Professorial

When I set out to edit Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love & Fashion, my thought was, “I know all of these ferocious fat bitches who are so amazing and so fierce and I’m going to ask them how they became so fierce.” I thought the stories were going to be funny and almost like a romantic comedy. What I found was that the stories were really, really, really complicated, and a lot of them were not sunshine and puppies and romantic comedy shit. It was serious, intense shit. I realized was that my understanding of “fierce” had been totally one-dimensional—I only saw the shiny parts. I didn’t see what went into what it meant to be fierce.

Now that the book has come out and I’ve talked to people about it, it blows my mind to hear people’s impressions of what this word means. I remember once I was giving a lecture, and the professor had assigned the introduction of my book to the students to read. She’d asked everybody to go around and say what they felt like the word “fierce” meant to them. Everybody had all these different answers that were really good, and then there was this one queer person of color, and they said, “Fierceness is armor.” It was like, “Oh, shit.” It still gives me chills to remember those words.

The word “fierce” has been absorbed into our culture, and it comes very much from queer people of color community, queer people of color history. When you think about queer people of color, especially femmes of color, the amount of resilience that is needed to survive in a world that is constantly bombarding their identity and their body is incredible, and then to turn it into this thing where it looks fashionable and looks stylish and looks sexy and looks effortless—that shit is not effortless!

— Virgie Tovar in this interview (via niaking)


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Femme is a personal identity, but it’s also a political one….It questions the idea that there can be too much: too much blush, too much tulle, too many holes in your short shorts, too much calling out of racism, too many discussions about neocolonialism. Femme is resistance.

~ Elise Nagy, “Exploding The Limitations: What Being a Femme Means to Me,” inourwordsblog.com (via queerintersectional)


Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences. (Roy Ascott’s phrase.) That solves a lot of problems: we don’t have to argue whether photographs are art, or whether performances are art, or whether Carl Andre’s bricks or Andrew Serranos’s piss or Little Richard’s ‘Long Tall Sally’ are art, because we say, ‘Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen.’ … [W]hat makes a work of art ‘good’ for you is not something that is already ‘inside’ it, but something that happens inside you — so the value of the work lies in the degree to which it can help you have the kind of experience that you call art.

Brian Eno (via jessiethatcher)

I could reblog/post this every day as a constant reminder.

(via notational)

Amen, Eno.

(via absolumentmoderne)


Archaeologists have not yet discovered any stage of human existence without art. Even in the half-light before the dawn of humanity we received this gift from Hands we did not manage to discern. Nor have we managed to ask: Why was this gift given to us and what are we to do with it?
And all those prophets who are predicting that art is disintegrating, that it has used up all its forms, that it is dying, are mistaken. We are the ones who shall die. And art will remain. The question is whether before we perish we shall understand all its aspects and all its ends.

— Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Beauty Will Save the World  (via delicateswans)

(Source: onancientpaths)