This week’s #OnRotation is the perfect soundtrack to summer in the city, confident but laid back and dripping in 90s nostalgia. The Queens-born Moroccan American singer isn’t afraid to bare her truths (“Ain’t too concerned with conforming, fitting in is foreign to a woman like me”) and keep it real about the industry (“I’m terribly offended they’re commending mediocrity / Are we honestly praising this commodity?”), revealing her world through sultry vocals and smooth beats.
We talked to Lisa Ann Markuson of NYC-based performance collective The Haiku Guys + Gals about her take on Western haiku, politics, and writing poems for senators, passerby, and revolutionary women. “If a poem cannot change the world, it can contort it into something we can understand.”
It goes without saying that RuPaul’s Drag Race has given an important platform to the drag community. In a recent interview with the Guardian, RuPaul made it very clear that he does not see the show as a space for “bio queens”, cisgender women or trans women. We need to support the trans community, the gender non conforming community, and the drag community as a whole.
Consistent glorification of black women’s triumphs made in defiance – but without any acknowledgement of the forces we are, in fact, defying – is nothing more than a useless and hollow performance of wokeness that translates into nothing. Idolization is just another form of dehumanization.
The following are a few essentials of feminist sci-fi literature (that is, science fiction books that dissect serious woman-centric issues under pretty, sci-fi packaging) for your reading pleasure. Hopefully you’ll find one that touches something within you as they have touched countless women before.
Shocker: apparently young women can’t enjoy male artists without being branded as mindless, sexually-ravenous “fangirls”. While this stereotype – and the inherent misogyny behind it – certainly isn’t new, it is getting especially stale in our current political climate. I’m not sure when it became “uncool” to be a woman who gets excited about art (the 1800s, maybe?), but in 2017, getting excited about art makes you a fangirl (and being a fangirl means your opinion isn’t valid).
Listen, it’s 2016 and I’m finally coming to terms with the fact that Guitar Hero III is, like, the most important influence in my life. Let’s discuss.