“TV keeps killing off lesbian characters” and fans are revolting. “LGBT characters, characters of color and disabled characters are often ‘given secondary or tertiary storylines that can be thrown away.’ We’re getting to a point where we can’t accept that anymore.”
“As a writer, the last thing you want to do to anyone is shut the door on them explaining themselves. So for me, the word “lesbian” is inclusive of everything—it always has been.”–Joan Nestle illustrating “what a lesbian feminist looks like.”
“Everything Black and Brown folks do is excellent because it’s a feat to persist in a country and indeed a world that benefits, profits, and necessitates your oppression, your incarceration.”–Danez Smith
A brewery owner who has had to boot sexist customers from his business has a message to his fellow men: “If one of your friends says something shitty about a woman, tell him to shut his fucking mouth. Don’t just laugh it off or ignore it. We need to listen when our sisters talk about this, and not just blame it on some bad apples.”
Check out the ways in which Patti Rodriguez and the Mi Casa No Es Su Casa group are fighting gentrification in their neighborhood.
“If you want me to stop covering news, then you get off your computers and do something about the news.”–A 9-year old girl who happens to be my new career inspiration.
“Two specific things that I’m exploring in relation to sexism in academia and the art world are professionalism and speech. I’m becoming aware in a new way of quote-unquote feminized speech patterns and authority, because that’s how I speak.”–Artist/musician/performer/mediamaker/ professor Wynne Greenwood.
“I should commit to one of the toughest jobs in the world, all for the sake of populating the planet with a super-human specimen of good breeding? No, thanks. I’m good.” — Actress Joy Bryant would like people to stop telling her that she should have kids.
But I’m a Cheerleader might become a Broadway musical, which is maybe all the reason I need to keep on living in New York.
What did we miss this week? Let us know in the comments! <3