About this blog
It is the purpose of this blog to be used as a space where I can rant about politics. Nobody needs to attain spiritual enlightenment to have empathy, or to be a bleeding heart to have strong opinions. I also touch upon some of the abuses encountered by women in the occult community, insofar as it pertains to politics and views that uphold female oppression which are supported by the larger society and masculine norms. WordPress is a much better platform than, say, Tumblr or Facebook. And I enjoy the fact that people are more considerate in their comments since they know the posters can moderate them; there are hardly any trolls. It’s the next-best thing to confronting people IRL to see if they’d say the same things (like they do on Tumblr) when it’s no longer a game to win at being Devil’s Advocate, plus the risk of being publicly known for hate speech, outed as a creep, or getting hit.
The writings here are nowhere near my best – those, I saved for school.
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Pretty much anything goes and I welcome comments, provided what you are writing is relevant to my posts. I moderate comments to keep out harassers, spammers and trolls.
Blog name/motto inspiration
Since radical feminists talk a lot about social conditioning disguised as “choice,” it leads to discussion about social constructs. The biggest social construct in radical feminist theory is gender. There are others, but the oppression of women, females, is sex-based and gender is assigned to sex. Anyway, I think criticizing social constructs are a good way of getting to the truth or reality behind the facade of our preconceived notions and prejudices we are socialized into having. Conditioning is inevitable, but I definitely think there is such a thing as negative conditioning – negative as in, harmful.
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fools that men adore: website; collection of my writings on Thelema, etc.
“Psychedelics are illegal not because a loving government is concerned that you may jump out of a third story window. Psychedelics are illegal because they dissolve opinion structures and culturally laid down models of behaviour and information processing. They open you up to the possibility that everything you know is wrong.”
— Terence McKenna
“Most atheists are as ignorant of other philosophies as the Christians they so abhor.”
— Paul Rovelli
“Sex negative” is the current secular reductio ad absurdum used to dismiss or discredit ideas, particularly political critiques, that might lead to detumescence. Critiques of rape, pornography, and prostitution are “sex negative” without qualification or examination, perhaps because so many men use these ignoble routes of access and domination to get laid, and without them the number of fucks would so significantly decrease that men might nearly be chaste.”
— Andrea Dworkin, Intercourse
“As individuals, we experience ourselves as the center of whatever social world we inhabit. We think that we are free and refuse to see that we are functions of our particular culture. That culture no longer organically reflects us, it is not our sum total, it is not the collective phenomenology of our creative possibilities—it possess and rules us, reduces us, obstructs the flow of sexual and creative energy and activity, penetrates even into what Freud called the id, gives nightmare shape to natural desire.”
— Andrea Dworkin, Woman Hating
“Funfems implicitly support the “little god” view of human beings and use it to ignore the victimization and exploitation of women all over the world. If we are “little gods,” then everything bad that happens to us is our own fault, and there’s really no such thing as a victim, especially since the concept is entirely relative anyway (so we see a lot of victim/oppressor reversals: women are responsible for being raped, workers are responsible for being exploited, women are responsible for pornography, etc).”
— Francois Tremblay
“The idea that their personal choices and identities are socially constructed is outrageous to libertarians. To them every individual is a distinct whole who has vast inner potential for freedom and self-realization if no one curtails their activities. We are born free but society inhibits our desires and yearnings through conservative mores and traditions. Liberals think you can change the world – spread life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – by individuals changing their minds one person at a time through education. In these respects liberalism is idealist, naturalist, voluntarist and fragmented. It does not see that the institutions of society are male fabricated whether they are liberal (e.g., pornography and the economy) or conservative (e.g., religion and the government). Male desire and power have built the world as we know it. Consequently there is no such thing as individuality divorced from socially structured life, no pure unconstructed choice. Therefore male social institutions must be analyzed to determine how they affect the social groups (e.g., women) and individuals within them and how these organizations must be remade so that there can be real equality and freedom for all. This is what radical feminism does so well and uniquely.” – marv
“Americans, by which I mean people who live in the United States, are incredibly juvenile about social change. Robin Morgan called it “ejaculatory politics”: if it doesn’t happen right away it doesn’t happen. The Women’s Movement in this country has all the same characteristics as the culture that we live in, short-term gratification, personal fulfilment, personal advancement, and yes, coming out as a lesbian can get in the way of that. Liberals and left-wing men have recolonised women around the fear of the right. This troubles me – it makes me feel like we’re really suckers.”
— Andrea Dworkin
“People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply; by the lives they lead.”
– James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain
“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.”
― Carlos Castaneda
“Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies.”
– Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
“There is a fundamental difference between the financial enterprise and political machinations of an organized religion versus a mass of independent unaffiliated believers, philosophers, and mystics who do not support any organized religion.”
– Gregory F. Fegel, “Missionaries Are Colonialists.”
“If it’s a man’s world, as they say, then men: your world is a poorly run carnage fest.” – Henry Rollins
you cannot rewrite history, to suit your ideals. – Gregory Hadley
you are entitled to your own opinions. you are not entitled to your own facts.
“in a world ruled by force you must be able to fight that force with equal strength or you have already lost. And to the liberals or pacifists, no great revolution or movement was won with only the use of non violence.”
“No future triumph or metamorphosis can justify the pitiful blighting of a human being against his will.” Peter Zapffe
“We must distinguish between ‘sentimental’ and ‘sensitive’. A sentimentalist may be a perfect brute in his free time. A sensitive person is never a cruel person. Sentimental Rousseau, who could weep over a progressive idea, distributed his many natural children through various poorhouses and workhouses and never gave a hoot for them. A sentimental old maid may pamper her parrot and poison her niece. The sentimental politician may remember Mother’s Day and ruthlessly destroy a rival. Stalin loved babies. Lenin sobbed at the opera, especially at the Traviata.”
– Vladimir Nabokov, Lectures on Russian Literature
“A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality – and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing – it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.”
– George Carlin