My dystopia is the limbo between capitalism and identity politics. The commodification of queer talent, queer bodies and queer desirability as the only way into economic stability. The never ending panic of personal worth vs. having to market yourself to get a chance to exist without fear.
My dystopia is that we are taught to unlearn how to create space inside us to feel ourselves and our surroundings, to care for ourselves and each other and truly listen. It is the high level of ignorance, closed senses and numbness for the violence we cause and reproduce consciously and unconsciously in our everyday lives with almost no possibility to escape this system.
My personal dystopia is a future with no memory of its pasts.
Faris Cuchi Gezahegn
My current dystopia lives in my want, yearn, desire & practices of creating belonging & bulldozing othering. It exists in the technology we as beings in this realm who are being forced to develop by the coercion of imperialist colonialist white supremacist hetero & homo patriarchy violence.
My dystopia is the ongoing manifestation of partiarchy, where competition and profit outweigh community and the commons, ego and fear overpower solidarity and empathy, and where human rights are reserved to the privileged few who conform with their own liberation and withdraw from their responsibilities to fight for collective justice.
My personal dystopia is understanding and seeing how internalized queerphobia & sexism is so often affecting interrelational spaces and how for people it is so easy to maintain these violent structures. Seeing how recent political developments grow stronger against BiPoc & FLINTA bodies and how it normalizes violence in everyday life is grueling and scary.
My current dystopia is the never-ending patriarchy (and all power mechanisms entangled) that repeatedly manages to destroy rights which have already been won and reinstates grotesque laws. My fear is that instead of getting stronger, resistant movements will end in a state of numbness (Ohnmacht), and that we stop listening to and being supportive with each other and that we shatter into individual pieces.
My personal dystopia is the world we live in.
My dystopia is the constantly perpetuated hegemonic power structures based on anthropocentric, patriarchal and neo-liberal values. I am profoundly dismayed at not only the destruction but also the reversal of once painfully acquired fundamental rights along with the normalization of hate within mainstream discourses.
Samuel Minegibe Ekeh
My current dystopia is Care, Care of an inner self that can help you to understand more about yourself as it reflects from the inside to the outside. Care, that can make you understand your position and be able to tolerate others no matter the race, gender, or class. Care, that can help us understand that our actions can reflect dystopia utopian society. Care, not on self-reflection or with greed of self-care but understanding what care is and allowing it to stabilize our dystopian society.