Today on Autostraddle: A testament to the strength of the reality show contestant who finishes second because they're just way too cool to be first - Robin Shoots America's Best Dance Crew Fanny Pak! (They've got their own sneakers now.) Also check out our preview from the NewNowNext Awards -- video and photos!
+ Today's the day. The California Supreme Court has made a decision to uphold Proposition 8, which banned same-sex marriage in California by stating marriage is only between a man and a woman. However, over 18,000 same-sex couples who were married between June and November while the legalization was in effect will keep their legal status.
Riese says stuff: I think we need to step back and really re-evaluate our approach here. There's so much strength in our community from advocates who've fought all their lives for things my generation now takes for granted. And as a queer girl with a gay Mom, I've been thinking about this issue for pretty much forever ... and while we fully believe change is possible, and it will happen, I think it will have to involve experienced advocates listening to newer, younger voices ... and similarly; newer, younger voices getting educated on how we got where we are today. The world is changing really fast, and the ways we used to do things aren't working for our new problems. We need to change how we approach these struggles and face our opponents, and that won't start at the courthouse, that will start by increasing our social, cultural & economic capital through other avenues. I have a lot of feelings about this. When I figure out how to put them all together, I'll share them with you.
+ I mean before you know it, you can expect the anti-abortion people to call themselves "pro-life" or something! Oh wait ... Bill O'Reilly: "Because the [pro-gay marriage forces] won this public relations war, you can expect to see the racist-bigot label marketed in other controversial situations." (@the boston herald)
"Fox Sports has compiled a list of women that can hold their own against men in the sports world — because everyone knows the real measure of a female athlete is how she competes against dudes. Fox starts their "Girl Power" list with Rachel Alexandra. Perhaps you've heard of her: She's a horse." (@afterellen)
+ Celebrity yearbook megapost -- check out little Lady Gaga right there, wishing her skirt was shorter. (@ohnotheydidnt)
+"There is something nice--refreshing even--about a single article that incorporates everything you despise in a certain worldview. What's more, rather than looking for polite or euphemistic words, it is lovely to be able to say that the article is, simply, dreadful." (@the national review)
+Fear You Can Believe In? Republicans, Fearmongering and gay marriage: Senator Rick Santorum agreed, saying that "standing up and defending marriage" from gays is the "ultimate homeland security." (@huffpo)
+Art Without Men: France's Centre Pompidou is banishing male artists for an entire year -- "quite an expression of solidarity with women in the art world." (@bitchblogs)
+ Obvs: Iowa City group aims to draw gay weddings! (@press-citizen)
+ I think maybe these people are just bored: "Ten people stood outside the empty State Office Building on Genesee Street Monday holding signs and singing “what a mighty God we serve” in protest to a bill Gov. David Paterson proposed to legalize gay marriage in the state." (@utica od)
+ Within a few years, we may have evidence to prove or disprove the argument that gay marriage is bad. But I don't wanna wait. I wanna know right now when will it be? (@lancaster online)
+ There are so many things about this debate about the exploitative "I'm Confused" ad that make me want to stick my head in the oven. The last line is a real kicker - Sirius XM's Michelangelo Signorile discusses NOM ad with Laura Ingraham on Fox News:
+ Wanda Sykes: controversial comic roots for the odd man out. (@ The Miami Herald)
+ Looks like "Concerned Women for America" doesn't really have anything to be concerned about after all (as expressed in the video above) -- this 6th grade girl made an entire power point presentation about Harvey Milk and wasn't allowed to show it. That shit is bananas. (@cnn)
AND Introducing your Auto-Straddler of the Day:
Here’s Version 4 of the awesome Web Trend Map. I hope y’all love information graphics as much as I do. Either way, this is super nerdy of me.
She said, “Have you seen these? They kinda freak me out more than glass ones…” I say, don’t be scared, girls. Wooden dildos! This is an article, not a store, btw. [@geekporngirl via @ElliB]