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
+ 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.
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”.
+ 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
+ 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.
Laverne Cox on the cover of the June/July issue of Bust!