Also.Also.Also: This Is Not A “Super Sin” and Other Stories We Missed This Week

Hello, big beautiful world! It’s been a long week, no? Every day last week I thought it was Friday and all of a sudden it was Monday again and I’m just really confused and upset. Also, today I get my wisdom teeth out and will probably stare at photos of Eli until I am no longer in pain. While I’m doing that, let’s review the stories we missed this week!

Generation What?

The New York Times, famous for their musings in the wrong direction, recently published a piece about our generation being really queer – and happy, which is novel! – and struggled a lot with retelling the various acronyms we’re all using these days to feel commonality with one another. The Economist, shocked by what the kids are calling themselves these days, responded by being annoyed with how long and clunky all those letters can be.

When we’re all done rolling our eyes, we should probably decide who we are. But hey – easier said than done.


Obama’s Inauguration Might Be Fun

The Inauguration isn’t fun. I was fucking with you. I went four years ago because it’s like the Superbowl of DC and it ended up just being all of us really cold watching these big televisions with Obama’s face on them and then a sniper in the distance on every roof nearby. But I digress.

This year, Obama went ahead and kicked the homophobes out of his travelling sideshow, probably because they were not only uncomfortably oppressive but overall pretty bad. Originally, he’d chosen a super homophobic pastor to deliver his inaugural benediction because the separation of church and state is an ideal we still struggle to fully grasp and comprehend in America. But not anymore! Because now he chose a slightly less homophobic dude with a parish that is open to gay people and a track record of doing inaugurations because he did one for George W. Bush? I’m not concerned because Obama has a real way with people, and a good example here is Chuck Hagel, who went from worrying about “aggressively gay” people to “fully supporting” the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Act. That’s not a coincidence, right?

Whatever. At least Richard Blanco, the poet speaking at the inaugural ceremony, is gay – and Cuban! That shit’s historical, you know.

Richard Blanco

This Week’s Shit Show Roundup: The Guardian’s Transphobic Piece

It was a dark day on our planet when The Guardian printed an incredibly hateful and transphobic piece by Julie Burchill, a woman who seemingly respects herself a lot as a feminist without comprehending exactly what feminism is. (It was a sadder day when the Telegraph reprinted it despite The Guardian‘s editor having spoken out about its removal from the site.) In her piece, which utilized hateful imagery and stereotypes in order to create a vicious representation of trans* people as a whole, she tried to seek vengeance for her other transphobic friend for refusing to admit she was, well, sort of transphobic. Since both women refuse to accept responsibility for their actions (straight white middle class feminism, anyone?), the Internet is totally kicking their asses.

From Lindy West at Jezebel:

Welp, that’s pretty much the most disgusting, embarrassing, divisive thing I’ve ever read in my life. It’s bare-faced hate speech, ladies—the kind of language that misogynist trolls use against us, to trivialize and derail and silence feminist discourse, every day—and the call is coming from inside the house. Inclusiveness (or intersectionality, if you’re not turned off by big, intellectual words like Suzanne Moore is) is the future, not prissy divisiveness. But if that’s how you old bats want to play this, then you’re shitty feminists and shitty people and we don’t want you anyway. Catch up or go home.

From Roz, at The Guardian as well:

The basic point behind everything she says is that trans people lead essentially inauthentic existences and that hers, as a working-class novelist with a taste for lobster and champagne, is real life. The idea that some sorts of human life are true and others fake has a worrying history; you find it in many sorts of religious belief and various sorts of totalitarian philosophy.

[…Burchill] has parted company with common decency.

Dan Savage Loves Autostraddle and Doesn’t Even Know It

Dan Savage loves Whitney Pow just like us. (He’s already in a long-standing Internet lovefest with Gabby Rivera.) He’s clearly a man of good taste, y’all.

The Times, They Are A-Changin’

+ Young Evangelicals hate homophobia and love sex. Sort of.


A study released in December by the National Association of Evangelicals found that 44% of unmarried 18-29-year-old evangelicals had been sexually active — but the study defined “evangelical” as someone who attends church at least monthly, believes Jesus Christ is the only path to salvation, and believes the Bible “is accurate in all that it teaches,” requirements that may leave out some who still consider themselves part of the group. Another study puts the figure at 80 percent. And a recent poll found that 44% of 18-29-year-old evangelicals favor same-sex marriage, lower than the national figure but much higher than their elders.

+ France might get gay marriage soon, which would do wonders for their social lives.

Marriage numbers have been declining in France for years.

Mr. Hollande himself is not married and has no apparent intention to wed – opponents of the bill are fond of noting this –and his partner, Valérie Trierweiler, remains the legal wife of another man.

40615851671 + Members of the GOP have some catching up to do when it comes to sexual assault, among other issues like evolution and women having jobs. Good thing they have anti-choice cronies to educate them on “how to talk about rape!”

+ Focus on the Family President Jim Daly thinks homosexuality isn’t exactly up there with the “super sins,” like causing plagues and using God’s name in vain in bed. He also urged families this week to support their gay members, no matter how difficult. This is, of course, because he views being gay as a constant struggle for God’s love but hey, it’s the most current thought that counts.


+ Gay people exist in Iran. This is quite a fucking reminder.

Here in Norway, far from home, when I talk to strangers about my life and the reasons for my escape, I am always amazed by how much they don’t know about life in Iran. And then the other day, I talked to you after these many years and realized that even in Iran, nobody knows our story, our tale. It is hidden behind a thousand veils.

Because of all the secrecy, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad can claim that Iran has no gays. There is no dialogue, no discussion about us or our lives. Even you, my open-minded friend, are so ignorant of our lives that I can hardly blame other people who call us by a thousand diabolic names.

If you hear my story and learn about what I endured my reasons for escaping Iran, then perhaps you can better understand the truth. I will start from our years back at that God-forsaken high school in our provincial city. If it wasn’t for the wonderful memories with friends, it would have been the worst period of my life.

Video and the Radio Star

So Lip Service is cancelled. I’m suddenly yearning for the days where I was just coming out and would watch it on the Internet in the sunroom. Was I ever so young? Now there’s more room on the air for Lena Dunham I guess since she’s taking over the world no matter how much I whine about it. But at least Santigold made a song for the GIRLS soundtrack that has a music video more diverse than the show! Now that’s what I call music.

Also, Miley Cyrus has added yet another woman to her list of “women I reference in vaguely sexual ways without ever following up on it.” In other news, I’m currently completely consumed with the idea of Miley Cyrus being vaguely sexual with other women. Do you think maybe she’s the best ally ever? That’s a trick question because the HRC already selected Whoopi Goldberg for that slot.

Hello Bundle of Cuteness!



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Carmen spent six years at Autostraddle, ultimately serving as Straddleverse Director, Feminism Editor and Social Media Co-Director. She is now the Consulting Digital Editor at Ms. and writes regularly for DAME, the Women’s Media Center, the National Women’s History Museum and other prominent feminist platforms; her work has also been published in print and online by outlets like BuzzFeed, Bitch, Bust, CityLab, ElixHER, Feministing, Feminist Formations, GirlBoss, GrokNation, MEL, Mic and SIGNS, and she is a co-founder of Argot Magazine. You can find Carmen on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr or in the drive-thru line at the nearest In-N-Out.

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  1. I’m a big fan of Santigold’s music but that girls song could possibly be her worst creation.

    Anyway can she and M.I.A. just do an album together already? I can’t even imagine the awesomeness…

  2. After Homophobe Pride in Paris this weekend, I can’t wait for the law to just be done. A bit concerned though that they’ll split the adoption and marriage bills into two and adoption won’t pass.


    (Also you might want to make the context of Burchill’s piece a little clearer – it was written in response to people calling out Suzanne Moore for using the phrase “Brazillian transsexual” in a perjorative way, and it all got waaaay out of hand when she refused to apologise.)

    • Eh, I don’t think any context could come close to making Burchill’s repellant screed more forgivable. Seems like she’s just mad that these GROSS PEOPLE have to be so LOUD about their GROSS EXISTENCE and why can’t they just be quiiiiet already so she and her REAL feminist friends can enjoy their lobster and champagne in peace.

      I probably have new wrinkles from all the expressions of horror and disbelief that passed over my face as I read this article. I’d expect this from the Daily Mail, maybe, but I’d thought just a little bit better of the Guardian.

      • Yeah, Burchill’s article is inexcusable! Unfortunately, it wasn’t an isolated incident. My Twitter timeline dissolved into UK feminists arguing between themselves for about a week and a half, and it’s still going on now. I think it was Burchill just looking to make some waves on the back of something else. Really, though, if Moore had just apologised, none of the mess would have happened.

        Also, it was technically published in The Observer, and the editor of the Guardian got very touchy about it xD

  4. One of the biggest things I got from all of this was how much I love Gabby and Whitney and Autostaddle. My heart is bursting with good feelings and I am so proud to be part of a website with so many role models and incredible, diverse, and smart human beings writing for it. ALL OF THE FEELINGS.

    • and by “Autostaddle,” I obviously mean Autostraddle. My feelings got in the way of my spelling.

  5. I’m going to assume those are Scottish Highland sheep? Because they’re super cute. And Scottish Highland cattle are super cute too. So, apparently things that come from the Scottish Highlands are totes cute! Did I mention my Dad’s side of the family originated from the Scottish Highlands?

  6. This line from the article about the “anti-choice cronies” seriously made me laugh out loud:

    “In the words of former Romney adviser Kevin Madden, ‘[t]his is actually pretty simple. If you’re about to talk about rape as anything other than a brutal and horrible crime, stop.'”

    Also, I’m pretty sure those are blacknose sheep from Switzerland…if you really wanted to know. I’m not sure I find them cute. The fact that their face kind of looks more like a faceless void is a bit creepy.

  7. UGH. The article from The Guardian. So freaking done with white middle class feminists who stick their nose up at everyone else. HOWEVER, the article on Jezebel was great. I loved her use of gifs. XD

  8. My favorite thing about the Burchill article: once it becomes convenient, the stereotype of trans women moves from under-educated sex workers (because that’s a bad thing, I guess) too stupid to understand that we are appropriating womanhood, to being over-educated intellectuals using their immense influence in society to silence working-class-yet-professional-writer cis-female academics who talk shit about people for a living.

    My mind. It is blown.

  9. I hadn’t seen that Julie Burchill thing til now and I just want to punch her in the face. Is that ok?

  10. I resisted reading the Burchill article because I didn’t want to feed my rage, but I read it today and I’m more stunned about it than anything right now. Maybe I’m just in shock. I have no words right now.

  11. it’s funny how you mentioned dan savage directly after Julie Burchill.

    trash one transophobe …. compliment another

    the article just about gave me an aneurysm,there are no words for how infuriatingly ignorant that woman is.

  12. Holy crap, did I really get my wisdom teeth out the same day as you, Carmen!? What a weird cooincidence. We should totally share aftercare tips and good foods that don’t require chewing. I had all four out, so I am very limited as far as food. So far mashed potatoes, jello, and applesauce have got me through. Although the ultimate food for no-teeth situations should be made more me tonight by my lovely doting wife: Hummus!

    • this is amazing.

      so my confession: my boss and my mom think i’m in a considerable amount of pain, but really i got two non-impacted teeth out and i feel fine. mostly i am sad i can’t eat pizza. i’m like super curious also about this ‘salt water and baking powder rinse’ that i have to do like is that even natural? do people even do that? what the fuck is this shit?

      i ate mashed potatoes and soup yesterday, oatmeal today, and ooooooooh hummus.

  13. Three of my four were impacted (on horizontally), and I am still bleeding a little so I have gauze in my mouth most of the time and I have chipmunk cheeks. :3 I was saying to my mom that it really sucks because it makes it hard to do my two favorite things: eat, and talk (I am a motormouth). I could also have included a third thing I use my mouth for but, um, it was my mom.

    The advice I got was to not rinse it for at least a couple of days, and for that I was prescribed some sort of antibacterial stuff. Also some pain meds which are making the pain and inconvenience bearable.

    Did you have general anesthesia or local? I had general and goddamn was I high when I woke up. My wife gave my mom driving directions to the pharmacy and got it wrong, having dismissed my correct suggestion because I was still doped up, haha. Of course I was so out of it I forgot about half the stuff I said.

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