Well ok Kesha, maybe it’s because you’re an auto tuned peice of shit who shouldn’t be famous, you have no Buisness being in the music industry, it’s not even your music you fuck, someone else wrote it for you to record and them to auto tune yourself. And it’s not at all good . It’s not positive either. So complain some more.
I don’t know if you know this, tumblr user koolkidseatgreens, but Ke$ha is a certified genius. She has an IQ over 140 and an SAT score of 1500. When she was younger she would go to the library and do research for fun. Ke$ha is a both feminist and an advocate for equal marriage/rights for people of any sexuality, being a queer woman herself.
Ke$ha is a smart, professional woman, and just because she sings songs about wanting to let loose and have fun every once in a while doesn’t make her a piece of shit.
Ke$ha’s songs are meant to point out the sexism in our media. She treats men the same way many men in the music industry treat women, and she is hated on for it. Relentlessly. She sings on multiple occasions about taking charge in a sexual relationship, of how she only uses men for their body parts. She sexualizes men to make them uncomfortable. She sexualizes men for a reaction, so that people can both see why women are so uncomfortable with their sexualization and also to point out the inequality between the sexes both in the media and in the world at large.
She is judged so harshly for singing about things that make many men famous.
If you listen to Ke$ha’s deconstructed album you will see that she actually has some talent, which may be hard to hear because she does in fact use a fair amount of autotune. This is because of her genre and because of the kind of music she chooses to create as an artist. Ke$ha may not write her songs, but this doesn’t meant she isn’t a good artist or a good person. This doesn’t mean she deserves your harsh words. Some singers are good at writing, but that’s hardly a requirement. Last time I checked whether or not you can sing has nothing to do with whether or not you’re a poet.
You should not be calling anyone a piece of shit, my friend, especially someone you’ve never sat down and had a conversation (or even taken the time to wonder about her feelings!), but if anyone deserves that kind of language it’s not Ke$ha.
You may think that by shaming women for expressing their sexuality and having fun every once in a while, that you are somehow abolishing sexism. That in weeding out the less ‘deserving’ women you are gaining our sex more respect. This is not the case, and the fact that you and many others feel such a strong need to shame this woman who has done nothing wrong, especially not to you, shows that we still have a very far away to go.
She also writes her own music with her mother. And she might use autotuning in her recordings but performs them flawlessly live.
This is Flaco Shalom.
Visual artist. Detroiter. And owner of The Untitled Bottega—a midtown Detroit gallery that’s redefining what it means to be an art exhibition space.
The facilities are large, unfinished, and uncurated. Flaco and his team are doing the interior construction themselves and welcome art of any expression or medium. The Bottega is currently home to two hip hop concert series: The Foundation and The Crack House. And host to a collection of other events.
A typical day there looks like the ultimate haven for today’s young artist, and often includes pizza, beer, and several hookahs. There are always a few of Flaco’s creative collaborators screening tees or dry-walling or yelling obscenities at each other. Trae Isaac is usually in some corner earphones on, head bopping, painting a new piece. Flaco, a Marvel movie, and a wet canvas are in the back room. And, of course, there’s the sweetest pit bull ever: Whiskey.
The Untitled Bottega. 314 E. Baltimore. Twitter/IG: @UntitledBottega.
“I think a lot about what makes a strong female character. You know, movies and TV shows, these things have influence, my own website. So I think the question of “What makes a strong female character?”, often goes misinterpreted. And instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen, who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot. Like, you know, a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female, they’re completely flat and they’re basically cardboard characters.
The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy. And women happen to be people!”
-Tavi Gevinson for TEDTalks [x]
You should have heard by now from the news and at twitter about what happened in my country…
“There is a conspiracy theory at the heart of this book. Even to the most casual observer of human history, it isn’t news that women’s sexuality has been feared, suppressed and lied about. But What Do Women…
- Melissa Harris-Perry, Why caring for children is not just a parent’s job (via msnbc)
True, and based on my experience and my readings, this attitude of “caring for children is everybody’s job” is considered normal in much of the non-Western world. Certainly in China, where extended clans and communities dote over babies and help educate toddlers without a second thought and mothers feel perfectly comfortable handing off their babies to a relative or friend or neighbor while conducting some other business for the afternoon.
What’s ironic is that simultaneously in Asian culture, Buddhist monks and nuns and renunciates and mendicants and sages — who make a life commitment to not have children — are well-respected by society and by their communities, rather than being considered eccentric bachelors or crazy cat ladies for such a choice. Many of our most important historical figures and folk heroes and martial arts legends are people who have renounced marriage and children. Yet it’s traditional for children to spend time playing with monks and nuns in their communities, especially during certain festivities. Children refer to monks and nuns as “uncle” and “auntie” and the nuns and monks pass on to those children certain knowledge and values, how to make an offering with your whole heart, how to bow, managing your energy and emotion, patience, self-cultivation, humility, discipline, wisdom. It’s a whole different system.
Familial love isn’t restricted to just parent-child relationships, and it really bothers me that that’s how people seem to think it ought to be =/
Reblogging for zuky’s commentary in particular.
People ask me if I’m sure I won’t have kids. If I won’t miss them. That I’m selfish.
Fuck that, I love kids and I’m very sure I’ll be able to contribute to heaps of kids’ lives. Like my new niece for example, I just wanna do heaps of stuff with her like my aunty did with me.
We are the greatest victims of colonial rule. We are exposed to this country’s strongest institutions every day. We find that what is called “education” is not education at all. What it is, is white nationalist propaganda. Black people are made to hate themselves. I saw a brother on the corner once, trying to figure out what was wrong with his skin-it didn’t match his flesh-colored bandaid.
Media is used against us in total. The W.P.P. (white power people, or the white power press, or white people’s power-take your choice) all victimize Blacks. The rebellion’s aftermath brought demands in the white press not for the resolution of historic grievances of oppressed Blacks but for the guillotining of Carmichael or myself. The Negro press is no better. They wait for white folks to tell them what to say. The tactic of media is to make you an enemy of the people. Enemies of the people are always vulnerable. The reason Malcolm could be killed and Black folks didn’t revolt is that the press had made Malcolm an enemy of the people. The reason they could give Muhammad Ali the maximum sentence and fine was because the press had made him an enemy of the people. The reason Adam Powell could be politically lynched and Black folks didn’t revolt, was because Adam had been made an enemy of the people. Negroes believe anything the press says.
Anything you don’t control can be used as a weapon against you. Education is used as a weapon against us. News media is used as a weapon against us. Athletics. We dominate in athletics, but we don’t control them. Therefore the Negro athlete is used as a weapon against us. This country realizes that the athlete has an image in our community. So they get some ol’ bootlicking, shuffling, money-mad Negro, who can run or jump, and they tell him, “Go control your people.” The same thing goes for entertainers.
Another thing that is used effectively against Blacks is the court system. There is no justice in this country for Black people. Justice is a joke, and it stinks of hypocrisy [names Lyndon Johnson and J. Edgar Hoover]. Justice means “just-us-white-folks.” There is no redress of grievance for Blacks in this country. When the government becomes the lawbreaker, people must become law enforcers.”
Fun Food Flags! Can you guess which countries are represented? Hint: The food used to make the flag is usually associated with that country…
Source (and answers!) here: http://bit.ly/n2Uxn8
Could you imagine using that as a introduction in teaching a class about a country? Ahhhhhh I love this!
By 1680, you see the beginning of the changes. What had happened - and this is a complicated story - was that colonial leaders had to deal with Bacon and that rebellion. The British sent a fleet of three ships and by the time they got to Virginia, there were 8,000 poor men rebelling who had burned down Jamestown - blacks, whites, mulattos. And it was quite clear that this kind of unity and solidarity among the poor was dangerous.
After that, they began to pass laws, very gradually. They passed laws that gave Europeans privileges while they increasingly enslaved Africans. They passed a number of laws that prevented blacks, Indians, and mulattos from owning firearms, for example. Everybody had firearms. Everybody in Virginia still has firearms!
Then there was another change: There was a decline in the number of European servants coming to the New World. At the same time, there was an increase in the ships bringing Africans to the New World. By the 1690s or so, the English themselves had outfitted their ships to bring Africans back from the continent, and this is the first time that they had had direct connections.
But the Africans also had something else. They had skills which neither the Indians nor the Irish had. The Africans brought here were farmers. They knew how to farm semi-tropical crops. They knew how to build houses. They were brick makers, for example. They were carpenters and calabash carvers and rope makers and leather workers. They were metal workers. They were people who knew how to smelt ore and get iron out of it. They had so many skills that we don’t often recognize. But the colony leaders certainly recognized that. And they certainly gave high value to those slaves who had those skills.
After 1690 things begin to change. All of the Europeans become identified as “white.” And Africans take on a different kind of identity. They are not only heathens, but they are people who are perceived as vulnerable to being enslaved. And that’s a major point. Africans were vulnerable because it became part of the consciousness that they had no rights as Englishmen. Even the poorest Englishman knew that he had some rights. But once a planter owns a few Africans, the idea that the Africans had no rights that they had to recognize became very clear. And that’s why they were vulnerable to being enslaved, and kept in slavery. The laws that were passed after that all tended to diminish the rights of African people. But between 1690 and 1735, even those Africans who had been free and who had been there for many generations, had their rights taken away from them.
Once you magnify the difference between the slaves and the free, then it was possible to create a society in which the slaves were little better than animals. They were thought of as animals. And the more you think of slaves as animals, the more you justify keeping them as slaves.
After a while, slavery became identified with Africans. Blackness and slavery went together in the popular mind. And this is why we can say that race is a product of the popular mind, because it was this consciousness that blackness and slavery were bound together, that gave people the idea that Africans were a different kind of people.
Think of the early 17th century planter who wrote to the trustees of his company and he said, “Please don’t send us any more Irishmen. Send us some Africans, because the Africans are civilized and the Irish are not.” But 100 years later, the Africans become increasingly brutalized. They become increasingly homogenized into a category called “savages.” And all the attributes of savagery which the English had once given to the Irish, now they are giving to the Africans.”