“White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” is published in 1989 in Peace and Freedom Magazine (a publication of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom). The text is written by American feminist and anti-racism activist Peggy McIntosh. She wanted to identify the daily effects of the white privilege in her life. She states: “ I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets that I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks.”
Even though 1989 seems a long time ago, the “Invisible Knapsack” is still very much present and alive in Western Society. Anno 2017 there is still a lot of healing needed of white people’s blindspots for this deep rooted inequality.
The discussion about #WhitePrivilege seems to have more attention again for the general public. Putting an end to white privilege is part of the radical change that mankind needs to make. It’s an important change in the many other changes mankind needs to make. Everything seems to be deteriorating – from ecology to economy. The ruling elites are dysfunctional, and getting more dysfunctional day by day. We need to make an end of these live degrading systems and we have to start with ourselves. We have to wake up. It’s time to speak hard truths with love.
Here you can read more background information about the publication and Peggy McIntosh’s thoughts behind it.
In this video Paul Mooney Explains what most whites just don’t get about racism.
Here you can see Wit Is Ook Een Kleur, a recently launched Dutch documentary about the presence of white privilege in The Netherlands.
Click here for very simple but impressive 47 seconds video about white privilege.
Special thanks to Jasper Griepink who tipped us about Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.
Climate Guardians is an artistic political act by ClimActs, an Australian theater group. Climate Angels are a group of engaged women, dressed in white with enormous wings, creating breathtaking climate protest. Their use of the angel iconography highlights the vital role of guardianship of our world’s precious natural resources. The angelic activists appear at major rallies, backdropping or intercepting political events, and bringing a theatrical and angelic presence to public demonstrations as well as non-violent direct actions to support demands for climate justice.
Click here to visit their website.
Nature’s paintings preserved in stone
Pietra paesina, also called ‘landscape stone’, ‘ruin stone’, ‘ruiniform marble’ and ‘Florentine marble’, is collected for centuries. It’s a kind of limestone of which the natural veins of the rock have arranged themselves in shapes of city skylines, landscapes and ruins. The limestone needs to be cut into slabs and polished before it will reveal it’s mysterious paintings.
Meet Marisa Paryasto, yogini/programmer and ownder of the Instramgram account CryptocodeCG. These are the words she used to introduce herself on her Instagram:
odd / encrypted / electrical eng / asymmetric / jazz / selftaught-yogini / a glitch / rebel antidote / procodecg / yogacg / scarrymo / captain of a spaceship
Yhea.. What to add to that?? Ok… just some background information of some fabulous things she does:
Marisa lives in West Java, Indonesia. Besides the self-initiated yoga classes she gives, she created ProCodeCG, a programming community that organize workshops in order to introduce to children all the basic knowledge to start programming. Marisa describes her yoga practice as “Freestyle and a little bit rebel but inspired by Ashtanga Vinyasa”. Check out the selection we made of her freestyle powerrrr:
#IntergalacticPride – A peak into the daily life of Liara & Jane <3
A sweet and crispy visual inspiration for the importance of freedom of choice in order to find real love.
Images by N7-CMDR
Currently, in The Netherlands, it’s the time of the national festival of St Nicholas. It’s a very old and populair Dutch tradition. Already since more then 500 years St Nicholas is celebrated as a family festivity with focus on the joy of the children. St Nicholas is a wise old saint who is a friend of everyone, especially of the children. He has a team of cheerful servants, they’re called Black Pete. It’s very possible that, people from far outside the Netherlands, have already heard of them because that’s where things start to be weird… Black Pete is generally played by a white person with a black painted face, red painted lips, topped with a black curly wig. Yes this basically blackface make-up, and gives the racist impression of expressing a caricature of a black person.
Even though it might be hard to understand for people outside the Netherlands, but St Nicholas festival is not meant to be racist. All Dutch people love Black Pete and the children see them as their great friend. Yet, in stark contrast with the overall joy of the folkloric tradition, the Black Pete persona brings a lot of controversy and debate in the country. Watch this video for more insights.
The supporters of Black Pete, who don’t see the figure as racist, want to honour the Dutch folkloric festival the way it is. For them, Black Pete is an important part of Dutch culture and needs to be honoured. In the contrary, you have people that feel hurt and offended by Black Pete. They find it a racist figure with obvious connotations with the Dutch slave trade. The Black Pete opponents want to keep celebrating St Nicholas but with an updated version of Black Pete, free from its racist features.
Protest voices, especially from Dutch people with a Surinam and Antillean background, raised in the early 80s. Despite their request for a more respectful ‘Pete’, not much changed. Understandably, since the last couple of years the presence and loudness of the anti-Black-Pete voice is increasing. We as a half Dutch artist duo, believe that the wish to update Black Pete is very rightful, better said… crucial. To be frank, we’re ashamed for the Black Pete figure as a representative of Dutch culture.
To celebrate positive change, and to exprebs the excitement that new choices and new customs can bring, we made some sketch collages of contemporary Dream Pete’s. With this blog post we want to express our position in the Black Pete debate (we actually really can’t believe that this debate is still going on!) and share our strong wish that Black Pete gets a gracious metamorphose that is joyous for everyone, and evidently not hurtful for people with a different background.
Happy Sint Nicholas celebration to ALL people of The Netherlands xxxx
Let’s talk sex. But not the omnipresent kind of sex that we’re getting bombarded with every day. Actually, in this column we would like to pledge that sex deserves even more of our attention then where it’s currently screaming for. Though, a different kind of attention, one with an introspective quality.
In our sexuality we express ourselves, our emotions, passions, secret fantasies, playfulness and our most intimate desires. You don’t need to be a freudian to recognize that many of our feelings and emotions about ourselves and our relationships are erotic at their core. Sex is one of our most interesting actions that we can play with. Unfortunately for many of us, despite or thanks to today’s hypersexual society, our erotic desires are expressed and satisfied at a very basic level. While sex can be a thrill that helps us dissolve our inhibitions and free us from psychological, spiritual and cultural blockades.
That’s the kind of sexual power we’re going to address in this column, this time especially written for ourselves and for our sisters. Today we, and our fellow Western women, have the freedom to express our sexuality very openly. Yet, it’s very obvious that there’s still a lot of work to do, a.o. think about the task of dismantling the millstone of the ultra close-minded, unrealistic female beauty ideal that is omnipresent in our lives.
But we want to address a more fun topic, a particular phenomena of female sexuality which is getting ignored in this sexual evolution: the wild, emotional messy and untamed female fountain that we all bare inside. Yes we want to address women’s potential to ejaculate repeatedly, without the loss of sexual performance or desire. This wonder almost doesn’t play any role in our collective sexual consciousness.
Why, in 2015, female fountains, a.k.a. squirting, are still a semi-mythical, controversial topic? After all, squirting is a natural option that far most of our female bodies are capable of. Though, many of us have not yet explored squirting or are skeptical about it. Some of us don’t even know it exists. Many of us regard squirting as a supreme male fantasy, an urban myth or as a fabrication by the porn industry.
Why female ejaculation, except of being one category amongst a jillion other porn categories, is being ignored in our sexy modern lives? While female fountains have been around for ever. Female fluids were getting honored in temples as sacred erotic waters. Our ancient female ancestors let their lotus nectar flow fiercely and us, modern emancipated women, collectively ‘forgot’ about our sprinkling powers.
In the West, phenomena must be hypothesized before they can be accepted, and female ejaculation still can’t be totally explained. Apparently women’s sexual anatomy still keeps many mysteries for modern science. Scientists still don’t agree where the hot liquid is coming from, hence the controversy. But since when quarrelling scientist have access to our erotic experiments between the sheets?
There must be something else stopping us to soak ourselves and our lovers in our hot lady juice. Why is squirting so controversial? Are untamed female fountains a bad fit to the current conformity of female stereotypes and sexiness?
During love making, is the media’s image of sex pre-occupying us, making us worry about our visual performance? Feelings of discomfort with our bodies block sexual energy. In popular culture, natural phenomenas like sweat and body hair are deleted. In real life, natural sweat, sounds and fluids can distract us and cause mental barriers to let our ejaculate flow.
Is it the current ambiance of our sex-driven popular culture where there is lots of sex but little emotion? Because female fountains are very emotional, they spring from a deep level of intimacy and an intense state of arousal. Intimacy with a complete surrender to pleasure, without inhibition, will stimulate a woman and push her over the wet edge. Openness for what may come, self confidence, long during stimulation, intense arousal and direct G-spot stimulation are the key elements for gooshy sex. Here you can find a guide to female ejaculation.
A note for the numerous modern lovers who are still mistaken female fountains with urine: Female ejaculate is not pee, it’s a fluid produced by the Skene’s gland. Some things take time to sink, centuries B.C., the ancient Greek scientists Hippocrates and Aristoteles, already revealed that female ejaculation is not urine. More of these clever facts about Female fountains you can find in the book written by squiring expert Deborah Sundah: ‘Female Ejaculation & The G-spot‘.
Since the beginning of the 80s, Sundahl taught many women how to ejaculate. In her sex bible she describes how women are traditionally not encouraged to let go, either emotionally nor physically. She states “to be able to release our juices we have to let our emotions flow in order to, physically and mentally, push ourself over the edge of ecstasy”. She believes learning how to ejaculate is liberating in any area of life.
Sundahl’s also describes the importance of the G-spot, as the physical center of women’s erotic desire. She stimulates her readers to become aware of this organ and, in all details, explains how to activate ones own G-spot.
“The G-spot is not about mind-blowing orgasms, though they are it’s luscious by-product. Rather, as we learned from sexologists, G-spot awakening is about discovering that one’s erotic body has infinite capacity to express emotions, love and intimacy. Learning the G-spot’s secrets is more about awareness than about technique, more about process than about goals, more about relaxation and nourishing oneself than adding another item to one’s to-do list.”
Female ejaculation should never become the next dogma imposed on women. Certainly women don’t need to squirt in order to have an amazing sex life. It’s something very personal and depending on your sexual flavor. Though, only already knowing that you bear an inner wet wild women who’s able to gush all over the place, is empowering. Or is gushing all over the place not lady like?
Dogmas and stereotypes kill passions. Happily we are growing as people, our culture is getting more and more open minded. Gladly the spectrum of sexuality and gender is opening. New gender roles are blurring the lines of whats considered to be feminine and masculine. Mainstreaming the feminine, strong, wild and messy ejaculations can be an affirmation of sexual liberation and gender equality. Breaking down the female ejaculation taboo is a splashing addition to achieve non-binary gender diversity.
No matter what our sex is, our biological characteristics have anyway much more in common than they are different. Yes ladies, and gentlemen, the addition of more fluidity in our sexuality will be good for all of our genderless souls.
Thank you Tony Bomboni for sharing your method with us!
While crystal browsing we found these timeless VS ephemeral size references on www.elegantcyrstals.com
“Mindfulness-Based Mind Fitness Training” or “M-Fit” was designed by former U.S. Army Capt. Elizabeth Stanley. She discovered the power of inner piece when she started doing yoga and meditation to battle her posttraumatic stress disorder.
Mindfulness can help war fighters think more clearly under fire when they are often forced to make quick decisions that could mean life or death, and help them reset their nervous systems after being in combat. The M-Fit training improves the soldiers’ emotional health and their mental performance under the stress and strain of war.
Mindfulness and meditation comes from a 2,500-year-old buddhist tradition and is rooted in ethics and nonviolence. Meditation practice has always been grounded in an understanding of karma: our actions make a difference. In the recent years, Mindfulness has exploded into an industry that ranges from the monastery to the military. Soldiers, prisoners, managers and office workers are practicing mindfulness. A growing number of businesses are learning that employee satisfaction (read: a peaceful mind) and employee productivity go hand in hand.
The use of M-Fit in the American Army is based on a growing body of scientific research indicating that regular meditation alleviates depression, boosts memory and the immune system, shrinks the part of the brain that controls fear and grows the areas of the brain responsible for memory and emotional regulation.
Most soldiers like the M-Fit training. One general describes his army meditation practice as “doing pushups for the brain”.