Rachel’s Team Pick:
Usually, we make a division between theory and practice. The former is only useful up to a point, but then we have to get up and do something, no? But then again, if anyone understands the importance of theory to practice, it’s queers. We understand that even if we don’t fully understand all the words Judith Butler ever wrote, they’re instrumental in why we feel so good wearing suspenders or a fitted cap on our nights out, or why it hurt so much when our mother responded to us coming out by desperately buying us a dozen sundresses. Theory is different from real life, but it helps us figure out how to live. Which is why I’m so excited about ill theory.
ill theory is an original web series documenting critical thought as processed by young people of color regarding various relevant social issues. these topics range from identity representation in mainstream media, to dating culture, sexual violence, and education among many others.
The theories that academics toss around about marginalized people, people of color, identity, and community are often not accessible to the people who actually are marginalized, of color, poor, or struggling with identity all on their own. They’re often the subject of discourse, without being allowed to enter into the discourse themselves. So anything that allows young marginalized people to make critical discourse their own can only mean good things for the way we think and the way we live. And hey, if you’re someone who finds theory boring or alienating? It’s a webseries! It’s like TV! How can you say no?
The first two episodes both have to deal with the election, which you’re probably pretty into right now. The first episode, ill politricks, was filmed before the election; the second episode will be posted afterwards as a reaction to the results. I can’t wait to see what they’ll talk about next.