Hey all Happy Saturday. So much on my mind, haven't even been out of the house yet: politics, pleasure, art, resistance, rescue cats and as always a big fuck you to capitalism. I need a nap.
Two topics I've been going deep with recently are the seven forms of non-monetary capital (see: Eight Forms of Capital) and pleasure as resistance. I didn't realize it but the core of what I've been doing for the past three years has been exploring other forms of capital and nurturing a radical, embodied experience of pleasure.
Rejecting the labor in-results out, puritanical work ethic that is supposedly the source of our value and exploring our own embodied pleasure are quiet weapons in the fight to survive capitalism.
Trying to exist in any meaningful way under the crushing weight of this ableist, white supremacist, cisheteropatriarchal trauma-inducing shit show that desires only to squeeze every last bit of work and profit from you while not nurturing the rest of you is like fighting a draining battle every day.
If you're resisting, if you are a highly sensitive, a non-neurotypical, a femme, a non-binary, a BIPOC, "fat" or otherwise unacknowledged/marginalized person I would even say that the entire planet needs you, human and more-than-human, to find pleasure, say yes to agenda-less play, embrace joy, sensuality and radically embodied feelings of goodness, and to begin to imagine a different way of existing. What if... 7.5 billion nervous systems said no to institutionally enforced pleasure scarcity?
I am convinced that is one of the most powerful, righteous, rallying fuck-you's to the dominant power structures that desperately need dismantling. We can't all be on the frontlines all the time.
I am not suggesting an individualistic, hedonistic pursuit of pleasure. I am suggesting that the opposite of collective trauma is authentic pleasure, that pleasure undermines capitalism. Your pleasure has value that the dominant paradigm can't possibly see. Give it to yourself good anyway. ✊🏽🥰🙌🏽 #petmorekitties #pleasurepositive #eightformsofcapital #spiritualcapital #experientialcapital #culturalcapital #pleasureasresistance #playwithoutpurpose #rest #overthrowcapitalism