“Nature is a bitch, and so am I. People sometimes think my being a loudmouthed, pushy, fat Jew bitch means that I don’t care. But I do care — probably too much! I care about “not caring” more than I care about anything else! I simply do “not care” to remain silent and docile and passive when it comes to the way women, children, and the poor are treated on this planet, no matter whom that offends, no matter what crimp that puts in my money hose, and no matter whose God doesn’t like it. I am free to take action and speak out whenever I see fit. Speaking out against what one considers wrong is the very definition of freedom.”
- Roseanne Barr, from Roseannearchy, p. 87
Roseanne birthday spam
Fat Jew bitch reblogging and giving no fucks.
Looking forward to 7 months from now when she’ll become intimately acquainted with at least 10% of my income.
You’re lucky you have federal loans! Private loans don’t have income-based repayment. Or deferment for the unemployed. You have to pay a $50 fee per loan every 3 months just to put your loan into forbearance — and interest still capitalizes!
i’ve had my shirt off at work recently and people are all like, “WHAT’S THAT THING ON YOUR BACK?”
i just tell them that it’s the major river systems of the United States— and they’re all like, “WELL THAT DOESN’T LOOK LIKE THE UNITED STATES…”
and i just smile. because that’s the point. i hardly ever tell people why i got the tattoo because they are turned off by my explanation.
but when i explain, i say: “it’s a critique of nationalism, of borders, of conceptions of space. it’s a promotion of fluidity in cultures and in the self.” i state that my tattoo is inspired by the writings of Gloria Anzaldua on border cultures and border peoples (both actually and conceptually), but most folks are unfortunately unfamiliar with her writing.
but there’s also my geographer side to it. i think it’s cool that John Wesley Powell once stated that the places we live would be better off demarcated by the watershed we live in (even though i dislike the concept of demarcation). few took his thoughts seriously on the matter, so now we have many national and state borders found in rivers (like the Rio Grande or the Ohio). this really doesn’t make sense because rivers are the centers of their watersheds and greater ecosystems, not the harsh edge. to have a river on the fringe in this way highlights the disregard humans have concerning viewing themselves as part of the environment in which they live and the disregard colonialism often has for the surroundings in which it usurps.
hell yeah I love the idea
I feel like I just found a piece of something that I’ve always thought but had never put into words.
To make this tattoo/colonialism post a fraction more depressing: see if you can have someone mark (with a pen, of course) all the dams that line these waterways. As many as you can. There are about 75,000 in the United States, and they have permanently altered the country’s flow of fresh water; in many cases, these dams destroy indigenous communities and cause devastating ecological harm (e.g., the Klamath). A disturbing amount of those dams were erected for no good purpose.
I highly suggest reading this book if you are interested in U.S. freshwater ecology/frontier history.