Asked by tribunaries
I feel that a lot of his depictions of women in his art are really fucked up and sexist, though I’m sure 15 billion people will jump down my throat claiming it’s ~satire~ and therefore somehow incapable of being genuinely offensive (even if people are indeed offended).
In terms of explicit statements he put this quote, "feminism is a weapon. weapons are for war. make love, not war" on his instagram. That idea is wildly ignorant and anti-feminist.
And while I’m at it I’ll do a mini YFIP on him
He used the n-word in an interview while talking about how he was trying to “reclaim” the word vandalism the way that some Black people have reclaimed the n-word. Given that it’s well-documented that he’s white (including in this same article) it’s completely inappropriate and racist for him to use the actual word.
Then there’s the larger fact that his whole career is an exercise in white privilege, cultural appropriation, and classism (and of course racism because class is a race issue). You think a man of color could get away with all his stunts without ever getting caught or in trouble? Absolutely not. Also, street art/graffiti is just not white people’s domain, in the same way that rap music isn’t white people’s domain. White people can participate, but they need to recognize they didn’t invent it. Banksy gets an incredible amount of credit for doing what people of color had been doing for years before he showed up. Also, Banksy often puts up his pieces in poor neighborhoods mostly populated by people of color, and then all the bougie white people (who would never deign to set foot in that neighborhood otherwise) come to take photos and clog up public spaces. It’s like a mini gentrification. Here is a great post that elaborates on these points. It’s specifically about Shepard Fairey, but the points all translate to Banksy as well.
Banksy is such a symbol (mostly among middle to upper class white kids looking to rebel) of counterculture, but he’s actually just kind of an asshole.
Asked by Anonymous
hmm, a lot of reasons.
this is the post:
so many people who are attempting to be counter-culture and progressive and liberal don’t like fight club because they think it’s an oversexed white male dominance fantasy and that’s exactly right. that’s what fight club is cutting at and making fun of
that boxy chested dudebro with the tyler durden poster in his dorm is the one the joke is on. it’s written by a queer man as a jab at over-privileged anxious 90’s white men with sexual frustration that they can only channel and expel by beating the shit out of each other
and actual stuff is happening around them, their actions have consequences, there is art and science and cancer going on around them and they wanna blow junk up and the narrator realizes this in the end and destroys that side of his personality because it went too far
that’s the punchline that’s the point of fight club y’all
and the thing is, I get it, I really really do. And it’s not wrong, that interpretation of Fight Club is totally legitimate because - Death of the Author
but here’s the thing, us saying “NO I know they think it’s about this but this is what it’s really about so it’s okay! it’s satire!”
(see also: it’s always sunny in philadelphia)
the problem with this, is that it’s not very effective satire, in fact I would say it’s very harmful satire and therefor deserves its criticism - progressive liberal bullshit or not.
Chuck Palahniuk is a white cis gay man. You cannot use his status as a gay man to say that he’s actually spinning this really elaborate joke on straight men and their masculinity. (Especially since, like, have you read his other books? Because I have read every single book he’s ever written and I invite you to do the same and examine all of his white male protagonists)
You can’t just say “Oh well he’s gay so he MUST be saying this!” that’s not how that works.
Palahniuk is certain that there are some things in life that men innately enjoy and should be given - given back - cultural permission to express. “If we try to suppress that completely, it is going to erupt in some horrible uncontrolled way. In a culture where we have condemned all forms of violence as invalid and not needed, violence still comes up. It comes up in hyper-violent ways, like in school shootings.”
The notion that men must be allowed to be men or else all society - women included - suffers, is consistent with the mantras of the American men’s movement and the mytho-poetic prescriptions of its patron saint, Robert Bly, the author of Iron John. Palahniuk also seems in sympathy with the argument that conventional manly virtues have been done down in the keyboard-driven, postindustrial economy, and he has not missed the irony that while men’s interest in violent sports today causes concern, women’s incursions into the same territory are often applauded. So when men box it is mindless violence and when women box it is liberation?
For Palahniuk the male protagonists of Fight Club are human spirits in revolt against the deadening destinies society that allots them. (x)
this interview also starts with the headline: “The writer of Fight Club thinks that men need to reclaim masculinity - with their fists. But, Dave Hill finds, he’s really just a softie at heart”
And again, death of the author is a thing but the other thing is, men are not made uncomfortable by Fight Club. They aren’t. Which was the original argument, that Fight Club s clever because it is a satire of violent heteronormative masculinity that actually makes men uncomfortable BUT IT DOESN’T. It empowers them, it reinforces them. And I can tell you this from experience.
When I was in college, I took a class on “literary sabotage”, taught by a straight white man in his 40s, and the class breakdown was about 80% white straight men. (I know right). We read about 8 books, all written by white men. Palahniuk was the only gay author.
Now I had to sit in this class and listen as every single male - including my professor - talked about how great Fight Club is because it finally gives men of the late-20th and early-21st centuries a forum to vent about the frustrations of masculinity. Without a single trace of irony. And the satirical aspect? was not only ignored but violently rebuked when someone (another woman) brought it up. It made them angry. And if you brought up the homoerotic undertones of the novel? It was laughed off and waved away. “It’s just men being intimate in their most primal sates - it’s something women can’t understand, it’s not gay" - actual thing my actual classmate said. And it’s backed up! by what Palahniuk says!
So I wrote a paper, more or less exactly like what this tumblr post says, only with quotes and stuff from Palahniuk with the argument that he lost control of his own pet project and it actually should be taken as satire, intended or not. And I got a C-. In four years of college, and 4 years of high school, I got something other than a B or an A on a paper. And I’m not so full of myself that I don’t think I can get a C-, that’s not what I’m saying, but this paper had no actual markings or corrections on it. Just A C-, with no explanation. While every single male in my class got As and Bs and pages full of positive commentary. I wonder what they wrote about.
So. yeah, that’s my issue with it.
my life got about a thousand times better once i stopped censoring myself
and by censoring i don’t mean i suddenly embraced indiscriminate swearing; i mean i stopped trying to sugarcoat my past or my feelings; i stopped lying by omission; i stopped having guilty pleasures; i began unabashedly enjoying whatever i liked; i became very honest; i cut out of my life poisonous people and negative ideals, and i am so, so much happier for it
[image description: Three Images. The first is a logo that reads “Morgan’s Wonderland: a special place for special friends.” The second image is a boy in a wheelchair, a girl with crutches, a girl with wings and a boy with a seeing eye dog. The third is headshots of the forementioned children with their names and brief explanations of their super powers. Which read as follows. “Rocket. He has a extreme rocket propelled super chair tha helps him zoom across anything at the speed of sound.” “Jette. She has jet propelled arm braces that help her blast hundreds of feet in the air at lightning speed.” “Morgan. She has big, beautiful wings that enable her to soar through the sky without fear or limitations.” “X-Ray. He has a super dog named Max and his eyewear enables him to see for miles in both X-ray and Night Vision. “]
Did you know that there’s an amusement park specifically designed around the needs of the disabled? Their mascots are a team of disabled superheroes, cut-outs of these four are scattered around the park showcasing them in various stages of their missions. The two pictures of the team came from this review. The ones she took are FAR better than the ones I was able to snap with my crappy phone camera.
As many of you know, my son is Autistic. No family outing can just happen spontaneously. We have to be as prepared as possible, and anyone who has ever been to a typical amusement park knows that chaotic is putting it nicely. Crowding, the overwhelming noise, and waiting in long lines? It’s not a pretty picture. Morgan’s family had the same kinds of issues.
That’s why they decided to do something about it.
Morgan’s Wonderland is a fully accessible park for disabled children and their families to come enjoy the day together without anyone having to sit out. The staff is fully trained and completely understanding when it comes to physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, the works.
I posted some words about this place back when I took my son two summers ago, and we’ve been meaning to go back ever since and plan on doing it soon. I’m just surprised that I haven’t seen people talk about it on my dash at all in all that time.
Their mission statement: "To provide a safe, clean and beautiful environment free of economic barriers that all individuals, regardless of age, special need or disability, can come to and enjoy."
A one day pass for children 3-10, seniors over 62, and those with military ID is only $10, while general adult admission is just $15. Individuals with special needs are admitted free of charge.
Morgan’s Wonderland is located in San Antonio, TX. These guys are doing some really great things and I think more people need to know about this place.
Sure, #weneeddiversebooks so that my future kids know they can be heroes…
…but we also need diverse books so that white readers know my kids can be heroes, too.
I have a theory about the direct line between the disappearance of black families from network TV (Cosbys, Winslows, Banks, etc) and the increased anti-black racism in our culture since it started happening.
I’ve never really been able to articulate it well enough, but this post does it succinctly.
And I noticed something…
so this is the first time we see the king of Atlantis, right?
Then he says this while his wife is drawn into the heart of Atlantis:
Notice how he’s not looking away. The next time we see the king, he is blind.
DOES THIS MEAN HE LOOKED INTO THE HEART OF ATLANTIS, RISKED LOSING HIS SIGHT, JUST SO HE COULD SEE HIS WIFE ONE LAST TIME??????
JUST FUCKING STOP RIGHT THERE
CANT STOP WONT STOP