Also.Also.Also: Bisexual Legend Cardi B Named First Ever Creative Director in Residence of “Playboy,” That’s the WAP Agenda

Feature Photo of Cardi B, the new Creative Director in Residence at Playboy, performing with Megan Thee Stallion at the 2021 Grammys by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy

I’m binge watching the new Saved by the Bell tonight and eating pizza, who’s with me?

Queer as in F*ck You

No but seriously, Cardi B, former sex worker and bisexual legend, becoming the first ever creative director in residence at Playboy?? You truly fucking LOVE TO SEE THIS SHIT: Cardi B Says It’s ‘a Dream Come True’ to be the First-Ever Playboy Creative Director in Residence

And speaking of QTPOC celebrities, Janelle Monáe Pens Collection of Short Stories Based on ‘Afrofuturistic World’ of Dirty Computer — I cannot wait for this!

The Newest Forbes 30 Under 30 just dropped and Heather was kind enough to round up all the queer women and non-binary people that she could find: Bella Thorne, JoJo Siwa, Barbie Ferreira, Fletcher, Emily Lipson, Quinn, Jackie Wiley, and Sheila Wilson

And ok, love is still a lie, but this is very cute. Woman Re-Creates ‘10 Things I Hate About You’ Scene to Propose to Girlfriend

Saw This, Thought of You

We are all so proud of our very own Meg Jones Wall for changing the world this week!

Here’s the link: Stripe Discriminates Against Witches by Meg Jones Wall for WIRED

NPR Music’s 50 Best Albums of 2021. I’m only including this because my favorite album of the year came in at #1, you’ll have to click to find out.

This does have some slight Gen Z slander that the author clearly thought it was funny, but still interesting for those of us who live our lives Very Online. The Year in Emojis.

From Himani: “Really, really appreciated this” (And I really appreciated it, too) In America, Being Single Is Expensive by Design

Political Snacks

Everything that is going on right now with the Supreme Court is terrifying and I hope you’ve been paying attention.

But if you’re a bit like how I’ve been coping this week, which is feeling overwhelmed and unsure of where to start, I’ve turned over to the experts (Natalie and Himani) and asked them for some required reading to catch up:

And because everything is awful, I’m purposefully leaving us with at least some good political news: Stacey Abrams Is Running for Georgia Governor in 2022

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Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle's Editor-in-Chief 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.

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  1. I seriously doubt that Clarence Thomas would have used the term “pregnant people” lol

    Also Playboy is a degrading magazine and institution that treats women as sex objects. Why are we still supporting it?

  2. Thanks Carmen, Natalie, and Himani for the links on Supreme Court news, really appreciate it. This isn’t about what’s currently going on (at least not explicitly), but for anyone who has the bandwidth to read something heavy but really, really good about abortion and hasn’t seen this yet, Merritt Tierce’s recent essay on her experience has stuck with me since reading it:

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