Also.Also.Also: Women Headed to the Front Lines and Other Stories for Your Weekend

Happy Friday, space travelers! It’s been a real week, hasn’t it? I hope you’re taking good care of yourself and getting lots of sleep. I’m publishing this roundup from a car! Livin’ in the future forever.

Queer as in F*ck You

+ Tarot Cards and Swing Dancing Unite Queer Women of LA by Yezmin Villarreal and featuring Keely Weiss, creator of Rainbow Fish and also doer of many other amazing and cool things!

+ Mentorship Program for LGBT Athletes Launched by GO! Athletes.

+ Ireland Bans Discrimination Against LGBT Teachers.

+ Six State Leaders Argue Transgender Students Deserve No Accommodations In Schools blarrrrgghghgghhhh.

+ What It’s Like to Be a Trans Activist in the Most Liberal Country on Earth by Lauren Razavi.

+ Chicago’s First LGBT Retirement Center: “Here, people would come to my aid.”

+ “I’m No ‘Anchor Baby’, I’m LGBT gym owner Nathalie Huerta.

Doll Parts

+ Pentagon Says Women Can Now Serve In Front-Line Ground Combat Positions.

+ Well this sure is something! The Secret Life of a Crime Scene Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein.

+ You will like this Goldieblox ad:

+ Riese shared this with the line “This is for you Laneia,” and she was right, it is for me: I’m a Woman With a Drink, Not a Mommy Having ‘Mommy Time’ by Kathryn Jezer-Morton.

I wish we could speak to moms without having to address invisible specters of disapproval and self-doubt. (Wait: have I been talking about the patriarchy this entire time?)

+ Zines About Sobriety collected by Taryn Hipp.

+ At What Point Do You Tell a Stranger You’re Trans?

Saw This, Thought of You

+ The Calm, Gentle Rise of Snugglers for Hire by Olga Oksman.

+ Francie Diep breaks down How Climate-Skeptic Organizations Have Influenced American News and Presidents.

+ How Did Reservations End Up With Some of the Worst Schools in the Country?

+ The Science of Why We Cry and the Three Types of Tears from Maria Popova.

+ Here are the Free Entrance Days at national parks in 2016!

+ Hey girl. The Couple with a Dream to Build a Historically Accurate Dinosaur Hotel by Andy Wright.

+ Surprising Things You Never Knew About Your Cat! Are you surprised? Be surprised.

And Finally

I’m obsessed with this and must have it: Photorito Lens Wrap.


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  1. I dunno if it’s cause I’m in the middle of finals or what but the goldiebox commercial gave me too many feels that have now come out of my eyes.

    I’m also super inspired by Rainbow Fish and kinda want to try and start something like that up in the Bay once I graduate (I say operating under the huge tenuous assumption I will be able to be hired in that area).

  2. I want to be excited by the news from the pentagon, but I’m not. I’m glad for the women that finished Ranger school in the Army, or School of Infantry in the Marines… But infantry and armor positions aren’t really great assignments unless you’re a career officer wanting to be promoted, and this new plan for the military means that women can be forced into those MOS’s just like the men can. It is equality, to be sure, but it carries a risk for women that join without wanting to be exposed to combat roles.

    • I think that if women want true equality in things like the military we should be prepared to take the same amount of risk that men do alongside the benefits. I don’t think a draft should be instated for both genders because most women don’t want to join the military, but I think that those who do should have equal rights and responsibilities as male service members (including the same physical testing standards).

  3. “Pentagon Says Women Can Now Serve In Front-Line Ground Combat Positions.” FUCK YES!!! HOOYAH! Now all we need is for them to accept that trans people aren’t messed in the head, and can, and do, serve just as well as cisgendered folks.

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