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G-chats: Call Me Maybe Edition

22 Aug

Tara:  Here’s something for Mislabeled, perhaps?

Rachel:  Or this?

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 Tara:  Oh wow, this is WAY better than the College Republicans ‘Call Me Maybe’ cover.
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This post is brought to you by Google, which also agrees that ladies do it better than CRs.

“Dear Chick-Fil-A (Because I’m a Homosexual)”

14 Aug

A couple Wednesdays ago, you may have been angrily suppressing your craving for fried chicken.

And if you’re like me, you may have been happily singing “H to the O to the M to the HOMOSEXUALS” just a couple days later.

We can thank Bria Kam and Chrissy Chambers for that catchy phrase, the chorus to their YouTube song “Dear Chick-Fil-A (Because I’m a Homosexual).” The musical duo and IRL couple penned the song after seeing long lines at their local Chick-Fil-A on “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day,” a fabricated holiday to support a business that actively gives money to anti-gay foundations and political campaigns.

“We went to Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday, the customer appreciation day, just planning to go and kiss, and show our ‘protest’ that way,” said Bria Kam, a musician and psychology student at Georgia State. They left the fast food chain feeling energized and decided to use their creative energies to write the song, posting it online just 2 days later. In the age of YouTube, however, a viral video can propel you into de facto activist and/or anti-gay target status pretty quickly.

“We’ve gotten so much reaction,” said Chrissy Chambers, an actor and singer who moved to Atlanta when she was 18 to pursue her career. “In the beginning it seemed like a lot of negativity, and a lot of hateful comments. We had a guy say ‘you guys are a couple of trash-digging faggot psychopath homosexual whores. Cool, hope you get HIV bitch.'”

For Bria, releasing a controversial song like this on the Internet could pose risks for her livelihood. “I’m a cover musician and I’ve always kept my personal life very personal,” she said. “I play a lot of restaurants that are filled with people who are potentially close-minded – we do live in Georgia – so this is a big deal. Chrissy has helped me to know that its okay to be comfortable with myself and really put who I am out there.”

“Growing up in Mississippi I’ve experienced a lot of homophobia,” said Chrissy. “Once I started dating a woman I had so many people call and say ‘don’t you understand how this is going to hurt your family?’ and that they were embarrassed for me, people I’d known my whole life.”

But the effusion of supportive comments and messages has made this new spotlight worth it. “I’ve had at least five or six people that I’ve known from growing up in Mississippi and Louisiana that have come out to me and say ‘I hope one day I can live my life as openly as you are, and you have given me the courage to try to be true to myself’ and that kind of thing, which has been so incredibly rewarding.”

The duo plans to continue their activism through song, and half of the proceeds from the recorded version of “Dear Chick-Fil-A” (available for name-your-price download) are set to be given to Freedom to Marry. Meanwhile, they are encouraging young gay folks to continue to reach out to them.

“I absolutely think we consider ourselves activists,” said Bria. “This is a very new position for us, but it kind of fell into our laps and we’re very excited for this opportunity to be a voice for the gay community.”

Bria and Chrissy just released a third video, “I Have Two Moms” (there’s a kitten!). You can catch them elsewhere on the Internet here and here.

This post brought to you by Tara. It originally appeared on Campus Progress.org 

Let’s Discuss: Good Men

29 Nov

Chloe: I don’t want to kill the buzz but this article has been floating around my newsfeed and I thought it was a good read.

http://goodmenproject.com/featured-content/dont-rape-vs-dont-get-raped-an-inquiry/

I wrote a typical Chloe diatribe on my Facebook (posted below) and will probably read the article again and think more on it — I want to give a disclaimer first and point out that I agree with mostly all of what the author is saying: I work with a community of men that has fundamentally changed my own feminism because I FEEL so much better now what it is like to be a poor (and/or) black/Hispanic man, at least in urban Westchester/NYC communities.  And I do not feel like these men are necessarily “my enemies” anymore — while a lot of them do horrible things (including rape and murder, oh god no) and should be held accountable, I wonder how many of them would make the same decisions were it not for the same system that encourages patriarchy in the first place?  Anyway.  But my main thing is that it reminds me of this blog I read awhile back about Schrodinger’s rapist.. lemme see… here it is!

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My blue sequined skirt is not an invitation for you to rape me.

4 Oct

This video popped up on my Tumblr feed today, and I had to share, 1.)  because of the message of the video, and  2.) because of the accents.

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Walt Disney Employee Handbook (circa 1943) Features Biggest Creep Ever

29 Sep

The folks at Brain Pickings posted pdf images of Walt Disney’s WWII-era employee handbook titled “The Ropes at Disney’s.”

The handbook is obviously illustrated, with a short narrative between a male employee and female employee  accompanying the pages of the company’s employee policies. And let me tell you, this guy is a creeper. Its no wonder the handbook doesn’t include any policy around sexual harassment in the workplace, because Disney pretty much encourages it through the illustrations. Dude’s basically a stalker:

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Trending: #LawsMenShouldFollow

27 Sep

Hey Tweeps. Yeah, I know you’relurkin. You already know that #LawsMenShouldFollow is trending today in the twitterverse. Imagine my delight when I see this! I am having a ball. Ooooh this will be so fun. (P.S. Does God really count lady tears??)

LOL, that’s troo!

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HUMP DAY: Back-to-School Predictions (Yes, No, Maybe-So)

7 Sep

It’s the start of a new school year, and if you’re fortunate enough to still be a student, its basically the only way your brain processes a calendar. Its a new year, a fresh start.  You’ve got your new outfit picked out for the first day, you have plans to meet your best friend in your secret spot in the stacks and you’ve got your eye on the cute boy sitting diagonally across from you in Psych 4300 (you’re a smart cookie). Most importantly, you and your aforementioned bestie have already written out a year’s worth of predictions and goals for the year and you are gonna get-fucking-to-it.

I just moved into a new house with my biddie friends and we’ve got a list of predictions, too:

– Spend an entire day on the roof

– Host a beautiful outdoor gathering like something out of Kinfolk

– Have sex in the kitchen

…and many other things

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Let’s Discuss: The new Lady phone

11 Aug

Verizon is set to sell a new Android phone called the HTC Bliss, a seafoam-green phone made just for the ladies. With a little charm that lights up when you get a text, the phone is rumored to come with a calorie counter and a shopping app already programmed in.

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HUMP DAY: Sex (Ed) in The City

10 Aug

On this momentous occasion, I propose a toast to New York City. Not because its the greatest city in the world, a bustling metropolis of good looking and fashionable people, or the concrete jungle where dreams are made of. Indeed, it is all of these things and more.  But today– today I toast to New York because they have just mandated proper sex education in all of their public schools.  Continue reading

Can you just, run into the store and buy me tampons?

9 Aug

In this experiment, a girl has left her bike lock at home and asks male passers-by to run into the drug store and buy her some tampons. See the hilarious, and eye-opening, lengths people go to in order to avoid the embarrassment of buying tampons.

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UPDATE: PMS Milk Ads Get the Funny or Die Treatment…and I like it.

8 Aug

A couple weeks ago, Maureen brought our attention to a recent ad campaign from the folks at Got Milk? that was seriously troubling.

Shortly thereafter, the Funny Or Die peeps brought us a satisfying comeback with some precious parodies:

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HUMP DAY: On One-Night Stands

13 Jul

I know your Wednesdays have been excruciatingly boring for the past couple weeks – and maybe I should apologize. Sometimes life just kicks you in the ass and gives you a swirly in the high school bathroom (which is pretty terrible if you have long hair like mine.) But then a friend texted me a pic from his latest sexcapade and I realized: this will resurrect Hump Day.

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What’s so great about Tuesday?

12 Jul

Nothing. I am in a terrible mood. Perhaps you are, too!

Here, watch this video:


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HUMP DAY: Shameless Plug

22 Jun

Sorry if I tricked you into reading a post about sex, and actually plugging a conference thing that I’m working on. But! It is about sex, a little bit. I promise!

For the past couple months, I have been savagely planning a reproductive rights panel for the 2011 Campus Progress National Conference (#cpnc11) and now I am going to tell you all about it! Because it’s going to be awesome!

Fighting for Reproductive Freedom in a Conservative Congress

Recent measures by the 112th Congress attempt to limit access to reproductive health and services. How will these measures affect women and families? What do they mean for access to reproductive services in various communities? The discussion will address the role social media has played and can continue to play in organizing activists and gaining support for reproductive freedom.

YES! Remember when Gwen Moore pwnd the Pence Amendment and defended Planned Parenthood against the anti-choice terrorism that claimed Planned Parenthood was leading the genocide of black babies?

 

HUMP DAY: Sex Scandals and Such

8 Jun

Listen, this Anthony Weiner business is ridiculous.

I make no bones about being an Anthony Weiner fan. I applauded him when he stood up for reproductive access. I cried with laughter at his Click and Clack impressions during his house speech defending NPR. Anthony Weiner was the kind of politician that I could get behind. He was real, he was witty, and he wasn’t afraid to call on people’s bullshit. Why am I saying “was” – he still is all of those things. Except that now he has been widely shamed for his poor decision making skills and has proved, very publicly, how real he actually is.

Let me start with saying that even though I was reallly hoping it wasn’t actually him doing the tweeting, I don’t have much of a problem with Anthony Weiner’s actions. Aside from the fact that he is married*, Weiner’s internet actions crossed no boundaries of the law, and the explicit conversations he was having were completely consensual – you can read some of the contents here:

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