HAPPY FRIDAY I DECIDED TO HAVE COFFEE THIS MORNING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN A MONTH.
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+ THIS LOOKS FUN —> Womanzine Delivery Service is Creating Zines by Women, Mailed to Your Door.
+ Blackesque 2015: The QueEROTIC Music tour is coming to the west coast! Get your tickets and have the best night of your life probs!
+ Support The Out of Order Documentary!
Queer as in F*ck You
+ Oregon Bans ‘Conversion Therapy’ of LGBT Youth, covered by Nina Liss-Schultz.
+ Pamela and Michelle Baer have Same But Different: Queering Motherhood on Guts Mag and you will love it.
It seems that in theory, in 2015, everyone is fine with two moms having a baby, as long as the roles are clearly demarcated between the bio-mom and the other-mom. When breastfeeding our baby blurred those boundaries, people could no longer easily categorize our family. This queering of motherhood made people uncomfortable.
+ Share Your Tomorrow is a space to “share our hopes, fears and ideas for the future—and help make tomorrow better for all of us.” Get involved!
+ Reina Gattuso and Intersectional Justice: On Intimate Partner Violence in Queer Communities.
+ Nine Documents LGBTQ Couples Should Have by Rosalind Sutch. Handy!
+ Behold this informative and sobering map and index: “The TransRights Europe Map & Index reflect the legal situation in areas of equality and non- discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression in Europe, and highlights the legal provisions in gender identity recognition. It provides an overall reflection of the legal situation in all European countries in a simple format. They do not attempt to reflect the complex social situations trans people might face.”
+ Austria Unveils Gay and Straight Traffic Lights. My grandmother used to have a coffee mug, and on this mug was a woman at a desk in an busy office, wearing a pair of those Groucho glasses. She’s saying to another person, “Don’t ask me. I just work here.” That’s how I feel about these traffic lights.
+ This just dips into the realest shit about being a parent. STOP SMILING: Malin James is Awake in the Night by Malin James.
Except now, rather than questioning my mom, I was questioning myself. Now I was a mother and I’d just behaved in a way I that didn’t recognize. While I knew I would never know anyone as well as I knew myself, I was shaken by the realization that I might not know myself as well as I’d thought I did.
The next morning I woke up sick with guilt. I hugged our daughter and apologized, afraid that I’d broken the bond between us. She just looked at me and smiled the same sweet smile that had wrecked me the night before.
That’s when I realized two things. The first was that motherhood is inherently destabilizing. The second was that this is one of its greatest gifts.
+ There will be a remake of The Craft and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
+ The Navy Wants to Double Its Paid Maternity Leave to Attract More Women by Bryce Covert.
+ Carmen Rios on why Diversity is Important, with its need even backed up by science.
+ WNBA basketball star Maya Moore Hit the Nail on the Head, and No One is Talking About It.
Last week Maya Moore, a star WNBA basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx, penned a piece for The Player’s Tribune lamenting the dearth of visibility for professional women’s basketball players in the United States. The core of her argument was that the WNBA has an amazing product, but not the buy-in from the public or corporate America. There are no Maya Moore shoes. I cannot purchase a Diana Taurasi jersey in the WNBA store. It is rare that I see highlights of games on Sportscenter. Maya Moore is right, and no one is talking about it, and that’s the problem.
+ Sex Workers Don’t Owe You Any Answers by Alanna Massey. “It is not the job of sex workers to do pro bono work un-paralyzing society’s hang-ups about sex, commerce, and the space where the two meet.”
Saw This, Thought of You
+ Neat! Listen to Maria Popova talk with Krista Tippett for an episode of On Being.
She has called Brain Pickings, her invention and labor of love, a “human-powered discovery engine for interestingness.” What Maria Popova really delivers, to hundreds of thousands of people each day, is wisdom of the old-fashioned sort, presented in new-fashioned digital ways. She cross-pollinates — between philosophy and design, physics and poetry, the intellectual and the experiential. We explore her gleanings on what it means to lead a good life — intellectually, creatively, and spiritually.
+ How to Accept Compliments and Handle Praise. Yes. Thank you, Mallory.
+ Watch Mad Men: The Fan Cut, in which fans remade the first episode of Mad Men and your very own Brittani Nichols joined forces with Jasika Nicole at 35:33! Hot hot hot.
+ This is interesting and important, two things I know you like in a story. Anti-Netflix Campaign Drowning Native Voices, Says Native Director.
+ CVS Experiment on How to Get People to Stop Smoking Has Fascinating Results by Tara Culp-Ressler.
+ Watch this trailer for the documentary on the creative process, titled From Nothing, Something, featuring the Quin twins.
Local Autostraddle Meet-Ups
What are you doing this weekend?