One of the only coherent positions is thus revolt. It is a constant confrontation between man & his own obscurity. ...It is that constant presence of man in his own eyes. It is not aspiration, for it is devoid of hope. That revolt is the certainty of a crushing fate, without the resignation that ought to accompany it.
“ I was going to die, sooner or later, whether or not I had even spoken myself. My silences had not protected me. Your silences will not protect you…. What are the words you do not yet have? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence? We have been socialized to respect fear more than our own need for language. ”
“ The point is not: ‘sex is bad’ or ‘women who like sex are bad’ or even ‘women who like to feel attractive to men are bad’ – the point is that the way in which we think we should have sex/be sexy/exist as human beings is very much a construct of living in a violent and inequitable culture, which is all very much a part of the way in which we understand ‘sex’ and ‘sexiness’ and even humanity. ”
“ A young Buddhist woman’s loss of weight after the loss of her Muslim lover, the woman undergoing an abortion after using an IUD to unsuccessfully limit her family size instead of tubal ligation - in these instances, the geopolitical is an embodied knowledge of constraints on what is and is not possible… the boundaries between territory and the body itself dissolve - the body exceeding its boundaries, refusing to be marshalled into an instrument of territory, even as territory seeps into the body. ”
— Sara Smith (2012: 1524), in ‘Intimate geopolitics: Religion, marriage and reproductive bodies in Leh, Ladakh’ (via shonanananana)
“ When you’re depressed, you want to sleep. When they give you medication to combat your depression, one of the main side effects is drowsiness. I can easily sleep twelve hours in a row and then have a nap a few hours later. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re constantly plotting how soon you can be unconscious. ”
“ Against the urgency of people dying in the streets, what in God’s name is the point of cultural studies?…At that point, I think anybody who is into cultural studies seriously as an intellectual practice, must feel, on their pulse, its ephemerality, its insubstantiality, how little it registers, how little we’ve been able to change anything or get anybody to do anything. If you don’t feel that as one tension in the work that you are doing, theory has let you off the hook. ”
“ [T]he violence of the colonial relationship does not respect the ego’s boundaries of inside and outside. In the sense that what violence does is violate the fragile boundaries established by relations of differentiation, then it has no one origin or endpoint: it has no necessary belonging. ”