Oliver Mae

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Lawns are stupid. You have a tiny field that exists just so you can cut it and produce nothing.

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Lawns are stupid! I don’t want to get too preachy (or, like, tell you things you have already heard from one hundred anarchists or alt gardeners otherwise), but lawns are absolute textbook bourgeois muscling. Probably they originate with gardens of British aristocracy and Louis XIV’s tapis vert, which is to say they were developed literally only as a way to extend the cultivated interior into the outdoors. Probably a lot of you know way more about the history of English gardens than I do, but their cultivated exteriors are part of this history, too—“produce nothing” can be argued to have been a status symbol, for sure. And grass has always been the actual most tedious thing to grow in any climate, so lawns require a lot of water dedicated just to keep them alive, and a lot of labor to tend. The first leftist who ever gave me this speech called it “conspicuous consumption of the aristocracy” which is fully fair.

I think most of the time critics of the Institution of the Lawn approach it as a 20th century construct, although everybody knows about Versailles. I think it is almost most important, though, to look at how the lawn came to America, namely, via Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, et al.: transplanting this performance of wealth (and, importantly!, literally transplanting difficult non-native plants into North America) “required” labor that sustained the slave trade. Lawns came to America as a display of slave ownership, and to create another “need” for it.

(I googled some stuff about Monticello, anticipating people being extra-demanding for sources here, lol, and I regret witnessing this shit.)

But, yes, the twentieth century. People who lecture at you about how lawns were invented by fertilizer companies are kind of not wrong! Or, at least, the lawn was fiercely marketed (mainly after WWII) via one million new consumer goods (pink flamingos, rototillers, and so on). What I am even more interested in, here, is how the suburban lawn developed through processes of zoning and neighborhood associations—ie, “your house must be oriented to the road as such, spaced x feet from the street” not distinct from the regulation of farming for food, or things like (surprise!) housing segregation as organized by community associations. (The tending of lawns and a “nice” yard was* actually a big part of how segregation happened, I have seen lots and lots of documents coming out of Flint in the 1950s that show white homeowners associations justifying redlining practices by claiming that Black people were incapable of tending to a house, and a yard.)

*still is

I think that’s all the big points!

(via sixtyforty)

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In the 1890s, when Freud was in the dawn of his career, he was struck by how many of his female patients were revealing childhood [sexual] victimization to him. Freud concluded that child sexual abuse was one of the major causes of emotional disturbances in adult women and wrote a brilliant and humane paper called “The Aetiology of Hysteria.” However, rather than receiving acclaim from his colleagues for his ground-breaking insights, Freud met with scorn. He was ridiculed for believing that men of excellent reputation (most of his patients came from upstanding homes) could be perpetrators of incest.
Within a few years, Freud buckled under this heavy pressure and recanted his conclusions. In their place he proposed the “Oedipus complex,” which became the foundation of modern psychology… Freud used this construct to conclude that the episodes of abuse his clients had revealed to him had never taken place; they were simply fantasies of events the women had wished for… This construct started a hundred-year history in the mental health field of blaming victims for the abuse perpetrated on them and outright discrediting of women’s and children’s reports of mistreatment by men.
― Lundy Bancroft (via toxicwinner)

(Source: womensliberationfront, via officialkylieminoguedragqueen)

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Flight to Helsinki is 48hrs. I’m not sure how Kiwis survive going on holiday

Edit: Unless they go to Los Angeles (the only American city I could remember the name of) which is 12hrs. My grandfather recently went to…Alaska? Or one of those northern ones with bears, to see a cousin of his who’d moved there, I wonder how someone didn’t kill him on the plane

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silent freak-outs after yet another job rejection when I desperately don’t want to have a job anyway

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Just saw a job opening that genuinely described itself as “entry-level” then ask for a Master’s degree and a year’s relevant experience, these people are attempting to break the laws of physics and reality here

Like yeah, I have a Master’s in the opposing leg of the Trousers of Time, and by sheer odds there is some universe in which I have this experience. I hopped on my time travel machine specifically so I could apply for this piece of shit job bc I love being underpaid y’see, in the far flung future we get paid way too much.