Also.Also.Also: Megan Rapinoe Kneels for the Anthem and Other Stories for Your Monday

I made homemade hamburger buns yesterday and they were AMAZING. Of all the foods I ever cook, bread is hands down the most satisfying and magical thing. You take these ingredients that you absolutely cannot eat alone — raw flour, yeast, salt — combine them with water, smash them together with your hands for long enough that you lose track of everything but the smashing, let them dance up and down for a couple of hours, heat them, and then you get BREAD?! And it’s warm and delicious and I’M SORRY GF PEOPLE but it’s like the earth in your hands. It’s wild as fuck. I think it might be the next best thing to giving birth to a human. DON’T @ ME.

JK you can totally @ me obvs, that’s what the comments are for.

What did you create over the weekend?

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Megan Rapinoe Kneels for Anthem at NWSL Match.

“Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties. It was something small that I could do and something that I plan to keep doing in the future and hopefully spark some meaningful conversation around it. It’s important to have white people stand in support of people of color on this. We don’t need to be the leading voice, of course, but standing in support of them is something that’s really powerful.”

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    • I was thinking the same thing, although maybe just because I’m way preoccupied with managing the jar of starter currently growing in my (turned off!) oven. nothing makes me feel more like a witch than my sourdough starter. like I might live in a little cottage in the woods on the edge of town and grow all my own herbs.

  1. Megan Rapinoe is my favorite pro athlete of all time. She fucking gets it. Anyone who has been surprised by this hasn’t been paying attention (she was pretty critical of the WNBA fining their players for wearing BLM shirts recently) and if anyone accuses her of being un-American I will personally drive to their house and play the Youtube video of her singing Bruce Springsteen after she scored a goal in the 2011 World Cup.

    • I agree with all of this, but as a Springsteen fan, I must point out that “Born In the USA” is really, really not a patriotic song. It’s about a guy who gets systematically screwed over by the system, including being shipped off to ‘Nam to kill people for a country that can’t even give him a job when he gets home. I think it’s totally consistent with Rapinoe’s worldview, and it’s one of my favorite songs of all time, but a proud anthem to the awesomeness of America, it is not (and was never intended to be- Bruce has consistently sent politicians trying to use it as such cease and desist letters).

  2. TL;DR: I love baseball and it hurts to see my fellow queers disrespected by anyone linked to the sport.

    I’m disheartened by the story of the Mariners employee harassing a lesbian couple at what was supposed to be a Pride night. MLB and the individual teams are working to be more visibly welcoming to LGBTQ+ fans, but this is one of several troubling incidents. This is apparently a case of poor staff training while other incidents have included the fans rejecting the idea of a team acknowledging LGBTQ+ people, such as when San Francisco Giants fan skipped a game en mass last year on the team’s first Pride Night. I know going to a baseball game is lauded /sold by some as “clean family fun” (never mind the amount of beer consumed at games), but . . .

    It’s just hard to see homophobia showing itself in something I love so much. But, maybe if people in the baseball world show themselves for who they really are, actual progress and change can occur. At least Rhea Butcher is throwing out the first pitch at a Cleveland game in the next couple weeks.

    Confused/frustrated feelings dump finished.

    P.S. Curt Schilling is a reprehensible human being and it pains me that he played an important role in the history of baseball. My heart goes out to any LGBTQ+ Red Sox fans.

      • Exactly, it’s “family friendly” if you have a certain kind of heteronormative family. Baseball paints itself as timeless and traditional, as part of “America’s past-time” that rhetorically precludes it from being a space of social commentary and activism. But if people are going to be openly homophobic then they are opening that space.

    • Curt Schilling is the literal worst, and what he did to the state of Rhode Island with his failed game studio is somehow made even worse by the idiotic, “Pull yourselves up by your bootstraps” rhetoric he spews all the time. Dude makes me embarrassed to be a Red Sox fan (I know, I know, plenty of other reasons for that, et cetera).

      If you watch Ken Burns’ Baseball (which I highly recommend even if you don’t care about sports), it’s always been a pretty regressive, traditional sport in a lot of ways, so while it doesn’t surprise me that some fans and teams are clinging to heteronormativity, it does sadden me. Particularly because a lot of my fondest childhood memories are of watching and playing baseball and things like my dad teaching me to slide (head first, “Like Pete Rose,” as he put it).

  3. I don’t see the valor in Colin Kaepernick’s behavior. Sorry, but here you have a young man who was raised with all the privilege life in the U.S. has to offer. He grew up in a loving home, with two (white?) parents, had access to a college education, had doors opened for him due to his athletic abilities–and perhaps because of his minority status–and now makes about $20 million a year for warming the bench as a 2nd or 3rd-rate player. How many queer women make that much money for doing practically nothing? I got no sympathy for his fake plight.

    A lot has been speculated about his motivations. Some believe it’s because he knew he was about to get cut, and he wanted to deflect away from his lackluster performance on the team. I suspect that this is true. I also suspect that his virtue signaling is an attempt to deflect any criticism or calling-out on his so-called “white privilege.”

  4. I was so proud when Megan knelt during the national anthem when she played in Columbus, Ohio (where I live). The courage that it took to do this, and to kneel or remain seated while all the marionettes on the team and in the stands are standing with their hands on their hearts, is stunning.

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