Anonymous asked: Hi Jenn and Justice. I don't know if I can cope any more and I don't know what to do. I know that's not a question, but I had to say it to someone and, even though we've never spoken, this seemed the only place I could. I don't have anyone to talk to or be with.
Justice here. Be strong, friend. Whatever is ailing you, know that there is a reason for you to be here. It is okay to falter. It is okay to be weak. Please don’t give up on yourself, don’t give up hope. I know it is hard sometimes. There have been many dark moments in my life when I wanted to give up and let my demons win. Please know that you can recover from whatever is troubling you. If you need to talk, you are more than welcome to message me off-anon or send a fan-mail and I will respond to you privately. If you choose to message me I will do everything in my power to help you. Even if you just need me to listen, I will listen. You aren’t alone, okay? I send you peace, love, light, and all things positive.
Will any of our followers send a kind word for this anon?
DAY #13: bell hooks - author, professor, feminist, social activist
Born: September 25, 1952
Trait to Admire: REVOLUTIONARY
BIO & LEGACY:
bell hooks (born Gloria Jean Watkins) is an African-American author, feminist, and social activist. Her writing has focused on the interconnectivity of race, class, and gender and their ability to produce and perpetuate systems of oppression and domination. She has published over thirty books and numerous scholarly and mainstream articles, appeared in several documentary films and participated in various public lectures. Primarily through a postmodern female perspective, she has addressed race, class, and gender in education, art, history, sexuality, mass media and feminism.
She was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Veodis Watkins, her father, was a custodian, and Rosa Bell Watkins was a stay-at-home mother. The Watkins raised six daughters and one son. As a young girl, bell hooks was an insatiable reader. While she had a strong passion for learning, being educated in racially segregated public institutions had its challenges. She suffered shock and confrontation when she transitioned to an integrated school. In these integrated institutions, the overwhelmingly white teaching staff and student body required bell hooks undergo a conceptual shift. She attended Hopkinsville High School before graduating and enrolling in Stanford University. In 1973, Stanford University awarded her with a B.A. in English. She would continue her studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. This university awarded her an M.A. in English in 1976. After her graduation, bell hooks received a professorship and senior lectureship in Ethnic Studies at the University of Southern California. bell hooks also taught at the University of California-Santa Cruz, San Francisco University during this period. In 1978, bell hooks released a chapbook entitled And There We Wept.
In 1981, bell hooks released the book Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism. Many view this as bell hooks first major work, and her first entrée into her later influence. Many view this work as the one of the key works of feminist thought in the postmodern milieu. This text interrogates the impact of sexist and racist social structures on the history of black women, which has led to the debasement of black women and their social standing. She also identifies a network of capitalism, patriarchy, and white-supremacist ideologies that support themselves. Perhaps most importantly, bell hooks examined the apathetic relationship that many white feminists had when examining questions of race.
After receiving her PhD from the University of Santa Cruz Some after the completion of a dissertation on author Toni Morrison. She went on to write a slew of her other controversial books including: Black Looks: Race and Representation and Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. Not surprisingly, bell hooks’ radical views on race, gender, and education have made her the center of many controversies. The criticism that hooks faces can be additionally understood as a back lash against a thinking that confronts the standard hierarchy of power. hooks continues to teach and “flip the script” with her revolutionary writings.
Pick Up bell hook’s Book: Ain’t I a Woman?: Black Women and Feminism
Ritual Of Remembrance
1. bell hooks stimulated generations of women with her REVOLUTIONARY writings on black feminism. Read: Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression, whether you identify with it or not, explore what feminism means to you.
2. REVOLUTIONARY: constituting or bringing about a major or fundamental change/transformation. If you were to start up a revolution, what would it be? How would you initiate it?
3. Identify one of your strengths: writing, singing, performing, observing, teaching, etc. Use one of your skills to contribute to a REVOLUTIONARY movement that you want to create or see happening in your surrounding community.
Anonymous asked: Hi, Justice. This is in response to your answer to forafinedeadsound's question. You said you heard the term "multiple system" used in psych wards and treatment centers before you heard it on tumblr. In what context did you hear it used? I've done some research and from what I can find, that's not a real medical term. The only use of the phrase "multiple system" I can find is in the astronomical sense - two or more stars that orbit each other.
Justice here. Hi, Anon. I heard the term used by patients and therapists. I heard patients use the term to describe their experiences having headmates in group therapy sessions. It was very clear that many of the therapists did not believe that the patients were actually multiple and were only using the term to oblige them. Jenn has a history of having horrible experiences of this kind. Really wish she were here to take these questions…
forafinedeadsound asked: A Cartesian dualist is someone who agrees with Descartes (i think, therefore i am), who basically believes in a split between the body and the mind, that they are somewhat independent of each other. (It's philosophical, rather than spiritual). Hence why I assumed you were, (or Jenn I guess), because of the nature of 'multiple systems'. Jenn may believe that she had headmates, but I do not and I do believe it is destructive to DID. These are just my opinions. P.S. I am staunchly anti-dualist.
Justice here. Hmm. Okay. Very interesting. I like to believe mind and body are at least somewhat connected and influence each other. Doing yoga relieves alot of my depression/anxiety for example.
Reblog if you were ever bullied.