Also.Also.Also: This Squirrel Monkey on a Capybara and Other Stories for Your Week

A glorious Monday to you, kind people of the world! I’m getting a serious (I mean, it’s also playful, but still) haircut tomorrow and I hope you will keep me in your thoughts. When was the last time you got a serious haircut? How did it go?


Queer as in F*ck You

+ Children of LGBT Parents Have Little Choice in Coming Out by Vikki Reich.

+ Is Agender Fashion a Trend, or a Movement? by Véronique Hyland.

+ Hello Houston! I hope you vote for Autostraddle in this Gayest and Greatest Readers’ Choice Awards in OutSmart Magazine! We’re absolutely gleeful to be nominated for Best National LGBT Website!


Doll Parts

+ Do Victims of Gray Rape Protect Their Assailants? by Tove K Danovich.

+ Why is Billboard Asking Industry Execs If They Believe Kesha? by Anastasia Tsioulcas. Um yeah, what in the fuck?

+ The Art of Loving and Losing Female Friends by Rachel Vorona Cote.

+ What Was It Really Like to Work at American Apparel Under Dov Charney by Gabriel Bell Leila Brillson.


Saw This, Thought of You

+ The Kids Who Survived Katrina: ‘The memories don’t go away’.

+ New Orleans Is Locking Up Hundreds Of Traumatized Kids by Carimah Townes.

+ Unsettling robots.

+ Some fall drives you can start looking forward to now.

+ A Rare Interview with Lisa Frank by Carly Mark. Hm.

+ This is an interesting perspective. From Buffy to Mr. Robot: When Pop Culture Collides with Real Life Violence by Jessica Goldstein.

+ Radical sandcastles are neat!


And Finally

Here is squirrel monkey riding on a capybara because this is how you should start your week, when possible.

squirrel monkey on a capybara

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22 Comments

  1. The last time I got a serious haircut(s) was in college she I chopped off 90% of it and went from waist-lenth to neck-length and then to pixie. I don’t regret it and have had short(ish) hair ever since. Good luck!

    Stunning articles about the fall drives and sandcastles!

  2. My last serious haircut was in high school. I’ve regretted it ever since. I consider hair above my shoulders to be intolerably short. But I recognize that this is my personal experience and not applicable to most, so you do you!

  3. I think everybody needs to read the “grey” rape article. If not for yourselves, for your friends and their friends.

    The Katrina survivor article jolts life into perspective.

    What is Billboard even trying to accomplish with that question? No matter which way it is answered, no one can validate or invalidate Kesha’s lawsuit or assault except her.

  4. The “grey rape” article was both excellent and a bit jarring. It’s sort of strange to go for so long without the words to describe something you experienced, only to stumble upon them by accident.

  5. The agender article claims wearing female-assigned clothing is why trans women are killed.

    So that’s agenderism, huh? A straight trans woman claiming AMAB butches, not to mention the truly actually massive never worn a dress in her life child suicide section of the AMAB female population, ain’t oppressed as women?

    This fucking thing where queer/trans women are victims of patriarchal violence only if it’s legally murder and the motive was demonstrably their queer/transness needs to go right down to Hell.

  6. I liked what Grace Dunham had to say in the agender fashion panel. (Is Grace Dunham trans????)

    Grace Dunham: “We’re here on this panel, you’re here in this audience, this event was organized because people are beginning to recognize trans identity as something lucrative. So when people say to me, ‘Is “trans” trending?’ it’s like the public political voice wants to say, ‘”Trans” isn’t trending because trans people have been around as long as a gender binary has been enforced, and people have been policed and killed for not fitting into that.’ But, is it trending in a sense that capitalism is recognizing it as a lucrative marketplace? It’s certainly trending. Trans people have always been here, we will always be here, but then also we are watching dominant popular markets recognize the money that ‘trans’ has to offer them. [But] just because certain trans experiences and trans bodies are moving into the public eye, moving into pop culture, that doesn’t mean that other types of exclusion and other types of prejudice aren’t being reproduced at the same time. I’d argue that white androgyny isn’t naturally that radical when it comes to the way that it’s depicted in popular culture.”

  7. Eew @the way Lisa Frank spoke about the Native Americans she exploited
    “In college I had to support myself. So, in the beginning, I went to the Indian reservations. I would sell their art and jewelry. I still have a big Native American art collection because of that fact.

    Jumping ahead, I would later tell them what to make and realized that everything I told them, versus what they wanted to make on their own, sold. A light bulb went on. I thought, “Oh, I guess I have a really commercial sense.” In college I had to support myself. So, in the beginning, I went to the Indian reservations. I would sell their art and jewelry. I still have a big Native American art collection because of that fact.

    Jumping ahead, I would later tell them what to make and realized that everything I told them, versus what they wanted to make on their own, sold. A light bulb went on. I thought, “Oh, I guess I have a really commercial sense.”

  8. That female friendship article was raw, and perfect. I think everyone can relate on some level. I actually have a friend who reminds me of the author… There’s been times when I entertained the thought of breaking up with her, for similar reasons as the author’s break up. But that article really gave me a good perspective. She’s not trying to manipulate or leech off of anyone. I gotta practice more patience, because I really don’t want to put anyone thought that sort of pain unless absolutely necessary. I dunno…I am thoroughly grateful for that article.

    Also sand castles! They look really cool and as though they belong to the environment.

    From the grey rape article: “By telling the full story, you’re forcing people to choose sides.” This is too true… The whole article is important. It’s such a…tragedy when friends don’t take these sort of things seriously. Or, really, society in general. We must support eachother.

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