Intern Katrina spent the last month in the Philippines with the fam and discovered that the country’s “gay-friendly” reputation … yeah … that’s a boy thing. In our latest Girl-on-World, Katrina incidentally gains insight onto her conflicts with her family and asks why are The Philippines’ lesbians still in the closet?
MOVIES: Female Directors: A Herstory Awareness Post“Can you name five female directors? It’s not easy.” Yes, this article is where that photo of lesbian Angela Robinson & the girls of D.E.B.S. comes from. (@bitch magazine)
LOHAN: Samantha and Lindsay Back On (again). Despite this piece of news, we have observed that Samantha never @replies Lindsay on twitter although 50% of Lindsay’s tweets are directed at Sam: Samantha and Lindsay Back On. They spent the weekend in Chicago for Lollapalooza and Sam’s 32nd b-day. Sidenote; I think I could make it work with just about any given lesbian if our days were like this: “Sam and Lindsay spent all day holed up in their 16th floor suite playing Guitar Hero on a 65-inch plasma screen, watching movies and ordering room service, emerging only for the launch party for Sam’s new line of sneakers.” (@star magazine)
MEGHAN MCCAIN: “If people like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter think they can bully me into giving up this fight and what I am doing, they are going to be severely disappointed.” (@thedailybeast)
LABELS: Teens Don’t Like Labels.“Who’s gay? This is not an easy question.” (@usa today)
I’M SEXY ENOUGH TO LAUGH IN YOUR FACE: Abstinence Is Sexy, Just Like Heteronormativity and the Purity Myth: Why make hypocrisy complicated when it can just be straightforwardly effed up, like this new campaign from abstinence-only Candie’s Foundation — “I’m sexy enough to keep you waiting.” I’m ready for the men’s line to come out? Also, since lesbians “can’t have sex” I guess we are in the clear on this. (@contexts)
AND MY GIRLFRIEND LIKES IT TOO: Kelly Clarkson Don’t Take No Shit!“Clarkson swings back at weight critics: “When people talk about my weight, I’m like, ‘You seem to have a problem with it; I don’t. I’m fine!” (@people magazine)
HILLARY: Hillary Clinton Don’t F*ck Around! Secretary of State Clinton makes sure everyone knows that she’s not hiding behind her husband. (@times online)
FIONA: New Fiona Apple Duet with Christophe Deluy.(@myspace)
JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Writer Lisa Carver Got Addicted to Xanax: Having actually read Drugs are Nice and most of Carver’s early work on nerve.com, I found this piece particularly interesting, and ultimately …. I agree with Sadie: “On the one hand, yes, she had an addiction, as debilitating and unhealthy as any addiction. And it’s great that she was able to kick it. On the other hand, I’m always wary of those with a unilateral scorn for prescription drugs, which is what Carver has.” (@jezebel)
WOMYN: In the UK, women dominate high status jobs. (@bbc)
LADY GAGA: Preview of Lady Gaga on the Cover of Out Magazine. Despite being run by straight people, Out Magazine promises Gaga’s “most revealing and unexpected cover shoot to date.” Personally we’re just TOTALLY EXCITED THAT THE STORY WAS SHOT BY ELLEN VON UNWERTH as they are a match made in fucking heaven. FOR REAL!!! (@lady gaga)
↑HOGWARTS MAKES GOOD MEN:‘Harry Potter’ Star Supports LGBT Youth Organization.“Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has given a major donation to a US anti-suicide helpline for LGBT teenagers” AND Sir Ian McKellen Signs “No Hate” Pledge. (@pink news)
↑ ISRAEL: Israel’s President Endorses Gay Rights at Memorial.“Israeli President Shimon Peres has spoken up for gay rights in a speech at a memorial rally for two people shot dead a week ago at a gay youth center.” (@washington blade)
↑ TRANS: Another GSA Victory:” Following an uproar from the transgenders when the Department of Licensing made it tougher to change gender info on drivers’ license (to fight terrorism & reduce identity theft), the deparment abruptly changed course and made it even easier than before. (@seattle times)
↔ JOE KNOWS: The HRC has “No Doubt” that Obama Will End DADT: “The administration views this in the context of the broader issues agenda they are working with Congress on, everything from the economy and health care to hate crimes. They see the overturning of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ along that spectrum as something that will likely happen next spring.” (@the advocate)
↓ HOW ABOUT THE TOTES GAY BOOKS WHERE EVERYONE KILLS THEMSELVES IN THE END: Right Wing Conspires to Force “Ex-Gay” Books into Libraries.“Last month they tried to ban gay books, this month they’re complaining about ex-gay books getting banned. (@lgbt news)
↔DONUTS: Tim Hortons Pulls Support After Complaints Over Endorsement of Anti-Gay Marriage Organization. (@lez get real)
↑ AND AGAIN: Psychologists Reject Gay “Therapy.”“The American Psychological Association declared Wednesday that mental health professionals should not tell gay clients they can become straight through therapy or other treatments.” (@ny times)
Auto-Straddler of the Day
from Intercaine Katrina: I’m just going to keep hitting y’all with nerdy picks. Being the kind of person who wants a nerve cell tattooed permanently on my body,
Science Tattoo Emporium is my favorite thing ever when I’m trying to work up the courage to actually do it.
from Stef: This song’s been covered so many times you’d think it was impossible to do it successfully ever again, but leave it to Chrissie Hynde… The Pretenders cover Radiohead’s “Creep” and make me want to cry lots. I don’t belong here.
Pretty paper art by Helen Musselwhite [hand cut paper sculptures and collages]! I didn’t know who she was, but then Sarah emailed me and I was like, “Oooh, look at the adorable owls!”
from Carly: I just stumbled across the cutest little thing I ever did see, Bolts & Bots. They make tons of tiny little robots out of clay! There are so many different kinds, from Harry Botter to Mythbusters to Kanye! And if you’re not into robots they make little critters too.