Category Archives: noa grayevsky

Protesting the National Erection: Another Morsel For Your Weekend.

Anarchists Against the Wall Protest 40 Years of Occupation with Giant, Pink, Penis- Shaped Tank in Downtown Tel-Aviv last summer.

(That’s my cousin yelling about 60 years of militarism, chauvinism and sexism!)

On Cuddling, Queer Presentation, Elitist Institutions, and The Lesbian, Capitalist Board Game: Random Reflections on a Week.

A list, even though I really don’t love lists. Linear lists, at least. Alliteration at it’s finest.

1. I played the L word board game today for the first (and probably last) time. In the game, the photos of the characters are so strange. The trans guy (Max) is femmed up. The (monopoly style) point of the game is to compete with the other characters to spend your money to buy “The Planet,” a cafe that features in the show. Capitalism, femmed up male identified queers… and me and my teammate had to sit out a turn because we were “leaping lesbians” and “lost our handbag on the cruise.” I get it: all rich and overly sexed femme queers carry hangbags, go on cruises, and have instant money they use while spending all of their time competing with each other and getting laid. That’s what I call a cooperative vision for a better world. Don’t you just love what capitalism does to queerness? I sure do.

2. I am newly obsessed with this video by awesome Athens Boys Choir. Check it out:

(Except for no POCs. Thoughts?)

Cause I got a V- to the – A- G-I-N-A but no P-E-N-I-S- ENVY, cause for real tho- i got a dildo, i got two dildos, i got three dildos.

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Dykes, Fags, Trannys: Ride that Mechanical Bull! Guerilla Queer Takeover of Mysogynist Spaces.

Last Friday night some friends and I went to check out Guerilla Queer Bar. In case you haven’t heard of it, this is a monthly occurrence here in Boston in which 1, 500 or so queers and allies are notified via an email list at the last minute which straight and misogynistic club we are going to show up at, with the hopes of overrunning the place.

This time, The Liquor Store was the target. I had never been there before, despite hearing that some Harvard events have taken place at this venue in the past. The place was in part chosen this time around because on the same night they were having a wet t shirt contest and a mechanical bull riding contest (I feel that the sarcastically toned feminist rampage i feel an urge to place here is unnecessary. I have faith, in you, reader. You get the picture. Or at least you see the picture right above.)

I went for several reasons. Firstly, as one of the event organizers is a friend of mine, I had heard that last month the bar of choice refused to let the queers and allies upstairs, and had only allowed them out of the building one at a time to smoke. It’s easy to forget that blatant homophobia exists completely unchecked and un-self aware when only frequenting queer friendly spaces, or at the least, surrounding myself with queer-friendly people to shield me from the structural homophobia in the institutions I choose to inhabit nonetheless. (This is a good place to insert a shout-out for two of my favorite QUEER and QUEER CELEBRATORY dance nights Boston: Gross Anatomy and The Neighborhood- which is happening this upcoming Saturday night.) And so, as hearing this enraged me, and I was filled with HOMO-militant desire to be a body in the loving struggle towards claiming woman hating and queer hating spaces as our own.

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Homophobia and the Black Community

james baldwinI know that some days have passed since the “Homophobia in the Black Community” discussion in the Lowell JCR (hosted by ABHW, the LGBT Political Coalition, and the Black Men’s Forum) but I still find myself returning to my memories of the discussion and its contents, picking them up, and turning them around and around in thought. I would like to share some of my thoughts here in hopes that we can get a discussion going as I’m really interested in your reflections on these topics.

The format of the discussion, for those of us who weren’t there, began as a panel of sorts with former Mayor Kenneth E. Reeves ’72 and his successor, Mayor E. Denise Simmons, both openly gay/ lesbian (respectively) and both black (Reeves was the first openly gay African American mayor in the US). Both were asked very generally to speak on homophobia and the black community- reflections on their experiences and thoughts in general. After they spoke, the conversation moved to a Q and A session in which attendees both asked questions of the mayors and also responded to questions others asked.

The first thing that struck me at the discussion was the order in which the speakers were presented. First, a white, male student got up at the podium and introduced a black, male student who introduced the former (male) mayor. Where were the women? Luckily, Reeves took the microphone and immediately commented on this particular order of introduction by insisting that the “men” in the room take note and offer the current mayor, who happens to be female, the microphone first. Later, he insisted, he would be the clean-up speaker.

I wonder a few things about these introductions:

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