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Shyness is shit.
It isn’t cute or feminine or appealing. It’s torment, and it’s shit."
In the spirit of International Women’s Day, let us take a moment to honor the words and work of the Cherokee Nation’s Andrea Smith, one of the greatest intellectual feminists of our time.
The digital poster was inspired by Smith’s powerful essay “Not an Indian Tradition: The Sexual Colonization of Native Peoples.” This essay is available to read here: http://www.vawnet.org/Assoc_Files_VAWnet/NotIndianTradition.pdf
About Andrea Smith:
Andrea Smith is an intellectual, feminist, and anti-violence activist. Smith’s work focuses on issues of violence against women of color and their communities, specifically Native American women. A co-founder of INCITE! Women of Color Against Violence, the Boarding School Healing Project, and the Chicago chapter of Women of All Red Nations, Smith centers the experiences of women of color in both her activism and her scholarship.
Smith’s critical work centers on genocide and acts of violence against Native women. She discusses patriarchy as a tool of settler colonial violence used to subdue and eradicate Native women. In her text Conquest: Sexual Violence And American Indian Genocide, Smith gives a genealogical study of state sanctioned violence against Native women and against their reproductive health from early America to the 19th century.
Smith’s work makes a critical intervention in Native American Studies that has a tendency to dismiss patriarchy as outside the purview of analysis of Native scholarship. Most Native scholars dismiss patriarchy because they identify it as a uniquely Western manifestation forced onto Native populations through assimilation. Smith argues that despite the fact that patriarchy is not intrinsic to Native society, its fundamental importance in the domination and extermination of Native peoples and Native women in particular should not be discounted.
Is anyone hiring someone to wear graphic tees with leggings and watch TV constantly while making hilarious comments? I’m here!
"One day my log will have something to say about this. My log saw something that night."
We simply can’t get enough of the artwork by our friend Cuddly Rigor Mortis (previously featured here). Entitled Lady Log, this adorable role reversal of two Twin Peaks characters was created for In Dreams, a group art show tribute to the inimitably awesome David Lynch taking place at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA. The show features work by over 50 artists from around the world and opens this Saturday March 8th and runs through March 29, 2014.
We know what the log says to the Log Lady, but now we have to wonder, what would the lady say to the log?
Photography by Harry Snowden
After this moment you may never look at a bicycle seat the same way again. Entitled Bite It and Pink Eye, these awesome, imaginative ‘bike seat sculptures’ were created by Canadian designer Clem Chen using recycled bike seats.
They were made by carving out openings in the seats’ covers and inserting a plastic-cast snarling taxidermy mouth in one and a staring blue eye in the other.
"The parts are held together with construction adhesive and 2-part epoxy glue, making the intimidating look durable, with additional sculpting done using epoxy putty. Achieving an intimidatingly real-life look, details were painted in acrylic, while the body was given a matte-black spray finish."
Clem Chen exhibited his impressively creepy bike seats at the Saddle-up! show in Vancouver, BC at the Hot Art Wet City Gallery. They’re both amazing, but we suggest you try not to think about them too much the next time you’re actually riding a bike.