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tw: anorexia, bulimia

Those who have adopted the continuum concept of women’s eating and body-image problems tend to stress the differences rather than similarities between women who are labeled anorexic or bulimic, and women who are weight preoccupied. The starting-point for understanding eating problems, then, is one that focuses on the differences in women’s experiences. Such a framework obscures the fact that anorexia and bulimia are widespread problems among women, and that these problems must be situated in relation to the weight preoccupation typical of most women in Western society. A framework which emphasizes the similarities between women on a continuum of troubled eating and weight preoccupation allows for a feminist understanding and approach to working with women.

A continuum framework which recognizes that there are more similarities than differences among anorexic and bulimic women and those who diet and exercise to control their weight allows us to question traditional understandings of eating disorders. The continuum approach challenges the idea that anorexic women are substantially more disturbed, or that their behaviour provides a form of psychological organization which is radically different from that of women preoccupied with weight. Indeed, t is both characteristic and acceptable within contemporary Western society for women to displace feelings, needs, and dissatisfactions onto their relationship with their eating and their bodies.

The relationship women have with their bodies and eating is shaped and given meaning within the larger context of women’s lives in patriarchal society. How women deal with their bodies and their psychological distress is mediated by socially acceptable strategies. It is therefore objectionable to label those who adopt more extreme measures as psychopathological, disordered, or diseased while simultaneously encouraging and rewarding dieting and weight preoccupation as healthy and normal when much of this more common behavior is, itself, very extreme.

from Catrina Brown’s The Continuum: Anorexia, Bulimia, and Weight Preoccupation

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spoopyvapor asked: What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

pumpkinclem:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.

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ill-will-editions:

Criminal Queers Support Ohlauer Rebels 
This is a communique for a banner drop in solidarity with refugees fighting for their lives in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. It was published on Indymedia on June 30, 2014, and is signed by “Some criminal queers and accomplices”. For more background on the struggle around the refugee-squatted school at Ohlauerstrasse, see the Ohlauer Infopoint blog here.  There is also a useful timeline of events in English here. 
A quote from the communiqué: 
"We do not speak in place of, or wish to speak over the voices of the folks occupying the Ohlauerstrasse school. The actions of these rebels have echoed loudly and powerfully from Berlin to Istanbul, Athens and beyond. To threaten to burn down a building and jump off the roof seems to us to say:“revolt or death”. The occupiers’ threats to the city and cops express a clear refusal to passively submit to the fate set out for them, and a choice to instead use their bodies to enforce their survival. For nearly a week now the occupiers have endured constant police harassment on the roof, while rejecting as misleading and insufficient every empty “offer” from the city. For these actions we have only respect and admiration.
At the same time, we have sensed a certain discord between the content of such actions and the form of some of the language used to describe them. A discourse of “nonviolence” and “human rights” keeps resurfacing, one which has made a point of distancing itself from “criminals”. We find the refugees’ rebellious actions inspiring, but we won’t position ourselves against those who are structurally criminalized. We count ourselves as among those for whom today’s prisons are built, and don’t wish to portray ourselves as innocent or blameless…on the contrary. We do not strive to legitimate or represent ourselves within the existent. We see this as a losing game, which ultimately serves only to demarcate who is killable and rapable, while positioning the State as an ally.”
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ill-will-editions:

Criminal Queers Support Ohlauer Rebels 

This is a communique for a banner drop in solidarity with refugees fighting for their lives in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin. It was published on Indymedia on June 30, 2014, and is signed by “Some criminal queers and accomplices”. For more background on the struggle around the refugee-squatted school at Ohlauerstrasse, see the Ohlauer Infopoint blog here.  There is also a useful timeline of events in English here

A quote from the communiqué: 

"We do not speak in place of, or wish to speak over the voices of the folks occupying the Ohlauerstrasse school. The actions of these rebels have echoed loudly and powerfully from Berlin to Istanbul, Athens and beyond. To threaten to burn down a building and jump off the roof seems to us to say:“revolt or death”. The occupiers’ threats to the city and cops express a clear refusal to passively submit to the fate set out for them, and a choice to instead use their bodies to enforce their survival. For nearly a week now the occupiers have endured constant police harassment on the roof, while rejecting as misleading and insufficient every empty “offer” from the city. For these actions we have only respect and admiration.

At the same time, we have sensed a certain discord between the content of such actions and the form of some of the language used to describe them. A discourse of “nonviolence” and “human rights” keeps resurfacing, one which has made a point of distancing itself from “criminals”. We find the refugees’ rebellious actions inspiring, but we won’t position ourselves against those who are structurally criminalized. We count ourselves as among those for whom today’s prisons are built, and don’t wish to portray ourselves as innocent or blameless…on the contrary. We do not strive to legitimate or represent ourselves within the existent. We see this as a losing game, which ultimately serves only to demarcate who is killable and rapable, while positioning the State as an ally.”

READ / PRINT

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It becomes clear that guaranteeism (the defense of rigidity, taken as the “status quo” of the technical class make-up, of the company work-day, of the “geography of the work-force”) is a double-edged sword when it is not understood, to a limited degree, as a means of struggle (a transitory form of worker influence in and on production, in and on society) but is understood, exclusively, as a program of action, as a “positive” plan.
from From Guaranteeism to Armed Politics, by Oreste Scalzone

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The leftist tendency inside and outside of the INC [Indian National Congress] was largely responsible for transforming the national movement into an organized mass movement, which brought in workers and peasants, both Muslim and Hindu, and presented Britain with its most potent challenge. But Hindu and Muslim chauvinist organizations retained enough strength to foil any unity. Thus, when independence was gained, it came at the cost of a partition of the country. In the ruthless “transfer of populations” between the newly created “homeland for India’s Muslims,” Pakistan, and the secularly defined India, millions of people were uprooted and many killed. It was an independence that appeared to confirm Indology’s old shibboleths on the incompatibility between the authentic, indigenous Hindu civilization and the foreign Muslim civilization. The many people who had worked to disprove such shibboleths were overwhelmed in a carnage instigated by an elite that wished to achieve decolonization without radical social change, an elite that more easily contemplated an internal slaughter as the cost for a quick negotiated settlement with the colonial power than a unified mass movement capable of seizing independence. The British left sadely while the Indians were engulfed in terror.
Orientalism, Political Economy, and the Canonization of Indian Civilization, by John Roosa

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Every crisis opens new possibilities. The confrontation with Nazism was an opportunity for the European intelligentsia to dissociate itself from an ideology that had proved compatible with, if not instrumental to, conquest and enslavement… But strong institutional forces worked against such reckoning. The onset of the cold war, needed a “West” morally triumphant. It was feared that the debacle of “Western Civilization” could promote the advance of communism. As C. H. Wendel stated in his “Foreword” to Cassirer’s The Myth of the State (1946): “Most people talked easily about the fact that we were going through a crisis of world history. It was natural to expect a confused welter of ideas in the public mind about the philosophy of history or about the nature of our civilization. All sorts of quasi-philosophies were likely to spring up in such conditions, inspired by some ideology or the political interests of those who enunciated them”.
from The God That Never Failed: The Origins and Crises of Western Civilization, by Silvia Federici, contained within Enduring Western Civilization, or The Construction of the Concept of Western Civilization and Its “Others”

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What I am interested in doing now is suggesting how the general liberal consensus that “true” knowledge is fundamentally non-political (and conversely, that overtly political knowledge is not “true” knowledge) obscures the highly if obscurely organized political circumstances obtaining when knowledge is produced. No one is helped in understanding this today when the adjective “political” s used as a label to discredit any work for daring to violate the protocol of pretended suprapolitical objectivity. We may say, first, that civil society recognizes a gradation of political importance in the various fields of knowledge. To some extent the political importance given a field comes from the possibility of its direct translation into economic terms; but to a greater extent political importance comes from the closeness of a field to ascertainable sources of power in political society.
from the introduction to Edward Said’s Orientalism

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This book, being about work, is, by its very nature, about violence—to the spirit as well as to the body. It is about ulcers as well as accidents, about shouting matches as well as fistfights, about nervous breakdowns as well as kicking the dog around. It is, above all (or beneath all), about daily humiliations. To survive the day is triumph enough for the walking wounded among the great many of us.
from the introduction to Studs Terkel’s Working

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