You can’t say digital is just as valuable as print if you’re not paying digital writers the same as print writers. Full stop.
To be clear: I’ve never written for the New Yorker but I have done both print and digital for Wired, and print *was* more work, at least in my experience. But if that’s why print pays more we should say that.
I know Millennials are supposed to be fragile babies who love telling the world about how traumatized we are, but one of the things that I have realized as I’ve gotten older is how *difficult* it has been for me to acknowledge that I have trauma.
It took until *this year* — twenty full years!! — for me to consider the possibility that I have trauma from 9/11. For twenty years I assumed that because I’d slept through the attacks and was completely safe, I couldn’t have trauma.
And because I have loved ones who witnessed the attacks, I didn’t want to center myself in the story by claiming trauma.
But that’s *ludicrous*. Of course I have trauma from that time. It was a horrific moment, even if I didn’t directly witness it. My city was scarred by it!
Congrats to California on avoiding the nightmare of Governor Larry Elder
You know how people are always like “we’re a republic, not a democracy!”? California — and this recall election — is an example of direct democracy, and it is sadly prone to a significant amount of abuse.
It’s not just the recall: ballot initiatives have sometimes done great things for California, but they’ve also done horrible things too (hello Prop 8). It’s complicated!
One of the things I find fascinating about the Brooklyn Museum is that the curators are clearly aware of the fraught and often violent history of museums and are attempting to be in conversation with that in ways that are… not always successful!
Apparently the museum policy used to be to keep the mummies that they have in their collection in storage, but now they have them in a room where they attempt to put the lives of these people into a larger context, treating them as human beings and not… freaky shit to gawk at
I understand the criticism that "pegging" is a homophobic term and that there's no reason to distinguish between a cis man getting strap-on fucked and any other form of anal play, but please, at least know where the term comes from
Pegging is a 20 year old term that entered the lexicon thanks to a Savage Love poll; it was one of three options submitted by readers (the others were bobbing and punting). thestranger.com/seattle/Savage…
I think it *does* matter that it's a twenty year old term because the discourse around ... all of this ... was very different at the time, and the term pegging (or, uh, the entire Bend Over Boyfriend series) was intended to be celebratory and liberatory
Apparently “Peg the patriarchy” was created by a QWOC who intended it as a call for subversion, not turning oppressors into the recipients of anal sex. I… appreciate the intent but still don’t like it and don’t think it works 🤷🏻♀️ instagram.com/p/CTydOGiAqDK/…
Cara Delevigne appropriating it with no credit to the creator does make it much much worse however!
Like I can see how it might feel like a playful spin on “fuck the patriarchy,” but fuck here is working as a violent, angry epithet that’s detached from the sexual meaning, slotting “peg” in doesn’t work, esp given the associations people of with anal as demeaning
Now seems like a good time to learn what the Met Costume Institute — the org that the Met Gala raises money for — is metmuseum.org/about-the-met/…
Anyway I’m starting to get the impression that a lot of people are not aware of how many valued public institutions — many of which provide free access to important cultural resources for marginalized people! — are supported in part due to fancy parties attended by rich people.
My beloved Brooklyn Botanic Gardens — which partners with marginalized communities to increase access to green space, as well as serving as an educational resource and refuge for residents of NYC — has a gala, they’re currently selling tix ($250 - $2500): bbg.org/visit/event/fa…
Unfortunately for AOC, people were wilding out long before she posted this to IG
AOC did nothing wrong, etc
I think Met Gala tickets are overpriced, but they’re also supporting an important cultural institution, and I’m very aware that a lot of orgs and institutions that I value only exist because rich people shell out way more than $30k to keep them going.
Also, IDK, I’m sure the money that went to her ticket could have been better spent elsewhere but it probably wouldn’t have been and if she wants to make a statement at the expensive party, good for her
Also worth noting that it’s a fundraiser for the Met Museum. Is it fucked up that the Met Museum has to charge $30k a ticket for a fundraiser? Yes but only because museums should be publicly funded.
Flashbacks to Gawker publishing stories about how poorly treated Conde Nast and Hearst employees were when Gawker writers were all permalancers themselves
That eventually changed (in a large part thanks to @sheilamcclear), and then the writers unionized but... a publication taking liberal labor stances in its articles rarely means the management actually agrees with them when it comes to company policy.
It's sort of a, liberals don't act differently than conservatives they just pretend they feel bad about it sort of thing