As queer folks, it can be hard to find music that resonates with our experiences of crushing and intimacy. Thanks to the folks operating the Tumblr directory "Girls and Nonbinary Folks in Music,"my quest was a lot easier. After searching through this treasure trove of mostly independent artists, I made this mixtape full of tunes that explore the emotional wilderness of crushes. It includes women, nonbinary folks, and queer artists, with music ranging from shoegaze to hip-hop to pop punk (because crushes transcend genres, duh).
This month, we’re putting together a series of feminist gift guides. They're a way to highlight fun stuff we love and creators we're excited to support.
Activists, organizers, and the politicized loved ones of our lives. These social justice warriors (let's reclaim this weird pejorative and say it with pride) may be difficult to shop for because all they want for Christmas is the dismantling of this hegemonic patriarchy. And that's not something readily available on small business store shelves. What to get them?
A is for Activist
Forget about Christmas and just buy a stack of these picture books to keep in stock for whenever someone has a new baby.
A protest in support of immigration reform during the Hispanic Congressional Caucus gala this October. Photo by Ep_jhu.
Last month when President Obama finally announced his executive action to provide deportation relief to millions of undocumented people living in the United States, you could practically hear the collective intake of breath taken across the country.
All during December, we're publishing gift guides to highlight stuff we love and creators we want to support.
I am a homebody 90 percent of the time. While I enjoy socializing with friends, there is no greater love than the love homebodies have with our couches. Here is a gift guide to celebrate the art of staying indoors!
In all honesty, I needed several Wikipedia pages to fully understand Vice Films’ tagline for Ana Lily Amirpour’s film, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. It is presented as “the first Iranian Vampire Western” and has also been described as noir, spaghetti western, Iranian New Wave, pulp, and “feminist-romantic.” It’s clear that the first Iranian romantic-new-wave-vampire-pulp-spaghetti-western ultimately resists categorization.
The holidays are here, which means we’re smack in the middle of six weeks celebrating colonialism (hi Thanksgiving), capitalism (hello Black Friday), and really terrible music coming out of every speaker in every public place (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”). In other words, it’s the perfect time to tune out the noise and pump up the feminist jams. Let us be your Oprah this winter: You get new feminist music! And YOU get new feminist music! EVERYBODY GETS NEW FEMINIST MUSIC!