Sunday, November 23, 2008

Links! For You!

Now, some linkage for your hopefully-lazy Sunday evening (or Monday morning):

Glad to see someone is mocking the ridiculousness that is Cosmo, here.

Also, I found this podcast, FemmeCast, through Fatshionista, a cool LiveJournal community. It's billed as "an audio newsmagazine for Queer Fat Femmes, Fatshionistas of all sexualities and Queers of all genders". Okay, so that's pretty specific, but I thought they talked about some pretty universal relationship issues in their latest episode (ep 6), here. Even though I'm not particularly avant-garde in terms of my relationships, they're still one of my favorite things to write about here. The femmes talk about "settling", singlehood, community, and the idea of "scarcity", which I think is particularly relevant to the asexual community. There's a round-table discussion on "lesbian footwarming syndrome" (which relates to settling) in the beginning and middle of the show, and another discussion of singlehood towards the end.

The Transgender Law Center here in SF did a survey in 2006 to collect data about the employment status of transpeople in the area. You can check it out here. "Conservatively, over 35% of survey respondents are unemployed. In January 2006, the official unemployment rate for San Francisco was 4.7%." An issue we need to draw attention to. I know that it seems nearly impossible to get a job in SF...and I don't even have people asking me if I've had gender reassignment surgery. Srsly.

Does anyone have reccommendations for an asexually-related movie? (As you know, I define this very loosely.) I've been way too heavy on the books here. Also, does anyone have ideas for Things Asexuals Like? I've already done teetotaling, cats, and tweed. People seemed to like them, but I'm not sure what else to include...

13 comments:

Cale said...

Ever read/watch home at the end of the world by Michael Cunningham?
Colin Farrel plays an asexual protagonist. I loved the movie and the book (perhaps the book more).

Ily said...

Thanks for the rec, Cale! I'm in the middle of 3 books (this is probably why I write about so many) so I'll probably get the DVD...

Bri said...

Well, if you haven't seen it already I'd definitely recommend WALL.E. I think that movie is absolutely adorable.

Ily said...

I haven't seen WALL.E either...good suggestion.

KC the MoUsY spell-checker said...

How about cake for Things Asexuals Like? xD

Ily said...

Good idea...I considered cake, but the thing is that everyone else likes cake, too. I think it's hilarious and awesome that our unofficial mascot is cake, but I'm not sure what else to say about it.

Lanafactrix said...

I personally prefer pie to cake. The great sexual/asexual divide!

(The irony here is that I have cake in my kitchen that I intend to consume immediately after posting this comment. Go figure.)

Ily said...

You're lucky to have cake-- I have some delicious vegan ice cream that I really want to eat, but it's freezing in my apartment...HMM...

Becky said...

Ha! The Cosmo take-down was well done and very satisfying.

What asexuals like... I don't know if I'm unique in this, but since I get bored in bars, I entertain myself in ways that are not so polite to the people I'm there with. My friends have been known to find me...
--intently following the TV show playing above the bar or studying the newspaper clippings on the walls
--in the basement, in the closed-off banquet room, exploring
--hanging out at the door getting the life story of the bouncer
--around the corner texting my sister

Anyone?

Queers United said...

that is just unbelievable and unacceptable about trans unemployment, thanks for sharing that shocking stat :(

gatto said...

Um, yeah, "Home at the end of the World" was pretty fantastic. Extremely sad though. :'(

Things asexuals like... there seem to be a lot of vegetarian/vegans... gosh let's see... for me, what I love is NOT WATCHING TV but I don't know how common that is. Umm computer geekery? but that could just be AVEN since you have to use the internet for that (and for the record, I have a bunch of computers but no cell phone, no iPod and I don't like video games). Mainly cats is the thing for me. But you mentioned cats. Precious snuggly fuzzy bundles of love. Yes. Mmmm.

Cale said...

Dunno if you saw this article, but it's also an interesting link from NY magazine.
http://nymag.com/news/features/52450/

Ily said...

Don't get me wrong, I'd be lost, lost I tell you! without AVEN. How else would I have discovered my passion for planning meetups? :-)