Pleasure Activism

Drawing on the black feminist tradition, including Audre Lourde's invitation to use the erotic as power and Toni Cade Bambara's exhortation that we make the revolution irresistible, the contributors to this volume take up the challenge to ...

Author: adrienne maree brown

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849353271

Category: Social Science

Page: 259

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How do we make social justice the most pleasurable human experience? How can we awaken within ourselves desires that make it impossible to settle for anything less than a fulfilling life? Editor adrienne maree brown finds the answer in something she calls "Pleasure Activism," a politics of healing and happiness that explodes the dour myth that changing the world is just another form of work. Drawing on the black feminist tradition, including Audre Lourde's invitation to use the erotic as power and Toni Cade Bambara's exhortation that we make the revolution irresistible, the contributors to this volume take up the challenge to rethink the ground rules of activism. Writers including Cara Page of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation For Justice, Sonya Renee Taylor, founder of This Body Is Not an Apology, and author Alexis Pauline Gumbs cover a wide array of subjects—from sex work to climate change, from race and gender to sex and drugs—they create new narratives about how politics can feel good and how what feels good always has a complex politics of its own. Building on the success of her popular Emergent Strategy, brown launches a new series of the same name with this volume, bringing readers books that explore experimental, expansive, and innovative ways to meet the challenges that face our world today. Books that find the opportunity in every crisis!

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Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice

By the late 1990s another subset—pleasure activists, including members of
SexPanic!, a New York direct action group that fought for the political defense of
pleasure in New York City from 1995 to 1999—actively defended the right of
citizens ...

Author: Gary L. Anderson

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 1452265658

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 1832

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The Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice presents a comprehensive overview of the field with topics of varying dimensions, breadth, and length. This three-volume Encyclopedia is designed for readers to understand the topics, concepts, and ideas that motivate and shape the fields of activism, civil engagement, and social justice and includes biographies of the major thinkers and leaders who have influenced and continue to influence the study of activism.

Right to Rock

In detailing the black rock scene, I am especially concerned with marking the
centrality of pleasure in the BRC enterprise. Often, in the rush to recognize the
politics of cultural activism— the participants' dogged persistence in the face of ...

Author: Maureen Mahon

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822333173

Category: Music

Page: 317

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DIVAn account of the Black Rock Coalition, which began in New York in 1985, and its relation to the results of civil rights era integration, and to the larger questions of racialization in the music industry, and American society./div

The Feminist and the Sex Offender

Brown's commitment to pleasure activism stemmed from her own experience with
sexual assault in high school, and her recognition that she was likely not “the
only human who started their sexual life on the defensive.” For brown, pleasure is

Author: Judith Levine

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 178873341X

Category: Social Science

Page: 224

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In the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration, The Feminist and the Sex Offender makes a powerful feminist case for accountability without punishment and sexual safety and pleasure without injustice. With analytical clarity and narrative force, The Feminist and the Sex Offender contends with two problems that are typically siloed in the era of #MeToo and mass incarceration: sexual and gender violence, on the one hand, and the state’s unjust, ineffective, and soul-destroying response to it on the other. Is it possible to confront the culture of abuse? Is it possible to hold harm-doers accountable without recourse to a criminal justice system that redoubles injuries, fails survivors, and retrenches the conditions that made such abuse possible? Drawing on interviews, extensive research, reportage, and history, The Feminist and the Sex Offender develops an intersectional feminist approach to ending sexual violence. It maps with considerable detail the unjust sex offender regime while highlighting the alternatives we urgently need.

Black Futures

... Jonie Sabau / Getty Images Pages 152-55 : Images courtesy Troubled Empire
Pages 162-65 : " It's Time to Recloin Our Skin " was originally published in
Pleasure Activism : The Politics of Feeling Good ( Chico , CA : AK Press , 2019.

Author: Kimberly Drew

Publisher: One World

ISBN: 0399181148

Category: Social Science

Page: 544

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An archive of collective memory and exuberant testimony A luminous map to navigate an opaque and disorienting present An infinite geography of possible futures What does it mean to be Black and alive right now? Kimberly Drew and Jenna Wortham have brought together this collection of work—images, photos, essays, memes, dialogues, recipes, tweets, poetry, and more—to tell the story of the radical, imaginative, provocative, and gorgeous world that Black creators are bringing forth today. The book presents a succession of startling and beautiful pieces that generate an entrancing rhythm: Readers will go from conversations with activists and academics to memes and Instagram posts, from powerful essays to dazzling paintings and insightful infographics. In answering the question of what it means to be Black and alive, Black Futures opens a prismatic vision of possibility for every reader.

Play Creativity and Social Movements

... passed in October 2003; housing, harm reduction, pleasure activist, and
personal friend Keith Cylar, of Housing Works, passed in April of2004; Yippie ... I
spent hours and hours talking about and practicing activism with each of these

Author: Benjamin Shepard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136829644

Category: Social Science

Page: 330

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As we play, we step away from stark reality to conjure up new possibilities for the present and our common future. Today, a new cohort of social activists are using it to create social change and reinvent democratic social relations. In contrast to work or routine, play must be free. To the extent that it is, it infuses a high-octane burst of innovation into any number of organizational practices and contexts, and invites social actors to participate in a low-threshold, highly democratic process of collaboration, based on pleasure and convivial social relations. Despite the contention that such activities are counterproductive, movements continue to put the right to party on the table as a part of a larger process of social change, as humor and pleasure disrupt monotony, while disarming systems of power. Through this book, Shepard explores notions of play as a social movement activity, considering some of the meanings, applications and history of the concept in relation to social movement groups ranging from Dada and Surrealism to Situationism, the Yippies to the Young Lords, ACT UP to the Global Justice, anti-gentrification, community and anti-war movements of recent years.

We Will Not Cancel Us

Originating as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to take down more powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, cancel culture is seen by some as having gone “too far.” Adrienne maree brown, a respected cultural ...

Author: adrienne maree brown

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849354235

Category: Social Science


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Cancel culture addresses real harm...and sometimes causes more. It’s time to think this through. “Cancel” or “call-out” culture is a source of much tension and debate in American society. The infamous “Harper’s Letter,” signed by public intellectuals of both the left and right, sought to settle the matter and only caused greater division. Originating as a way for marginalized and disempowered people to take down more powerful abusers, often with the help of social media, cancel culture is seen by some as having gone “too far.” Adrienne maree brown, a respected cultural voice and a professional mediator, reframes the discussion for us, in a way that points to possible ways beyond the impasse. Most critiques of cancel culture come from outside the milieus that produce it, sometimes from even from its targets. Brown explores the question from a Black, queer, and feminist viewpoint that gently asks, how well does this practice serve us? Does it prefigure the sort of world we want to live in? And, if it doesn’t, how do we seek accountability and redress for harm in a way that reflects our values?


Pleasure. as. a. State. Crime. We must make of joy once more a crime against the
state. Barney Hoskyns'. Pleasures,. Moments,. Politics. Moments of collective
culture pass quickly. No sooner does a type of music enjoyed in a certain setting

Author: Tim Jordan

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 1861895062

Category: History

Page: 168

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Many schools of thought assert that Western culture has never been more politically apathetic. Tim Jordan's Activism! refutes this claim. In his powerful polemic, Jordan shows how acts of civil disobedience have come to dominate the political landscape. Because we inhabit such a quickly changing, high-tech and fragmented culture, the single-issue political movements and stable, conservative authorities of the past are continually being questioned. Traditional political battles have been replaced by the popular, collective practices of a new political activism. From Europe to the USA, from Australia to South America, from the Left to the Right, Jordan introduces us to the citizens who make up d-i-y culture: eco-activists, animal liberators, neo-fascists, ravers, anti-abortionists, squatters, hunt saboteurs and hacktivists. In his view, activism comprises a new ethics of living for the 21st century.

Emergent Strategy

In the tradition of Octavia Butler, here is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help to shape the futures we want.

Author: adrienne maree brown

Publisher: AK Press

ISBN: 1849352615

Category: Social Science

Page: 210

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In the tradition of Octavia Butler, here is radical self-help, society-help, and planet-help to shape the futures we want. Change is constant. The world, our bodies, and our minds are in a constant state of flux. They are a stream of ever-mutating, emergent patterns. Rather than steel ourselves against such change, Emergent Strategy teaches us to map and assess the swirling structures and to read them as they happen, all the better to shape that which ultimately shapes us, personally and politically. A resolutely materialist spirituality based equally on science and science fiction: a wild feminist and afro-futurist ride! adrienne maree brown, co-editor of Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction from Social Justice Movements, is a social justice facilitator, healer, and doula living in Detroit.

Current Societal Concerns about Justice

Both the interview and the questionnaire assessed pedagogical practices which
might be closely linked to activism. ... Finally, to see if high-activists derive more
pleasure from their work than do low-activists, we examined answers to an item ...

Author: Leo Montada

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780306453953

Category: Philosophy

Page: 286

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What role does justice play in the formation of public opinion and the scholarly debates about contemporary societal problems? This insightful volume explores this question in its examination of such issues as protection of natural ecology and resources, gender inequalities, mass unemployment, and the intergenerational contract. Important chapters discuss the conflict between justice concerns and motives and other motivations including the common welfare, self-interest, and altruism. The book features problem sets that focus on how justice motives can be used to define and solve social issues.

Flaunt It

On the pleasures of Activism In the dark times , will there also be singing ? Yes ,
there will be singing . About the ... And although this work is hard and can even
infuriate us at times , it must always be pleasurable as well . Activism that does
not ...

Author: Therese Quinn

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433102653

Category: Education

Page: 134

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This groundbreaking book provides examples of on-the-ground organizing and academic activism, drawing attention to the militarization of public schools, the erasure of queer lives at private institutions with anti-gay «lifestyle» statements, and the failure of professional educational organizations to act for social justice. Flaunt It! offers a constructive and timely analysis of the local, felt impact of neoliberal policies on the lives of those most marginal in schools and in communities.

More Out Than in

ing sex and pleasure activism as less worthy than other endeavors ? Maybe I feel
too vulnerable personally , both to being branded an unfundable perv by people
with money , and a dick focused white dude by women and people of color ?

Author: Rachel Kaplan



Category: Homosexuality

Page: 92

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From Class Struggle to the Politics of Pleasure

Politically necessary? Ethically? Scientifically? Empirically? What processes of
influence? What wider social context, and why the activist one especially?
Erben's and Gleason's article goes on to rephrase Althusser in classic humanist
marxist ...

Author: David Harris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134925220

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

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This book examines the rise of cultural studies and evaluates its strengths and weaknesses. The author raises searching questions about the originality of cultural studies and its political motivation. Written with zest and a judicious sense of purpose it is a landmark work in cultural studies media and the sociology of culture.

Contemporary Lesbian Writing

Will theorists find a means to reconcile and bring together the interests of politics /
pleasure , activism / academia , and identification / difference , which , at the
moment , are generally regarded as conflicting and incompatible ? And what
about ...

Author: Paulina Palmer



Category: Social Science

Page: 141

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Splitting Images

... earth and spirit , fact and feeling , pain and pleasure , activism and
contemplation ... passion and reason . 19 Her early work shows the impact of the
wit and humour of Dada , Duchamp , and American artists such as Robert
Rauschenberg .

Author: Linda Hutcheon

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 160

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Starting from the premise that Canadian culture offers "particularly fertile ground for the cultivation of doubleness," this book explores the numerous forms of irony observable in Canadian literature and visual arts. Individual chapters focus on the ironies of ethnicity and race, irony as a strategy for addressing Canada's colonial past, feminists' uses of irony, and a specific case of photography and the amplification of ironies in the work of artistic collectives such as Fastwurns and General Idea. The book concludes with an examination of the political power of irony.

ReImagining Women

... spirit , fact and feeling , pain and pleasure , activism and contemplation . . .
passion and reason ' ( Lippard 7 ) . Her early work shows the impact of the wit
and humour of Dada , Duchamp , and American artists such as Robert
Rauschenberg .

Author: Shirley C. Neuman



Category: Feminism

Page: 334

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Focusing on issues of representation in literature and visual art, the 18 essays in this volume were originally presented at a Royal Society conference in Edmonton, Alberta in April 1990. Contributors include scholars in women's studies, literature, and art history from Canada, Australia, Britain, a

Art Activism and Oppositionality

I "This collection is a real testimonial to the intelligence of the editing of "Afterimage," a journal that has showcased throughtful critics and commentators for years."--Patricia Aufderheide, American University

Author: Grant H. Kester

Publisher: Duke University Press

ISBN: 9780822320951

Category: Art

Page: 318

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A collection of essays from the influential American journal of film, video and photography, exploring ideologies and institutions of the artworld; current media strategies for producing social change; and topics around gender, race and representation. I