author: sarah q, comedy

Louis CK is Dead. When Will He Notice?

As 2018 settles into the dust and we enter a post #MeToo age, now is the time for men to come forward and apologise. Now is the time for them to learn from their mistakes and work with their communities to better themselves and other men. To quote a now-dead comedian, now is the time for them to “step back and take a long time to listen.” 

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author: sarah q, current events, opinion, politics, Topical, Uncategorized

Kavanaugh Confirmation // The Sergeant In Arms Will Not Restore Order To The Gallery

There’s a video circulating right now of human lizard Mike Pence trying to confirm human foreskin and rage ball Brett Kavanaugh into the Supreme Court after the Senate voted to back him 50-48. He repeatedly fails to get in a sentence before getting interrupted by screams from the protesters outside in the gallery of the US Capitol in Washington D.C. These aren’t normal protest chants that we’ve become used to, these are genuine screams of horror. The rage, anger and anguish are palpable.

“The sergeant at arms will restore order in the gallery,” he says three or four times, to little avail. The screams get louder, they get angrier, he continues to bang his gavel and tries to look unfazed by the screams of a few protesters echoing the screams of women throughout the nation.

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author: sarah q, long read, news, opinion, pop culture, Q's Queue, review

Me Too & Media // Thoughts on Arrested Development & Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Netflix has been bringing it with the comedy recently! Between John Mulaney’s hysterical stand-up, to Michelle Wolf’s new weekly show, it’s been a great time to spend in bed doing depression binges and putting off all your responsibilities!

It’s been solid for returning shows too! Well, it’s been fairly solid. Fan’s of Arrested Development may have been disappointed to learn that all the male stars are certified trash; in a recent New York Times roundtable, the subject of Jeffrey Tambor’s “difficult” (translation: abusive) on set behaviour came up, and the male cast wasted no time in defending him. Jessica Walter (Lucille Bluth a.k.a the shows MVP) recounted that Tambor had blown up at her whilst on set, and the male stars (especially trashcan Jason Bateman) immediately defended him, claiming that everyone is an asshole on set, and being an actor is just so weird and so high pressure. (Meanwhile, I’m rolling my eyes from the hospital while I’ve got five patients about to crash, but no, please tell me how hard it is to learn a few lines and get your blocking). Jessica Walter was eventually reduced to tears and Alia Shawkhat was the only person in the entire room defending her.

I mean the good news is the new season is shockingly average, so no one needs to feel any nostalgic obligation to watch it!

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Boshemia recommends, feminist art, guest writer, music, pop culture

Why I’m Thankful for Janelle Monáe

Guest writer Anna has recently finished her undergrad in Edinburgh and is now pursuing female empowerment, advocacy, and human rights projects. She loves Marvin Gaye and glitter.

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Just when I thought Monáe the Bae couldn’t get any cooler after her incredible speech at Grammys earlier this year – she did. Back in January, Monáe took to the stage to address the industry and the world at large on issues regarding the #MeToo phenomenon and Time’s Up:

“To those who would dare silence us, we offer you two words: Time’s up…. We have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us well,” Monáe warned. “Let’s work together, women and men, committed to creating safer work environments and equal pay.”

I shared her powerful warning that ‘we are human beings … We come in peace, but we mean business’ on every social media platform at my disposal and fell in love with her forever.

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Author: Sarah L, feminist art, opinion, Personal Essay, Topical

#MeToo // Why Are You So Surprised??

I am so glad that the #metoo movement has been so cathartic for so many people, and I admire the bravery of all those who have felt able to come forward and disclose their experiences of abuse and/or harassment; equally, let us not forget about those who have not felt able, and those who are just so dang tired of having to rehash and relive their experiences that they chose not to, and those who just want to distance themselves from it as much as they can and exclude it from their identities. It has reaffirmed what we already knew: this is a reality for pretty much all women.

There’s something that still troubles me, though, about the response to this movement; the reaction of men*. Obviously there has been the usual backlash of idiots mocking the movement by trying to join in, but those aren’t the ones I am talking about.

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