Your Silence Will Not Protect You: “VOICE = SURVIVAL” At The 8th Floor
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Your Silence Will Not Protect You: “VOICE = SURVIVAL” At The 8th Floor

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you,” warns Audre Lorde in her paper The Transformation of Silence Into Language And Action. In this essay, Lorde argues for speaking–the voice–as an essential, if not the most essential, activist tool. She concludes, “The fact that we are here and that I speak these words is an attempt to break the silence and bridge some of those differences between us, for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken” (44). Continue reading

Can Erasure Be A Conscious Refusal Of Cooptation?: Stephen Irwin’s “Check To See If Still Dead Inside”
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Can Erasure Be A Conscious Refusal Of Cooptation?: Stephen Irwin’s “Check To See If Still Dead Inside”

“There are few things raunchier than a centerfold of ‘nothing,’” quips critic Bruce Hainley speaking to our preeminent filth elder John Waters in Art: A Sex Book. “The imagination can go wild.” Even with his purposeful witticism, Hainley is right. Sometimes just fractured glimpses of body parts–a hand, a silhouette, a mouth–amidst a sea of … Continue reading