Kites Over The Crags.
Something a bit special and different, this is my first foray into wood block printing. Printed by hand onto cotton rag paper using an etched wooden block, each print has slightly different textures and inconsistencies. It’ll be exhibited at the Red Door Gallery in Edinburgh during the festival this month, and you can get one of the 30 limited edition prints exclusively from them for £75.
8tracks is Radio, rediscovered - Sen Yokken (34min) by ceres in Istanbul | music tags: turkish, turkce, indie, and ceres |
I like it.
(Sidenote: a good guide to whether I will happily listen to music is whether the genre can be prefixed with “indie”. Indie rock - good. Indie pop - good. Indie folk - good. etc.)
Kneeling in my room eating an oreo ice cream cone, listening to salome, browsing tumblr and watching it get dark.
Strange but good.
[warning for non-detailed discussion of torture, rape]
Probably futile life goal: convince the people in my immediate vicinity to stop using the word torture colloquially or in jest (ex. “Greek survey is absolute torture!” “I promise I’ll stop torturing you with this floor barre exercise soon”).
There seems to now be, at least within feminist, social justice-leaning circles, a relatively well-agreed on norm that it is unacceptable to use ‘rape’ metaphorically in this sort of way; of course, it keeps happening, and blog posts and articles are written about why it’s not okay, but it is generally acknowledged in many places as hurtful and uncouth.
We don’t afford the same consideration to torture, largely, I think, because of an idea in America that it happens far away, in distant countries, to people who we are unlikely to come in contact with. This is an untrue assumption for several reasons:
- things which fall under the UN definition of torture are perpetrated by the governments of western nations all the time
- those survivors of torture from far off countries, along with their families, frequently come to America, Canada, and the UK to seek asylum. There are a lot of them in the city where I live, actually
- lots of survivors of varying kinds of abuse have actually been through acts which closely resemble what we call torture, and which would probably be legally classified as such in an asylum application (ask me for details of how this rhetorically works if you’re interested, I’m not going to get into it otherwise)
And, just selfishly on my part, I get just as triggered and upset by hearing the word torture used casually as by hearing the word raped used such.
It’s still never going to be an argument I can convince people of.
It’s an argument you’ve convinced me of, and one I’m sorry I haven’t considered earlier. Done.