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'Tell me what happens the first time you see a woman naked.'
'The first time you see a woman naked will not be like you imagined. There will be no love, no trust, no intimacy. You won’t even be in the same room as her.
You won’t get to smile as she undresses you and you undress her. You won’t get to calm her nerves with nerves of your own. You won’t get to kiss her, feeling her lips and the edge of her tongue. You won’t get to brush your fingers over the lace of her bra or count her ribs or feel her heartbeat.
The first time you see a woman naked you will be sitting in front of a computer screen watching someone play at intimacy and perform at sex. She will contort her body to please everyone in the room but her. You will watch this woman who is not a woman, pixelated and filtered and customized. She will come ready-made, like an order at a restaurant. The man on the screen will be bigger than you, rougher than you. He will teach you how to talk to her. He will teach you where to put your hands and he will teach you what you’re supposed to like. He will teach you to take what is yours.
You must unlearn this. You must unlearn this twisted sense of love. You must unlearn the definition of pleasure and intimacy you are being taught. Kill this idea of love, this idea of entitlement, this way of scarring one another.’
Israel have killed more Palestinians in the past week than Palestine have killed Israelis in the past 30 years
An absolutely amazing piece. She goes on to say:
Al Nakba, therefore, is not an event that occurred on a specific date, but is an ongoing catastrophe, that has taken a new form through Jewish settlements, administrative detention, and control over Palestinian women’s fertility and reproduction. Israel’s “deeply gendered character of punishment both reflects and further entrenches the gendered structure(s) of the larger society.”
Despite the ongoing systematic subjugation of Palestinians, Palestinians refuse to give up. It is vital that Palestinians are not perceived as damaged subjects, but rather, as a people who have resisted the threat of colonialism long before Israel was ever formally pronounced as a state. Furthermore, the lack of analysis around Palestinian women and their participation within the global resistance movement reinforces Orientalist images of Arab women as docile and passive. Such depictions ignore the social, political and economic contributions that Palestinian women have made to their communities and to the larger Palestinian anti-colonial movement. Palestinian women have participated in various realms of the Palestinian freedom movement, including armed struggle, non-violent demonstrations against the apartheid wall, and art and literature. As importantly, Palestinian self-determination is connected to gender equality, and therefore, Palestinian liberation is contingent on their liberation as women. It is vital that Palestinian women are not constructed as oppressed, but rather, as strong women who have been critical to the political struggle for self-determination. Shifting the Palestinian collective memory to include this narrative will force us to reexamine structures of patriarchy, occupation, and gender to move towards more comprehensive visions of freedom.
Navin E (via wordswritteninsilence)
Okay I’m not even a Star Trek fan but that’s beautiful.
THIS IS SO DARLING I LOVE IT TREK NERD PERFECTION
I am a Star Trek fan (and one who knows little smidgens of Klingon), and yes. This is delightful.
The international language of love.(via blue-author)
Courtney Love (via fuckedonxanax)