1. A Miscellany: NPR, Lightspeed, and PodCastle’s DRINK ME

    A Miscellany: NPR, Lightspeed, and PodCastle’s DRINK ME

    I genuinely thought September would be something of a respite from the busy-ness of the summer, in which I’d be able to catch up on everything a few things before the end of the month and go into October with something resembling a clean slate.

    That hollow, ringing sound you hear is my self-deprecating laughter.

    So! Here are a few things I’ve neglected to announce anywhere but Twitter:

    I reviewed

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  3. kakaphoe:

    misandry-mermaid:

    youngassoul:

    Street harassment w Xena

    Every girl deserves Xena as a bestie.

    I will do this for my friends.

    (via xtremecaffeine)

     
  4. nprbooks:

    Our always-eloquent reviewer Amal El-Mohtar has some serious issues with Jess Row’s provocative new Your Face in Mine.

    Trans men and women face many problems — not least among them is the small but pernicious group of people,usually found on Tumblr, who use the rhetoric of trans experience to claim that they too are trapped in the wrong body: an able body (I have the soul of a person in a wheelchair!) or a white body (I’m black inside!). Treating gender, race, and ability as identical and equivalent categories, they blithely declare that they are “trans-abled” or “trans-ethnic,” so they too understand oppression. The appropriate response is usually an eye-roll.

    To see Jess Row raise the subject of “Race Reassignment Surgery” with seriousness, and to see him use it as a fulcrum from which to examine, at exhaustive length, white liberal guilt, demands rather a different response. Never before have I read a book that marshalled such a wealth of research and intellectual inquiry to so grating a purpose: portraying the white need to appropriate black culture as an equivalent to the danger and difficulty of living with gender dysphoria.

    Read the full review here.

     
  5. stem-cell:

    rosalarian:

    pourquoi-nutmeg:

    nortonism:

    The thing about this is that sculptures like these in art history were for the male gaze. Photoshop a phone to it and suddenly she’s seen as vain and conceited. That’s why I’m 100% for selfie culture because apparently men can gawk at women but when we realize how beautiful we are we’re suddenly full of ourselves…

    YES.

    Girls don’t let anyone tell you loving yourself is vanity.

    “You painted a naked woman because you enjoyed looking at her, put a mirror in her hand and you called the painting “Vanity,” thus morally condemning the woman whose nakedness you had depicted for you own pleasure.” ― John Berger, Ways of Seeing

    (Source: nevver, via seananmcguire)

     
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  7. thesanityclause:

    One last sketch before bed. A selkie who only comes onto land to get smoothies. 

    Her hoodie is her skin. :D

    (via seananmcguire)

     
  8. Wonder Bar, 1934

    (Source: mishawinsexster, via wickedgirlssavingourselves)

     
  9. "I had always believed that I could do anything, and when you’re in school you can do anything. You can play any role, you can play any age, because that’s what you do at school. But the realization that they really didn’t make movies or TV shows about black women… I suddenly panicked. I just had this panic like ‘Oh my god, I spent all this time to do this thing that the industry is not set up for me to succeed in this thing.’ So I freaked out. I freaked out." - Tracie Thoms: Life After Juilliard

    (Source: bitchcraftandwiggatry, via moniquill)

     
  10. love-and-radiation:

    J. Bone redesigns Superman so that he can best use his solar-based powers.

    (via wickedgirlssavingourselves)