I can be so impatient with avocados. Reminder: soft means ripe. Wait.
believe that by changing the way we talk, we can change the way we think;
that if we eliminate racist and sexist terms from our language, we will become
a less racist and sexist society. As we will discuss in chapter 7, language itself
is not sexist or racist, but people can be, and because of this particular words
take on negative meanings. In his book The Language Instinct, the psychologist
Steven Pinker uses the expression euphemism treadmill to describe how the euphemistic
terms that are created to replace negative words often take on the
negative associations of the words they were coined to replace. For example,
handicapped was once a euphemism for the offensive term crippled, and when
handicapped became politically incorrect it was replaced by the euphemism
disabled. And as we write, disabled is falling into disrepute and is often replaced
by yet another euphemism, challenged. Nonetheless, in all such cases,
changing language has not resulted in a new worldview for the speakers.
As prescient as Orwell was with respect to how language could be used for
social control, he was more circumspect with regard to the relation between
language and thought. He was careful to qualify his notions with the phrase
“at least so far as thought is dependent on words.” Current research shows
that language does not determine how we think about and perceive the world.
Future research should show the extent to which language influences other
aspects of cognition such as memory and categorization.
from my linguistics textbook…
what is this horseshit? language isn’t racist, people are…
um… who the fuck invents language? who the fuck uses language? who the fuck shapes language? and how the fuck are you ever supposed to think outside of the language? so don’t be telling me a tool of oppression, one that intimately shapes power dynamics, how we relate to the world etc is not oppressive - it’s just people who use it… that’s the fucking nra line…
as for not creating a new worldview for the speakers, maybe it’s not about that - maybe it’s creating a place and space of respect for those who have to be labelled…
pigfucking structuralist hokus pocus(via close-to-the-knives)
Wally, Egon, and the Models in the Studio
From Rachel’s - Music for Egon Schiele
Photos by Amos Mac
Model: Sam Early
Yes patterns give me more patterns
(green) selfiedance #4 continued
(green) selfiedance #4
In the woods there is a bird; his song stops you
and makes you blush.
An entry from one David Wojnarowicz’s journals. There are more entries on this Triple Canopy feature: Years Ago Before the Nation Went Bankrupt.
Pimprae Hiranprueck, who goes by Nancy, barely spoke English when she left Thailand for the U.S. at age 13. And while she now calls the U.S. home, for many years, she’s struggled to reconcile missing her home country and the family she left behind. As a way of coping and investigating the layers of emotions she felt about her estrangement and her imminent return to Thailand, she produced Intersecting the Parallels, a photography project where she inserts herself into landscapes and family photographs. In a recent interview in Slate, Hiranprueck says the project enabled her to, “reacquaint myself with friends and family and to create new memories.” Read more on her website.