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Darlings, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing, stop right now, stand up, and shout out a grand “HUZZAH” because why? You know why.
Today is FRIDAY. Huzzahs all around.
We’re off to wrestle a whole bunch of posts into shape today, including reviews of WandaVision and RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. We won’t be doing a podcast today because of the flurry of TV reviews we have to get out between now and tomorrow morning, when the OG Drag Race review goes out. But that means we can drop a PSO podcast bright and early on Monday because there’s no way this mess of a Sussex interview on Sunday night isn’t going to inspire a lot of opinions on our part. We’ll have our thoughts on that and the future of awards season in the wake of the Golden Globes implosion. We promise to make the wait worth your while! In the meantime, chat amongst yourselves and stand by for a whole bunch of T Lo opinions coming your way today.
Brooklyn Museum Presents “The Queen and The Crown”
An Intimate Look at a Selection of Costumes from “The Queen’s Gambit” and “The Crown”
Showcasing memorable looks from two Netflix-original series, The Queen’s Gambit and The Crown, and thematically related objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, this virtual exhibition explores the role that fashion plays in the lives of the female leads.
Explore the costumes and artwork in intimate detail and discover the visual aesthetics that help bring these iconic stories to life.
Dominique Fishback Says She ‘Became a Woman’ While Filming Judas and the Black Messiah
The spoken-word artist and actress shines as Black Panther revolutionary Deborah Johnson, her biggest—and most personal—role yet.
So much of Fishback’s life seems like preparation for this role. Growing up, she learned to love her natural hair after seeing the women of the Black Panther Party own theirs so confidently. Before she was an actor, she was a spoken-word poet, performing around New York while attending Pace University. When King reached out to Fishback about playing Johnson, she was writing her own romance about the Panthers, Gwendolyn and Sekou, inspired by Romeo and Juliet. As part of her research for writing that screenplay, she read A Taste of Power, by former party leader Elaine Brown, as she felt it imperative to get a woman’s perspective on the movement. And in 2019, without knowing it had been Hampton’s morning ritual to listen to the speeches of Malcolm X, she too began listening to his words each day.
Why Sewing Should No Longer Be Seen As Just ‘Women’s Work’
Lauren Bravo, author of How To Break Up With Fast Fashion, explains why, just like her own mother, we should pick up the needle and thread for sustainability.
Like so many subjects in modern feminism, there’s a tricky line to tread between honouring the women who went before us and rejecting their hand-me-down values. Just as supermarkets freed 1950s housewives from endless daily shopping rounds, affordable, ready-made clothes for women were one of the many strides made for our liberation. But, is it possible to champion sustainability and dismiss the notion that sewing is just ‘women’s work’ and also acknowledge the importance of sewing and crafting for women’s liberation? And how do we fight for a more sustainable future and learn craft skills without betraying the women who put down their darning needles and took to the streets in the name of equality?
Why Do Men Think Unwanted Kissing Is OK?
The latest allegations against Gov. Cuomo show kissing is an often overlooked form of sexual assault.
Kissing is more deliberate than a wandering arm, but less overtly sexual than an ass grab. And in this sort of middle space between “I’m just a touchy guy” and “I had too much to drink and deeply regret my actions,” excuses and explanations for a forced kiss place at least some of the blame on the one who was assaulted. An unwanted kiss connotes romantic rejection more than it does assault, and so it’s easy to brush it off as an embarrassing episode in which the man simply didn’t realize she wasn’t into it.
“The Real Fight Is to Help People”: Why Lindsey Boylan Decided to Speak Out
A week after Lindsey Boylan disclosed that Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed her, she explains why she decided to speak out now.
Lindsey Boylan believes in the possible. It’s what led the urban planner to work in government as a public servant and what’s led her to currently run for Manhattan borough president. But, while working within the Cuomo administration as deputy secretary for economic development and housing, she was, she says, subjected to a toxic work environment and sexually harassed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Her decision to come forward, like many survivors, was a complicated one. She initially spoke out about the bullying and damaging workplace culture of the administration in December 2020. A few days later, she disclosed, again on Twitter, that she had been sexually harassed, but she did not provide details. On February 24, she decided to publish her full account, becoming the first woman to publicly tell her story of sexual harassment by the New York governor. Since then, two other women have come forward.
The Year of ‘Invisible Crisis’: Three Women on Losing—Or Leaving—Their Jobs During the Pandemic
“Moms throughout America are screaming out for help,” Representative Grace Meng (D-N.Y.) tells me, “but they sometimes feel like they are screaming into an echo chamber.” In February, Meng, the mom of middle schoolers, introduced the Marshall Plan for Moms, a sweeping resolution calling for direct payments to mothers forced from the paid job market and the passage of paid leave, affordable childcare, and pay-equity policies. “We want more public acknowledgment, whether it’s by corporate or government leaders, that they understand the challenges and the hurt that moms across the country have been going through.”
Janet Jackson Receives Two-Night Documentary on Lifetime and A&E
Celebrate 40 years of Jackon’s self-titled album with four hours of archival footage, interviews, and more.
The documentary is directed by Ben Hirsch, with Janet and Randy Jackson as executive producers. The filmmakers have unprecedented access to Jackson’s past in the form of archival footage and home videos, and they delve into the most discussed aspects of Jackson’s life and career. Her infamous 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake has received renewed attention recently, as Timberlake apologized for his treatment of Jackson following her wardrobe malfunction during that career-defining performance. Media coverage was frequently sexist and disrespectful. Now, Jackson shares her experience of that event, but it’s only one in a series of incredible performances and chart-topping successes.
What Is the Breast Dress?
Working 9 to 5 to restore a piece of feminist history
In the late 1970s, artist Anne Gauldin was making plaster casts of breasts in a Pasadena warehouse where her art collective held their regular consciousness-raising sessions. “We were sitting around having a meeting, and I was putting plaster on everyone’s breasts,” she said. Afterward, during her lunch breaks, Gauldin painted a thin coat of latex on each of the molds in the back of her Datsun hatchback. When the latex dried, she sewed thirteen of the breasts into a pink dress in the style of a 1950s diner uniform. The garment, affectionately known as the Breast Dress, is now an important piece of feminist art history.
From Pankhurst to Pink: 100 of the most inspiring women from the last 100 years
Over the last 100 years, the role and rights of women have changed beyond all recognition. But, one thing that has stayed constant is the sheer number of awe-inspiring women that exist all over the world. To celebrate International Women’s Day 2021, we’ve made a list of the 100 most inspirational women from the last century. Some are feminist mainstays, some are relative unknowns and some are controversial – but they all changed the world. From badass suffragettes to empowering quotes: ladies, prepare for a healthy dose of #inspo.
WandaVision’s Kathryn Hahn on Her ’80s “Fried Perm Hair” and a Never-Fail Beauty Essential
The actor, who time-hops through sitcom history on the Marvel series, remembers her ’90s job at a supermodel-favorite salon and looks forward to roles that investigate getting older: “I think menopause is crazy psychedelic.”
“I’m a kid of the ’80s, so it always feels really nostalgic—that kind of music; even the clothes I got to wear were just my dream clothes. I was, like, Oh, just like Isabel Marant right now: fold-over black pants and mules and a French cuff. I would say probably the ’80s because it’s all closest to home, style-wise. I love big hair. […] And I did all of it. I had a perm, but then I never got another perm, so I had straight hair and then just fried perm hair on the bottom. And I would put in Sun-In—do you remember it? It was a [lightening] spray. Going back to the ’80s, I smell Nair. I smell Jean Naté After Bath Splash, of which we had, like, a gallon that turned into probably rubbing alcohol. You never could finish it. I just see so much Aqua Net on my hair, trying to get my bangs to pick up and they just never did. I got a leather motorcycle jacket, for, like, a hundred bucks, that I wore the shit out of. And then I had a mesh—literally a mesh—vest that was hot pink that I would wear over a shirt with a piano keys tie. I just thought I was so cool.”
Call My Agent’s Liliane Rovère Makes Me Yearn to Be Old
I got the 88-year-old actress on the phone to ask her how to live.
Being an actress is an identity that Rovère seems to have worn both heavily and lightly. “I worked and didn’t work, and when I didn’t work, I had to work, so that I could take care of my daughter and myself: I waitressed, salesgirl, salesgirl, waitress. I preferred waitress.” If I was as good an actress as she was, and I didn’t get consistent, good paying gigs until my 80s, I would be angry. But this isn’t what it was like for her. “I don’t know how to say this, I am not ambitious. I don’t plan.” When she won the top award in acting school, her friend had to elbow her in the ribs to alert her to the fact that her name had been called. “I wanted to act. I never wanted to be a star,” she said.
Kathryn Hahn Steals the Show Again
The actor on the strange intimacy of “WandaVision,” the narrative of her career, and finding the personhood in her characters.
“In my twenties, I kind of went where I was cast. I just didn’t have any real choice. I wanted to act. And I definitely felt divorced a little bit from the work that I was asked to be doing, and I felt like I was playing the part of it. This is very interesting because I did definitely feel like I was playing the part of an actor playing the part of the best friend.”
“I came from the theatre, and I felt like I had much more autonomy when I was onstage. I had much more control over the arc of my performance. I also felt like I was kind of trying to fit into this box of what was, I thought, a camera performer. These tropes or whatever. It wasn’t really until my mid-thirties that I started to feel confident or feel a flame: the power of my individual self. I had started to see the beauty and the power of other individuals, I think. And then I was just drawn to creators who saw me and who wanted to work with my own individual—my own personhood, if that makes sense.”
Could Cork Save the Beauty Industry’s Carbon Footprint?
Writer Euny Hong investigates the biodegradable material and its place in beauty product packaging.
When you think of a cork, if you do, you probably think of wine stoppers, or maybe dartboards. But cork jars and compacts? Those are new. They don’t exactly glisten in a shelfie, but some sustainability experts are banking on cork to help shrink the beauty industry’s carbon footprint — a Herculean task considering that, in 2018, almost 7.9 billion units of rigid plastic were created for beauty and personal-care products in the U.S.
Drag Kings Are Ready to Rule
The blurring of gender boundaries has allowed for more freedom in online pageants — and soon, it’s hoped, back in the clubs.
While androgynous costume in this direction is hardly new — Marlene Dietrich famously set libidos afire in top hat and tuxedo in the 1930 movie classic “Morocco” — drag kings tend to be the lesser-exposed and underappreciated segment of drag. Casual fans who get their drag from TV or with a side of waffles at brunch, in fact, may never even have heard of this particular practice. “In the past, many of our audience members didn’t understand the concept of drag kings,” said Chad Kampe, a producer who has been staging popular drag brunches in Minneapolis since 2012. “We often got questions.” Chief among them: “What the heck is a drag king?”
How One Looted Artifact Tells the Story of Modern Afghanistan
Many of the country’s finest antiquities were stolen under cover of war, ending up in elite museums all over the globe. Should they be returned?
Using old pictures taken by the archaeological mission, as well as auction records and catalogs, Rugiadi and her Italian colleagues had compiled a database of the Ghazni marbles, listing their original location and, if known, their current one. It was available online, and browsing it, I was surprised to see more of these panels at museums in the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Some had been stolen from the Afghan government; others were taken from sites in the countryside and spirited abroad. Decades of conflict have devastated Afghanistan, one of the world’s poorest countries. Looters have stripped its archaeological sites bare. Its rich ancient history has been sold at auction to the world’s museums and private collectors. “There are tens of thousands of objects from Afghanistan that entered the market in the mid-1990s,” St John Simpson, a curator at the British Museum who studies antiquities trafficking, told me, “and all of those were almost certainly illegally exported or stolen.”
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