316 - I Hate Everyone

I remember being, like, 13 years old and there were only three stores that you'd want to shop at online, and one of them was Karmaloop. They'd sell weird raver clothes and industrial oddities, and I was OBSESSED. I think the other two were Stars and Infinite Darkness and Delia's, if that gives you any reference point for how cutting edge Karmaloop was at the time. I would just window shop Karmaloop for hours dying over baggy raver jeans and one-armed crop tops. Ah, memories!

It's cool getting older because you get to see how other things get older, too: companies, friends, your hometown, etc.. It's been rad watching Karmaloop evolve into the kinda streetwear shop that it is today, and I was stoked when their subscription-based mega-deals website PLNDR reached out to me about partnering. It's like...life coming full circle or something. But obviously, all with consumption and commerce because duh, America.

Anyhow, they sent me over a Someday's Lovin' top, a pair of Hellz Bells shoes (which I'd been wanting for like MONTHS now -- love them!!!), and these palm tree sunglasses as a little intro into what PLNDR has to offer. It's all of the regular brands Karmaloop carries, so there's lots of good shit on there! And also, for some really perplexing reason, vibrators. Hmmm. Sex positive, a-okay with me! Check 'em out for good dealz.

 Also, how perfect is this Jac Vanek jacket? And how hard is it to say "Jac Vanek jacket" ten times fast?

PS: Stoked that the "Defense of Marriage" act was shot down here in the US, opening up channels for GLQ marriages! Bummed that it was ever an issue at all. Keep pushing onward for the rights of the GLBTQ community (this is one small victory -- marriage is not for everyone and certainly is not all there is to it!) and for acknowledgment that like all of society on the whole, the GLBTQ community is multifaceted (many different communities!) with complex social, political, and economic issues. Eradicate homo- and trans-phobia, acknowledge that socio-economic situations do not determine how "human" a person is, and defend GLBTQ lifestyles that exist outside of the hetero-normative-inspired paradigm.

What can you do today? One simple thing is to challenge your immediate community (friends, family, coworkers) to eradicate commonplace forms of discriminatory speech from their vernacular. If a cis-gendered straight person around you says "gay" when they mean "uncool", if a cis-gendered straight person around you says "tranny" when they mean drag queen or transgendered or as a negative assessment of aesthetics, if an able-bodied person around you says "retarded" when they mean "irrational", just holler back at 'em: "YOU CAN'T SAY THAT!" And if they ask what the "rules" are for fair language? Tell 'em this: if it's a word that has been yelled at someone while they got their ass kicked, you're not allowed to say it unless it has been yelled at you while you got your ass kicked. That's not a fool-proof formula, but it's a good place to start.

Fight for social justice!