The Subject Of My Desire
— THE ESTABLISHMENT —
HAD THE BEST TIME EVER LAST NIGHT.
Happy Friday dear dear readers.
One of the great ironies of my life is running a online publication and also having a fairly strong aversion to the Internet. It generally just breaks my heart the way people treat one another on the Information Superhighway and so I write, edit, and exchange feverish love letters with other writers in the sanctity of my own inbox and generally shy away from the media we call Social.
BUT. Last night I was reminded about the incandescent magic of the glowing screens that connect us, about the importance of The Establishment living virtually on the Interwebs…
Because virtual love gives way to IRL love and I was so humbled and delighted and excited and moved by everyone who gathered together last night at The StoreFrontLab in San Francisco for our Femmebot event.
We’ve truly built something incredible together; the humor, intelligence, honesty, and beautiful justice-seeking anger that comprises our community never ceases to amaze me.
Thank you from the bottom of my flayed and cup-runneth-over heart. I hope this is just the beginning.
With love + rage,
Co-founder | Creative Director
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Everything short of racial justice is white supremacy. Everything.
If this sounds harsh or unreasonable to you, I really need you to understand why it is not. If this last election and the torrent of narratives against “identity politics” has you thinking that maybe, just maybe, some middle ground between white supremacists and anti-racists must be found, I need you to understand the danger this belief puts us in.
Because the desire to make racial equality a topic which is up for debate, or racial justice a goal that we can ease ourselves into, is what has sustained the system of violent white supremacy for hundreds of years.
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