I often wonder if fans of Michelle Tea are familiar with the work of Sarah Schulman. The lesbian novelist, playwright, journalist and professor has written several works since the 1980s, including Rat Bohemia, Empathy and Girls, Visions and Everything. The stories revolve around young, queer women, their lives in the city in an era when AIDS was prevalent and fringe art and theater was a common link in the LGBTQI community.
Schulman just released two new books: The novel The Mere Future and Ties That Bind: Familial Homophobia and Its Consequences. Publisher's Weekly talked with the author today, inquiring about the ideas in the book, and why homophobia that hits close to home is bigger than a personal problem:
"Be sustainable - Don't buy sex!" exhorts a postcard that is being distributed to guests of 160 hotels in Copenhagen during the UN Climate Summit. The proprietors of the lodging establishments received the postcards along with a letter from Lord Mayor Ritt Bjerregaard requesting they not facilitate transactions between the COP15 guests and the city's prostitutes. In response to their local representatives' attempt to thwart a potential bump in business, the Sex Workers Interest Group (SIO) has co-opted the postcards as a marketing tool by announcing that anyone who brings one to the group along with their COP15 ID badge will get to indulge in the sex workers' services for free!
I am just so proud that the Academy Awards gave the man who said "if you don't want to be pitied for being a cripple in a wheelchair, don't come out of the house" a humanitarian award for being so good and giving to those wretched disabled children! I do hope that everyone gives money to a man who said "You might as well put a gun in your mouth" after you find out you have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (that's ALS- Lou Gehrig's Disease). And heaven knows that money goes to really important stuff - like a CURE! - because things like wheelchairs and accessible transportation and helping families get their homes renovated to be fully accessible would be a total waste of that money, right? Why help people with disabilities now when in the future, they may have a CURE!
Kira Nerusskaya, director of the documentary Fat Girls Float, needs your help to finish its production! Nerusskaya, a New York City native, travelled through several countries and interviewed dozens of people about size discrimination, fat acceptance, activism, and their identity. Check out the six-minute trailer after the jump...
Did you feel icky seeing headlines about the Carrie Prejean nudie pics and the "sexting" epidemic? Amanda Marcotte at Pandagon argues that when you share or make public someone's privately-made sex photos or video, it's a form of sexual assault.
We're still trying to navigate what the digital world means for sexual harassment, espcially when it comes to young people. That's where ThatsNotCool.com comes in...
Update: This post is tragically apropos. A thirteen year old girl committed suicide after her nude photos were spread by classmates. More at The Curvature.
If you've ever felt like the cost of being a woman was somehow higher than that of being a man, guess what? You were literally correct! Via Psychology Today:
The January 2010 Consumer Reports has an article that's sure to provoke some outrage. "Roam any drugstore and you'll see products that seem to be twins, except for one thing: One is for women, the other for men. We discovered that products directed at women-through packaging, description, or name-might cost up to 50 percent more than similar products for men."