In fact, normalcy is a relatively new concept which arose as part of the modernity project in 1800–1850 in Western Europe and its North American colonized spaces. The word “normal” did not enter the English language until around 1840. Prior to the concept of normalcy there was the concept of the ideal (and its corollary, the grotesque). In Roman- Greek culture it was understood that everyone falls beneath this standard. The ideal was perceived as unachievable and imperfection was on a continuum (like a Greek statue). Imperfection was seen as being in various degrees from the ideal and was not penalized as such.

In the nineteenth century, the concept of normal entered European culture, as it related to the concept of the average; normalcy thus began with the creation of measurements and statistics. Qualities are represented on a bell curve, and the extremes of the curve are abnormal. Statistics were created as state tools (hence their etymology, as stat(e)istics) and, with the advent of modernity, as “political arithmetic”. It is hard to imagine that before the advent of modernity and capitalism, governing bodies did not make decisions based considerably on crime, poverty, birth, death, and unemployment rates. This new form of governance is what Foucault characterized as biopolitics. Indeed, it is exactly this new-found ability to measure performances of individuals and groups that makes them governable.
― Liat Ben-Moshe, Dave Hill, Anthony J. Nocella, II, and Bill Templer (Dis-abling capitalism and an anarchism of “radical equality” in resistance to ideologies of normalcy)
Our proposal is simple: instead of deceiving ourselves about the unknown with this or that Positive Evidence, the unknown itself is something to celebrate. Rather than a primitivist return to an outside that is supposedly mapped into our biology, we’ll pursue an escape into an outside which is at the same time a mystery and an uncertainty. Should we fight less to escape if we don’t know what the outside looks like? One needs only to look at the world which presents itself to know the answer.
― Against the Gendered Nightmare (Bæden: A Journal of Queer Heresy)

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The most intimate reactions of human beings have been so thoroughly reified that the idea of anything specific to themselves now persists only as an utterly abstract notion: personality scarcely signifies anything more than shining white teeth and freedom from body odour and emotions. The triumph of advertising in the culture industry is that consumers feel compelled to buy and use its products even though they see through them.
Theodor Adorno, The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception (via fuckyeahexistentialism)
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
― Marcel Proust (via adventuresteachinginchina)
[M]elancholy persons manifest a strange memory: everything has gone by…there is no future…
― Kristeva, Black Sun: Depression and Melancholia (via tiredshoes)
I enjoy controlled loneliness.
― Kuba Wojewodzki, Polish journalist and comedian.  (via thatkindofwoman)

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I hate pokemon. It’s the dumbest series. Like, why would you stuff something in a ball.
kissfromfoucault
i love every dog

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