DEBILITATION: Loud women are unlovable.
REHABILITATION: Loud women are unlovable unless they work it for Insta.
DEBILITATION: I don't listen to P.O.C.
REHABILITATION: I don't listen to P.O.C. unless they're active on Twitter.
DEBILITATION: Trans women aren't women.
REHABILITATION: Trans women aren't women unless they're visible and invest in normative medical systems and gender establishments.
Something I'm learning to pay more attention to (thanks to Puar) is the way in which DEBILITATION/REHABILITATION work together to extract labour from populations
first debilitating a population, then demanding labour from them in order to be rehabilitated
and I think contemporary social media in late capitalism is a prime example of this.
So many people—especially queer people, POC, disabled folx, the poor—give free labour to social media (and its cousin, the dating app) in exchange for love and material resources (BOTH IMPORTANT) which abled straight white folks are granted by birthright. Capitalism takes these things from us, and then says « hey yo, if you work for this you can get some of it back ».
I don't use DEBILITY lightly—we're all depressed; we all lack medical care.
It's zero secret that Twitter, Vine, Insta were built on the backs of P.O.C. labour. It's zero secret that Masto was built on the backs of queer labour. I'm not talking devving, I'm talking our participation in this space.
That LABOUR was predicated on the lack (or disenfranchisement) of communities and networks locally, on our being deprived normative systems of love and support, directing us into sites of labour where our WORK to find and speak to each other can be captured and commodified.
This is the primary difference between queer public performance NOW (taking place on social media, YouTube, etc) and queer public performance taking place in the bars and secret places of the 80s and 90s. THAT performance was resistance IN SPITE of a normative, disciplinary system. Modern queer performance has been modulated to instead FUND and SUPPORT that very system, through controlled, “voluntary” labour in approved, capitalizable locations.
@onethousandtwentyfour well what i was getting at is that seeing that post alone get boosted feels kind of like if you listened to Zack de la Rocha shouting "fuck you I won't do what you tell me" repeatedly but without hearing the parts about policing as an extension of white supremecy before it