its extremely easy to cast evil magic on yourself by accident
and i just threw out a pizza box i looked so good
canada has a population density of 3.5 people per kilometer
the united states has 84
population of canada is smaller than population of poland, i’m done
nobody lives in canada even tho its the second largest country in the world……
On February 22nd I threw a fest with the help of wonderful people in FORTH and the PSGA called “Up Yours.” After the fest, there was overwhelming support and praise from so many people. One of the only critiques that was brought to my attention was that certain people were very upset that during one of the very rowdy sets I said over the mic “cis boys to the back!”
"Why would you say that? Aren’t we all here for the same reason?"
"I found that to be hypocritical, feminism is about equality!"
"I really didn’t like that, it made me as a cis male feel alienated."
Taking all of these points into consideration,
I stand by what I said. This is why:
Female identifying people and non cis males are consistently pushed to the back of crowds forcefully, knocked around and pushed in mosh pits, grabbed and assaulted in crowds, and flat out disrespected. It’s a huge problem at shows and has been confronted by many DIY feminists. “Girls to the front” is a historic riot grrrl phrase. Not having respect for your surroundings and hurting people in the process is dangerous and harmful. It’s been made clear that many female identifying folks have felt extremely uncomfortable at shows and in large crowds because they have been assaulted, knocked around, pushed to the back, hurt, etc before (myself included!) Up Yours was all about making sure everyone felt as safe as possible, and during this set, many really did not feel safe.
THIS was not a space for cis males to take up. THIS was a space specifically carved out for the empowerment and safety of female identifying/non cis males. In patriarchy, cis men do dominate spaces, and do dominate show environments. This fest was meant to tackle that and to create a space that did not allow it or put up with it. The fest is called UP YOURS for christ’s sake. Feminism is not about appeasement, punk is not about appeasement. If I didn’t say anything, and let all these dudes hurt people, wouldn’t THAT be extremely hypocritical? What kind of statement would that make? It would be BULLSHIT.
"But not all men are like that, why make it a battle?"
YOU made it a “battle” when you decided it’d be a good idea to punch me in the fucking nose during a set. Yes, not all men are like that, but that doesn’t mean you’re one of them, clearly. If cis men really want to be positive feminist allies, stop hurting female identifying and non cis males in crowds. Stop and realize for a moment what you’re doing. Stop and take a fucking step back for a moment. If we’re truly all here for the same reason, why are you hurting me?
The hypocrisy is this - you attend a feminist festival in support of feminism and everything feminism is promoting. You congratulate me on my efforts, you support FORTH, you support all the artists performing, you support the organizations. THIS IS ALL TALK. When the time came for you guys to take a step back (LITERALLY AND FIGURATIVELY) , and make room for female identifying/non cis male folks, it was as if the universe was exploding.
I am sincerely not sorry for asking you to take a step back, because I always have to take a fucking step back without my permission, consent, or will. I am fucking tired of explaining myself, I am tired of having to stroke the cis male ego, I am tired of being quiet. If you can’t move a foot backwards for a fifteen minute long set and keep your fists away from my face, then you are a child. THE END.
as a player in the aforementioned set (although not speaking on behalf of the entire band), i would like to say that i 100 percent agree with this. it’s very important that we as a community stand up to cis-male “feminist/queer” posturing. reblog the posts, listen to the right “feminist” bands, do all of that to position yourself as an ally - but don’t start whining once the time comes to manifest this in a physical form.
When iCant sleep I like to consume old internet media like dead forums and angelfire pages etc
im the “non-human sidekick”, “apologizes a lot”, “corrupt the cutie” and “tagalong kid” tv tropes
im like half glad that lily allen came back out of retirement to remind everybody shes way lamer than our nostalgia for “the fear” autoplaying on peoples myspace profiles..