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15 Sep
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.
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15 Sep
Did it hurt? When you learned that vegetables are also carbs?
I find it truly hilarious when people talk about their carb-free plate of broccoli… babe, it ain’t protein or fat
Anyway your body needs carbohydrates. The problem arises when you’re only consuming heavily processed carbohydrates with no fiber that your body breaks down super fast.
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15 Sep
Seems wrong that Republican governors can needlessly imperil the lives of their citizens and everyone goes, “Welp, what did you expect, their base will love it”
Like all the headlines I’m reading are wringing their hands about whether Democrats will hold on to Congress in 2022 when the opposition’s party platform is literally “die scum”
Love the two party system!!!!!!
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15 Sep
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!
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15 Sep
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!
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15 Sep
Wow if you guys think the Met Gala is bad you do *not* want to hear about this party called the Oscars
From what I’ve been told they get all the Hollywood elite together to — get this — party and network with one another and celebrate their industry with *gold statues*
I’m on the record (repeatedly!) as saying that awards shows are stupid so I can make this joke without looking like a hypocrite 😇
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15 Sep
Pretty sure most of the people being photographed on the red carpet of the Met Gala aren’t paying to be there, they’re the attractions (and advertising) that get brands to pay
I.e. a fashion label buys a table and invites Lil Nas X or whoever to sit at their table and wear their clothes
Celebrities don’t pay to attend parties, that’s how they’re rich
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14 Sep
Basically An expanding brain meme. Panel 1: The Met Gala is good becau
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
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14 Sep
I dunno how to tell you this but the problem with the Hunger Games wasn’t the people loving outlandish fashion
It was way more the economic inequality and child murder
Something something Marie Antoinette
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14 Sep
Being a queer person who was out during, and remembers, the 1990s and 2000s means a lot of "look this thing seems terrible now, and it has its problems, but it was VERY GROUNDBREAKING back then"
I'm always torn between not wanting to defend things that haven't aged well and feeling loyalty to things that made me feel seen in some way as a young queer
I also feel weird about erasing/condemning what is effectively queer history because the way we configure and understand queer identity has rapidly shifted over the past twenty years
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14 Sep
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
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14 Sep
My major contribution to Fashion™️ is that I’ve spent the past 18 or so years wearing 14g barbells as earrings
If you ever see anyone else doing it they stole it from me
You might argue I stole it from someone else but the person I copied was just using a barbell as a spacer while she stretched her lobes
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14 Sep
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
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14 Sep
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…
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14 Sep
Unfortunately for AOC, people were wilding out long before she posted this to IG A picture of AOC in her Met Gala “Tax the Rich” dressThe medium is the message. Proud to work with @aurorajames a
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.

Is that a bad model? YES!
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14 Sep
Wait wait

I own socks from the people who made this gown

It’s like AOC and I are twins
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.
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14 Sep
A) The patriarchy doesn’t deserve to be pegged

B) Pegging is not a corrective
Everything about this is bad and I hate it
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13 Sep
Would love a list of bands who became famous for one anodyne song that obscured the darkness (and often radical politics) of the rest of their work
Chumbawumba for sure
I think The Cardigans also fit this mold?
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13 Sep
Flashbacks to Gawker publishing stories about how poorly treated Conde Nast and Hearst employees were when Gawker writers were all permalancers themselves A yellow square with black ...
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
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13 Sep
Honestly embarrassed for the people involved in this piece that they seem to think “abortion is legal but doctors won’t provide them” is just a Mexico/Argentina problem
It’s the refusal to recognize that America’s abortion access issue goes far beyond what the law says that makes me the most despondent
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13 Sep
Sorry the towers had *way* too many windows to be Brutalist
According to this very reputable seeming website they are an example of “international style II”: nyc-architecture.com/GON/GON001.htm
I’m fascinated by Brutalism both because I think the buildings are fugly and also because people misuse the word a lot, like in this bizarre NY Times headline Uprising Grows Over Cuomo’s...
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