For those of us queer people in the West, we must support human rights everywhere in the world; however, standing up for our LGBTQ siblings’ rights also means acknowledging how we are culpable. We must stop pretending that we are ahead of the world when we talk about LGBTQ rights and democracy. If being “ahead” of other nations means that we export our hate instead of confronting it, we are not only backwards, but we are also hypocrites. We cannot call attention to other LGBTQ people’s voices if we only want to hear half of the story. Our struggles are not all the same, but they are definitely connected.
I just want a gif of Jay Smooth @ 1:46
If John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan could negotiate with the Soviet Union, then surely a strong and confident America can negotiate with less powerful adversaries today.”
— POTUS on Iran (via kateoplis)
"I Rewatched Love Actually and Am Here to Ruin It for All of You"
I love this movie even though it is shit and this is a hilarious recap. One point for team Jezebel’s sarcasm.
I can’t even begin to pick a favorite line. It’s all amazing.
"My parents had sent me to a small village outside of Paris because they thought it would be safer. But I guess there were hidden munition stocks out there, because the Americans bombed the village. They flew very high. The British always flew low— they had the fighters, but the Americans flew very high and dropped the bombs. They were bombs filled with air. I don’t know how to describe it. You were killed by the air. The neighbor was killed. I spent all night hiding in the barn."
THIS is one of the main reasons I find storytelling, human interest pieces, and projects like HONY or Storycorps are so important. Everyone is a part of history and there is so much information that will one day be lost if we don’t take the time to record it.
Les Foufounes Folles Roundup:
Here’s to shameless self-promotion!
- Pantheon Goddesses by Emily - on letting women into French monuments
- 2013 Tinderbox Music Festival by Emily - a review
- When Fictional Violence Gets Real by Kari - sexual violence in horror movies
- On Becoming a Writer by Emily - in which I complain about being a young and broke writer
- Ooh, Bebe Bebe! by Emily - baby naming laws and race in the US
- Please Don’t STFU by Kari - feminism is awesome!
New post from Les Foufounes Folles!
Discussed: boobs, those kuckoo feminists, and intersectionality.
It’s official. I’ve only had a smart phone for two months and it’s already made me terrible at following directions.
La blogothèque continues to outdo themselves. Love it.
To spread political views, soldiers release balloons holding leaflets in Taiwan, January 1969.Photograph by Frank and Helen Schreider, National Geographic
This warms my heart.