"not all legos"
lego rights activist

"not all legos"
lego rights activist


I’ve always love dolly parton’s Jolene and I finally realized why

the song isn’t about a woman terrified of losing her husband to another, more beautiful woman

the song is about a woman transfixed with desire for a red haired woman named Jolene whose voice is “soft like summer rain”

and the only way she can voice that desire is through a plaintive entreaty not to “steal her man”

an entreaty during which “the man” is never described, while line after line praises Jolene’s beauty and allure

and in which the singer admits to Jolene “my happiness depends on you” and “I could never love again”

it doesn’t matter that after each stanza on Jolene the singer quickly inserts a hetero relationship

because it’s all there in the song, and how it’s not called Don’t Leave Me [insert generic man name] or Don’t Take my Man

it’s called Jolene

and you can’t sing it without lingering yearningly on her name over and over again


what ultimately terrifies the singer is not her man leaving her for Jolene

but what happens after the man has left

and she still can’t stop singing about Jolene

what happens when there’s no tenuous hetero relationship in place which can cloak her very real, very queer desire

for a woman whose “beauty is beyond compare”

(via lgbtlaughs)

Tags: jolene

A Beginner’s Guide to Being a Production Assistant


A few of my friends who are stage managers are starting to also take teaching jobs at universities; and they’re asking us what we wish we had been taught.  No one teaches you how to be a Production Assistant.  I wanted to write out a few things that I look for in a PA.  Some of these might sounds harsh or rude, but they’re all things that I’ve learned over the last six years.

  • Initiative.  If you see that something needs to be done, do it.  Don’t ask.  Oh there’s water on the floor?  Clean it, don’t ask.  A prop didn’t get set right?  Fix it.  Your PSM and ASM may be busy writing things down, take the initiative and do things, they’ll love you for it.
  • Understand that because you’re making coffee, filling water pitchers, sharpening pencils doesn’t mean we don’t appreciate you.  Those are things that have to get done, and when there’s a lot of paperwork that needs to be generated, we don’t think about those things.
  • It is NOT YOUR JOB to make anyone like you.  It is not anyone’s job to be your friend.  Sounds harsh right?  I know.  But at the end of the day, its still a job.  We’re getting paid to be there.  Chances are, if you do your job and you do it well, you’ll make friends.  But know that that isn’t a priority for anyone.
  • Don’t try to force a friendship with the actors, or anyone.  Again, they’ll like you if you’re good at your job (and not an asshole).
  • Don’t apologize for every little thing.  See this post.
  • Know when to keep your mouth shut.  Your opinion doesn’t matter.  It sounds harsh, but it’s true.  When there’s a discussion going on between the director and the actors, you don’t exist.  None of us do.  Those conversations are not meant for us.  So don’t speak up if you have an opinion.  Keep it to yourself.
  • Know when the conversation isn’t for you.  It’s great that you want to listen in on conversations during tech.  It is.  But a lot of times there are a lot of people onstage having a discussion.  If you don’t have to be there; ie it doesn’t affect you, step back.  Someone (the ASM) will fill you in if you need to know.
  • Have a good neutral face.  Things get boring, or frustrating, or scary.  Keep calm.  Actors look to us when they panic.  If you’re panicking, they’ll panic.
  • When you speak, you speak for the team.  If actors are talking about reviews, DO NOT ENGAGE.  I repeat, DO NOT ENGAGE.  It’s a black hole of a conversation that doesn’t end well.  And when you state your opinion, you’re actually speaking for the whole team.  Even if you don’t think you are.  This especially applies when you’re in the theatre.
  • The above note also applies when you’re talking to other departments.  Watch your tone when talking to them.  Just because you’ve been in rehearsals and they haven’t doesn’t mean they don’t know what’s going on.  And they always tell your superior.
  • Don’t panic.  Things go wrong.  But guess what?  It’s theatre.  You’re not in a war zone.  You’re not out patrolling the streets.  Everything is going to be fine.
  • Keep your answers short.  If you’re asked a simple question, give a simple answer.  But if something goes wrong, be prepared to explain why and have a solution.  Critical thinking is incredibly important.
  • Know how to walk quietly.  Seriously.  I don’t know how many people I’ve worked with who can’t figure it out.

i will puke if i am nominated for the ice bucket challenge bc i am unemployed (hence v little $$) and i don’t wanna

am i bad person? maybe


people who exercise in order to get rid of period cramps are the ones surviving the apocalypse. 

(Source: luceum, via albabutter)



Skookum’s had enough of your bullshit




Skookum’s had enough of your bullshit


(via presteros)


more sober spaces for young queers

(via doctorbee)

Tags: queer alcohol


Gender, Sex, Biology & Trans Women

Many of us understand sex and gender as categorically separate when envisioning trans women. How do we enforce transmisogyny through biological essentialist views of what we define as “sex” when imagining trans women? This storify examines how we enforce physical & ontological gender violence through non-consensual cisnormative separations of sex and gender. Sex is very much a gendered concept with its own colonial and violent baggage.

Note: This is a partial storify. Read the full version here


(via socio-logic)

aria why are you still talking to ezra



This is a collection of Tweets from military veterans reacting to the police response in Ferguson. 

And if this shit doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.

(via hardcorewumbo)

Tags: ferguson