Sexistentialism

Philosophy and Radical Politics

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Anonymous asked: Related to the swastika, do you think a white person who converts to Buddhism, for example, has the right to reclaim the symbol? My gut reaction is "no", but I am white and non religious, so I wanted to ask someone who knows more about it.

That would be for Buddhists to decide. As a student of religion who focused on Buddhist philosophy (I know I don’t talk about this much but I do have a degree in religion as well as philosophy, surprise!), my sense is that a Buddhist would be fine with this. As a convert to Judaism, I can legitimately claim any Jewish symbol as my own. I would imagine that a Buddhist would feel the same way. However, I’m not recognized by any Buddhist organization or group as a Buddhist, and it’s not for me to say.

I personally know white Buddhists who are converts who are leaders in the Buddhist community here in DC. They are fully accepted members of the community and use the full range of Buddhist symbolism to express their faith. The swastika doesn’t factor in those specific cases (Buddhism being as diverse a tradition as any faith; not all forms of Buddhism use the swastika), but it would seem to make sense to me.

Anyway, you should ask someone who is religiously/ethnically/culturally Buddhist, and not just someone who adheres to certain philosophical tenants of certain philosophical traditions within Buddhism.

(In case anyone is curious about my relationship to Buddhism, I was taught Buddhist philosophy by a Korean Buddhist scholar, Professor Jin Park of American University, who also taught me Derrida and deconstruction through a Buddhist lens. I have been deeply influenced by her teachings and the religious and philosophical texts of Buddhism, perhaps more than any other religious tradition besides Judaism. I would describe myself as a philosophical Buddhist who practices Buddhist ethics, but I am very careful to distinguish that identification from any kind of cultural, ethnic, or religious association with Buddhism. In matters such as this, in discussing issues of cultural appropriation and race, I prefer to defer to people for whom Buddhism is a culture and a heritage).

-Z

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Anonymous asked: Is the post about the swastika OK to reblog if we are white and not part of those cultures?

Yes. All Sexistentialism posts are okay to reblog unless otherwise stated.

-Z

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Now that I wrote that piece on queer women’s solidarity all of the horizontal aggressions and border wars between trans folks and intersex folks have flared up.

Like do I really need to write another post about why cispatriarchy can only benefit from our in-fighting and how this weakens our revolutionary spirit? Do I really need to do that?

-Z

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Literally all the people I see talking about how Buddhists/Jains/Hindus/etc. using the swastika in a religious context are being antisemitic are goyim

sexistentialisms:

Like,

you don’t know anything about the history of that symbol

you’re being ignorant of jewish history/culture as well as the religious symbolism of a number of other cultures

you don’t know what you’re talking about

Jews everywhere are perfectly okay with people using that symbol as a part of…

Like there are synagogues thousands of years old with swastikas in them. The symbol has a rich and complex history and present and it isn’t reducible to it’s Nazi usage.

That said if you’re a goy without a legitimate cultural connection to the symbol and you wear it as a fashion statement you are literal scum and appropriating other people’s cultures as well as being an antisemite.

-Z

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How to be a good ally to Rromani people

chirikli:

(Inpsired by this post)

-Don’t say “Gypsy”. Or “Gypped”. No matter how it’s spelled.
-Correct others who use the words.
-Punch Holocaust deniers in the throat.
-Avoid supporting businesses or musicians that use offensive terminology. Or at the very least, be aware of how damaging they are.
-Don’t accept “historical accuracy” or “art” as excuses for people to be anti-Rromani.
-Don’t perpetuate stereotypes.

Thank you! Najis tuke!

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Literally all the people I see talking about how Buddhists/Jains/Hindus/etc. using the swastika in a religious context are being antisemitic are goyim

Like,

you don’t know anything about the history of that symbol

you’re being ignorant of jewish history/culture as well as the religious symbolism of a number of other cultures

you don’t know what you’re talking about

Jews everywhere are perfectly okay with people using that symbol as a part of their culture insofar as the Nazi use of it was itself a European cultural appropriation

insofar as the symbol originates with those cultures and not with Nazism

so like, you goyim shouting “ANTISEMITISM” over all the Jews who are saying, nah, that’s actually really cool, we want people to celebrate their culture

is kind of in itself antisemitic because you’re claiming to speak for Jews when you’re not even listening to us

so yeah, stop it

-Z

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creepyold-kit-hands:

coelasquid:

throughthewildblue:

You cannot buy electronics with food stamps. You cannot buy cigarettes with food stamps. You cannot buy pet food with food stamps. You cannot withdraw money with an EBT card (food stamps).

Do you know what else you can’t buy with food stamps? Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, tissues, tinfoil, plastic sandwich bags, toothpaste, cleaning products, tampons, pads, over the counter medications (such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, etc.), and anything else you can think of that you cannot physically ingest for nutritional purposes.

Do you know what you can buy with food stamps? Food.

Do you know what it’s like to scrounge for change to buy non-edible necessities, use a credit card and EBT card (food stamps) during the same transaction, and then have the person in line behind you judge you for buying the ingredients to make a birthday cake?

People who disseminate false information about food stamps have never had to use food stamps.

Okay, but let’s talk for a second about how that one lady called turkey “big chicken”

You can’t even buy all food with food stamps. You just… you flat-out can’t buy “food that will be eaten in the store/any food sold for on-premises consumption” or any “hot foods” with food stamps—meaning you can’t buy anything hot, you can’t buy anything that gets blended together, you can’t buy anything “pre-prepared,” in most cases you can’t use your EBT card at restaurants. You literally CANNOT purchase a milkshake with food stamps, because it’s considered “sold for on-premises consumption” (which was ridiculous at the place I worked, because the customer had to mix their own milkshake themself with a little machine we provided them, and several people got upset—rightfully so, I think—that it wasn’t covered under food stamps, because they often only found out at the register after already mixing it, often as a treat for their kids). You literally can’t walk into a gas station, grab one of those hot dogs off their grills/out of the little heated food area, and buy it with food stamps, because it’s hot.

And when I say “can’t,” I don’t mean “if the cashier notices you trying and cares enough to stop you, they’ll refuse to do it for you.” I mean “it is actually impossible to do this.” I’m not even sure these people who disseminate false information about food stamps have paid any attention at all when buying things at the store, because what happens is: We scan in the customer’s items, into our computer. The computer has specific codes for the items and rules for what it will let you pay for things with. We scan the customer’s EBT card, and it tells us exactly how much of that price total can be paid for via EBT, and it will not include anything that isn’t food, and it will not include anything considered “pre-prepared” food. It does this automatically AND THERE IS NO OVERRIDE FOR IT. If our machines say that you can’t use the EBT card to pay for something, there is literally nothing we can do to change that, even if we WANTED to.

So no. You can’t buy iPads or cigarettes with food stamps. You can’t withdraw money from casinos or anywhere else with food stamps. You can’t buy dog food with food stamps; sometimes you can’t even buy people food with food stamps. I’m not even sure if you can buy “the big chicken legs” at Disney with food stamps; remember, you can’t buy “any food sold for on-premises consumption” OR any hot foods, and that’s both.

Literally the only thing these fearmongers listed that you can actually purchase with food stamps even if you are in goddamn cahoots with the evil liberal cashier or store manager is soda, and the judgement against people buying that with food stamps is classist fuckwittery at its finest.

So, as always, Fox News is actually flat-out lying, and hateful conservatives both don’t know what they’re talking about and don’t give a fuck about people going through shit that they will never have to go through themselves, and that they in fact don’t have even the tiniest clue about (not even via five seconds’ research; a list of things that can’t be purchased with food stamps is on the Food and Nutrition Services website) but still think they should spout off about to their TV audience anyway.

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bunmer:


A young Jewish refugee with her Chinese playmates. Shanghai, China (x)

Between 1933 and 1941, it is estimated that 20,000 Jews escaped persecution by fleeing to the Chinese port of Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the few places in the world that would accept Jewish refugees at this time, Japan being another.

bunmer:

A young Jewish refugee with her Chinese playmates. Shanghai, China (x)

Between 1933 and 1941, it is estimated that 20,000 Jews escaped persecution by fleeing to the Chinese port of Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the few places in the world that would accept Jewish refugees at this time, Japan being another.

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rawr0609:

suklaapupuakachocolatebunny:

washed—up:

queertodaygonetomorrow:

atane:

wristxrocket:

dear-drifter:

lilightfoot:

Remember.

his life was totally in danger.

^^^^

True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/pepper-spray-cop-settlement_n_4152147.html

I weep for humanity


I’m seeing a trend of officers who are rewarded with thousands of dollars for brutally attacking innocents

rawr0609:

suklaapupuakachocolatebunny:

washed—up:

queertodaygonetomorrow:

atane:

wristxrocket:

dear-drifter:

lilightfoot:

Remember.

his life was totally in danger.

^^^^

True story; this officer (John Pike) got a settlement of $38,000 because he said he got depressed after pepper spraying these kids. Oh, the depression wasn’t for feeling remorseful for pepper spraying a bunch of college kids peacefully protesting. He got depressed because he said since the media kept playing the video of him pepper spraying peaceful kids without cause, he got threats and didn’t feel safe. He didn’t feel safe. I’m not making that up. This motherfucker collected nearly 40 grand on worker’s comp after assaulting a bunch of college kids.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/23/pepper-spray-cop-settlement_n_4152147.html

I weep for humanity

I’m seeing a trend of officers who are rewarded with thousands of dollars for brutally attacking innocents

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Selfcare as Warfare | feministkilljoys

Sarah Ahmed’s breathtaking and brilliant critique of dismissals of feminist and antiracist practices as “neoliberalism”. One can tell that she is taking Jack Halberstam to task in this piece. Truly must-read, spot-on analysis and beautifully written prose—Ahmed focuses on the notion inherited from Audre Lorde, amidst her battle against cancer, that self-care is warfare.

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