Lunchtime Tear/Laugh-Jerkers

“Mr. Akin, I think you are confusing the phrase ‘legitimate rape’ with the phrase ‘competitive gymnastics.'”

For those of you who didn’t catch Tina Fey’s calculated rage of bon mots, here’s your chance:



Plus, Lana Wachowski got an award from the Human Rights Campaign for being a visible and tremendously successful transwoman. You can see her speech at Alyssa Rosenberg’s page—I can’t get it to embed here, bother. But it is beautiful. You can skip the intro, because you saw the Matrix movies and know who she is, and winnow it down to a 20 minute commitment. Do it. She talks about crying in a locked stall after giving her high school valedictory speech because she could not imagine the world she tried to conjur in her speech. She describes being pummeled by her nun-teacher for lingering in between the boys and girls lines. The kind of thing whose generalities we may imagine—we all felt irredeemably outsider in one way or another—but whose particulars may be familiar only to other trans people.

Also, Mama Wachowski is awesome. So’s the Wachowski dad. Do you think that’s why Lana is now a Hollywood superstar? Beating the odds for trans and queer youth?


Then, also, Lesley Gore made a lovely PSA where many women (coulda been more women of color, but still) lip-sync to Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” to remind us the stakes of this election for the health of women and families.

Happy Friday, friends!

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