Ke$ha, Kesha, and the End of a Pop Era - by Devon Maloney
It’s time to pour one out in memory of the old Ke$ha (especially that dollar sign) â her era is ending, and it was one of the most underrated and best things to happen to pop in a long time.
Pop journalism, which treats its subject with respect, refuses sexism and rockism, but also notes messed up things the artist has done: this is how you do it, people.
Cross-posting this literally everywhere because this is such an great example of pop journalism. It respects its subject, and it respects the genre, and it also talks about connections between gender/sexism and genre which anyone who knows me knows is totally MY THING.
CONTENT NOTE: rape apology; white punk dudes being condescending
BE STILL, CODY IS PLAYING FEST TOO? THE BAND WITH BLATANT RAPE APOLOGY/CONDONING IS PLAYING FEST TOO WHICH ATTEMPTS TO PROVIDE A SAFE CREATIVE SPACE AND ENCOURAGE COMMUNITY DIALOGUE ABOUT CONSENT.
NECK FIRST IS PLAYING, AND ONE OF THOSE BOYS TOLD ME WE “MIGHT NOT GET ALONG” BECAUSE I “TOOK THINGS…
^ Important information regarding Fest Too, reblogging in case I have any friends/followers to whom it might be pertinent.
Reflections on My Experience Passing Through Border Patrol on the POCZP #RaceRiotTour
Content note: unchecked racism, classism, and light-skinned POC entitlement.
“Last year, I traveled with the POC Zine Project for a multi-city ‘Race Riot’ tour. What I thought was going to be community building and empowering for myself and other TQPOC, instead turned into a re-traumatizing experience that compounded and exacerbated many traumas in my recent and distant…
Okay, if there’s one thing ever from my tumblr that my friends (particularly those I know in ‘real’/non-internet life) pay attention to, I WANT IT TO BE THIS. Especially my friends who are involved in zines and zine culture.
Much of this post is very difficult to read Some of what the author (who granted me permission to reblog this post) describes is truly frightening, and some of it is really nerve-wracking. But again, I really need for people who haven’t already seen this to take it seriously
I’ve attended and read at several events organized by the POC Zine Project. I’ve supported the project, because it’s very important to me to promote works written by people of color, and to encourage all of the zine writers around me to do the same. But everything detailed here about how the tour was run, and how the tour’s participants were treated, is absolutely unacceptable. If we could all continue to support artists of color but not this particular organization, that would be ideal. If we could start by reading this, that would be even better.
On memoirs of the marginalized
"People really like hearing about how sad it is to be marginalized." -Fabian Romero, in his recent interview with Nia King:
I’ve been listening to Fabian Romero’s silky smooth voice, discussing how the sob stories of marginalized folks are paradoxically…
I’m so glad you wrote about this. I was obsessed with YA fiction in middle and high school but I guess I was content enough with my own #carefreePOC vibes that I barely realized my lighthearted livejournaly teen emotions were only really reflected in books about white kids. When I’d read stories about black teenagers or children it’d be like The Bluest Eye, Manchild in the Promised Land, Black Boy—always really intense stories centered on trauma and hardship and I didn’t question that that’s what black literature was supposed to be because that stuff resonated too and seemed more important. I’d be like “Man, the struggle is too real… Welp, back to Anime Club. Back to listening to AFI all day. Back to lurking everyone from that show last night on myspace.” It’s a disparity I honestly never gave much thought to as a kid who grew up in a city with a black majority population, going to black schools, and living in communities that were ~80% black because no matter how “white” the things I liked were I was liking them with my black friends. I was halfway grown before I actually felt underrepresented and I didn’t understand why the idea of “nerdy black/brown art kids” was so novel to white people when all the art nerds I knew were black/brown. The world definitely needs more representative YA stories with lighthearted angles. For now we’ll just have to anonymously fill the shelves of school libraries with your Mallgoth Memoirs.
Thank you for sharing :) That’s another funny thing— when I lived in Miami almost everyone around me was Latin@ or Haitian, and spoke English as a second language. White Americans were somewhat uncommon where I grew up. Many of our references for what’s considered “white” or “American” came from television, in which white characters were usually the only ones allowed to have artistic pursuits and alternative interests. Which totally isn’t true IRL, as you and I prove through our own work with comics! But also, this is exactly why the lack of variety in cultural representations of POC allows for folks like us to be erased and dismissed as “white-acting.” Even our own people perpetuate these ideas, as long as there are so few examples of us doing stuff outside the stereotypes.
Ellen Page Comes Out As Gay: 'I Am Tired of Lying by Omission' (Exclusive)
Ellen Page has come out as a gay woman. The star the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past made the announcement in a moving and deeply personal speech delivered at Time to THRIVE, a conference to promote the welfare of LGBT youth held at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Get it, girl.
I think there’s such a thing as being highly critical of HRC and the politics of ~coming out~ and still appreciating Ellen Page, especially since she namedropped Laverne Cox and focused on homelessness and suicide in her speech instead of marriage and upper class shit.
^^^ The comment just above is exactly how I feel about this. I didn’t expect her to talk so much in her speech about life anxiety and insecurity and how that feeling weighs on queer and trans people on a daily basis, but I actually got teary-eyed when she did. The HRC wasn’t worthy of that speech, but I’m still glad that she chose to make it before such a well-known organization. Maybe that strategy was the whole point.