Homeless children living in an underground passage under the Pouchkine Square. Moscow, 1992.
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"Shinji, hit the fucking blunt!"





Peggielene Bartels, A.K.A. King Peggy, is currently the King of Otuam, Ghana. She was chosen to be one of only three female kings in Ghana, and when she discovered that male chauvinists wanted her to only be a figurehead, she said: “They were treating me like I am a second-class citizen because I am a woman. I said, ‘Hell no, you’re not going to do this to a woman!’” When she encountered corruption and the threat of embezzlement to the royal funds, she declared “I’m going to squeeze their balls so hard their eyes pop!”
King Peggy has maintained her work in Ghana’s embassy in Washington, D.C. while making education affordable in Otuam, installing borehead wells to produce clean drinking water, enforcing incarceration laws to deal with domestic violence, replenishing the royal coffers by taxing Otuam’s fishing industry to improve life in the village, and appointing three women to her council.
“Nobody should tell you, ‘You’re a woman, you can’t do it,’” she insists. “You can do it. Be ready to accept it when the calling comes.”
Quoted from the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Ms. Magazine.

What a beautiful badass woman.

King Peggy has been on my blog before but this is my goddamn blog and I will have King Peggy on here twice if I want.


Always reblog King Peggy, who is on my dash far less than she should be. Did you know she has written a book about her life? It is great, and you should all get right on that if you haven’t already.

-Abandoned underground station in Paris converted into a pool
Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries.


Mia Mingus, “Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability” (via disabilityhistory)

i reblogged this quote already but i wanted to reblog this again to really encourage folks to read all of Mia’s speech from which this quote is pulled from - if not to let her poignant words settle into our bodies but to also get the full context. Mia shared this speech at the Femmes of Color Symposium in 2012 in Oakland, CA. in her speech she talks about how important it is to challenge ableism in order to create a femmeness that is not exclusionary. and while she does not politically identify as a femme of color, she has had that experience and it has been molded by her being a disabled woman of color.

it was important for me to reblog this again to acknowledge that while i resonate deeply with this quote as a queer and gender non conforming disabled person of color, my masculinity is conducive to desirability in our society at large and the movement spaces we seek to create for liberation, decolonization, etc. 

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Bob Ross.
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Atta Kim.

My Twin Brother by Myself
Vaslav Nijinsky, Russian Ballet Dancer 1890-1950