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“Man wants to be loved for what he truly is …. …. A man stupidly believes that, beyond his symbolic title, there is deep in himself some substantial content, some hidden treasure which makes him worthy of love

a woman knows that there is nothing beneath the mask”

—   Slavoj Zizek, (via alterities)

(via alterities)

“I live a living death, my flesh is wounded, bleeding, cadaverized, my rhythm slowed down or interrupted, time has been erased or bloated, absorbed into sorrow… Absent from other people’s meaning, alien, accidental with respect to naive happiness, I owe a supreme, metaphysical lucidity to my depression. On the frontiers of life and death, occasionally I have the arrogant feeling of being witness to the meaninglessness of Being, of revealing the absurdity of bonds and beings.”

—   Julia Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (via depressionparty)

(Source: lovevoltaireusapart, via a-weltanschauung)

“The temporal structure of the subject is chiasmic: in the place of a substantial or self-determining “subject,” this juncture of discursive demands is something like a “crossroads,” to use Gloria Anzaldua’s phrase, a crossroads of cultural and political discursive forces, which she herself claims cannot be understood through the notion of the “subject.” There is no subject prior to its constructions; it is always the nexus, the non-space of cultural collision, in which the demand to resignify or repeat the very terms which constitute the “we” cannot be summarily refused, but neither can they be followed in strict obedience. It is the space of this ambivalence which opens up the possibility of a reworking of the very terms by which subjectivation proceeds—and fails to proceed.”

—   Judith Butler, Bodies That Matter (via heteroglossia)

(via foucault-the-haters)

Free PDF Books on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture




Found from various places online:

The Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Angela Y. Davis - Are Prisons Obsolete?

Angela Y. Davis - Race, Women, and Class

The Communist Manifesto - Marx and Engels

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speechesby Audre Lorde

Three Guineas by Virginia Woolf

Critical Race Theory: An Introductionby Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic

The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America-Robert M. Entman and Andrew Rojecki

Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism- bell hooks

Feminism is for Everybody - bell hooks

outlaw culture - bell hooks

Faces at the Bottom of the Well- Derrick Bell

Sex, Power, and Consent- Anastasia Powell

I am Your Sister - Audre Lorde

Patricia Hill Collins- Black Feminist Thought

Gender Trouble - Judith Butler

Four books by Frantz Fanon

Their Eyes Were Watching God - Zora Neale Hurston

Medical Apartheid -Harriet Washington

Fear of a Queer Planet: Queer Politics and Social Theory - edited by Michael Warner

Colonialism/Postcolonialism - Ania Loomba

Discipline and Punish- Michel Foucault

The Gloria Anzaldua Reader

Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? by Mark Fisher

This Bridge Called by Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color by Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa

What is Cultural Studies? - John Storey 

Cultural Theory and Popular Culture - John Storey

The Disability Studies Reader 

Michel Foucault - Interviews and Other Writings 

Michel Foucault - The History of Sexuality,Vol. 1,Vol. 2,Vol. 3 

Michel Foucault- The Archeology of Knowledge 

This blog also has a lot more. 

(Sorry they aren’t organized very well.)


oh. my. god.

(via elmeromg)

“One feels transgressive for not enjoying as much as others, for not being unique enough, or disobedient enough. Yet, it is not the inability to be disobedient and full of enjoyments that makes us obedient: what makes us obedient citizens is our feeling guilty for being unhappy. Being unhappy itself came to feel transgressive to us. This happened because any relentless strife for happiness, which was formerly seen as transgression, is today perceived as obligatory. This is the super-ego dimension of the command to enjoy, which is never simply an explicit rule or pressure but an injunction that is implied by our very freedom: one feels guilty for not making the most of one’s privileges today.”

—   Andre Vantino (via alterities)

"We need the excuse of a fiction to stage what we truly are." #Zizek RT @slavojsisej Photo of Charlie #Chaplin, 1916


"We need the excuse of a fiction to stage what we truly are." #Zizek RT @slavojsisej Photo of Charlie #Chaplin, 1916

“The most intimate reactions of human beings have been so thoroughly reified that the idea of anything specific to themselves now persists only as an utterly abstract notion: personality scarcely signifies anything more than shining white teeth and freedom from body odour and emotions. The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them.”

(Source: flimslit, via some-velvet-morning)


Un Homme Qui Dort, 1974. Director Bernard Queysanne

(via soymarrenta)

“Even where [the death instinct] emerges without any sexual purpose, in the blindest fury of destructiveness, … the … instinct is accompanied by … narcissistic enjoyment, … a fulfilment of … old wishes for omnipotence.

The instinct of destruction, moderated and tamed, and … inhibited in its aim, must … provide the ego with the satisfaction of its vital needs and with control over nature, … when …directed towards objects…”

—   Sigmund Freud  (via alterities)

(via alterities)