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I am ordering a handful of these stickers for myself. They’re available from this seller on Redbubble. Any locals who want to go in on the order with me, please let me know by noon on Friday.
Teen Vogue discusses women and white supremacy. Related is this article, published by a while woman this August-freaking-19th, on Life Lessons in Rust Belt Racism. A tiny part of me is like “better late than never” but are you kidding me lady? You’re just now cluing into this? Un. Real.
A podcast episode about the continued importance of gay bars.
The cultural appropriation of Buddhism.
I’m not going to knock mindfulness. It’s an incredibly important part of Buddhism to be present and intentional with your thoughts and actions. Really, mindfulness is a crucial part of living an ethical and good life.
However, when mindfulness and presence are used exclusively as ways to physically improve an individual person’s life, we’re missing the point of Buddhism.
I know a (white) dude who decided to become “a shaman” and claimed a Native-sounding name for himself despite absolutely zero interactions with actual Native people and the article touches on that racist and appropriative mentality as well.
To bring up an old favorite Toast topic: that stupid sexy fox from Disney’s Robin Hood showed up in a recent article on the CBC.
Another use for a time machine: The option to party with Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.
Baroness Elsa lived at the intersection of artistic movements brimming with urgency, intent, and all manner of weirdness. In Munich and Berlin, she was active in the arts and crafts movement, which she both drew from and inspired with her out-there, DIY fashion statements. When she first arrived in the United States in 1910, Elsa was arrested for walking down Fifth Avenue in Pittsburgh smoking a cigarette in a man’s suit. “She Wore Men’s Clothes,” ran a New York Times headline about her. As Nell Frizzell wrote of Elsa in the Guardian, “This was a woman…whose idea of getting gussied-up for a private view was to scatter her outfit liberally with flattened tin cans and stuffed parrots.” She walked 14th Street half-clothed, and recited poetry on city street corners with nothing but tea balls covering her breasts.
Unlearning the myth of American innocence (and rightness).
I tweeted this last week and someone found this relevant article about the basic sexism and misogyny behind online security questions.
I feel terrible for her and I’m not happy she suffered so horrifically by being with him, but I can’t lie and say Joss Whedon’s ex-wife’s recent article didn’t make me feel Pretty Fucking Vindicated about my hate-on for the man. Please be aware this is an ugly, ugly article. I’ve always said it wouldn’t surprise me if he was a gaslighter, an abuser, and a predator and I think her words show him to be all those things and possibly worse. Read with care if you have emotional issues about infidelity, lying, and other relationship betrayals. And if you have anything publishable that you’d like to say about the man and his work, there’s a zine for that and they’re currently accepting pitches.
Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah wrote a lengthy, torturous, and excellent piece on The Making of Dylann Roof for GQ magazine.