I tried my hand at doing some readings of my ‘favorite posts’ on madhominem.tumblr.com. I hope you enjoy, and are enlightened.
"I’ve been part of a revolution and two change of Presidents in Central and South America… I’ve seen some things that are hard to believe… But this was the worst thing I’ve ever done… is hunt that whale." - John Crowe, Diver and former orca hunter.
— Gilles Deleuze, Deleuze And Guattari Fight Back (via mightymarxistpowerranger)
— Michel Foucault, The Birth of Biopolitics, 31 January 1979, p.77 (via darkvvaste)
— David Farrell Krell
— Cicero, circa 43 BC (via amandaonwriting)
Washoe was a chimp who was taught sign language.
One of Washoe’s caretakers was pregnant and missed work for many weeks after she miscarried. Roger Fouts recounts the following situation:
"People who should be there for her and aren’t are often given the cold shoulder—her way of informing them that she’s miffed at them. Washoe greeted Kat [the caretaker] in just this way when she finally returned to work with the chimps. Kat made her apologies to Washoe, then decided to tell her the truth, signing "MY BABY DIED." Washoe stared at her, then looked down. She finally peered into Kat’s eyes again and carefully signed "CRY", touching her cheek and drawing her finger down the path a tear would make on a human (Chimpanzees don’t shed tears). Kat later remarked that one sign told her more about Washoe and her mental capabilities than all her longer, grammatically perfect sentences." 
more about Washoe:
after the death of her children, researchers were determined to have Washoe raise a baby and brought in a ten month chimpanzee named Loulis. one of the caretakers went to Washoe’s enclosure and signed “i have a baby for you.” Washoe became incredibly excited, yelling and swaying from side to side, signing “baby” over and over again. then she signed “my baby.”
the caretaker came back with Loulis, and Washoe’s excitement disappeared entirely. she refused to pick Loulis up, instead signing “baby” apathetically; it was clear that the baby she thought she was getting was going to be Sequoyah. eventually Washoe did approach Loulis, and by the next day the two had bonded and from then on she was utterly devoted to him.
*information shamelessly paraphrased from When Elephants Weep by Jeffrey Masson.
Even more interestingly, after Washoe and Loulis bonded, she started teaching him American Sign Language the same way that human parents teach their children language. It only took Loulis eight days to learn his first sign from Washoe, and aside from the seven that his human handlers learned around him, he learned to speak in ASL just as fluently as Washoe and was able to communicate with humans in the same way she could.
this kind of stuff constantly blows my mind.
- “Race is not a biological category that naturally produces health disparities because of genetic differences. Race is a political category that has...”
- “There is no reference to a pure body which is not at the same time a formation of that body.”—
Bodies aren’t material and “graspable”...
- “Butler’s use of Morrison to support her claims relies on an extreme misrepresentation of Morrison’s work. Such an engagement conveys a sense of being...”
- reblog if there is someone you would like to be giving oral sex to right now.
Here are the ones that are my favourites
(should be obvious why if you see them :L)
unclothed pics again
Plato’s Republic shows at the outset that artisans don’t have the time to do anything other than their work: their occupation, their timetable...”
r ppl srsly this confused about gender-based oppression?????
men aren’t harmed by the patriarchy
BECAUSE THEY ARE THE PATRIARCHY