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  • OK, this post is for sure NSFW, and definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but this look at BDSM and fetish art history is pretty fascinating. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • The pilots flying abortion patients across state lines. (The Cut)
  • I loved this look—in text and photos—at New York’s 1980s hardcore scene. (Vulture)
  • We have Ejaculate Responsibly author Gabrielle Blair on Everything is Fine this week, and it’s just great so please do tune in. (Apple Podcasts)
  • An appreciation of Julie Powell—whose blog was the basis for the Meryl Street film Julie and Julia—on the occasion of her passing. (Vulture)
  • And on the eve of its 25th anniversary, everything you need to know about one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. (Pajiba via Go Fug Yourself)
  • I am looking forward to checking this out, because I loved the book (YouTube)
  • Funny. (McSweeney’s)
  • And finally, I completely tore through this guilty pleasure of a book in record time this week. (Amazon)

 

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    anon
    11 Nov 2022
    2:45pm

    Beto’s loss in his bid for governor (no Democrat has won for governor since 1944)

    How quickly Ann Richards has been forgotten! 45th governor of Texas from 1991 to 1995 and a Democrat.

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      cw
      11 Nov 2022
      4:15pm

      I was in an acupuncture session when I thought about Ann Richards and as soon as I got home I logged on to correct my posting, but I see that you, anon, had already done so.

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        Jenny
        13 Nov 2022
        4:32pm

        Mark White, a Democrat, was governor from 83-87. I was a tour guide at the governor’s mansion for the last couple of years of his term.

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          Jenny
          13 Nov 2022
          5:20pm

          And, actually, Texas was solidly democratic as far as governors were concerned through the 20th century until Bill Clements and then George W. Bush. “Democrat” didn’t mean progressive or liberal, of course. It was a reaction to Republicans as “the party of Lincoln” and emancipation. So maybe 1944 was a typo? 1994 is correct (Bush was elected in 94, inaugurated in 95). Im not sure why I’m being pedantic here. The current condition of Texas state politics is indeed lamentable.

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    Anon
    11 Nov 2022
    3:06pm

    In the vein of pilots flying abortion patients, within 2 weeks of restricting abortion, my gyno received her first TX patient in need of an abortion because her fetus had died in utero. Even though the fetus was no longer alive, her drs could not perform an abortion until the wife was on the border of dying herself. I also recently found out that my sister is part of an underground railroad of sorts. The volunteers pick up/drop off women at the airport or transportation center, provide housing & food, and transportation to their dr of choice. No real names exchanged and no questions asked, just understanding and kindness. I don’t think she has been called upon yet but the thought that there are those who are willing to help is wonderful.

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    another Kim
    11 Nov 2022
    12:22pm

    Anon Pls is available at my library! My family is heading out for Thanksgiving a couple days ahead of me and I’m looking forward to reading this on a quiet evening in an empty house. Thanks for the rec!

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    cw
    11 Nov 2022
    12:26pm

    While those of us who have lived and voted in Texas for many, many years were not surprised by Beto’s loss in his bid for governor (no Democrat has won for governor since 1944) what we have been left with is a state legislature that is so horrifically anti-women, anti-LBGTQ and anti-immigrant that I and many others feel lives will be lost needlessly. So that is my frame of mind. Therefore, when I logged on this morning to peruse the Friday links––something I always enjoy––I was a little, no, a lot put off by the fetish posting. I have absolutely NOTHING against anyone’s fetish as long as it harms no one––however, the illustrations the link is attached to are, to my way of thinking, derogatory toward women, some seemingly painful and in none of them do women seem to be enjoying themselves. I don’t understand why we should see this as “fascinating.” I don’t claim to speak for anyone other than myself, but for me the posting did not inspire or interest or fascinate.

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      y.k.
      12 Nov 2022
      1:27am

      i have to agree w/ you cw, i found the images distressing, disturbing. I know they don’t necessarily reflect the real feelings of those models, but i can’t get there. and i don’t blame it on my frame of mind which is actually pretty cheery (due to various races e.g., that awful Boebert has been having a tough time, Blake Masters lost, and hopefully more).

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      Heather
      11 Nov 2022
      1:13pm

      cw, I totally hear you about the election and our general dismay at the state of things. Just to offer another perspective, though, I found the images delightful rather than degrading. And, we want to be careful about assuming the inner feelings of any model based on their expression as captured by a camera. As with any form of sex work, it’s not to say the situations under which these images are produced can’t be problematic or coercive, but that doesn’t mean they are always so. All that said, I totally respect where you’re coming from, but wanted to offer a perspective from someone who did enjoy the images.

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        Viajera
        11 Nov 2022
        2:47pm

        But the only person who could say how it felt is somehow never part of the conversation! I support decrim *for workers* but I will never, ever accept someone being a john. Not going to happen. And, I find bdsm problematic too – unless it is people actually trying to heal. Again, that is information that would be hard to get hold of. And, my two cents is, people’s faces and eyes usually tell the truth. But not always. … … … Having said that, I still like all of you, and really I am (again) just a bit cranky. … … … And as for porn, hmm. Maybe if it is made by a female coop? Hmm.

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    Elizabeth
    11 Nov 2022
    5:43pm

    It was inspiring to read about the pilots helping out desperate women, in such a real tangible way… hopefully, we can battle and take back our rights to reproductive health, and this won’t be needed ..

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    ra chel in berkeley
    12 Nov 2022
    4:17pm

    I was underwhelmed by the F in T novel but the trailer piques my interest.

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      Jenny
      13 Nov 2022
      3:33pm

      Oh, so glad to hear I was not alone in not loving the novel (I hated it, rather passionately, and I rarely hate books passionately). And I’m relieved to have a series I can take a pass on, while I dive further into British detective shows of uneven quality.

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