Good Queer Decolonial Fun: The She-Ra Reboot

Just like the old show, the new She-Ra is all about coalition-building towards decolonization, but it incorporates a lot of what folks have learned about organizing and hegemonic power over the last 25 years—even if its gloss is superficial, there’s definitely enough material in each episode to use as fodder in a “talking to your kids about capitalism” conversation.

Are the American Immigrant Detainment Centers Concentration Camps?

 What Is a Concentration Camp? Most dictionaries define “concentration camp” as a space for separating a politically undesirable group, usually with degraded living conditions. In this sense, the terms “concentration camp,” “internment camp” and “detainment center” are interchangeable. But the term “concentration camp” is[…]

Homesick for a place I'm not even sure exists

What Is Vaporwave?

Proving that culture is in everything humans touch, there’s this genre based on bland corporate music from the eighties like mall muzak, advertising jingles and computer sounds.  Vaporwave is also an art movement. It’s remix culture centered on the  bold geometric shapes, glitch art and clip art of the 1980s. It’s neon, especially pink, purple and aqua. But it is these things deconstructed; the music is slowed down, distorted, so the refrains from an earlier, more innocent time have a haunting effect.

Gotcha Game banner image with pointing fingers

The Gotcha Game

There’s a game radicals, progressives, and liberals like to play. We are always looking for the turncoat in our midst. Did you catch someone confusing transsexual with transgender? Five points for you. Someone ignorantly, but not sarcastically, asks “what’s wrong with the phrase All Lives Matter,” 10 points for you. Sexist blonde joke? 4 points.

Replacing Pavement with Gardens: Beyond Leftist Fundamentalism

It is early autumn and helicopters are circling the UC Berkeley campus as I write this. I can see them from my window. The tut-tut-tut of their propellers punctuate my thoughts.

A few days ago, I rode my bike up to the university to use the library, and had to navigate through a swarm of media and security workers. An Alt Right speech was scheduled on campus that evening, but it was still several hours away. There were no protestors yet, but cable news teams were already milling all over the place, setting up their equipment, preparing their spins.

Examination of a witch hunt by matteson, with the faces replaced with rage/troll faces

Moral Panic Attack: Callout Culture and Community

Moral panic is a sociological phenomena in which individuals or groups are persecuted within a larger social group. These panics are precipitated by the presence of several key ingredients: social order, fear of that social order being threatened, and the existence of taboos—unnameable things which members of the group cannot address without experiencing fear.

Celestial Revolutions

Pluto is Well into Capricorn and the Revolution is in Full Swing You probably didn’t pay much attention when Pluto slipped into Capricorn on January 27th, 2008, but now, here we are, halfway through revolutionary Pluto’s passage through Capricorn (the sign of social order)[…]