Today on Autostraddle! Crystal interviews Emma Dean & Stef interviews Sick of Sarah, Natalie asks why are lesbians so afraid of the big bad gynecologist, Robin shoots FannyPak, and Carly rounds up television’s season finales! Are you following @autostraddle on twitter yet? ‘Cause you should be!
+ Obama rings up cash among the stars, enjoys rosemary mashed potatoes: “A gaggle of sign-waving protestors … must have caught the president’s eyes because he relayed one of their messages to the crowd … “One of them said, “Obama keep your promise,’ ” the president said. “I thought that’s fair. I don’t know which promise he was talking about.” (@nytimes)
UPDATE: Obama wasn’t actually making light of anything, the story was twisted to make it seem that way. Hm. Though I am still slightly concerned that he didn’t know what they were protesting. (@daily kos)
+ This five-part Adam Lambert video interview on Entertainment Weekly‘s Idolatry is actually incredibly compelling — he’s a fantastic interviewee with a solid vision. Topics include Idol as a career platform rather than a competition, helping Allison pick her songs, playing with fashion, the social impact of guyliner and Johnny Cash as “rebel.”:
EW: “[Bill O’Reilly] called [photos of you kissing another man] “embarrassing photos” and I was like, “embarrassing to who?”
Adam: “I wasn’t embarrassed, I guess he was?”
EW: “Bill was embarrassed.”
On the subversive implications of his song choices:
Adam: “For me picking a song had to mean something to me, somehow … so, with Black or White … it’s making more of a statement … I knew the original intent has a lot to do with where we’re at with our country right now and our president, and then you know the other civil rights issues, I thought people would figure that out if they were savvy enough, and they did.”
+Lady Gaga talks sex and men and gets pissed when the interviewer tries to reduce Gaga’s loveliness into “sex, music and fame.” When asked what she looks for in a man, her only detail is “A big dick.” Which is amazing.:
+ If you read only one thing (besides everything on Autostraddle) today, read this from Jezebel – “How Social Conservatives are Ruining Marriage“:
The more people … shit all over feminists … for trying to make it something less of a wholly religious, patriarchal institution that strictly exists for the subjugation of women and their sexuality to men and their sexuality, the less keen I am.
The more I read about how asswipes like Tucker Carlson thinks fucking can save a bad marriage and Dennis Prager thinks women should just submit to their husbands who, without the bounds of matrimony and civilization, would devolve into rape-y chickens, and I frankly begin to worry a lot about being involved with people to whom the institution is important …
You know what small things give me hope about marriage? … Watching the enthusiasm with which, in a variety of non-traditional outfits, same sex couples flocked to courthouses and simple ceremonies, flush with the pleasure of having the state sanction their love and their relationship.
And that’s not even getting to the Weekly Standard piece that claims marriage exists to “protect females from rape, degradation, and concubinage” …
+ “While so many celebrities try to hide their personal lives from the media, it’s refreshing to see Star Trek‘s George Takei (and husband Brad Altman) speak so openly about their 22-year relationship.” (@queerty)
+ Genderfuck Thursday on Dorothy Surrenders!
+ On The Gay Tonight Show Dame Edna calls Wanda Sykes a “darling little possum” which I’d like to incorporate into the lexicon ASAP.
+ *Schwarzenegger: Prop. 8 Will Be Overturned* (@ Advocate)
+ Tori Amos: Why I Can’t Watch American Idol ”I have a hard time with the demeaning comments to the artists,” (@ohnotheydidnt)
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HYLUN last: 55
+ David Boies and Theador B. Olson — last seen representing Gore and Bush, respectively, in the contested 2000 vote count in Florida — are filing in Federal Court to overturn Prop 8 on the basis of federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. Both sides are nervous. (@nytimes) – +5
+ Gay Discrimination Proposal: Transsexual Speaks Up: The ordinance would protect GBLTQs from discrimination. Commissioner Wyatt (of course his name is Wyatt) complains that “It’s part of a bigger movement. It’s part of the homosexual agenda that’s being debated across the country.” Trannssexual Darlene (of course her name is Darlene) would like to have a few words with Wyatt about the bible she knows & loves. (@ My Eyewitness News) -5
+ “Providing yet another example of the threat that gay marriage and the gay agenda provides to school children and parental authority, the Alameda Unified School District last evening adopted a new curriculum, to specifically elevate respect for gay, lesbian and bisexual students and their families over respect for diverse racial and religious backgrounds.” (@prnewswire ?!!??!!?!?!!!) –10
+ Promoting same-sex marriage in Iowa: ”It’s certainly generated some publicity because of that we don’t really need to do a lot of advertising that Iowa is a place where you can come and get married.” (@ WQAD) +5
+ Gibbs grilled on Obama’s position on marriage — and he’s got nothin’. (@the advocate) -10
Total: 40. Yikes. Clearly we need some cheering up …
Auto-Straddler of the Day
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