alice playing in the snow
Go pick up the new MRR MAG and read an interview I conducted with fellow homoz and best buds CLOSET BURNER! Find out why the best slime don’t set in no molds!
YAY SO COOL
also my friendz and i wrote a thing for this…idk if it will be in it, but if it is, look out for a chicago queer scene report// kathyackerspenis ‘s perfect face
finally i’m a marketable image-object but god what am i doing to myself
feeling better about this now: i encourage everyblog to buy pictures of my face and sadie’s face and katrina’s face and julia’s face.yeah this just dropped and my band is in it along with some sweet friends and bands which is really exciting!!! thinking on what codi has to say about punk and social commodity and whiteness and beauty, i think its important to keep in mind within criticism that there are like actually a lot of people of color and trans people running shit at MRR and theres a big interview with our friend who’s a trans girl, yeah there’s immeasurable bullshit in punk but also i want to not bury the efforts of the people who are really bringing it for this one by ignoring who’s actually making it happen and saying that shits “basically” all white and all cis or afab…. but i mean keep in mind too that i’m white and afab and although i do deal with annoying shit for “being a girl in a band” in straight scenes or whatever, it could be way worse and i’m cushioned/celebrated/supported by a lot of things including the bogus revival of riot grrl and being congratulated just for trying. i think subcultures are important and interesting and while subcultural appeal is kind of a bogus univer$al cool, subcultures are also historically crucial sites of hating society and being a nuisance and feeling less alienated, they’re still evolving, i am interested in being pissed and partying….in spite of its glorification, youth culture is important. in some ways radical scenes have bummed me out even more than art and music scenes, but punk does recruit for “the team” or whatever…. i think documentation is really crucial and useful and slips by a lot, its a whole other conversation about what gets documented and who thinks their shit is important enough to write down or photograph, i guess personally ive lost track of a lot of things that i want to remember that have happened in providence just because i was too busy freaking out or moving or being upset to step back and take a picture or record a show or something, but then theres someone who did and i appreciate it a lot…and sometimes nobody who’s in it is keeping track of anything and then maybe it gets written down by some college student doing a project who gets it all weird and wrong….or sometimes a bunch of boys take their friends really seriously and then make some famous historic boring hardcore scene or something….im thinking about what gets deemed important and who decides, codi i think what you said about using “inside-outsider” status to open up scenes is really on point. i have more to say about this but this blog isn’t really a place where i know how to get into it, i appreciate what goes on around here but i personally try to steer clear of tumblr discourse… just saying psyched for the efforts of people documenting their scene and making shit real, i love punk, i hate punk, fuck riot grrl, take some shit from the past but also fuck the past, looking forward to getting this magazine in the mail p.s. sorry theres no breaks in this massive block of text, tumblr keeps ignoring my attempts at using the return bar
obvious problems aside, this pic still makes me smile
ya it’s all blarry
Another sketch from Caution: May Contain Nuts, “Prime Directive”.
Ted Kerr and Chris Jones
This poster was inspired by the work and lived experience of Chaplain Jones, a black HIV-positive Baptist minister and activist, who is passionate about raising awareness around the lived experience of black and brown men who have sex with others men and their disproportionate rate of HIV infection in the West, which rivals infection rates in third world countries.
The burning condom, (and litany text), are shared by Jones, and collaborator Ted Kerr, with the intention of igniting public discourse around the condom. Since the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence (Play Fair, 1982) and Richard Berkowitz and Michael Callen (How to Have Sex in an Epidemic, 1983) first popularized the use of condoms as an AIDS prevention strategy there has been little public discourse around the holistic impact of condoms on the lives the latex barrier is said to be saving. In an age where condoms are—for some—a loaded symbol of “AIDS Inc” and the systemic discrimination leveled against profiled and monitored bodies, and at a time pharmaceutical interventions such as PEP and PrEP are seemingly reducing the need for condoms, what is one to make of the rubber?
Key to this conversation are the various understandings and attachments people have to condoms, often related to age, life chances, race, orientation, faith, gender and class.
The burning condom is the fire around which we can gather, listen and discuss.
Litany for Burning Condoms
Chaplin Christopher Jones and Ted Kerr
It’s hard to stay silent when faced with burning condoms.
We burn condoms to say we are whole.
We burn condoms to say we matter.
We burn condoms to remember.
We burn condoms to say that public health does not have all the answers.
We burn condoms to exercise our voice and power of choice.
We burn condoms to merge the secular with the spiritual.
We burn condoms to influence thought and change.
We burn condoms because they are not enough.
We burn condoms because they are too much.
We burn condoms because the kids want more.
We burn condoms because sex is not just penetrative.
We burn condoms because they do not protect against stigma.
We burn condoms because they add to stigma.
We burn condoms because they are not they only answer.
We burn condoms because they are distributed in our name.
We burn condoms because we believe in harm reduction.
We burn condoms because we know it is complex.
We burn condoms because it’s a primordial act.
We burn condoms because we know they save lives but they also erase them.
We burn condoms because if you are going to give me something free make it health care education or a place to live.
We burn condoms because by 2015 approximately 27 billion condoms will be distributed across the globe bringing 6 billion dollars to the condoms industry.
We burn condoms because if you are going to pass me something pass mean end to racism sexism gender roles homo and heteronomativity transphobia profiling and policing.
We burn condoms for those unheard & populations underserved.
We burn condoms for the good & the bad and the light & the shade & the dark.
We burn condoms in the age of the Global AIDS Industrial Complex.
We burn condoms in our friend ’s backyard.
We burn condoms as two men living together on the HIV spectrum.
We burn condoms as a ritual which can be activism.
We burn condoms like a draft card for a war we didn‘t sign up for.
It’s hard to burn condoms. It takes time, partnership, and patience.
It’s dangerous, stinky, challenging, beautiful and shocking.
It’s life giving.
What ‘s your response when faced with burning condoms?
We burn condoms like a draft card for a war we didn‘t sign up for.