Also.Also.Also: World Finally Believes It’s Rape Only After Man Admits It and Other Stories

You know how sometimes you wake up just mad as hell and ready to go? That’s me today. If it’s also you, I have a little advice: tidy up your house first. A quick sweep through will do. The thing is, you deserve a lovely spruced up place to rest your bones after a long day of ass-kicking, and as you well know, if you want something done right, you do it yourself. Now you’re fired up, your place is shipshape, and you’re ready to fuck some shit up. Get out there, and stay hydrated!


Queer as in F*ck You

+ LA Times has full coverage of the Oakland Warehouse fire, where the death toll is currently at 36 and expected to rise.

+ It Could Have Been Any One of Us.

Today, I know two people on the missing list. As I scroll through news and social media for updates, hoping to see the word “SAFE” next to their names, I also see words like “death trap” and “unpermitted.” Outsiders reporting on the tragedy inevitably get it all wrong: they mischaracterize the party as a rave, the music as EDM, and implicitly criminalize the victims as attendees of an illegal event. Hours after the fire, the tragedy is politicized.

How can we explain?

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They don’t understand why the floor is so rickety, the lamps don’t have shades, the wall is painted three different colors and the table is made of scrap wood. Why we forage meals from dumpsters, and eat together from huge pots of rice and vegetables and spices. Why, on Sundays, we cook up even more as a group and set up tables in the city and serve it to those in need.

+ Read this Interview With Them Are Us Too’s Cash Askew, Who Died in the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire.

+ The Practical Utility of Identity Politics.

+ Mara Wilson’s Favorite Reads of 2016.

+ Let’s See How Alive We Can Be: Elizabeth Gilbert’s Brand of Magical Thinking.

+ In case you missed this sob-inducing story over the weekend, click through for the entire thread and then go buy some queer all-ages media to share.


Welcome to the Hellmouth

+ Pussy Riot on Surviving Trump: ‘Think About People You Can Help. It Will Help You.’

+ KKK Trump Victory Rally Canceled as Protesters Flood Streets in North Carolina.

+ 19 Year-Old Becomes Seventh Electoral College Member to Protest Trump.

+ The Year We Played Ourselves. Jia Tolentino does not disappoint!

+ Here’s Where Donald Trump Gets His News. Goddess help us.

+ Gunman Acts on Conspiracy Perpetuated by Trump’s NSA Advisor Michael Flynn.

+ Trump Chooses Ben Carson to Lead HUD good fucking grief.

+ Anti-Gay Rep Who Called Matthew Shepard’s Murder a Hoax to Head House Education Committee.

+ Trump Praises Bloody Philippines Drug War That’s Killed 38 People a Day.

+ Michigan to Move Ahead With Presidential Recount.

+ New Tumblr Tracks People Regretful Over Trump Votes. Whatever it takes to get you through the day, truly.


Doll Parts

+ Maria Schneider Already Called the ‘Last Tango in Paris’ Scene Rape, Why Did You Only Listen When Bernardo Bertolucci Admitted It? That is the thing. That’s the fucking thing.

+ Celebrating 8 of the Most Influential Black South African Women Writers.

+ The Irrational History of Hating Stretch Marks.

+ Best news: Satanic Temple Says Texas’s New Rules on Fetal Burial Violate Their Religious Freedom.


Saw This, Thought of You

+ Not over ’til it’s over, etc. Energy Transfer Partners Respond to the Statement from the Department of the Army re: Standing Rock.

+ Black Atheists Matter: How Women Freethinkers Take on Religion.

+ The Scourge of Racial Bias in New York State’s Prisons.

+ Google, Democracy, and the Truth About Internet Search.

+ High School Students Cheaply Reproduce a Drug That Sells for $750, Martin Shkreli has responded. Relatedly, Martin Shkreli is a wet bag of Spaghettios.

+ Psilocybin: A Journey Beyond the Fear of Death?


And Finally

Gotta make sure everyone here is fully aware of the deal between wasps and figs. It’s just important to me that we’re all on the same page.

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11 Comments

  1. This Supergirl story is so, so cute! <3 I have to finally watch it.

    The thing with "Last Tango in Paris" rape is absolutely disgusting. I actually heard about this for the first time. I've always admired Marlon Brando and I'm just so dissapointed. And sad. And sick.

  2. All it takes is the one small random act of kindness. You can change anyone’s life with it.

    And the article on North Carolina politics reminds me of the article on Texas Politics. The governor of Texas Rick Perry put the state up for sale to the highest bidder so he could run for the presidency. It got so bad it made the Tea Party and the democrats friends. Together they pushed back on what they saw as one giant sellout by Perry. So do believe that one side can do the right thing all the time cause usually it is one person getting all the benefit. I am from NY and most state leaders on both sides of aisle use the state to enrich themselves. Every six months another one goes down for corruption. But it should be expected. We were the state that invented machine politics and Tammany Hall.

  3. That TrumpRegret tumblr page is interesting and it’s surprising to see that awful, I am mean really awful Ann Coulter to be turned against him. Also interesting to see a woman say she voted for him in hopes that she be rewarded with fair wages for doing twice the work at less pay.

  4. “19 Year-Old Becomes Seventh Electoral College Member to Protest Trump.”, that’s all well and good but the point is to vote for Hillary not some random who has no chance of winning, that’s how we’re in this mess in the 1st place.

  5. Who else would like Martin Shkreli to go bust? I want to see him begging those kids for the patent to their synthesising method. I know that the HIV medicine isn’t his only endeavour and this is unlikely to make him broke but he is such a douchenozzle!

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