“[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)
“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.”—Gilles Deleuze (via becoming-vverevvolf)
“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)
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.”—(via americanhighwayflower)
“the big Other is in itself inconsistent, purely virtual, deprived of theThing - and fantasy is an attempt to fill out this lack of the Other, not of the subject, that is, to reconstitute the consistency of the big Other.”—zizek (via jujutsu-with-zizek)
if you find terms for queer identities confusing, arbitrary or unimportant then you’ve probably never had to experience how terrifying it is to not understand your own identity, or the relief of finding a term that helps describe you
We must therefore rediscover, after the natural world, the social world, not as an object or sum of objects, but as a permanent field or dimension of existence. […] Our relationship to the social is, like our relationship to the world, deeper than any express perception or any judgement. It is…
“In fact, today there are only two admissible positions remaining in the world. Communism, reducing each man to the object (thus rejecting the deceptive appearances that the subject had assumed), and the attitude of Nietzsche, freeing the subject of the limits imposed on it by the past and of the objectivity of the present.”—
Georges Bataille, Nietzsche and Communism
Nietzsche’s gift is the gift that nothing limits; it is the sovereign gift, that of subjectivity.
In the face of extreme reality we are defenceless. But this is only a beginning. We are the aborigines, the anthropoids of the Virtual. In terms of world history, we are barely at the stage of the invention of fire and walking upright. Logically, it remains for us to be exploited and colonized by an even greater power.
“There is a secret in decision—the most intimate—which, in the end, is found in night, in anguish (to which decision puts an end). But neither night nor decision are means; in no way is night a means for decision: night exists for itself, or does not exist.”—Georges Bataille. Inner Experience. Translated by by Leslie Anne Boldt. (via criminal-delirium)
“Capitalism was the counter-revolution that destroyed the possibilities that had emerged from the anti-feudal struggle—possibilities which, if realized, might have spared us the immense destruction of lives and the natural environment that has marked the advance of capitalist relations worldwide.”—Sylvia Federici, Caliban and the Witch (via ocassis)
“Capitalism will inevitably find itself face to face with a starving multitude of unemployed workers demanding either food or the destruction of the social order that has starved them.”—Helen Keller, What is the IWW? (via anarchosyndicalism)
“Individuals find a real name for themselves only through the hardest exercise in depersonalization, by opening themselves up to multiplicities everywhere within them, to the intensities running through them. A name [one’s own name, speaking for yourself in your own name] as the direct awareness of such intensive multiplicity is the opposite of the depersonalization effected by the history of philosophy; it’s depersonalization through love rather than subjection. What one says becomes from the depths of one’s ignorance, the depths of one’s own underdevelopment. One becomes a set of liberated singularities, words, names, fingernails, things, animals, little events.”—Gilles Deleuze, “Letter to a Harsh Critic” in Negotiations 1972-1990 (via p9sh)