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author: alex n, film, LGBT+, pop culture, reccomendation, recommendation, review

Does the Perfect Gay Rom-Com Exist?

Boshemia columnist Alex Nolan is on a quest to find the perfect gay romcom.

I love classic romcoms. Give me every iteration of Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore and Kate Hudson you can and I’ll still eat it up. Those films are great because they make you feel good. Queer romances, however, tend to be on the depressing side. Someone dies or goes through something horrific, and while there’s a place for these stories, it can be a slog. So where are the fun light-hearted flicks? Do they exist? I’m gonna take a dive into Netflix/my catalogue of ancient DVDs and see whether I can dig up a good old gay movie that’s gonna make you smile.

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Boshemia recommends, news, politics, pop culture, recommendation, review, Toots & Boots, Topical, TV

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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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.

TOOTS 🎉

@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 // This Week in the World

Fabulous elections, depressing budgets, generally lovely music… Boshemia are here again to take you through their pop culture peaks and troughs with Toots & Boots!

TOOTS 🎉

The Rainbow Wave

So much emotion followed the American Midterm elections this week, but as well as democratic gains and an amazing voter turnout, we have to give a HUGE TOOT to every new representative contributing to a more diverse and progressive American government. Check out E’s lowdown of some sad losses (Beto <3) but also the astounding ‘firsts’ that these people represent.

Ezra Miller’s divine GQ shoot

The actor’s (Perks of Being a Wallflower, We Need To Talk About Kevin) most recent cover shoot for the men’s magazine sees him dressed queer head to toe in lipstick, hot-pink velvet gloves and printed blazers. Not to mention his love sickness-inducing eye contact. Less happy about his involvement in the latest Fantastic Beasts film which stars Johnny Depp.

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photograph by Yoshiyuki Matsumura

Noname’s album Room 25

This album is HOT, as is everything Fatimah Nyeema Warner (A.K.A Noname) produces. It’s bold, black, poetic perfection. If you’re new to her music, start with Telefone and you’ll soon be addicted.

Believed – a podcast from NPR

This cutting series explores how Larry Nassar, the Olympic Doctor for the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, got away with sexual abuse for so long and how he was brought to justice.

Paris Against Trump

The protests are planned against the president’s visit to France’s Capital this weekend. Recently rattled by the midterm results, hopefully our folk on the Parisian ground can shake him up some more. Follow @parisagainsttrump for details.

Some live music toots

Parcels: a funkin’ pop band who synthed their way into V’s heart this week with their glittering performance in Leeds. Andy Shauf: a ‘dreamy long-haired, folksy, crooning Canadian’ one of our beloved designers is seeing live as I write.

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Parcels via Notion Magazine

BOOTS 💩

Pamela Anderson on modern Feminism: ‘it paralyzes men’

Stopping perpetrators of sexual assault and violence in their tracks and undermining their power is something we should be aspiring to. The idea that making men pause, think about consent and be held accountable for their actions is going ‘too far’ is completely bananas.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg being hospitalised

After a fall at the office, RBG has been hospitalised with three fractured ribs. With Brett Kavanaugh newly sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court where the pair serve, we need this fierce woman on top form now more than ever. We’re sure she’ll still be cutting some serious side eye from the bedside though. Get well soon RBG!

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via TIME

The UK budget’s latest claim that ‘austerity is coming to an end’

This week Phillip ‘fiscal Phil’ Hammond made the happy announcement whilst piling yet more money into a fragile and regressive Universal Credit system. We call BS.

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Toots & Boots // This Week in the World

Introducing: Toots & Boots! The Boshemia staff bring you their pop culture highs and lows from the past week.

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Secret Dinosaur Cult

A podcast with Sofie Hagen and Jodie Mitchell talking about trauma, daddy issues and lots of fun topics through the medium of dinosaurs. What more could you want?

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Q saw them perform in Nottingham this week and it was STUNNING. An entirely male ensemble doing a bunch of ballet (including bits of Swan Lake) and making it hilarious! Plus their moves were impeccable and they could not have looked more fierce.

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via Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

A film with stellar female cast follows a young writer (Lily James) as she tries to uncover the story behind the book club with a conspicuous name. One that will certainly warm your cockles.

Doctor Who‘s Rosa Parks episode

The surprisingly direct discussion of racism in the BBC’s latest Doctor Who episode left some of the Boshemia staff with wet eyes this week. The brazen move and fresh cast are quickly setting an exciting new tone for the long-running series.

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Vinette Robinson as Rosa Parks in Doctor Who

Ironically-named genius girl group boygenius

A favourite tune amongst our designers: ‘Me & My Dog’.

Barbra Streisand

The singer-songwriter has proclaimed that her new album, Walls, is a slamming f-you to Donald Trump, with one of her upcoming music videos, ‘Don’t Lie to Me’, even containing images of the man she calls ‘a fat egg sitting on a wall’.

BOOTS 💩

All the shops advertising culturally appropriative Halloween costumes

(Wilko we’re lookin @ u)

 

Pretty much everything in the news.

We #WontBeErased.

Terrace House

I usually really enjoy this show, as it manages the most gentle approach to reality tv I’ve ever seen, but there’s a very sexist undertone and an uncomfortable approach to consent that is explained really well in this Vulture article.

Ryanair racism

Delsie Gayle, 77, was racially abused on a Ryanair flight by a fellow passenger this week. Ryanair failed to remove or report the man accused, meaning he will likely escape prosecution, and Delsie was asked to move elsewhere.

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author: Eve, feminist art, pop culture, recommendation

Cornerstones of My Feminism // V’s Feminist Pop Culture Syllabus

Boshemia founders asked the staff writers to think about what pop culture creates their feminist practice. V shares her feminist syllabus.

These are the feminist materials that have punctuated my life: my basic syllabus of feminist culture. It is by no means conclusive and there are many more pieces that I would recommend for in-depth study, but if you want to get my everyday feminist references, look no further.

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Tracy Clayton & Heben Nigatu co-host ‘Another Round’ // photo via David Bertozzi) 

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author: sarah q, Boshemia recommends, comedy, current events, opinion, politics, Q's Queue, recommendation, Topical

Q’s Favourite Things of 2017

Happy New Year, 2017 was terrible! Donald Trump just swung his dick everywhere and the world suffered for it. Remember the Alt-Right March and how it seemed so long ago? That was in August. This year has had about five years worth of stuff shoved in and as a result, I’m very tired and in dire need of a nap for the next millennia. Please wake me up when we’ve formed a more civilised society on Mars. (Oh what a neat concept, I wish there was a magazine that wrote about that kinda stuff).

But 2017 wasn’t all bad

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