To those who delete their blog posts out of embarrassment for having revealed something abject or unspeakable: it is irresponsible to not write the truth. These acts of telling, of saying what nobody else will come out and say, will always be humiliating. Not just humiliating—it will make you unemployable! Yes, it burns a little when everyone around you is relieved by your acts of telling. Because you’re the girl who keeps it real. You’re emotional relief for respectable and repressed people.
Do the respectable people I sometimes email google me? (Impulse to unwrite myself.) No, they shall have to see me as I am.
It’s the only thing I’ve ever been good at—inserting myself where I don’t belong. I don’t belong in the consciousness of respectable people. Yet sometimes, there I am.
you’re not going to get the job.
"She did not mind it because she understood it: it was part of the price of being Gertrude."
—Randall Jarrell, Pictures from a Institution
endnotes, the logic of gender (via pussy-strut)
"What are you doing that Tracey Emin didn’t already do?" — William Pope.L to Hanna M. Owens circa 2010
"like a crime scene." one of my biggest regrets is that i have no tag for all of the posts that talk about trials, jurors, crime scenes, justice, cops, stealing, etc., even though it is one of the major themes of this tumblr. is there anything more modern than charles saatchi owning tracey emin’s "my bed"? of course he does.
karen ay, we’re all in thi$ together, 2010
“that which lies outside of his discourse yet provides it with its very condition of possibility”
Geraldine Finn | Women and the Ideology of Science | Why Althusser Killed His Wife: Essays on Discourse and Violence
cf. page 7 “philosophers and political scientists have always killed their wives”
"new media technologies provoke both anxiety and hope: anxiety over surveillance and hope for empowerment. wendy hui kyong chun reveals that these two reactions complement rather than oppose each other by emphasizing how exposure is necessary in order for networks to work. addressing the key ways that gender plays—and has historically played—into negotiating media exposure, she examines how ‘habits of privacy’ persist and are fostered, often to our detriment."
october 10th, 6:30 pm, at barnard. who wants to go? wendy chun is great.