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Remember, remember, the 7th December, [0]
    Catgirls, glowsitcks, and goth.
No justification why catgirl goth ravin'
    Should ever be forsought.

Short version: CATGIRL GOTH RAVE NINE / address in friends-locked post / doors at 9 / wear cat ears dress goth / volunteers wanted [1] / invite individuals / ask before passing on to groups / party theme: UNDOMESTICATION

Long version:

Returning Catgirl Goth Rave to its ancestral home in Boston offers us an opportunity to re-examine the founding principles of the occasion and our positionality with regard to them. Have these principles changed? Have we changed? While the history of such an event is important and there is value to keeping a line of continuity, we should also examine the possibility that bending or forking our collective line of flight may be the best way to proceed. In light of this possibility, I offer this digression on the concept of UNDOMESTICATION, particularly as applied to the cat/girl identification presented in the event's name.

The catgirl plays on tropes of femininity, vulnerability, and cuteness in order to establish agency and power --- balancing the double domestication of female and feline against the allure and intimidation of the feral unknown. I've found this position exceptionally useful in a number of contexts. It's allowed me to smooth the edges of my gender traditions, it's made it easier to enforce boundaries in social situations while feeling safe, it's made my sex life infinitely more interesting. Perhaps most importantly, in the context of this missive, it's allowed for a rockin' party entering its ninth year.

Domesticated animals behave in ways that are, for them, childlike and significantly more open to social hierarchy. Neither of these things is automatically bad, but it's worth considering the ways in which we, partially, domesticate ourselves, and whether those actions always serve our needs and desires. Domestication --- the taming of the Little Prince's fox, growing comfortable in a particular family structure, holding out a hand so that the neighbor's cat will let us pet them --- is about shifting boundaries from one state to another. When we are domesticated, consensually or otherwise, the boundaries between us and other entities are altered. Are they being altered in ways that we want them to be? How do we balance the possibilities and the dangers of mutual vulnerability?

For me personally, the challenge is in feeling empowered to sheathe or loose my claws, in learning the difference between my nervous and comforable purrs by taking the time to listen to myself, in understanding my own desires enough to own the domestication I want and reject the domestication that hinders me. I have some idea how this works for others, but everyone has their own metaphor-space, their own relationship to power structures, their own desires. What does undomestication offer to you?

Want to dance about it with me?



[0] The Fifth of November, Observed
[1] We'll need folks at the door, running the bar, and if you're interested in contributing music or art, please get in touch!

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Date: 2013-11-19 05:50 am (UTC)
ranyart: (octolove)
From: [personal profile] ranyart
This year's theme makes me have lots of thoughts! I'm not even sure what they all are yet! Geography being what it is I will not be there this year but I'll be thinking of CGR fondly. After all, it was the reason I first put on nail polish again a few years back. <3

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Date: 2013-11-19 06:39 pm (UTC)
ranyart: (want it back)
From: [personal profile] ranyart
Yep, send an ear-address and ears will appear!

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Date: 2013-11-19 12:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ab3nd.livejournal.com
Does this event need a seizuredome?

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Date: 2013-11-19 12:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rax.livejournal.com
I don't know what a seizuredome is, but quite possibly. :D

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Date: 2013-11-19 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] baniszew.livejournal.com
Is this the thing that Totenkitten had at Firefly? I would totally love to see that again, with a little less fog machine this time.

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Date: 2013-11-20 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ab3nd.livejournal.com
It's one of them. I built the all-red-light seizuredome a few years ago. The original light stopped working on the second run, so we started using Sage's light and added the fog machine. I don't have a fog machine or Sage's light, so if I was running it, it would be with no fog machine and probably all red light.

For those who were not at Firefly, it's a geodesic dome with a reflective interior surface and a variable-rate strobe in it. The strobe is adjustable over a frequency range that can induce hallucinations. So far, it hasn't actually caused a seizure, but one person did get an aura, and another person got ill. It would doubtless drop a photosensitive epileptic in their tracks.

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Date: 2013-11-26 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rax.livejournal.com
Oh, I was in a cube like that once. How much space does it take up? It sounds awesome, but we may have space limitations.

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Date: 2013-11-19 03:14 am (UTC)
ext_646: (Default)
From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
I'm afraid I'll be in New Orleans for the Consortium of Genius' 20th anniversary bash that week!

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Date: 2013-11-19 04:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rax.livejournal.com
You will be there in spirit. :D

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Date: 2013-11-19 05:06 pm (UTC)
ext_646: (magic)
From: [identity profile] shatterstripes.livejournal.com
I will be dressing up as a sexy raccoon scientist and gyrating onstage. Yeah, I'll be there in spirit, I think.

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Date: 2013-11-19 04:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teenybuffalo.livejournal.com
I want to come. What time does it start?

Aside from cat ears, I'm not sure what to wear. Should I just please myself, in tune with the theme of undomestication?

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Date: 2013-11-19 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rax.livejournal.com
Traditionally it's "dress like you were going to Manray on Wednesday night," so minimum all black but fancier getups don't have to be all black. However, it's in theme to do whatever you want, and also I think half your wardrobe qualifies on the grounds that you can get into a goth club dressed in pretty much anything in fashion before the bouncer was born. :)

Doors at 9, first live music probably around 10, I should edit the invite ooooooops. :P

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Date: 2013-11-19 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] teenybuffalo.livejournal.com
Thanks, will do!

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Date: 2013-12-07 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oonh.livejournal.com
oh, this is *exactly* what I need at the moment.

I have some fractal art that could be displayed.
Also, if anyone is driving to this from Camberville -- (and should see this comment), poke me.

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Date: 2013-12-07 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] oonh.livejournal.com
Okay, I'm definitely coming. My brain's "you need social now or we're thinking of watching one bit of the hippocampus dessicate and fly away like an autumnal leaf, what was it you were saying about your cognitive capacity again?" is overwhelming.

I'll be dressed in fluorescent green. And may need cat ears.

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