Archive for the 'Thought' Category

05
Apr
08

Pais

Would Jesus Discriminate?

Matthew 8:5-13: “And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant [pais] lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.” So What?

04
Apr
08

Vulgarity under Arrest

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Pierre and Gilles, 1991. The Cosmonauts

 

“A sensibility (as distinct from an idea) is one of the hardest things to talk about; but there are special reasons why Camp, in particular, has never been discussed. It is not a natural mode of sensibility, if there be any such. Indeed the essence of Camp is its love of the unnatural: of artifice and exaggeration. And Camp is esoteric — something of a private code, a badge of identity even, among small urban cliques.”

Susan Sontag, 1964. Notes on “Camp”

20
Mar
08

Southpaw

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Does left-handedness need to be celebrated?

I am in doubt again. Do we really need these advocacy and agitation anymore? It sounds like I am asking whether or not snow is white. “We” are still different, and “we” are still treated differently. But now I’m thinking isn’t this, this different stuff, just part of the game …and, for ever? So why should we defend it, why should we celebrate it? I have always thought of being queer something like being left-handed? – And of course much less dichotomous than that. Thus as it is funny or just for fun to have the left-handed festival, or union or magazine, it must be nothing more than fun to do collective gay things. It must be. It is not, however. Doubts fade. We should go on, because “to see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” (George Orwell)

17
Mar
08

Heterotopia

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Philip Johnson, 1996. Puerta de Europa (Madrid)

“Brothels and colonies are two extreme types of heterotopia, and if we think, after all, that the boat is a floating piece of space, a place without a place, that exists by itself, that is closed in on itself and at the same time is given over to the infinity of the sea and that, from port to port, from tack to tack, from brothel to brothel, it goes as far as the colonies in search of the most precious treasures they conceal in their gardens, you will understand why the boat has not only been for our civilization, from the sixteenth century until the present, the great instrument of economic development (I have not been speaking of that today), but has been simultaneously the greatest reserve of the imagination. The ship is the heterotopia par excellence. In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.”

Michel Foucault, 1967. “Of Other Spaces”

10
Jan
08

Byzantine

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Helem

leads a peaceful struggle for the liberation of the LGBT community in Lebanon

 

You can read this on the Advocate so-called Insider: “When Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad commented that “In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country.”, I wasn’t so sure where I stood [as a student of gender and development, as a self-identifying-gay American].

Despite such outrage from Western media and GLBT organizations, Ahmadinejad was not completely false. Contemporary scholars of gender and sexuality agree that homosexuality, as an identity understood in the West, is not a universal phenomenon but instead a Western construction.” *

At the best these judgments are nothing more than exceptionalism, segregationism, isolationism, purism, and naïve fascism. See what’s wrong with these fashionable New Leftist post-colonial, post-structuralist (pure) “complex” thoughts? With these “foes” dictators need no friend.

21
Dec
07

Freo: Beloved

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Tom G. Palmer

“Let us not, then, confuse freedom with ability, capability, knowledge, virtue,
health, or wealth. Let us hold up a standard of freedom, expressed in clear and precise
terms, not modified by misleading adjectives, and promote that standard to the public,
in the knowledge that with freedom – because of freedom – we enjoy prosperity,
peace, dignity, knowledge, health, and so many other benefits.” Tom G. Palmer

13
Dec
07

Shibboleth

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“When Ronald Reagan and Jesse Helms get down to serious logrolling on “family policy”, they are men promoting men’s interests… Is their bond in any way congruent with the bond of a loving gay male couple? Reagan and Helms would say no–disgustedly. Most gay couples would say no–disgustedly. But why not? Doesn’t the continuum between “men-loving-men” and “men-promoting-the-interests-of-men” have the same intuitive force that it has for women?”

 

Eve Sedgwick




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