"Do not be merciless with me. I am very vulnerable. And very imperfect"
Tina in Pedro Almovdar’s Law of Desire (1987)
"The question becomes, Whose femininity do we seek to question and most obsessively seek to uncover its “dirty secrets”? Are other women’s beauty so readily dissected and probed in private boundaries made public? Whose beauty is a deceit, needing to be uncovered, and whose is seen as simply an extension of an inherently beautiful and awe inspiring womanhood? And finally, what does it say about the way we view not only Black women, both cis and trans, but women across the board? What does it say about how mistrustful we are of our own femininity and unsure of our own standing in the context of a patriarchal gaze. When womanhood is so readily deconstructed by the very purveyors of its infinite power and mystery, what hope is there for a feminist revolution?
In a society in which womanhood, blackness, and trans womanhood are all pathologized we would do well to collectively challenge hierarchies. What would it look like if we as women collectively pooled our best cards and challenged patriarchy for the grand kitty? How do we expand the definition of womanhood to serve our lives and not the whims of a world that sees us as inherently less than human cut out dolls? Perhaps we can take the bra off womanhood so she breathes a little easier, knock out the wall, and make the powder room a little roomier. Its 2014 and we all need space to fix our makeup and fluff our Lena Horne inspired curls, to take over the World."
"Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging."
"A human rights position should also include the right to healthcare … [The Ebola crisis] is a reflection of long-standing and growing inequalities of access to basic systems of healthcare delivery."
Dr. Paul Farmer
, an infectious diseases doctor and medical anthropologist. He is a founding director of Partners In Health and a professor at Harvard Medical School.Watch his 45-minute interview on Democracy Now! today discussing the Ebola outbreak and the importance of strengthening local and global healthcare systems.
Haitian Revolution: August 21st 1791 - January 1 1804
one of the greatest rebellions in history. It ultimately lead to the independence of Haiti from French colonizers.