It’s been almost 250 years since Americans last had to debate the question of the monarchy seriously, so it should be no surprise that some would be a little rusty. Here’s a refresher. Having a royal family establishes inherited privilege at the heart of your system of government and embeds patronage at the center of your politics. Our upper chamber is still the House of Lords. People pay taxes to “Her Majesty’s Revenue”; if you win an election, you become “Her Majesty’s Government”; if you go to court, you face not the “people” but the Crown. All of this is of course primarily symbolic. The trouble is, it’s symbolic of something quite terrible—the notion that our head of state gains the position not by merit or election but by birth. In Britain, no matter how aspirant a parent is, nobody buys their kid a T-shirt that boasts Next King of England because the job is never up for grabs.
'I see there's a lot of people asking if Kate Middleton will be the new Queen. I say there's no chance. Queen had a string of huge hits in the 70's and 80's and Kate's got very little experience in the music industry.'
just took a 2 year old and a 3 year old shopping and it was the most exhausting thing ever. also had the pleasure of having the 3 year old to myself for an hour and looking like a total teen mum (mostly just a really incompetent one). now I am having a nap in my new bed sheets then getting up to plan my costume for the 90s party I have tonight. so glad I own a spice girls shirt. night boys and girls.
the only people I ever hear talk about how money isn’t important or won’t buy you happiness, are people who already have money. when you don’t have any, you realise how essential it is. to deny it’s importance is to completely deny the reality of most people in the western world.
I think I have an irrational hatred of rich kids
it is ridiculous that the monarchy still exists, let alone that a complete non-event such as a wedding would get so much attention
I have a one week extension my essay that I hadn’t started yet anyway, THANK YOU LORD
I have to send a postcard to my good friend jose in hawaii, and I have no idea what to say
I am going to a 90’s themed party tomorrow and I am pretty fucking keen
today my friend came over to pick up a superbad poster that I was going to throw out anyway, and gave me a tin of pringles in exchange :’)
the only reason I am doing this is because my plans for the night fell through and I am incredibly, incredibly bored. halp.
“A society where women are applauded for their ability to become smaller, I have realised, is something that poses more danger than I would have imagined. It is thinness, not health, trimness, not intelligence, that is still portrayed as the true measure of success”—Feminism and fat - The F-Word (via cosmosweednlife)
The ability to keep bodily matters private is a privilege some of us will never have. Just ask a poor person on welfare, a fat person, a visibly disabled person, a pregnant woman. Ask a person of color whose ethnic heritage isn’t seemingly apparent. Just ask a seriously ill person, a gender ambiguous person, a non-passing transman or trans woman. All these people experience public scrutiny, in one way or another, of their bodies.
In this culture bodily difference attracts public attention. Privacy is not an option. Certainly as a disabled person, I never get a choice about privacy. Sometimes I can choose how to deal with gawking, how to correct the stereotypes and lies, how to live with my particular bodily history. But I don’t get to choose privacy, much less medical privacy. The first thing people want to know is what’s wrong with me. Sometimes they ask carefully about my disability, other times demand loudly about my defect. But either way they’re asking for a medical diagnosis. And if I choose not to tell, they’ll just pick one for me anyway and in the picking probably make a heap of offensive assumptions. The lack of privacy faced by poor people, fat people, disabled people, people of color, and visibly queer and gender variant people has many consequences connected to a variety of systems of oppression…
And so when I hear the argument that being trans is a private matter, I want to ask: do you know that bodily privacy is a privilege regulated by systems of power and control? And if you have that privilege, how are you using it, even when it’s laced with ambivalence and stress?”
Clare, Eli. “Body Shame, Body Pride: Lessons from the Disability Rights Movement.”