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In My Language

I hope everyone reading will take the time to watch Ballastexistenz’s amazing video, “In My Language,” dedicated to “Ashley X,” who has been given the “Ashley Treatment.” It is well worth your time. For those committed to human and civil rights, it is cutting edge.




7 thoughts on “In My Language

  1. I am sending this link OUT THERE. I have to admit, I had no idea. I did think think Ballastexistenze would communicate with people close to her,* and wow, your writing B., but I never thought about what she is telling us here. I wonder if some feminist magazine might pick up on this?

    *not to mention, small Beagles. 🙂

    Posted by Pony | January 17, 2007, 4:42 pm
  2. Hm. Is there a transcript or subtitling? Is there voice to this? As a deaf person, I don’t know.

    Posted by deafie | January 17, 2007, 5:10 pm
  3. Heart,

    I followed the link to the youtube presentation and found many other of her works.

    Check this out:

    Yes – people in the colleges and universities that create all these mis-definitions and misinformation need to be sent these links, ASAP.

    What a phenomenal being she is!

    Mary S.

    Posted by Mary Sunshine | January 17, 2007, 6:12 pm
  4. deafie, the spoken portion of the video is subtitled, approximately half of the video. While you will miss Ballastexistenz’s singing and the sound effects in the first half of the video, I think you will still appreciate what she is communicating, just by watching. This is really a very well done video.

    Mary Sunshine, I am definitely going to check out her other videos. The hard thing about this, of course, is the consciousness-raising part of it, i.e., being forced again and again to think about what has been done to people who aren’t in the world, being and living in it, communicating in it, as most people are. They have been, and still are being, tortured and killed. It is horrible to contemplate. I hope it is not so horrible that people who need to contemplate refuse to and continue to defend the indefensible.


    Posted by womensspace | January 17, 2007, 7:27 pm
  5. Hi deafie

    Just what Heart says, basically B.s subtitling on the video screen is for all of us who do not speak her language whether we are Deaf or hearing. Apart from that, there is wordless singing, and sounds such as the tap running.

    Posted by Pony | January 17, 2007, 8:29 pm
  6. Wow. Btw, she has made more videos! Go here:

    Posted by Ann Bartow | January 17, 2007, 9:22 pm

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