Odette Carotte

Reading the Penguin Proust in English, like a glutton

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In the house of pleasure — in which men rather than women were increasingly procured for one’s pleasure — where M. de Charlus had surprised Morel and where the ‘vice-Madam,’ a fervent reader of the Gaulois, who commented on events in high society declared, when speaking to a stout gentleman who came to drink endless bottles of champagne in her establishment in the company of young men, because he wanted to develop his already considerable girth into an obesity certain to ensure that he would never be ‘caught up’ in any war that might break out: ‘It appears that young Saint-Loup is “that way inclined” and young Cambremer too! Pity their wives! In any case, if you do know the bethrothed pair, do please send them along, they will find their hearts’ desire here, and help us earn a lot of money.’

Marcel Proust, The Fugitive, translated by Peter Collier, p. 626-627.

What else can I say? Everyone is gay.

I do have a desire to write comedic soap operas about bisexuality, and passages such as these are my root. The characters are so succulent. Vice-madam/society columnist! Fat draft-dodging rich gay!

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Like all mythology, that of the criminally bad Black mother spread through storytelling—lurid tales told with bitter resentment. Haven’t you heard the one about the jaywalking mother whose son was hit by a drunk driver? Surely you know all about the homeless mother who left her two children in the car during a job interview. And now there’s the McDonald’s mother who abandoned her daughter at the playground.

But what do these stories leave out? Our welfare system is designed to put everyone to work regardless of circumstance. Unfortunately, the low-wage jobs attainable for most mothers lead to a parental quagmire. Between low paychecks and inflexible work schedules, how is one to arrange for adequate child care? With no apparent options, the answer is often that they simply cannot.

Such women, it’s been repeated to you, are bad mothers who deserve to be punished, and increasingly we’re doing just that. Indeed, the mythology of bad Black mothers was never just a part of our cultural folklore—it’s entrenched in our legal system.

Over the last three decades, the population of incarcerated women has grown by over 800%, and women of color have been locked up at disproportionately high rates. African American women are three times more likely than White women to be thrown in jail or prison.

The justice system doles out particularly harsh punishments for infractions that relate to motherhood. Although pregnant Black and White women take drugs at similar rates, expecting Black mothers are 10 times more likely to be reported to child welfare for drug use, according to the Drug Policy Alliance.

Mandatory minimum sentencing has slowly eliminated judicial discretion and exacerbated the racial disparities. In addition, most child maltreatment laws and definitions of neglect are very vague, leaving room for prejudice based on race, class and gender to creep in. One in nine Black children have an incarcerated parent. Who stands to gain from this?

Noah Remnick

Quote is from Debra Harrell and The Mythology of Bad Black Mothers in The Los Angeles Times. Though she is out of jail now, she was subsequently fired from her job and her daughter remains in state custody. @prisonculture shared a link for a fundraiser for her at You Caring.

I am fascinated (as in repulsed) by the people pretending to care about the well-being of her daughter—by ignoring all of the structural inequalities and lack of options for Debra—suggesting that she could’ve been kidnapped playing at the busy child park. If they care then they must care about the structural problems that lead to lack of options. And if they care, then they have a funny way of showing it since when Black girls and even adult Black women go missing, there is less concern, less media coverage and often they are marked off as “runaways.” So now Black girls are capable of being taken? I know Harrell was in a bind that poverty creates and even those all about bootstraps magically have no answer for the fact that McDonald’s fired her because they don’t pay her enough to afford childcare. And she worked

Take a look at Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment by Patricia Hill Collins; she goes further than this article did as to how the mythology of the “inherently” bad Black mother came about and how it unironically co-exists with the “thoughtful mammy” who raises any children (especially White ones) “well,” except her own. Critical read. 

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Above commentary is from gradientlair. This is very relevant to my work and I want to read the Patricia Hill Collins book.

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jeanpaulblartre asked: Is Françoise sassy iyo?

Guys, what do we think? Marcel certainly writes her as if she’s too dumb, credulous, fearful and pious to be sassy, but is Françoise sassy in her own mind, her own family, her own language?

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Anonymous asked: Il faut se faire une raison: "Nous tendons à la mort, comme la flèche au but et nous ne le manquons jamais, la mort est notre unique certitude et nous savons toujours que nous allons mourir, n'importe quand et n'importe où, n'importe la manière. Car la vie éternelle est un non-sens, l'éternité n'est pas la vie, la mort est le repos à quoi nous aspirons, vie et mort sont liées, ceux qui demandent autre chose réclament l'impossible et n'obtiendront que la fumée, leur récompense."


Mais la mort pouvait attendre de venir toute seule le chercher. Au lieu qu’il l’accueille les bras ouverts.

Sorry but this quote gets me rn