Also.Also.Also: Young M.A Is Making a Strap-On Starter Kit. This Is Not a Drill (Or Is It)

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This Monday is almost over and you MADE IT, BABY!! I’m spending my evening doing laundry and then maybe having an ice cream sundae with a beer to treat myself because I’m an adult. There’s nothing in the week ahead that you can’t handle.


Queer as in F*ck You

Racism within the LGBT community leaves black people suffering poor mental health, according to a study conducted by the UK-based Stonewall Equality Limited.

Young M.A has partnered with Doc Johnson to create a strap-on starter kit, and when the news broke this weekend a very specific set of Autostraddle writers went bezerk. (OK – I was one of them, but I did not stand alone in my truth.)

Inside Cora Harrington’s Lingerie Revolution. Queer lingerie expert and writer Cora Harrington is one of my favorite people on the planet. I’ve been lucky enough to meet her in real life, and she’s just sunshine personified. Her blog also taught me a lot about buying good underwear for large boobs that can go the distance without looking like someone’s grandma, a public service for which I will always be indebted.

Belfast’s Robyn Peoples and Sharni Edwards are Northern Ireland’s First Same-Sex Couple To Wed Under Marriage Equality Law

Meet The Trans Woman Poised To Become Argentina’s First To Play Professional Soccer


Saw This, Thought of You

This weekend was the 35th anniversary of The Breakfast Club’s release in theaters. The Hollywood Reporter celebrated my favorite teen angst drama by re-releasing their original review of the film.

To All the Boys I Loved Before may be a love story, but it also is a much-needed representation of transracial Asian adoptees: Lana Condor and the Adoptee’s Place in Asian American Storytelling. (I see you, #ToAllTheBoys Hive. It may be a straight rom-com about some teenagers, but it’s still great and we still out here eatin.’)

Fan Fiction Was Just as Sexual in the 1700s as It Is Today

How to Find a Therapist for the First Time

I Reunited My Undocumented Mom With Her Parents After 30 Years

Filter out Male Privilege, and the Web Can Be a Ghost Town. The design studio Normally created a web filter for news sites to remove all the stories with male bylines and they were shocked by how utterly blank it left the news – so they decided not to release the plug in to the public. 🙄

The Woman Who Made Princess Dresses Punk. The Cut interviewed costumer and designer Molly Goddard, otherwise known as the woman who dresses all your favorite femme badasses both real (Rihanna) and fictional (Villanelle).

A 14-year-old black girl in Atlanta created one of the biggest dances on the internet. But nobody knows her. This is some real-life, Gen Z version of Bring It On shit if I’ve ever heard it. Jalaiah Harmon has been rightfully getting her flowers all week; you can watch her perform her signature dance at the NBA All-Star game last night.

Early Novel Written By Free Black Woman Called Out Racism Among Abolitionists. In 1859, Harriet E. Wilson published a book about life as an indentured servant in New Hampshire. It remains an obscure classic because it challenges white ideals about racism in the North.

Why People Get the ‘Sunday Scaries.’ Relatable Content.


Political Snacks

Searching for the Other Midwestern Swing Voter. Spoiler: She’s Black and lives in Detroit. (I am a black woman who lives in Detroit, but I swear this isn’t about me)

Carmen is Autostraddle's Senior Editor and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 180 articles for us.

8 Comments

  1. I thought To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before was really cute and I’m actually going to watch the sequel this weekend. Also Holland Taylor is in it and I didn’t know that until I saw the trailer the other day!

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