“You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise, you’re merely imitating yourself, going nowhere because that’s always easiest.”—John Berryman (via karavanderbijl)
1) Having to constantly monitor everything and only having two eyes (despite what my students believe) 2) 32125481243 people screaming for help and only having two hands 3) Common Core Standards 4) First graders who put each other in choke-holds 5) School lunch
I was unpacking something from a box and it had these styrofoam sheets that broke into a million little styrofoam dots. I saw a canister of compressed air and thought, “hm, I could use this to clean up! It would be even better if instead of blowing air it sucked air in”
the thing that would actually help me clean is a vacuum
The self-proclaimed “Diversity University” is at it again. Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, is prosecuting three trans* and gender-nonconforming students for taking political action to address transgender discrimination on campus. This comes just one year after the University reversed their need blind admission policy, and a rash of racial profiling by the campus police, Public Safety.
On Wednesday, December 4th, Wesleyan University will be holding a disciplinary hearing against the three aforementioned trans* and gender-nonconforming students. The charges against the three stem from actions taken this October to “degender” public restrooms. These students are being targeted because of their visibility in these actions and in the LGBTQ community on campus, despite no evidence that they are indeed responsible for the $5,245 in fines they are facing.
Beginning this October, Wesleyan students began removing gender signs from public restrooms across campus. In place of the gender signs, they posted new all gender signs as well as manifestos which explained their actions: “We demand that Wesleyan University stop segregating bathrooms along gender lines and provide all-gender bathrooms in all buildings in the University. We believe gender-segregated bathrooms create uncomfortable and potentially dangerous situations for trans* and gender-variant presenting people. We believe gender-segregated bathrooms reinforce trans* invisibility at Wesleyan.”
The manifesto was signed by an anonymous group “Pissed Off Trans* People,” and the group provided manifestos and all-gender signs available for download online. The materials soon had over 200 downloads and many students outside of the original group were participating on their own.
The charges stem from one incident in the student center when a university employee stopped a group of five students suspected of degendering two restrooms. From this moment on things got confusing. Only three of the five students have been brought up on charges and face disciplinary consequences. These three students are being singled out for punishment because of their visibility in the LGBTQ community and are being forced to carry the weight of all degendering activism on campus this semester.
"oh, please. you can’t REALLY be in a great mood. there are people out there who just got raises. people just got married. people are being reunited with their families right now. how dare you say you’re happy."
The equivalent of someone saying you can’t be sad because other people have it worse than you.
Americans can’t be sad because other countries have it worse than you.
Last night I had a dream that I was in my Contemporary Issues in Literature class that I took for undergrad but I was a grad student, and Steve Roggenbuck sat in the row in front of me and he turned around and said “hey, I remember you from the internet!” And I was like, “wow, I know you from the internet too!” We talked about the books we were reading in the class and then time was up so I was suddenly running up the stairs in my high school even though I was in grad school
and I’m screaming and shouting up the stairs to a friend who I met in college. ”ELEANORRRRR, ELEANORRRRR, ELLE, HEY, YOU REALLY NEED TO EMBRACE THE YOLO LIFESTYLE. EMBRACE THE YOLO LIFESTYLE ELEANORRR.” And out of nowhere Steve pops his head around the corner of the landing and over my shoulder and says to her in the gentlest fucking voice, “Eleanor, please…you really should consider bringing YOLO into your life. You’ve got to share your life with YOLO.”
We were all gone and I realized that I missed the sunrise.