Another Friday, another glorious excuse to sing Mariah Carey songs in your underwear while you wait for the Greek cheese pie to crisp up in the oven. Make it a great one!
You Should Go or Do or Give
+ Definitely head over to Single de Mayo if you’re in the LA area! Brittani Nichols will be there! Also Molly Adams!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Rachel: “I thought this would be entirely about gay cis men but it is only like 75% about gay cis men and mentions like two lesbians, for what it’s worth.” How Gay Culture Shaped the Modern World.
+ This video of a lesbian being forced out of a bathroom by several cops is from last December, but it’s making the rounds now. Obviously these bathroom-focused bills are actually targeting trans women and they’re the most vulnerable here, but this is an example of how ridiculous they are in practice.
+ For a firsthand account of this situation from a trans woman: Mara Keisling’s Interview After North Carolina Arrest.
+ House GOP Blocks Abortion Access for Troops. This is so fucked up I can’t even find all the words for it!
+ Ads That Empower Women Don’t Just Break Stereotypes, They’re Also Effective, “So why are we just starting to see them now?”
+ Listen, I like a good empathy lesson as well as the next gal, but wow holy shit, this video! Men Struggle to Read Tweets Sent to Female Sports Reporters.
Like oh are some adult men crying because they had to say “mean” things to a woman’s face in order to illustrate how outrageously fucked up it is that other men voluntarily say these things to women all the goddamn time? Well pin a tail on my ass and call me a donkey WHO COULD’VE GUESSED?? What man among us would’ve thought, of his own volition, “Women exist, and therefore men — on the internet and in person — say and do the most violently misogynistic shit to them, eternally, and it’s very fucked up.” Who?? You’re saying someone had to put together a whole staged situation — one that actually subjects these women to this violence all over again and in living color — for men to wrap their peabrains around the concept that it probably doesn’t feel good to have to wade through this kind of slimy shit on a daily basis? They had to see it on the women’s faces? Had to put themselves in the shoes of trolls who overuse the word cunt and dream of raping and killing random women so they could feel enough visible discomfort that perhaps other men would think twice about being violent trash jackasses? This ranks right up there with the video of men unknowingly catcalling their own mothers. Give me an entire fucking break.
+ Oh the gifts just keep coming: Weird Shit People Have Thought About Women’s Bodies.
+ The Agony and Ecstasy of the Ugly Cry. Amen yes.
Saw This, Thought of You
+ This is from last year but still interesting! There Are Almost No Black People Brewing Craft Beer and Here’s Why.
I already told you to follow The Audubon Society on Instagram because I care about you a lot, so you’ve probably seen some of these photos there already, but JUST IN CASE: 2016 Audubon Photography Awards!