[I]magine what would happen if, instead of centering our beliefs about heterosexual sex around the idea that the man “penetrates” the woman, we were to say that the woman’s vagina “consumes” the man’s penis. This would create a very different set of connotations, as the woman would become the active initiator and the man would be the passive and receptive party. One can easily see how this could lead to men and masculinity being seen as dependent on, and existing for the benefit of, femaleness and femininity. Similarly, if we thought about the feminine traits of being verbally effusive and emotive not as signs of insecurity or dependence, but as bold acts of self-expression, then the masculine ideal of the “strong and silent” type might suddenly seem timid and insecure by comparison.
—Julia Serano, Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity (“Putting the Feminine Back into Feminism,” pg 329)
If the act of procreation were neither the outcome of desire nor accompanied by feelings of pleasure, but a matter to be decided purely on the basis of rational considerations, is it likely the human race would still exist ? Would each of us not rather have felt so much pity for the coming generation as to spare it the burden of existence, or at least not wish to take it upon himself to impose that burden upon it in cold blood ?
—Arthur Schopenhauer (via blackestdespondency)
At first sight, it is not easy to see why inmanence is so dangerous, but it is. It swallows up sages and gods.
—Gilles Deleuze 1994b, 45. trans. modified (via acatexis)
To reduce oneself to an abstract line, a trait, in order to find one’s zone of indiscernibility with other traits, and in this way enter the haecceity and impersonality of the creator. One is then like grass: one has made to whole world into a becoming because one has suppressed within oneself everything that prevents us from slipping between things.
Image and language take precedence. Breton notes: “Quietly, I want to pass where no one yet has passed, quietly! — After you, dearest language.” Language takes precedence. Not only before meaning. Also before the self.
—Walter Benjamin, “Surrealism: The Last Snapshot of the European Intelligentsia” (via heteroglossia)
what can a body
We know nothing about a body until we know what it can do, in other words, what its affects are, how they can or cannot enter into composition with other affects, with the affects of another body, either to destroy that body or to be destroyed by it, either to exchange actions and passions with it or to join with it in composing a more powerful body.
— Deleuze and Guattari, “A Thousand Plateaus,” Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal,. Becoming-Imperceptible
Racism is not in your intent. Your intent is immaterial in how racist your actions are. This isn’t about you BEING a racist. It’s about you DOING A THING that is racist. Your intent doesn’t change it. Your ignorance of its meaning doesn’t change it. It’s got nothing to do with you as a person and everything to do with the meaning of your action in the context of sociocultural history.