are the only thing I don’t miss about sailing. It was brilliant today, so nice to have the sun on your back to warm you, and sunbathe on the pavement. Cause even though I didn’t capsize, I got absolutely drenched, on my last sail… hiking is fun and cold but mostly fun. First time sailing in 20 knots without an instructor, we’ll just forget that I did a terrible gybe and almost crashed my boat, no one saw so it was awesome.
The one weekend I get asked to go away with someone, go sailing in fact happens to be when my parents are away. And no I don’t trust my delinquent younger brother, who has been in trouble with the law countless times to be left alone for two nights over a weekend. Le sigh.
“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 PWD 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.”—
Damn. This is one of those cases where I’ve thought about snippets of what she’s saying, but never put it all together as part of one setup. My mind is blown.
For my zine, one of the borders I am thinking about (and hoping to synthesize stuff on) is the border between an individual’s body and their sociopolitical surroundings; basically, who is allowed autonomy over their body, and how thoroughly are they allowed it. Things like sterilization abuse, imprisonment, environmental racism. I think I’m not going to work on sexual assault or disabilities and how they relate to body autonomy, because they are very big broad topics that I can’t do justice to. This passage is perfect for me to come across right now!