“Remus Lupin was supposed to be on the H.I.V. metaphor. It was someone who had been infected young, who suffered stigma, who had a fear of infecting others, who was terrified he would pass on his condition to his son. And it was a way of examining prejudice, unwarranted prejudice towards a group of people. And also, examining why people might become embittered when they’re treated that unfairly.”—
The HRC website hosts a list that features scholarships, fellowships, and grants for LGBTQ and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate-level. There are both national and state specific listings, so it’s an excellent resource for all you students out there.
“Fifteen to eighteen percent of girls under twelve now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and twenty-five percent of young American women would rather win America’s Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize. Even bright, successful college women say they’d rather be hot than smart. A Miami mom just died from cosmetic surgery, leaving behind two teenagers. This keeps happening, and it breaks my heart.
Teaching girls that their appearance is the first thing you notice tells them that looks are more important than anything. It sets them up for dieting at age 5 and foundation at age 11 and boob jobs at 17 and Botox at 23. As our cultural imperative for girls to be hot 24/7 has become the new normal, American women have become increasingly unhappy. What’s missing? A life of meaning, a life of ideas and reading books and being valued for our thoughts and accomplishments.”—“How To Talk To Little Girls” by Lisa Bloom (via crookedindifference)
“I never talk about Harry Potter because I think that would rob children of something that’s private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it. Some child would read something I said and go, `You mean it’s not in my head, I’m not imagining that.’ So pardon me if I don’t talk about it. Until it’s [the Potter film franchise] over, it should be left uncommented”—Alan Rickman on why he won’t discuss Snape (via thehpfacts)
“A woman’s worst nightmare? That’s pretty easy. Novelist Margaret Atwood writes that when she asked a male friend why men feel threatened by women, he answered, “They are afraid women will laugh at them.” When she asked a group of women why they feel threatened by men, they said, “We’re afraid of being killed.”—
This reminds me of a discussion we had in school, and one girl was talking about living in fear of her safety because she is a girl, and this guy chimed in and was all “It’s hard for guys too! I’m so awkward around girls! It’s embarrassing!” Yeah, not the same thing, exactly?
This reminds me of an article about online (heterosexual) dating that I read a while ago. It listed men’s and women’s worst fears about meeting someone from online. The highest ranked fear that men had was that their date would be fat, whereas the highest ranked fear that women had was that their date would turn out to be violent and kill them.
During our trek across America, Greg and I stopped by the Daytrotter studio and we each recorded a session. We’d been hopping up on stage during each other’s sets every night for a couple weeks by this point, so I sang on one of Greg’s songs and he and Brandon Walters added piano and guitar, respectively, to “Fuck Was I.” The result is eerily beautiful, and may be my favorite arrangement of this song.
In anticipation of my forthcoming song “Great Big Plans,” produced by Greg Laswell, I will be posting one greglight every day until release. It’s like a highlight, but I replaced the word “high” with Greg’s name. Get it?