Also.Also.Also: Keep Harriet Tubman Off the $20 and Other Stories You Need

Hello gorgeous, you look amazing today. Did you get more than three hours of sleep last night? I did not. Today’s the day that Megan and I are going to relocate the cellar spiders we accidentally adopted and hopefully they’ll thrive outdoors and will never come back into our home. Look, if you’d told me that one day I’d adopt a small family of cellar spiders (???!) and that I’d also be SOMEWHAT SAD about removing them from my home, I would’ve run away from you wailing, so I’m processing a lot of feelings today but my number one feeling is COFFEE.

You Should Go or Do or Give

+ Women of the World Festival is coming to the Apollo Theater in New York this June!

+ Support Take It To The Streets!

Queer as in F*ck You

+ This entire exchange is so weird. Alison Bechdel Misses Feeling Special. The questions, her responses, it’s all so weird.

+ Queer Rap Is Not Queer Rap.

Still, the reason these queer hip hop artists are held up to a different standard has little to do with their generic classification and their talent and way more to do with homophobia and racism. By many metrics, these artists are better than what passes for, ostensibly, their mainstream competition, but their success is not proportional. With all this talk about how to talk about these artists, it’s easy to forget the quality and subtleties of the music itself. It’s also important to remember that discussions of rap by queer or gay artists tend to be unfairly focused on queer and gay men. Says Contessa Stuto: “These writers are writing pieces that promote patriarchy; when they even interview a female subject it’s always about fucking girl power, on the assumption this is a male centered issue [to begin with].” The term “gay” rap in particular usually refers to people identified as male and ignores the vast diversity of sexual identities available (as if sexual identity was a stable category to begin with)—many of the “gay” artists culled into this category barely identify as “gay”.

Doll Parts

+ Anne Helen Peterson does not explain/categorize Anna Kendrick in Anna Kendrick and The Hollywood Type Machine, because Anna Kendrick cannot be explained/categorized.

+ Oh this is very cool. Phoebe Hoban‘s Works In Progress: “A very small sampling of the female artists now in their 80s and 90s we should have known about decades ago.” Yes yes yes.

+ In which Roxane Gay wrote an essay about beauty standards and Taylor Swift for Maxim and no you’re not hallucinating?

+ Feminista Jones: Keep Harriet Tubman — and All Women — Off the 20 Dollar Bill.

On one hand, replacing the face of Andrew Jackson – a man whose wealth was made on the backs of enslaved black people – with Tubman’s image sounds like an idyllic reversal of fortune. But in examining Tubman’s life, it’s clear that putting her face on America’s currency would undermine her legacy. By escaping slavery and helping many others do the same, Tubman became historic for essentially stealing “property.” Her legacy is rooted in resisting the foundation of American capitalism. Tubman didn’t respect America’s economic system, so making her a symbol of it would be insulting.

Saw This, Thought of You

+ Dream Hampton Says Jay Z Wired “Tens of Thousands” of Dollars to Cover Protestors’ Bail.

+ Forgiving the opening line that begins “Borrowing a page from Madonna”, Janet Jackson Announces Tour and Album in 2015!!

+ Oh you don’t have to be a preschooler to enjoy these, I’m pretty sure: 20 Science Projects for Preschoolers. Not timely, but making the rounds on FB because summer!

+ Tara Culp-Ressler brings you ‘Historic’ Ruling States That Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Isn’t Sex Ed.

+ Another winner from Stef, who is always seeing things and thinking about you. Meet the Comical Opah, the Only Truly Warm Blooded Fish. Y’all this fish is so giant and cute. Please make a plushie version of this fish and mail it to me immediately.

+ The Plot Against Trains.

And Finally

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  1. The part of the interview with Alison Bechdel about trans people and “the emergence of the transgender identity” was really obnoxious. Like, yeah, trans folks are more visible now but being trans is not “new.”

    • The whole thing grated on me. “How cool would it have been to be an Eisenhower-era butch?” Really?! Way to be totally clueless and insensitive about queer life and history. And I think Bechdel’s part reads weirdly because she has a really dry sense of humor, but maybe I’m wrong.

      • The interview reads so weirdly and I think that it may also have to do with the interviewer and the editor. At the bottom of the article it says, “Interview has been condensed and edited.” Which makes me wonder how much of her answers have been stripped out of context. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

      • The “Eisenhower era butch” question comes from a specific part of Fun Home where Alison talks about butch/femme identity in the 1950s and how she would have still been butch then. It was totally weird and out of context in the interview.
        The question about how she’d identify as trans if she was younger irked me too. Um being a butch woman is not the same thing as being a transman.

    • ugh and ‘Today a young person like you would be more likely to identify as transgender than gay.’ umm you’re interviewing her, why don’t you ask her if this is the case? so presumptuous.

  2. My personal solution to cellar spiders is “you leave me alone, I’ll leave you alone.” If they come upstairs anyway, I yell for my wife. Do other couples divide up critter duties? She does spiders, I handle the bats. Is there a butch/femme take on this?

  3. Just dropping by to say that I knew Cakes Da Killa back in college, and he’s amazing. At the time I had no idea he was a rapper – I met him through queer groups on campus. Regardless, he’s whip smart and I remember him as being a really nice guy. :) So glad he’s gaining notoriety for his art.

  4. Good lord, Bechdel’s responses in that article are problematic, to say the least. The idea of “not feeling special” really irked me.

    I have been thinking a lot about this idea of a queer community recently and I hate it when people (of any persuasion) equate the sense of community exclusively with the shared misery. Our experiences are diverse and our commonalities are wide and varied. It is heartbreaking that discrimination is one of the things that ties us together, but to speak as if it is the only thing is the most heartbreaking of all.

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