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It's Shanti, your queer baby sister here! 

Ashanti Marshall is a digital archivist, experiential writer and staff scribe at For The Scribes, spearheading Recovering Softcover, an advice column catering to writers and their inner woes within their craft and themselves. Based in Chicago, being a fat, black queer and femme moment in time. Their relationship to the practice of understanding makes room for explorations, experimentations, mistakes, failures and curiosities in their writing. Connect with them on Twitter and Instagram asking you all the right, real, riveting questions.

 

GENERATIONAL PRAXIS

GENERATIONAL PRAXIS

Given the third definition of the noun ‘praxis’ to be defined as “a set of examples or exercises, as in grammar, I realized the term ‘generational praxis’ to be what I had been seeking to understand since I got here, since I had been born. Examples and exercises, a cycle of cause and effect that places more emphasis on expectation than exploration or expansion of what has been determined. The question and power lies in who does the determining and how does this affect the cause of determining. What generalizations, misconceptions arise?

What is presented, being taught to black people about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

What is presented, being taught to queer people about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

What is presented, being taught to womxn about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

What is presented, being taught to the mentally ill about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

What is presented, being taught to the fat and obese about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

What is presented, being taught to the insert your marginalized identity here  about ourselves? What images, dialogues, characteristics are being perfected and passed down? Who or what controls this exchange of information that serves as an impact and influence?

How do we abandon the limiting practices and starve the next generations of our inherited internalized perceptions of self? They have become our skin, a covering and protection to the world’s view of our pains. Silencing the cry does not allow the wound to hurt any less.

The world knows how strong we are but will it ever admit why.
How can we make this matter?

MINDFULNESS

MINDFULNESS

THE HIEROPHANT

THE HIEROPHANT

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