Hi! I’m going to be radically honest with you, my mental health has been crappy the last two days. But today I ate a sizable block cheese and watched Crazy Rich Asians while I worked, and that seemed to help.
Queer as in F*ck You
Yes, Some Asexual People Masturbate. No, We Don’t Need To Explain Why. This is such a perfect paragraph of writing:
“I don’t need to picture having sex to have an orgasm, I just need to focus on what I’m trying to achieve, and I like that. I enjoy the fact that my sexuality isn’t dependent on anyone else; it doesn’t need to be fulfilled by anyone else. It has been a constant throughout my life and — quite literally — an act of self-love. I think we could all do with more of that. We could all do with disentangling our sexuality from others and focus more on our relationship with our own body.”
Bad Bunny Isn’t Queerbaiting & Those Claims Are Missing the Point. One of my least favorite things is when (usually white) people take a word that is still useful in some contexts — such as “queerbaiting” or also recently, The Bechdel Test — and then uncritically and uniformly apply it to people of color creating art in ways that don’t make sense. It’s frustrating, a lil racist, and undercuts whatever value those words had to begin with. That’s a hot tip from me to you!
Rodrigo Ventosilla, 32, Transgender Harvard Student Dies in Police Custody While on Honeymoon in Indonesia. I’ve been thinking so much about Rodrigo and keeping his family in my heart.
Saw This, Thought of You
Like mother, like daughter ❤️
— ESPN (@espn) August 29, 2022
Surprising no one, I don’t follow tennis. But even I looked up how to watch Serena Williams play this week, in what will be her final tournament. She’s also on the cover of Time, What Serena Williams Gave the World. And then this one is from Jemele Hill for The Atlantic — who’s pretty much the only person I could imagine wanting to read about Serena right now, Serena Williams Faces Another Challenge
This is URGENT! If you haven’t taken care of it yet, please do: Biden Administration to Stop Sending Free At-Home COVID Tests Friday, so order your last batch now.
And while we are talking about rappers, Don’t Mess With Megan — Ashley Thee Ford profiling Megan Thee Stallion, for my money a must read of the night.
Also, for the love of God, Leave Lizzo And Fat Black Women The F*ck Alone
This Messy Moment. “Living inside a museum of yourself.” This is for everyone living in clutter, for whom “label maker aesthetic” will never ever apply.
Mississippi’s Jim Crow-Era Felony Voting Law Is Constitutional, Federal Court Rules. “The Law, passed in 1890, was tailored ‘to exclude the Negro’ but appeals court says tweaks in 20th century ‘cleansed … discriminatory taint.'” HAHAHAHAAA