenty-six. I am a Jew. I am a 3, an ENFP, and a Capricorn. For the first time ever I am working a job that provides me with a wage I can thrive on instead of just surviving.
These are some things I am thinking about: hypertext and the interactive web. Community interventions into technology. Being a good person of privilege. Non-profit sustainability. The role of artists in the blogosphere. Whether Twitter is really a good way to spend my time and how many people in the world really care about the mundane details of my life. The subway system. What it is to choose to be different vs. be forced to be different. Participatory internet art.
These are some things I plan to do with my time here: write about grammar and stylistics for new language we are learning. Make you all make a map with me. Write about different kinds of porn. Write about my grandma and different kinds of immigration narratives. Make you all participate in a FEMINISTE VIDEO CHALLENGE. Write about the history of 1970s swinger afghans. Write about gender. Make you all make other internet meme art with me.
Here is an internet meme for us to play today. Do you know what a LOL is? If you do not, congratulations! You have lots of things to do with your time. Here is a link to a LOLcat. Here is another link to a LOLcat. Today’s challenge — maybe you are reading this Monday morning, maybe you’re tired — is to make a LOL. LOLs have a style all their own and they can do a lot of interesting things. Here is one for inspiration:
(I can’t find a credit for this but I sure wish I could. Evidently it is part of a series. I will give you an internet million dollars if you can find the whole thing. Laura M gets the internet million dollars! The original cite is here: http://elusis.livejournal.com/1744514.html)
Go to the lolcat generator here: http://cheezburger.com/default.aspx?v=1. Post your results in the comments. Or just say hello. PS some people do say LOLcat grammar is racist. I am not sure that it is always true. You do not have to make it in LOLgrammar. Maybe this is a great place to talk about it!
I am so VERY pleased to meet you all.
Oh, one addition the next morning: I am NOT at a computer during the day. This means if you go in this mod queue, it may take me a minute to approve things. Sorry if it makes you mad or upset. My only moderation policy for the most part is “people who are ridiculous will probably hang themselves, given enough rope,” but if anyone gets unnecessarily personal or harassing, I reserve my rights to Take Steps.