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Just as dead bodies are absent from our language about meat, in descriptions of cultural violence women are also often the absent referent.
Rape, in particular, carries such potent imagery that the term is transferred from the literal experience of women and applied metaphorically to other instances of violent devastation, such as the ‘rape’ of the earth in ecological writings of the early 1970s. The experience of women thus becomes a vehicle for describing other oppressions. Women, upon whose bodies actual rape is most often committed, become the absent referent when the language of sexual violence is used metaphorically. These terms recall women’s experiences but not women.
Metaphorically, the absent referent can be anything whose original meaning is undercut as it is absorbed into a different hierarchy of meaning… The absent referent is both there and not there. It is there through inference, but its meaningfulness reflects only upon what it refers to because the originating, literal, experience that contributes the meaning is not there. We fail to accord this absent referent its own existence."
Carol J Adams, The Sexual Politics of Meat - A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory - 20th Anniversary Edition (Continuum, 2010), pp. 67-8
Carol Adams on the construction and use of “absent referents”. We’ve probably all seen this done with “rape”.
I think another good example of this would be the use by white people of “lynching” to describe disagreements? I see the damage as three times over: once by the original violence of historical and contemporary lynchings, second by the erasure of the referent, namely Black victims of lynching, through appropriating the term “lynching”, and thirdly by its reversal when, for example, white bloggers whose racism is criticised in comments portray them/ourselves as victims of Black feminist “lynching”.
Through this process Black victims of lynching become the absent referent, white people gain a powerful new word to use to describe our situations, and we also get to perpetrate racist sadism through reversing and using the term - rubbing salt in the wound.
TL;DR: words mean stuff, don’t rip them out of context when they’re about specific oppressive shit
The only truly “vicious predators” on earth are humans. Her weapons are teeth and instinct for survival, ours are guns and spears for sport.
This is so beautiful!
Kind of hard on the penguins, but that’s nature for you.
surprise your crush with worms. 1000 live worms shipped right to their door
A vegan nightmare. Amazon knocks on your door, and suddenly you have 1000 animals needing forever homes.
For those who work for the animals, the most feared thing is to see them in a state of suffering. This is a tribute to those who are facing hell to document a hidden reality. Thanks to activists who film and photograph the unimaginable. I have great admiration for them.
We have all felt this.
The story of Parihaka in Taranaki, Aotearoa (New Zealand) is one of principled, nonviolent resistance to colonialism, and brutal, white-supremacist imperialism.
In the second half of the 19th century, following ferocious wars between Maori, the indigenous people of Aotearoa and the British, the settlement of Parihaka became the focus of a new form of activism. As the authorities stole their land, and parcelled it out to settlers, Maori activists removed the survey stakes, reclaimed the land by ploughing it, and organised sit-ins and occupations. The response was imprisonment, slavery, and rape.
I hope the time will come when the names Te Whiti o Rongomai, and Tohu Kākahi will be as well known as Mohandas Ghandi and Martin Luther King as leaders in the history of nonviolent resistance.
More here: http://parihaka.com/
“We patronize the animals for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man.”