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It’s Amans world…

AVANT GUARDIAN, CABARET TERRORIST, QUEER SAVOIR… HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS ALL THESE THINGS. NOW, HE SHARES HIS VISION OF A LABEL-FREE FUTURE — MADE WITH LOVE

So let’s tear it down and start again

Masculinity is a construct, and I don’t believe that it’s got any solidity. I think we can only be human beings: we’ve got brains, we’ve got hearts, we eat food, we go to the toilet, we’re all going to die; we’ve got a lot in common. Aspects of femininity, masculinity and all the rest of it is subjective, and it’s not important. I never think to myself, “Oh, I’m accommodating my masculinity,” because I have such a negative association with it. I see masculinity as very arrogant and unfeeling and it leads to what I call the military industrial complex, a mindset

CUTTING EDGE: David has some strong words for the establishment

I blame for so many of the problems that are tearing our world apart. We’re all in the shadow of it, which is very sad. We, as artists, are trying to create but the shadow we work under is based on the opposite of this — a desire to destroy – and we don’t know enough about it

Which will end first, the international arms trade or humanity itself? This might sound extreme but I believe it’s a question we need to be asking

I have problems with the very idea that we are all born to represent something, whatever that might be, particularly because we’re living on a planet of perpetual war, so I don’t feel that I’m reflected in the prominent features of our society or world politics.

It can be frustrating because a lot of us want a more egalitarian society based on mutual respect, but it’s very difficult when the people in power are hellbent on enriching the international arms trade. As I see it, there are two opposing forces: one that wants peace and maturity, and people to communicate. Then, of course, there’s our present government which doesn’t want people to do that, doesn’t want harmony, and thrives on conflict. I have nothing but contempt for the current so-called government.

What we need to be doing is exploring who these malicious, malevolent, money-grabbing, greedy, cruel, amoral men who run the world are. And undermine their understanding of what it means to be a man — because this is at the root of the problem.

IN MY BOOK

Parallel Universe, I have a speech — inspired by Valeria Solanas and the SCUM manifesto, and the Hillsborough disaster cover-up — that is all about men. If you want poverty-stricken people thrown out into the street, get a man. If you want disability activists hassled, get a man. If you want people to fight in your insane war, get a man. You know, if you want hospitals, schools and old people’s homes destroyed, get a man.

They love destroying everything. They’re brainwashed — we all are. Once we realise that we’re brainwashed, what are we going to do about it? It’s obviously in the establishment’s interest to keep us all sort of policing each other, looking at each other critically, judging one and other; that’s what they want.

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