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On Our Radar: Coming Out, "Booty Pop," and Trans Women in Media!

Well, this has been an exciting week!

  • As you've probably heard, Andersoon Cooper came out earlier this week. Super exciting to hear, but here's why when straight people say things like "it's about time?" or "why did he even have to come out in the first place?" it's rude, entitled, silencing, and downright annoying. [Tiger Beatdown]
  • Speaking of coming out, has Frank Ocean...

Thinking Kink: Did Jared Leto and 30 Seconds to Mars Do BDSM Better?

A wise soul suggested that, if I wanted to see BDSM imagery meet pop culture, I should take a look at 30 Seconds To Mars' video for their song "Hurricane." Watch Jared Leto getting kinky, you say? Oh, well, if you insist. The things I do for this blog...

Hurricane - 30 Seconds to Mars from RP Sitabi on Vimeo.

Resisting Resistance: On Mahasweta Devi

Along with economic, political, sexual, social exploitation, and god knows what else, colonialism drained South Asia of its resources; this much we know and agree on. But, this encounter also unintentionally opened spaces for women and the ex-untouchable castes in areas like education and politics. Admitting to this history would mean also accepting that a "pre-colonial" society wasn't ideal...

BitchTapes: Blood, Sweat, and Queers

Blood, Sweat, and Queers from BitchTapes on 8tracks.

I have now been here for exactly a month, and we're finally getting consistently beautiful weather. I'm glad that person who said the weather would be literally perfect after July 4th wasn't lying. But really. The ten-day forecast predicts sun every single day...

TGIF: Meow That's What I Call Music!

If you're a diehard Smart Girls at the Party fan, please join me in being jazzed about the new show on the Smart Girls channel, Meow Meow Music. Like Smart Girls, Meow Meow Music features interviews with young people doing great things, but based on the first episode, which went up yesterday, it looks like Meow Meow Music will showcase musicians of...

Douchebag Decree: James Carnell and the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association's Racist, Sexist, Terrible Newsletter

The Boston Police Department has been in the news lately, and not for entertaining buddy cop shenanigans. Well, unless you count publishing a racist, homophobic, sexist, bigoted, rage-inducing union newsletter and then deleting the archives instead of taking responsibility for them to be entertaining (it isn't).

Thinking Kink: Swinging Both Ways (Christian Grey Included)

Dominant, submissive, top, bottom, masochist, sadist... What if your kink preferences don't fit one of these labels? Does popular culture have no time for fence-sitters, or as Jay Wiseman called them, "switch-hitters"? Or does it regularly represent them without acknowledging their existence?

Having It All: Anne-Marie Slaughter engages with critics without being an asshole.

In case you missed it, Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of the controversial Atlantic piece "Women Still Can't Have It All," responded to her critics yesterday on the Atlantic's website. In "The 'Having It All' Debate Convinced Me to Stop Saying 'Having It All'," Slaughter discusses the conversations her piece has sparked, some places where her article fell short, and the ways in...

B-Sides: Regina Spektor, "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats"

Listening to What We Saw from the Cheap Seats, the sixth studio album from real-life Manic Pixie Dream Girl Regina Spektor, is a pretty philosophical experience. Spektor has done a lot of changing. Her music has changed, her career has changed (read: exploded), her audience has changed (read: used to be some people, is now ALL OF THE PEOPLE). But she's also done a fair amount...

Bridal Party: Scooch Over, Gender Binary!

One thing I found in planning my own wedding, and in being semi-privy to other queer weddings, was that the very fact of queerness and/or same-sex-ness sort of short circuited everyone's conscious and unconscious cultural assumptions. It's almost as though since the expectation of adhering to a traditional template wasn't there in the first place, it opened the playing field to a...

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