Also.Also.Also: Sarah Paulson’s “Ratched” Trailer Will Haunt You, but in a Hot Way?

This afternoon brought us the gift of the new Ratched trailer, starring Sarah Paulson in the One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest prequel from Ryan Murphy on Netflix, and now I can only communicate in: eating peaches, wearing red lipstick, and humming “Big Spender.” This is where I am.

Queer as in F*ck You

I don’t usually do trailer drops in this space, but as previously mentioned, I watched this earlier in the afternoon and can now think of nothing else!

I also got the full length Ratched poster of Sarah Paulson looking through that green veil in a press email today and, yep! Positively petrifying! I mean, how can one woman be an absolute cuddle bunny with Holland Taylor and also haunt my nightmares? We shall find out.

Murder me, Mommi.

Ok! Now on to other things!

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? A dominant lesbian dolphin.” — Megan Rapinoe Answers the Proust Questionnaire

OMG yum. 13 Cookbooks by LGBTQ+ Authors of Color to Buy Right Now

Always here for more Trans Studies in the academy, let’s fuck it up.

The Married Couple Who Are Devoted to Disco, and Each Other. Meet Ruby and Queenie Sateen. They are absolute babes, and trust me — you want this.

Saw This, Thought of You

Pap Smears Are No Longer the Best Way to Screen for Cervical Cancer (Note from Heather: Oh finally, some good news!)

Covid-19 and the Limits of American Moral Reasoning. May I recommend drinking that down with a chaser of: How the Pandemic Defeated America from The Atlantic? It was burning through my newsfeeds this morning.

I spent a lot — and I mean a lot — of my weekend binging the Black Family Sitcom of 90s and 00s G.O.A.T. Moesha on Netflix, so may I recommend that you join me and also read this: How ‘Moesha’ Helped Put Young Black Designers On The Fashion Map

Speaking of Moesha and fashion, here’s some fun pictures of teeny Carmen doing her thing:

‘I Am Being Silenced Over White Feelings From a Gag Comic’: Black Comic Artist from Chicago, Bianca Xunise, on Her Work Being Pulled From Newspapers

FKA Twigs Launches Initiative to Support Sex Workers During COVID-19

Riese was very into this, and she thinks you might be as well, so I recommend reading it: The Best Sex Raven Leilani Has Ever Read by y Raven Leilani, as told to Lila Shapiro, for Vulture.

Political Snacks

The Trump administration has been uneven in its enforcement of the Bostock v. Clayton ruling, and $3.6 million LGBTQ workers could be left in the lurch.

(This news come to you from The 19th*, a new non-profit, non-partisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics and policy. They’re staffed majority by women of color and you can read this really great profile of them in The Cut from earlier this week: The Newsroom Where Politics Is Not About Men)

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief and a Black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

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  1. Re the HPV testing for cervical cancer screening – we have had the HPV testing screening program in Australia for the last 3 years, and the linked article isn’t clear about what is happening in the States but the recommended HPV test is still a swab collected by a health provider with a speculum exam.

    There is a self-collected vaginal swab available for people who are underscreened or never screened.

    It is a huge improvement in that a normal test does not need to be repeated for 5 years!

    Sorry to be a buzzkill but the speculum exam isn’t dead yet.

  2. NBC earned a 5.6 overnight rating for the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup-clinching win over the Bruins in Game 6, a 40 percent increase from a 4.0 rating for the series-clinching Kings-Devils Game 6 last year, according to Sports Business Daily.

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