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Serial Killers Are Not Hot

I can’t believe I’m having to type this with my own two hands in the year two thousand and nineteen but, well:

Serial killers aren’t hot!

January has clearly been a weird month. It’s felt like it’s lasted about ten thousand years, the government was shut down for a record-breaking 35 days, the Brexit is Brexiting (or not? I’ve lost track), and in a low-key sense, we all just want to die. Maybe that’s why January has been the month of the serial killer thirst.

[Spoilers for You and the 1970’s below]

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New Year, New Congress

Behind the scenes look at Congress in 2019 by A. Image of Nancy Pelosi via People

Dear Reader,

New year, new Congress! On January 3, when the 116th Congress convenes, its first order of business as a body will be to elect its leaders. Now that Democrats have majority membership in the house, they’ll have the deciding factor in selecting the Speaker of the House. Nancy Pelosi, who served as Speaker from 2007-2011, and as Minority Leader from 2011-2019 (making her the highest-ranking female politician in the history of the United States so far), is the likely successor to Paul Ryan. This weekend, as I walked down the House corridors, I watched shop workers clearing out the leadership offices, readying them to be flipped. Apparently, they’re already preparing the Speaker’s office for Pelosi, despite the fact that she hasn’t been officially elected to the position yet. Continue reading

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Toots & Boots // Mrs Maisel, Christmas Crapitalism & Spiderman

Mrs Maisel causes a staff stir, Netflix brings us yet another teen movie success, and Brexit negotiations were too damn much this week! Find out what the team have been loving and hating in another instalment of Toots & Boots. Continue reading

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A Semi Reverent List of Oscar Host Suggestions

Happy Oscar Season, Gays (and pretentious straights)! With the release of the Golden Globe nominations and the general little gold man smell in the air, I’m sure we’re all counting down the minutes for us all to waste 6 hours to see Gaga’s gracious-but-disappointed-with-the-loss-face (I’m sure it’ll be stunning). But wait, what’s that I see on Twitter? No one’s hosting? Well Academy members and Boshemia fans (the Venn diagram is a circle, I’m sure), let me put my 2 cents forward and present to you an unsolicited list of people who absolutely should host the Oscars. Continue reading

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Toots & Boots // Michelle Obama, Black Friday and Christmas rom-coms

Michelle Obama discusses her memoir with Oprah, Vanessa Hudgens does a Lindsey Lohan (not the messy version), and Boshemia reflects on the morality of American holidays – all in this week’s Toots & Boots.

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@Askapoc

This instagram account is described as a ‘safe space for Non POC to ask questions to a community of POC.’ It is a brilliant resource for learning about the many dimensions of racism with people asking questions you may have yourself or about issues you hadn’t even thought of. Constant food for thought and amazing work from the POC who answer questions. A @Askalgbt account has also just been created by the same folk!

The Princess Switch

Vanessa Hudgens stars in this remodelled Parent Trap where she plays a princess-to-be and a Chicago baker who meet by chance only to discover they look identical. The pair decide to switch lives a week before Christmas, inevitably having impersonation slip-ups and falling in love with the main man in each other’s lives (you can’t even call that a spoiler, this is a Christmas rom-com). Now on Netflix, The Princess Switch is perfect for switching off.

Vanessa Hudgens in 'The Princess Switch'.

Vanessa Hudgens in ‘The Princess Switch’.

The book Know Your Place

A collection of essays by 24 working class writers discussing how their class has shaped their lives and what it means to them. Beginning life on Twitter after the Brexit vote, the soulful and varied collection offers a much needed challenge to the UK rhetoric that demonises those at the bottom of the class hierarchy.

The End of the World with Josh Clark

The 10-episode podcast series explores all the different ways that humanity could die in the next 200 years. Sounds cheery right? The show actually manages to keep the ‘looming apocalypse’ vibes under control, asking questions about intelligent life in the universe and how (if possible) we can survive the next couple of centuries.

 

Michelle Obama on Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations podcast

When two of America’s most influential women sit down to have a conversation, you listen. Prompted by her new memoir Becoming, Michelle Obama talks candidly about her childhood in Chicago, her years as an attorney and the trials of being ‘the first black family’ in the White House. Both women are as wonderful as ever.

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Photo credit: Jim Young, AFP/Getty Images

Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. Photo credit: Jim Young, AFP/Getty Images

BOOTS 💩

The colonial origins of the Thanksgiving holiday

As much as it is an opportunity to come together with chosen family and loved ones, it would be remiss not to acknowledge those who will be mourning for the genocide of their ancestors this Thanksgiving and every one to come.

Black Friday

Though tempting to partake in, Black Friday and Cyber Monday encourage insidiously capitalist ideals and a chaos of unnecessary consumerism. Offering an alternative is the ‘Green Friday’ movement that promotes giving, spending time with family and getting into nature instead of participating in the unsustainable free-for-alls.

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Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald’

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

It only gets worse for the latest film in the Harry Potter franchise. After facing backlash for casting Johnny Depp as the lead villain (despite being accused of domestic abuse) and a stingingly poor opening weekend, the film’s crew are now facing accusations of queerphobia. Non-binary model, Jamie Windust (shown in featured photo. Credit Matt Joy) spoke out this week about anti-lgbtq and misogynistic slurs being used on set by other extras and going unchallenged by crew members.

 

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Toots & Boots // Beautiful Boy, Ocasio-Cortez, and #ThisIsNotConsent

Artful cinema, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s insta, and victim-blaming in Irish court have Boshemia all talking this week. Read below for this week’s instalment of Toots & Boots.

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A Star is Born

Lady Gaga is killing it in the recently released A Star is Born. This is her most extensive foray into film (although she has experience in writing and starring in TV, films and documentaries) and the performer is tummy-tinglingly brilliant opposite Bradley Cooper (also the film’s director).

Beautiful Boy

It stars Timotheé Chalamet. Need we say more? We don’t need to but we will anyway. The film details a young drug addict’s (Chalamet) relationship with his father (Steve Carell) as he tries to get clean. Carell delivers a surprisingly poignant performance, given his comedic acting career. Based on the best-selling memoirs of a father and son, the movie (less surprisingly) simmers with authenticity and nuance.

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Carell and Chalamet

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Instagram

Ocasio-Cortez, who is set to become the youngest woman to serve in Congress in US history, has been chronicling her congressperson freshman orientation via instagram story – and we’re loving it! Not only is she delving into what actually goes on during the first 60 days before taking office but she is an example to us all on how to be gracious, grateful and sensitive to her supporters and peers.  

Soft Stud by Black Belt Eagle Scout

This six-minute track by Black Belt Eagle Scout, a self-proclaimed ‘radical indigenous queer feminist’ (like her yet?), is perfect to listen to whilst plotting your ‘comeback’ or sitting in the backseat of an Uber, driving through a midnight city.

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Katherine Paul of Black Belt Eagle Scout (also pictured in cover photo by Abby Gordon)

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Hill staffers shaming the very same congress gal

A Hill Staffer photographed Ocasio-Cortez from behind and sent it to Eddie Scarry, a writer at the Washington Examiner who then used it to shame her for wearing a nice suit, using it to argue that she’s faking her financial difficulties (previously she has discussed how she can’t afford an apartment in DC). Scarry tweeted the photo with the caption ‘Hill Staffer sent me this pic of Ocasio-Cortez they took just now. I’ll tell you something: that jacket and coat don’t look like a girl who struggles’.

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Ocasio-Cortez for Politico

Trump on Remembrance Day

“Rain, rain, go away come again another day – preferably when I have to discuss Stormy Daniels or climate change.” This week Trump skipped a veteran cemetery visit on Armistice day because drizzle grounded his helicopter. Why couldn’t he travel by car? He didn’t want to cause an ‘unexpected disruption to the city and its people’.

Women being blamed if they don’t stick around to provide men emotional labour

After the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, Ariana Grande received a tumult of hate online and in papers for not being supportive enough. This narrative of inattentive women being the root of their partner’s problems is toxic. Faima Bakar outlines the trend in her article for Metro.

Victim blaming in Irish court: #ThisIsNotConsent

In Ireland a man was acquitted of rape after his defence cited his victim’s thong as evidence of her consent. This sparked mass protests across Ireland and social media with people sharing photos of their underwear and laying knickers on the steps of the courthouse. Irish lawmaker Ruth Coppinger, also took out a thong in parliament in solidarity and fought back against the intolerable victim blaming.

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How A Women’s Razor Company Is Working To Defeat Body Hair Stigmatization

Guest contributor Madison McKeever is a writer and increasingly radical feminist who is obsessed with gluten free cinnamon rolls, conspiracy theories, Zadie Smith, living vicariously through The L Word, and incessantly ranting about the orgasm gap. Her work has been published in Atlas, Reading A Bit, Shapes, and Slutmouth Magazine. She probably wants to ask what your favorite book is.  

 

Samantha was twenty-one the first time she felt confident enough to let her pubes grow out, and found she enjoyed the risqué nature of defying what she’d always been taught. What she enjoyed considerably less was having a Tinder date hair-shame her during a hookup. “He not-so-subtly told me that I could give him a blowjob, and that once I shaved he would go down on me. That was the first time I realized how pervasive the double standard was.”

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