// Week 7 //

Tuesday 10/6

Response to TRASHGiRRRRLLLZZZ: A Manifesto for Misfit ToYZ by Elizabeth Broeder : I appreciate the no fucks given attitude of this text, and found that even though it was written in what I can only describe as text-message-speak it was easier to read than a lot of other texts I have read recently. I think that is kinda what I appreciate most about it. That it speaks of liberation heady kinds of ideas while standing verbal in opposition to the language found in academic political texts. It is interesting to compare this text to the Lugones text (IIRC). I remember one of the critiques of that text was that it was seemingly aimed at a wider audience than its tone spoke to. This kind does the opposite in that it feels like a rallying cry for the the oppressed written in some sort of short than that doesn’t seem to give a shit about literacy. I am not sure what I would have thought of this text had I just happened across it in the wild, the language and format almost give it the feel of those crazy self-distributed manifestos you find at bus stops and what not. Which is something that I think very much plays to the advantage of the text. Assuming (from the looks of it) that this was published in a journal or some other such publication that stylistic choice makes this text all the more interesting. It also makes me really consider the style or form of the language at its own design element and this is all to say nothing of the content itself. I appreciate this text’s critical take on our current capital/class structure through the lens of the trash girl in that it is different from the usual ruling class vs proletariat examination. The way in which this is written feels like way more of a rallying call made by some well meaning, punk rocking, world changing women.

// Class Notes Dump //
Russian futurist poetry
Language used differently based on if language is from the perspective of the Trash Girl vs those in power
Husk implies procreation, and the notion that women are just seen for procreation.
Trash Girl = Riot grrrl? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Riot_grrrl
Burn it Down >>> https://www.versobooks.com/books/3151-burn-it-down
What happens if you only talk about the content not the style >>> What does the text lose? Everything?
Is this text leveraging or utilizing code switching? Is that positive or negative?
Would knowing the author change the meaning?
  • How does racializing this text change its meaning or tone?
  • Not all poor women (of any race) speak like this; does that make this problematic?
  • Denying someone’s reality by assuming their reality
  • Drawing from anonymous punk, feminist zines written as a collaborative effort?
White trash? Trailer trash?
Writing rejects structure and standards and opts to make an intelligent argument in their own language.
Reflects the emotion of the author (as if it was hammered out in one frustrated sitting)
Forcing someone to reread things through the misspelling of language.
Is utilizing trash a reclaiming of language?
Followup text  >>>  Invisible women — https://www.amazon.com/Invisible-Women-Data-World-Designed/dp/1419729071https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/invisible-women

Mia Mingus — How to Apologize — https://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/