Also.Also.Also: Female Astronauts, Big Cat Week, and Other Stories for Your Monday

How was your weekend?! I tried so hard to get our silly tree up and decorated but it just would not cooperate. So there it is, sitting in the corner, unlit and undecorated. Have you ever dealt with an uncooperative holiday tree? Does meditating with a glass of wine help? What about lying on the floor and counting your heartbeats until your wife comes home? Building a pillow fort in your bedroom and watching American Ultra in a party dress? (Yes, that last one did help a little.)

You Should Go or Do or Give

+ Brittani Nichols is doing joke karaoke on Wednesday! What the hell is that? I do not know. Why don’t you go and find out for us?

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Ileana Jimenez brings you Revising Queer Immigrant Dreams: “A new lesbian film is putting an unseen demographic on the big screen.”

+ Parents Outraged LGBT Book for Teens in Local Library because of course they are. Parents, y’all are very predictable and tired. And stupid.

+ Vikki Reich talks about the pressure to be a perfect lesbian mom. Don’t read the comments!

+ Electing Trans Officials: A New Frontier in Politics.

+ Lesbian Harvard Professors: Don’t Erase Anti-Gay Bigot’s Name From Our Home by Katie Zavadski. “Advice to protesters who want to rename buildings on campuses: You don’t need to erase history to deal with it.” Hmmm.

Doll Parts

+ America’s Forgotten Female Astronauts by Dr. Elizabeth Yuko.

+ We Put Six Times as Many Women in Prison Today as We Did in 1980 by Lindsay Schrupp.

+ From ‘Her’ to ‘Bitch’: How Gendered Language Teaches Us Women Are Objects to be Controlled by Jessica Ensley.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ Erykah Badu Mixtape.

+ The Period is Pissed. “When did our plainest punctuation mark become so aggressive?”

+ Email is the New Generation Gap. Interestingggg.

+ This spoke to me. The Leftover Scraps of Ordinary Life: “A photographer documents her late husband’s belongings.”

+ It’s Big Cat Week on National Geographic! Here are some gorgeous photographs of enormous cats to get you ready.

+ A Look at a Brewery’s Assembly Line from the Beer’s Point of View.

And Finally

Millions of Baby Spiders Create Giant Silken Blanket in Tennessee! How darling.

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  1. I would recommend reading Martha Ackmann’s book “Mercury 13″ which was published way back in the early 2000s. It’s very well-written and an interesting read.

    Also am I the only one who thinks it’s just a little ironic that you have a link to an article on how gendered language hurts women under the heading ”Doll Parts”?

  2. Laneia, what did you think of American Ultra? I watched it on Saturday. For what seemed like a pretty silly movie in the trailers, it turned out to be really dark and serious at times. But as always, I enjoyed watching Kristen Stewart be Kristen Stewart.

    And yes, holiday trees can be jerks.

      • Maybe I should rewatch it by myself. I feel like watching Kristen Stewart movies is a special thing that should not be spoiled by watching them with my straight friends.

        In related news, I finally broke down and bought all of the Twilight movies on blu-ray yesterday.

  3. To be honest when you say “don’t read the comments” that actually makes me want to read them even more. I think it’s important to know the enemy!

    That being said…
    Some people are stupid. Vikki Reich is not. It’s so lovely to see a candid piece of writing coming from my home city.

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