author: A, current events, politics

Behind the Scenes of Lame Duck Congress

A is a Boshemia columnist writing about their experiences working behind the scenes at the US Capitol. Photograph via Politico.

 

Dear reader,

When last we spoke, the midterm elections were looming with an intensity that caused everyone to speculate on the veracity of claims made in the Book of Revelation. Yet we’ve made it through and the world continues to turn steadily. That Blue Wave the press predicted turned out to be less of a tsunami than some had hoped, but the incoming class of freshman Democrats will add an exciting amount of diversity to Congress. Continue reading

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Boshemia Staff, news, pop culture, Toots & Boots

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.

TOOTS 🎉

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)

BOOTS 💩

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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by @jazmoodie

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Author: Eileen E., current events, historical, LGBT+, politics

The Rainbow Wave // Women of Color & LGBTQs Who Won the Midterms

by E. Photo by Mario Tama.

I woke up at 4 am London-time to check the results. Scrolling through the news in the pale dark of almost morning, my face lit up as I read the headlines declaring historical firsts. The youngest woman ever elected to Congress. The first openly gay representative. The first Muslim women elected. The first Native American women elected. At that moment, I felt a beaming, near-euphoric pride for my country—a feeling that had previously been all but consumed by the misery of Trump’s dystopian administration.

There were, however, a significant smattering of grave losses for the Left last night—Beto O’Rourke was defeated in the Texas Senate race (#Beto2020 please), Stacey Abram’s landmark gubernatorial race in Georgia is still too close to call, Florida unsurprisingly elected the openly racist Ron DeSantis, and my own home state of West Virginia passed a deliberately confusing ballot initiative to eliminate access to abortion.

Despite these setbacks, although substantial, there are many wins to celebrate. The Democrats won the House, and a record number of women, people of color, and LGBTQ folks have taken seats in the halls of the US government. Bolstered by the progressivism of the new elects, a renewed priority will be given to immigration concerns, the environment, preventing gun violence, and protecting reproductive rights. There are bold, new voices to challenge the president.

They’re calling it the Rainbow Wave: a younger, queerer, more racially diverse Democratic party. The Rainbow Wave is a culmination of two years of activism, grass-roots efforts, and no small amount of righteous anger that led to the upset of the Republican-controlled Congress.

Here are some Rainbow Wave midterm highlights that have me feeling optimistic:

Letitia James (D) became the first woman in NY elected as attorney general and the first black person to be attorney general.

Veronica Escobar (D) and Sylvia Garcia (D) are projected to be the first Latinx Congresswomen from Texas.

Rashida Tlaib (D) of Michigan and Illhan Omar (D) of Minnesota became the first Muslim women elected to Congress.

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Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib via AlJazeera

Deb Haaland (D) of New Mexico and Sharice Davids (D) of Kansas became one the two first Native American women (with Davids being openly gay as well!) elected to Congress.

Ayanna Pressley (D) became Massachusetts’s first black congresswoman.

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Ayanna Pressley for Congress / YouTube

Chris Pappas (D) will be the first openly gay representative in Congress to represent New Hampshire.

Jared Polis (D) of Colorado is the first openly gay man to be elected as governor. (Remember the major Supreme Court case that ruled in favor for the homophobic Colorado baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple? Polis now governs that state. I’m looking forward to many more gay wedding cakes, personally.)

Gerri Cannon (D) and Lisa Bunker (D), both of New Hampshire will join Danica Roem (D-Virginia) in being the only transgender women representation in the House of Representatives.

And my personal favorite candidate of this election cycle: working-class, Bronx-born democratic socialist, red-lipstick-wearing goddamn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. At 29 years old, she is now the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. (We featured her shade of lipstick in a fashion profile in Issue 04, by the way.)

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Ocasio-Cortez / CNN 

As America watches her sunrise, I hope even more firsts have been counted. Learn their names; they will lead us into this rainbow era of more diversified and progressive American politics. Let’s keep this momentum all the way until the 2020 presidential election. And please, remember what a difference was made last night with your voice, your energy, your vote. To quote Beto, I’m as hopeful as I’ve ever been.

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