Today I ordered a plain iced coffee from McDonald’s and they gave me an iced coffee full of cream and sugar, so let that be a lesson to you. I’m not sure what the lesson is, but there are definitely at least two lessons here, so just pick one that best suits your life. Here are some things we missed while I was practicing new ways to lace my Doc Martens.
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Lesbians Who Tech Live Stream! Get on it.
+ The Lexington Club Will Close on April 30. Moment of silence.
+ Anna Pulley has If Fifty Shades of Grey Had Been Written By a Queer Lady, in Haiku.
Fifty Shades of Gay
is born and no one questions
+ INTERESTING. Does the South Need a LGBT School? by Samantha Allen.
As Zsilavetz points out in our interview, too, perceived regional differences in LGBT acceptance are flattened in the space of the high school hallway. The school climate in Georgia, for example, is frighteningly similar to the school climate in California, which is often reputed to be the most LGBT-friendly state. In both of these states, over 80 percent of LGBT middle and high school students felt excluded by their peers, over half regularly heard disparaging remarks about transgender people, and around 40 percent had their property stolen or damaged. The situation is the same in Washington, Oregon, and Connecticut—all destinations for LGBT adults.
+ Code Words for Lesbianism in Classic Films by your famous BFF Mallory Ortberg.
+ Conway, Arkansas Defies State Ban, Protects LGBT Citizens.
+ Everyone Is Gay shared this on their tumbly and it’s just so great: Ten Things Christian Parents Can Do When Their Kids Have Just Come Out.
+ Season of the Witch: Why Young Women Are Flocking to the Ancient Craft by Sady Doyle in which we are name-checked and our own Beth Maiden is quoted! Best article on the internet, probably. The whole internet.
+ Oh wait no, this one is also amazing. Seven Ways the Media’s Depiction of Eating Disorders Completely Failed Me as a Woman of Color by Raquel Reichard.
+ How Video Game Breasts Are Made (And Why They Can Go Wrong) by Patricia Hernandez.
+ Carla Murphy asks, Does PBS Still Care About Indie Films By and About People of Color?
+ Activism and the Academy is full of so much greatness you’ll probably pass out. From Tami Navarro:
This issue of The Scholar and Feminist Online affords the opportunity to reflect on 40 years of feminist social justice work within and, importantly, across academic and activist communities. The contributors to this issue, many of whom—like BCRW itself—exist at the nexus of activism and scholarship, came together around two powerful moments: BCRW’s 2011 conference, “Activism and the Academy: Celebrating 40 Years of Feminist Scholarship and Action” and the 2013 Scholar & Feminist Conference entitled “Utopia.” Amidst the backdrop of the then-emergent movement “Occupy Wall Street,” the contributors here grapple with questions such as how to organize effectively in the wake of the ongoing corporatization of the academy and how to build solidarity across constructed borders. As they engage with the attack on public education, the rising load of student debt, increasing precariousness and economic insecurity, and the dehumanizing prison-industrial complex, the authors in this issue insist that the creative work of social justice lies not merely in the production of knowledge. Rather, they insist upon the importance—the necessity—of imagination, optimism, and the continued ability to dream a better, more just world in the face of continued oppressions.
This issue is organized around continuing the conversations that took place between scholars, activists, and scholar/activists at these conferences. In their writing, the contributors take up the discussions begun at the panels and included here in video, so as to shed light on the complexity of oppressions in the current moment—and remind those committed to a more just world to celebrate the good times we’ve had, and imagine those we might create.
+ Danielle Moody-Mills has Tangled in Knots: Zendaya and the Politics of ‘Casual Racism’:
Who can forget the backlash the First daughter Malia Obama received on a trip to Rome in 2009 for wearing her hair in two strand twists. Conservatives called the First Family “disrespectful.” Really? A child wearing her hair in any other style that is not blown straight and “tamed” is disrespectful?
Countless white celebrities have been celebrated as “edgy” and “fashion forward” for wearing traditional ethnic hairstyles like cornrows and locs, yet women of color are degraded for donning what comes naturally.
Saw This, Thought of You
+ The Surprising History of the Showerbeer, aka The Lord’s Beer aka Best Beer.
+ Canadian ‘Freezeway’ Could Let Residents Ice Skate to Work. This whole thing is so interesting and bizarre and totally normal all at the same time.
+ KFC to Offer Edible Coffee Cups I’m sorry but this is the best news I’ve heard all week. WHY IS IT ONLY IN THE UK THO.
+ New ‘Ghostbusters’ Inspired by ‘Walking Dead’ Scares, which is super cool news for people who like the everloving shit scared out of them!
Local Autostraddle Meet-Ups
Nothing! Do y’all wanna do a google hang or something? Are you ok? oxox
15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About ‘National Lampoon’s European Vacation which is one of my root films, thank you so much Beverly D’Angelo. Bonus fact: Dana Hill, who played Audrey, also did the voice of Tank Muddlefoot on Darkwing Duck! BOOM 17 THINGS YOU PROBS DIDN’T KNOW.