17 St. Phillip Street –Part Five-

A Matter of Perception
A Matter of Perception

Bobby puzzled his found family at 17 St. Phillip Street.

They loved the person they saw in him, and each saw someone different.

To Paul, Bobby was raw talent; a white trash Rimbaud from the housing projects of Charleston.

To Maurice he was a brother who accepted Maurice as a sister.

To Steve, he was freedom; Bobby was so incidentally gay that everyone, including Bobby, forgot about it.

To Miss Jennie he was a favorite grandson.

Everyone who met Bobby fell a little in love with him; women and men.

The straightest men always wound up chasing Bobby.

It’s as if they saw the most beautiful girl in the world when they looked at him.

Bobby strolled into the kitchen.

“Umm…somethin’ smells good!”

Miss Jennie took a knife to a chunk of fat back and tossed a slice into the black-eyed peas.

“Nestor’s gonna show me how to vacuum tomorrow.”

Miss Jennie floured and peppered a tray of pork chops.

She knew it was hopeless but she had to try.

She turned and shook her spatula at Bobby: “I know you’re workin’ on Nestor Bobby! Leave his pecker in his pants an’ wax them floors!”

“I ain’t trash, Miss Jenny!”

“Yes you are–now wash up for supper.”

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(c) Writing and Image, Rob Goldstein (c) 2016

CHILDHOOD Under Siege: Joel Bakan

My first reaction when I read this was rage over the fact that it’s taken over a generation to get this discussion started…after I had a chance to cool down I felt gratitude about the fact that it’s happening. Many thanks to the blogger who first re-posted this.

Children in Prison WHY THEY ARE THERE?

CHILDHOOD Under Siege: Joel Bakan

CHILDHOOD Under Siege: Joel Bakan

THE BOOK
CORPORATIONS HAVE A NEW RESOURCE TO MINE FOR PROFIT: OUR CHILDREN
In Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children (Free Press/August 9, 2011/$26.00 hardcover), Joel Bakan reveals the astonishingly callous and widespread exploitation of children by profit-seeking corporations-and also society’s shameful failure to protect them. The creator of the award-winning film and internationally best-selling book The Corporation, Bakan shows how corporations pump billions of dollars into rendering parents and governments powerless to shield children from a relentless commercial assault designed solely to exploit their unique needs and vulnerabilities.

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Focusing on the United States in particular, Bakan demonstrates how:

  • Marketers target children with increasingly devious methods to manipulate their vulnerable emotions, cultivate compulsive behavior, and addle their psyches with violence, sex, and obsessive consumerism.

  • More and more children take dangerous psychotropic…

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“Tell Somebody!”

A man describes his experience of abuse

The Lit Biwi

It takes a whole lot of courage to speak about things like this. Specially, like Matthew Santoro says, if you’re male. It’s not okay. Not for anyone.

Take some time out of your schedule to go watch this. And remember, if you’re being abused, in whatever way, tell somebody. Abuse is something you don’t have to tolerate from someone you thought was your whole life.

Thanks, Faroukh, for telling me about this.

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Portrait of Frida Khalo

Portrait of Frida Khalo seen on 26th and Mission Streets in San Francisco
Portrait of Frida Khalo, seen on 26th and Mission Streets in San Francisco

Antonio Cejudo – Boleros por Antonio Cejudo
– A. Cejudo – Dos Arbolitos

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