I’m about to fall asleep in front of my computer but wanted to post this before I went to bed. Yesterday I put this video, for this song that always makes me think of my parents, on my fb page, along with the following explanation/wisdom: “If I remember right today would’ve been my mom and stepdad’s 19th wedding anniversary. We don’t get to be with the people we love anywhere near long enough. Spend that time wisely, babies.”
Today one of my oldest friends, one of the few who knew and remembers my parents, came to visit, and it was a total coincidence that we planned this for this weekend, but it feels really appropriate. This afternoon we went shopping for makeup, had a slight Greek take out disaster, tried to find a salon that would do a full set of acrylic tips for a decent price (for her, not me, I’m a basic $20 mani/pedi kind of girl), did buzzfeed quizzes (she doesn’t have facebook so she wasn’t really up on that internet phenomenon?), looked at nail polishes on the internet (…really), watched an episode of Enlightened, and spent a lot of time laughing really, really hard. Like, I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard, and my abs kind of hurt from it right now.
Which, of course, was the whole point: to just be in the same place and spend time together while we can.
When I first heard this, I wasn’t really that into it. I kind of forgot about it for awhile, and then S-K announced their ‘indefinite hiatus’, and there was a flurry of music journalism ‘think pieces’ or whatever, and this song came up. I think it was in some internet article that about the band’s ‘most important’ songs or something like that. A lot of people left comments saying that it was their least favorite thing S-K ever did.
I tried listening to it again, and it occurred to me: the way that this cover drastically changes and ‘appropriates’ (disidentifies with?) a very popular arena rock song from the ’70s foreshadows the way Sleater-Kinney re-wrote (and vastly improved) classic rock on The Woods.
And then with that, Sleater-Kinney made sense to me as a project, with a specific agenda. Since that moment, I kind of love this cover.
For a friend who really likes Christina Hendricks and Game of Thrones at the same time.
Not caught up on Mad Men, but I found this while browsing the Joan tag/having some feelings about the impeccable professional/office/employee manners I learned from my working class migrant brown-skinned mom (prompted by a weird but not bad interaction with a person I work for)
Also, given the choice? I would SO opt to be in House Hendricks and/or House Holloway, just saying
I’d rather teen girls reading nothing but terribly written fanfics about their favorite OTPs that express healthy and emotionally-sound romantic relationships than “great literature” that teaches them they are prizes to be won or creatures to be controlled or destroyed.
[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,
"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]