Also.Also.Also: I Need To Know The Y2k Trends You Remember

Ok so… I haven’t “meal planned” (like take time, plan out the week, go to the store, prep ingredients, reuse and repurpose leftovers, you know meal plan) since before the pandemic? But I committed to it this week, and I have to be honest with you first of all — it is so much work. However much work I remembered it being, it’s more. But second, I’m so excited for tonight’s dinner.

Saw This, Thought of You

How Well Do You Remember Y2K Trends? PLEASE PLEASE take this quiz, run into our comments, and tell me your results! I haven’t taken it yet because I am still running around finishing work! But I don’t know, you know, some days just deserve a silly Y2k quiz that maybe makes no difference of consequence, but can take away whatever is worrying you for at lest five minutes in a completely neutrally pleasant way, and today is one of those days.

Speaking of which! For those of us who are old enough to remember ye olde internet past: Gawker Is Shutting Down For a Second Time

Biden Is Ending the COVID Public Health Emergency. Here’s What That Means for You.”A hidden experiment in universal health care is about to end.”

A Fashion Show That Widens the Lens on Asian Identity. “The art collective CFGNY held a conceptual fashion show at the Japan Society.”

This feels like the HOT BUTTON topic of the day, a modern day Miss Manners Etiquette brought to you by New York Magazine: Do You Know How to Behave? Are You Sure? How to text, tip, ghost, host, and generally exist in polite society today.

Queer as in F*ck You

“Part of the appeal of having pit hair is that it makes me attractive to the people I actually want to be attractive to.” I Learned To Love My Body Hair While I Was Transitioning

Nonbinary Broadway Performer Opts Out of Gendered Tony Awards. “Justin David Sullivan of “& Juliet” decided to abstain from consideration and urged awards shows to ‘expand their reach.'”

Amy Ray’s New ‘Subway’ Video Is Nostalgic for Young Queer Love, NYC

8 Trans & Nonbinary Artists Who Have Grammy Noms

Political Snacks

I was not prepared for how angry this made me! You’d think I saw my anger coming? But whew boi, I did not. The College Board Strips Down Its A.P. Curriculum for African American Studies

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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. 17/30, but i didn’t really watch mtv as a teen and now feel weird retroactive fomo (fohmo?) for something i didn’t want to do in the first place but wish i could be nostalgic about?

    but will 100% have avril lavigne in my head the rest of the night and am ~very~ ok with that.

  2. 26/30 which I am comfortable with given it means whatever horrendous amount I spent on teen magazines in the noughties is totally worthwhile – thank you for this neutrally pleasant distraction!

  3. glad to see frankie de la cretaz’s piece linked here- that title (and, granted, a certain amount of the essay itself) make it sound like it’s just about body hair, but there’s some really poignant and relatable stuff in there about what it means to let go of standards of attractiveness that governed your presentation for a long time, and the unforeseen/unforeseeable gifts that can come out of that. the ending was especially powerful for me.

    the college board.. yes to seething, helpless anger. and there was also something about that news that was really frightening- it feels like an unusually clear illustration of fascism successfully taking hold.

  4. I love you, Carmen!!!! I got 12/30 on the quiz and really never cared about any of the things in it except for wearing dresses over jeans, which was AWESOME and my 15 year old daughter does it now, which makes me so happy.

  5. 22/30, and considering that I didn’t have cable and was obnoxiously *~not like other girls~* who were into a lot of the pop culture stuff in there, I’m pretty impressed by how much I absorbed anyway lol

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