So far this week I’ve convinced myself that I’m both perimenopausal and possibly pregnant, as well potentially allergic to the inside of my own nose. Here are the stories we missed while I was googling symptoms!
+ Your fucking bougie almonds are killing salmon and honeybees and contributing to the drought in California. Nice job asshole.
California’s almonds constitute a lucrative multibillion dollar industry in a fiscally tenuous state that is also, as you know, in the middle of the worst drought in recent history. The drought is so dire that experts are considering adding a fifth level to the four-tiered drought scale. That’s right: D5. But each almond requires 1.1 gallons of water to produce, as Alex Park and Julia Lurie at Mother Jones reported earlier this year, and 44 percent more land in California is being used to farm almonds than was 10 years ago.
+ NYC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will now allow an LGBT group to march for the first time in forever.
+ German historian Ingeborg Boxhammer gave a talk in Chicago about “lesbian-like” German suffragists and it was pretty interesting.
+ Tomorrow, fast-food workers seeking $15 minimum wage are planning civil disobedience.
The organizers say fast-food workers — who are seeking a $15 hourly wage — will go on strike at restaurants in more than 100 cities and engage in sit-ins in more than a dozen cities.
But by having home-care workers join, workers and union leaders hope to expand their campaign into a broader movement.
+ In her upcoming memoir, Off the Sidelines, NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tells tales of sexual harassment in the halls of Congress, including being called porky, chubby and “still pretty” in spite of both the aforementioned porkyness and chubbiness. God I hate all men. SIDENOTE no, she doesn’t have to name names! It doesn’t work that way, patriarchy.
Do these guys sincerely think that naming names will silence the skepticism that follows any woman who claims workplace harassment? Have they forgotten the Clarence Thomas hearings, or do they just think we’ve all grown up since then?
+ Woman Lives By Hormones For a Month, Achieves Perfection by Tracy Moore
In a piece over at the Telegraph called “Sex, Spots and Career Satisfaction: A month living by my hormones changed everything,” we learn that reporter Beverly Turner tried out something called the “Hormone Horoscope” for a month, which promises that, by following it, “you can predict what your day will be like based solely on where you are in your monthly menstrual cycle.”
+ A study finds that one-fifth of LA’s foster children are LGBTQ.
Stuff for Learning and Enjoying
+ Oh wow this is so relevant to your interests: Talking to Strangers Makes You Happy!
So despite being social animals and enjoying social engagement, we avoid chatting with strangers. Why? Well, according to a follow up study it’s because we think, wrongly, that strangers don’t want to talk with us. The one way to get over this is to practice reaching out – who knows, commuting could become more enjoyable.
+ Um but also: How To Be Alone by Sara Maitland
Solitude, the kind we elect ourselves, is met with judgement and enslaved by stigma. It is also a capacity absolutely essential for a full life.
That paradox is what British author Sara Maitland explores in How to Be Alone (public library) — the latest installment in The School of Life’s thoughtful crusade to reclaim the traditional self-help genre in a series of intelligent, non-self-helpy yet immeasurably helpful guides to such aspects of modern living as finding fulfilling work, cultivating a healthier relationship with sex, worrying less about money, and staying sane.
+ Hyphen has a little profile of Miyuki Baker‘s International Queer Art/Activism Zine Project. You should read it!
+ The Advocate has Seven Brave Campuses for LGBT Students in the South
+ The Forsaken: A Rising Number of Homeless Gay Teens Are Being Cast Out by Religious Families at Rolling Stone:
As soon as the line went dead, Jackie began sobbing. Still, she convinced herself that her parents would come around and accept her, despite what they perceived to be her flaw. As planned, she drove to Canada to celebrate her birthday with friends. When her debit card didn’t work on the second day of the trip, she figured it was because she was in another country. Once back in the States, however, she got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,'” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.
From that moment, Jackie knew that she was entirely on her own, that she had no home, no money and no family who would help her – and that this was the terrible price she’d pay for being a lesbian.
+ A First of Its Kind LGBT Jewish Curriculum:
The title of the curriculum is “Koi B’mishpachat Elohim / All in God’s Family: A Jewish Guide for Creating Allies for Our LGBT Families,” and is a multimedia curriculum that provides tools to support Jewish congregations in their efforts to create inclusive institutions for LGBT people and their families.
+ Arabelle Sicardi has all kinds of back to school goodies for you over on Fashion Pirate!
+ What are scabs made of? I don’t know, this just seemed like something you’d want to read.
+ Jon Lazar turned a bunch of Lego Friends “mini dolls” into comic book super heroines because he is a man with good ideas. I do not hate this man, so far.
Lego’s Friends line has been met with plenty of success, but it came under a lot of fire when it launched for conforming to female stereotypes. Artist Jon Lazar decided to change that with his Lego Super Friends project, taking these shopping-loving, cute-animal-crazy dolls and turning them into comic book heroes.
+ Other Notable Man I Don’t Hate LeVar Burton‘s children’s book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, will be released on October 7! It’s described as a “story designed for parents and kids to read together when facing stressful or difficult situations, and emphasizes the helpers and positives in a child’s world and the value in having friends and family work together to get through tough times,” and now I want to cry.
+ Link’s Romantic Options in Ocarina of Time, Ranked at The Toast.
Zelda and Link really do make a lovely pair. So blonde! So virtuous! But it’s a little too sweet, a little too precious to make it into the top three. It’s the straight equivalent of twink-on-twink.
NOT THAT THERE’S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT. A better example: you know how the real crime of Little Women is not that Jo and Laurie don’t hook up, but that Laurie and Amy make a kind of boring couple? Link and Zelda together are the same kind of boring. It’s not objectionable, exactly, it’s just not compelling. (COME AT ME, AMY DEFENDERS)
You Could Do This
+ Want to be part of an anthology edited by Ariel Gore? Well get on it, sugar!
We’re seeking character-driven, first person queer narratives set in Oakland, California.
Stories may be fiction or memoir or hybrid, set in any decade, but should have a clear Oakland connection — neighborhood-centric stories especially appreciated – growing up in Oakland, adventures in queer Oakland, moving to Oakland, raising kids in Oakland, work, art, falling in and out of love, finding and losing home, punk houses, band shows, regular urban life. What is your Oakland queer story?
+ ARE YOU A QUEER ASIAN MOTHER? Nahee Kwak would like to talk with you!
I am conducting a study on how Queer Asian American women balance work and family responsibilities and would like to invite you to participate in an
interview. While there has been much attention to “tiger mother” parenting, very little data is currently available regarding how Queer Asian American women are actually mothering and balancing the responsibilities of work and family life.
See the full invite on Autostraddle’s tumblr and get it touch with Kwak.
Media, You Gayz
+ Laverne Cox will appear on Season Two of Faking It as the director of Hester High’s drama club. The season premiere is September 23 so read back through our Season One recaps and mark your damn calendars!
+ Park Chan-wook will adapt Fingersmith for his next film. OH NOW YOU’RE PAYING ATTENTION.
Park’s version will transplant the plot––which involves a petty thief who takes part in a con to defraud an orphaned heiress, only to fall in love with her mark––from 19th-century London to early 20th-century Korea, during a period when the country was annexed by the Empire of Japan. Considering Park’s penchant for Gothic atmosphere and erotic undertones, it seems like a perfect fit.
+ Watch the first trailer for True Trans With Laura Jane Grace, a 10 episode web series on AOL that premieres October 10.
+ Oh hey don’t forget to set up your rotating Weeping Angel desktop background to scare the shit out of yourself/your friends!
The only person I know who would be as excited at the Fingersmith adaptation as I am is my ex, so thank you for also being excited about it. Anyone who is not my ex and wants to fan[choose your gender] about Korean Fingersmith feel free to message me.
I’ve been freaking out about it since I first heard about it this morning! I love that books so much! And I like the idea of setting it in another time and place rather than just redoing the book because the miniseries was excellent and pretty faithful already. It’s such a good plot that it can stand being adapted to many different settings and always still have something to say about women and queerness. I hope this director is feminist and won’t change things too much though.
LAVERNE COX IS GOING TO BE IN FAKING IT! omigod I am so excited. Also, my girlfriend really made rotating weeping angels her background and I would freak people out in my Web Development class whenever I used her laptop.
For some reason “fucking bougie almonds” made me LOL. Also LAVERNE COX ON FAKING IT.
Laverne Cox is awesome, but even she isn’t enough for me to return to the insult Faking It became. I suspect she was cast for season 2 at least partly in an attempt by whoever is in charge of that to give more lgbtq cred to the show after how much justified disappointment its first season evoked. (As articulately expressed in this article by Trish Bendix: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/faking-finale-proves-mtv-does-710958 ) I eagerly look forward to the next thing Cox is in that hasn’t alienated me by pandering to straight men in a way a gajillion shows and movies have already done. So sick of it.
I am pretty excited about True Trans it looks very good, though I wish it was on a larger network besides AOL(I would say I didn’t know AOL was still around, but their office is down the street from my home). It be nice to see other trans and genderqueer stories.
Fingersmith is also getting a more straight-up page-to-stage adaptation at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival next year…. yee!
Someday I’m going to name a cat after Ingeborg Boxhammer.
I think I’ll just be perpetually bitter about this, but the list of the seven really brave southern college campuses is a load of it. They’re not brave so much as they have a lot of funding and they decided to support the queer kids at the school. Don’t get me wrong- that’s super awesome of them to spend a portion of their budget on a population that is so *controversial* in the eyes of admin and probably donors. But the schools that are brave to provide safe spaces are the ones that provide safe spaces against the indifference of their administration. The small universities and the religious colleges that don’t get endowments from wealthy alumni and whose queer students plan their own events and fight to be recognized are the brave campuses.
So excited for Laverne Cox on Faking It! Yay!
Also, are you crazy? Don’t use that background! Don’t you know that which hold the image of an angel becomes itself an angel?
right?? i saw the image on my fb feed and was like “nooooooooo!”
God BLESS it, my girlfriend just got me into Dr. Who and we just watched that Weeping Angels episode.
“OK, Meghan’s girlfriend, I will totally watch this with you, but I’ve heard it’s scary. You know how I feel about scary things. Is it scary?”
“No, no. It’s a family show! It’s for all ages!”
I HATE IT. I HATE IT. IT WAS AWFUL AND I MAY HAVE SCREAMED AND KNOCKED OVER A BEER.
But now I know what I’m installing on her computer in revenge.
they’re one of the scariest. to me, though, the scariest are the clockwork androids in the marie antoinette episode. have you seen it?
Not yet! She has told me that one scared her too. I may have to drink to watch it.
I LOVE LAURA JANE GRACE I’M SO EXCITED FOR TRUE TRANS AGHHH!! Whew, glad I got all of that out of my system. Also – Korean Fingersmith?? YAY
Wait. Maybe pregnant? CONGRATS! =) Babies ♥
I love the spider monkey, too cute!
The Rolling Stone article on homeless LGBTQ teens equally breaks my heart and terrifies me. I don’t think I’ll come out to my parents until two weeks before the wedding, if I ever get married.
I know right? And they do make a good point about the “it’s getting better”-thematic – it crossed my mind before. And it’s so, so, so horrifying that even though “being gay” is now more socially accepted, the amount of homeless LGBTQ teens is steadily rising :/
I am SO STOKED for True Trans! Laura Jane Grace is my idol. I’ve covered so many Against Me! songs, it’s not even funny.
Christ, Laneia, that Weeping Angel on my newsfeed. Christ.
Park Chan-wook + Fingersmith adaptation?? I am excited
Late and I probably already commented on this before, but my headcanon is that Link is a badass chick whether she’s saving her girlfriend or best friend or princess Zelda
I just kind of skimmed past the title of this article and noticed the picture and freaked out for a bit, but after reading it thoroughly, I’m now very disappointed to find out that Laverne Cox is NOT going to be on the new season of Doctor Who :(