I cried at a Dita von Teese show

This May, my friend took me to a Dita von Teese show. As a plus-sized per­son diag­nosed with Bor­der­line Per­son­al­i­ty Dis­or­der, I was hes­i­tant at first, fear­ing my com­plex and shat­tered rela­tion­ship to my own body and self worth would stand in the way of enjoy­ing the art of bur­lesque. But “Gla­m­ona­trix” held a sur­prise which touched a trau­ma that lay bot­tled up deep in my core: I was the woman who cried at a Dita Von Teese show.

The World Must End: Affect Theory and Diaspora

After years of fem­i­nist the­o­ry in which I reap­praised the ways in which fem­i­nin­i­ty and women’s bod­ies were made and bro­ken by exter­nal forces, scat­tered into a thou­sand-piece puz­zle and inad­e­quate­ly glued back togeth­er, I found inter­est in a sim­i­lar issue with regard to the African-Amer­i­can dias­po­ra. Even­tu­al­ly, in alle­vi­at­ing clar­i­ty, there is a desire for the world to end, to fash­ion it anew—and irre­spec­tive of how it will be com­posed, the beau­ty of anni­hi­lat­ed worlds will burn in it bright­ly and confidently. 

“We deconstructed some of our illusions” – Exploring love around the world

In ear­ly 2019, Davor Ros­tuhar and his new­ly wed wife Andela embark on a jour­ney that leads them through five con­ti­nents, more than 30 coun­tries, and ulti­mate­ly, back to them­selves. The rea­son behind this spe­cial trip is the begin­ning of their rela­tion­ship: After propos­ing to Andela in Antarc­ti­ca, just before solo hik­ing to the South Pole as the first Croa­t­ian, Davor had visu­al­ized his new project – a year of trav­el­ing around the world, look­ing for all the facets of (roman­tic) love in people.

Imagining the (queer) Witch

“Queer­ing the Witch opens up the def­i­n­i­tion of who is con­sid­ered a witch. His­tor­i­cal­ly speak­ing, the major­i­ty of accused and con­vict­ed witch­es are iden­ti­fied as women; but why not expand the def­i­n­i­tion to include oth­er com­mu­ni­ties that face dis­crim­i­na­tion because they con­tra­dict the so-called norm?” 

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