There was this magazine about literature that I read a few days ago and the main theme of this particular one was vampires in literature. So there were a few very interesting articles about Dracula by Bram Stoker (one of my absolute favourite novels). It’s been a long time I haven’t read it but one article replaced it in the particular political and social context of the time while linking it to the author’s place in this society. The interpretation made me quite uneasy about the novel in itself.
It mentioned how Stoker was different from other Irish people because he was of the privileged class in a settler society (Ireland being a colony of England) and yet in Great Britain, he was not considered the same as the other British due to him being a settler in Ireland (colonial settlers being estranged in their country of origin is not something I’m going to feel sad about). However, it also mentions that the morale of the story is how to make the British empire the best it can be against a common enemy (Dracula in that case), the goal of Dracula being to “colonize” England (which has always been the colonizer). It’s quite obvious that Dracula is othered, not only due to him being a vampire but as a foreign and scary element, as a threat coming from the East (in that case, Romania in particular). So, eventually, Stoker - no matter how estranged he may have felt - does not actually put into question his role in this imperialist society but rather tries to offer means so that people like him may be integrated more into this social fabric and how this Empire can be even better, in a nutshell. I cannot explain this interpretation better but I found it a bit enlightening because most of these details I hadn’t really got out of the text when I read it (maybe due to my ignorance). All this to say that if I read the novel again now, I might have a totally different opinion about it.
One of the most huge lies Caroline Fourest managed to feed to people for a few years (until a book about Islamophobia by Abdellali Hajjat and Marwan Mohammad was published last year ) was that the term “Islamophobia” was created by “Iranian mullahs” in order to be used against women who refused to wear the hijab and that it was thus a term instrumentalized by “islamists”.
This lie was used so often that anti-Islamophobia activists basically lost years around such a sour debate because we all know that putting into question that term is putting into question the existence of discrimination against Muslims and negating how anti-Muslim sentiments are used on a global scale to justify imperialism.
jadookiya a réagi à votre photo “LOL. [Translation: The feminist army has no need of tanks or NATO to…”
is she making fun of them?
No, she’s being serious. She is a huge supporter of FEMEN. She supported their actions in Tunisia for example. She even just published a book about FEMEN’s leader, Inna. when Inna came to France, she was even living for a while in Fourest’s house. Fourest is a huge islamophobe too (under the guise of “secularism”) and a lot of her fame is due to her long campaign against Tariq Ramadan accusing him of being a liar, an extremist, of being in the Muslim brotherhood, etc.
You should read all the shit she said about Tunisia’s revolution and new government etc. you’re so lucky not to have her in America. Like, I’d take all your shitty people/”intellectuals” in exchange of just her, I’m not kidding. Some of her works have been translated by the American conservative book publisher Encounter books just to tell you the kind of support she receives. She’s a huge liar too. But well, it doesn’t prevent her from being often seen on TV, heard on the radio and spreading her poison.
oh ok I got confused I thought u meant ur brother almost touched ur wheel sorry!!
I meant the steering wheel! It’s called a wheel, right?
(Seems like my english speaking skills are slowly fading into the darkness haha).
bollymusings a réagi à votre billet “I got the scare of my life while driving on the highway just 10…”
Thank God you´re OK! :(
<3. I might be making a mountain out of a molehill, it only lasted a few seconds after all. But I saw it coming so fast behind me. Wow. :/
jadookiya a réagi à votre billet “I got the scare of my life while driving on the highway just 10…”
darling im so happy you’re okay <33 was your bro driving behind you?
Thank you! <3 no, he was sitting next to me. He doesn’t have his driver’s licence yet. :)
wow i’m a teenager trying to figure out this horrifying dystopian world with minimal resources and constant terror while frequently fighting just to stay alive you know what i really have time for
a love triangle
#lmao no hard feelins tho
People driving carelessly enrage me like no other.
I got the scare of my life while driving on the highway just 10 minutes ago. It only lasted 5 seconds but I thought I’d get in an accident.
A huge car whose speed was obviously way too much over the legal speed limit was driving in the middle of the two roads. If I didn’t move slightly to the right, it’d have hit me with full force.
I went to a white hairdresser today. Last time I ever do.
Sheer incompetence. And when I say incompetence: I mean the incompetence of incompetence.
That hairdresser got fired not long ago. There is a justice in this world. :)
It’s really funny how France considers itself as this land of women’s rights and feminism when French feminism is really laughable when you look at it as a whole?
Who do they have, really? Olympe de Gouges, Simone de Beauvoir, Simone Veil (for legalizing abortion)… who else?
thekufismacker a réagi à votre billet “thekufismacker a réagi à votre billet “I. Broke. My. Last. Bottle. of….”
i say you become that lady. you’d have the market cornered. swimming in cash
Swimming in cash is my goal in life.