Ostensibly, the success of Magic!’s “Rude” can at least partially be explained by the history of American top 40’s irregular dabbles in reggae, which have tended to appear in the form of one-offs rather than any tangible wave: “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1973, “Red Red Wine” in 1984, Shaggy in 2000. But “Rude” is a reggae song the way a gas station taquito is a formal expression of Mexican cuisine, and I think, if we’re going to situate the song in some larger context, “Rude” is most interesting as an artifact in the realm of ideas.
The fundamental beliefs underlying Stop Patriarchy belittle and disenfranchise all who have not “come around” to their revolutionary communist agenda. They use broad brush progressive language to lure in the inattentive, while doing active harm in the communities they purport to help.
In the incident, a car of men bearing Israeli flags, honking horns, and using sirens and flashing lights, drove many times around the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge, a local mosque with a large Palestinian membership. The men screamed anti-Arab slurs at worshipers who had gathered for Ramadan prayers at 4 am.
Worshipers had overflowed into the street to pray, because the mosque was filled to capacity with congregation members observing the holiday of Ramadan. As their car approached, the men repeatedly verbally assaulted those assembled in observance. According to JFREJ Board Member Audrey Sasson, “This is nothing less than direct intimidation of worshipers. During Ramadan, the Islamic Society of Bay Ridge has police presence nearly around the clock. Why did this incident occur during the one window when police were absent? It appears that the people in the car had staked out the area around the mosque and planned their assault to avoid the presence of police.”
Linda Sarsour, Director of the Arab American Association of New York, located in Bay Ridge, said, “Mosque members are in fear as a result of this incident, with deep concern that these men’s actions may portend physical violence in the future.”
This is terrifying. Why hasn’t this been in any of the papers? [Edit: The NYT covered it today.]
“Oh my god it was like The Exorcist, behind a hay bale, in the middle of nowhere Wyoming. The guys were trying to make sure I’m not going to get killed by a grizzly. I felt so much better after that, it was great. You know, these were manly men. If you met them in a bar you’d be like, “What do you do for work?” and they would be like, “I catch bears for a living.””—Don’t Eat a Big Mac on a Bear Hunt: Tristan Ahtone
“From my late teens to my mid-20s, everything I read was gay, gay, gay. Trying to fill that empty space in me that wondered where I came from and what had transpired before I got here. I had to anchor myself, place my very existence in a framework, give my life context. I had to find my culture, my history. Claim pride in my past and awe for those who created and paid for it. The shared experience that was lacking in my own home I found in the history of my LGBT brothers and sisters. I had to find, recognize and create my own heroes. As a Jewish kid, my lineage came to me. As a gay kid, I had to go to my lineage.”—Rogeronimo.: Fanboy Thanks a Hero
“For someone interested in sexual experimentation, the possibilities for self-education here were endless: there were lectures on orgasmic meditation, ‘shamanic auto-asphyxiation’, ‘ecosexuality’, ‘femtheogens’, ‘tantra of our menses’, ‘sex drugs and electronic music’ and the opportunity to visit the orgy dome.”—
“The SCOTUS ruling serves yet another blow to those hoping to provide safe and accessible reproductive health services to women. While other building types have benefited from the expertise of architects when addressing public safety issues—think, for instance, of the architectural interventions around safety, wayfinding, and crowd control at hospitals, federal buildings, courthouses, and stadiums—reproductive health care clinics rarely see that kind of design support. Clinics are left to fend for themselves and, as a result, are forced to create ad hoc buffer zones where architectural and legislative options have failed to deliver.”—The Architecture Of Abortion: How Providers Build Their Own Buffer Zones
I’ve kept my mouth at least partially shut on Stop Patriarchy for quite some time, mostly due to my not wanting to confuse my opposition to their tactics, tone-deafness and co-opting style with an opposition to their position on abortion availability. I am, absolutely, without exception, all in favor of abortion on demand. State funded, in fact.
However. Fuck Stop Patriarchy.
Thank you, Katie Klabusich, for putting into words and rationale what I have only been able to put into unhinged, unsuppressed vitriol.
“This is an example of my concern with the new gun law that people will take the law into their own hands which we will not tolerate.”—First day of new gun law leads to arrest HERE IS MY BEST LOOK OF SURPRISE
Irin Carmon is probably one of my favorite journalists at the moment, possibly forever.
(If you’ve noticed a paucity in content here, consider that it might be because I’ve been sending out press releases, fielding calls from reporters, shouting at white men in the subway for minor infractions, and/or plotting grand-scale revenge.)