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Blacked out: Writer is turning celeb sexual misconduct statements into ‘Blackout Poetry’

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A poet has been printing out the statements from powerful celebrities regarding sexual misconduct and turning them into powerful erasure poetry.

The poet has reworked the statements from Kevin Spacey, Louis C.K., Harvey Weinstein, Richard Dreyfuss and many more.

Erasure poetry is a genre in which the writer takes a block or passage of words and blacks out large portions, leaving a short passage remaining. In this case, the writer is leaving text that reveals “a revelation of hidden intent in a text I find questionable,” the poet, Isobel O’Hare told Fast Company.

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The works have been gaining a large amount of attention on social media, even catching the attention of Weinstein’s most vocal accuser, Rose McGowan.

“I came of age in a culture of demons I respect more than women,” Weinstein’s statement was blacked out to read.

“I ignored reality for eons,” Dreyfuss’ poem reads.

“There are stories about me that have been fueled by my own behavior,” O’Hare’s edit on Spacey’s statement was edited to say.

“My dick is a question I run from,” C.K.’s poem asserts.

O’Hare explained to Fast Company that she became inspired after noticing similar language and phrasing in each statement.

“I started noticing, while reading these statements, that many of them used similar language,” O’Hare explained. “There was a theme of ‘that was the culture then’ and sexist language like ‘these women’ kept appearing. I wanted to draw attention to that and to show what the men writing these statements didn’t realize they were revealing about themselves.”

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Massachusetts City Council Votes for Official Recognition of “Polyamorous” Relationships

Descending down the slippery slope.

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The left-wing city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously last week to recognize “polyamorous” relationships, enshrining intimate relationships between multiple people on a level equal to that of traditional heterosexual marriage.

Polyamory is a lifestyle that allows for amorphous and plural intimate sexual relationships between multiple people. It’s been compared to historical practices of polygamy in non-western and peripheral societies, although its advocates and adherents claim their lifestyle is distinct from the shunned and more controversial practice.

City Councilor Lance Davis explained his support for the resolution recognizing polyamory, stating that he “doesn’t feel it’s the place of government to define a family.” The recognition of the plural relationship practice may be the first of its kind from a governmental institution in the United States or modern-day western society.

Another city councilor who supporter recognizing polyamory, J.T. Scott, claimed that he knew at least two dozen polyamorous households throughout the city of Somerville.

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The city ordinance will apply employment benefits to all partners of polyamorous relationships who could claim the benefits as a city employee’s spouse.

It appears likely to possible that the initial push in favor of polyamorous recognition will spiral into a newfound cultural struggle on the part of liberal ideologues, determined to enshrine a system similar in nature to medieval or Islamic polygamy within the legal confines of American society in the name of “progress” and “tolerance.”

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