Seattle’s not-insignificant social justice community (you know, the people concerned with things like appropriation and representation) overlaps tremendously with its personal-friends-of-Macklemore community. And our music community, it turns out, overlaps quite a bit with our clueless-white-insularity community. Everyone is tearfully happy for their friends and angry at the “haters” and defensive about their politics and wounded by guilt-by-association.
AHAHAHAHA. Lindy West meditating Seattle’s “climate" right now is so real. 
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Dr. V, Caleb Hannan, and Grantland

beautifulterriblestrange:

Post-going-viral foreword: I’d love to link to blog/longform pieces by trans women about the Grantland article (here, at the top, above my words). I am searching, but plz send links to @handler on Twitter, or email michael/at\grendel/dot\net or contact via Tumblr. Thanks. -mh

Dear Caleb Hannan & the editors of Grantland:

I’m not a habitual reader of Grantland, because I’m not much into the work-a-day issues and discussions of the sports world. I do love long-form journalism about specific people, and culture, and pop culture issues, and the works that I’ve read on Grantland have been satisfying enough that I kept on wondering why I wasn’t making it part of my regular reading rounds. The other week, I stumbled across Chuck Klosterman’s article about Royce White and mental health, and I shared it with my SO, and she shared it with her family, and we had a deep and connecting discussion about it which I am still appreciating.

Despite my lack of regular connection to Grantland, I am compelled to write in to you about Caleb Hannan’s article about Dr. V, which I read today, mostly in openmouthed disgust, and with increasing horror as it built to its conclusion.

There’s no question that the design, origin, and performance of a new golf club of mysterious provenance, from outside the historical establishment of equipment design, is a compelling and interesting story on many levels. There’s no question that the behavior and history of an erratic and inconsistent inventor, whose claimed superlative credentials persistently cannot be verified, is also compelling and relevant to the narrative.

There’s also no question that the way that Dr. V’s existence as a trans woman was researched, outed, and used in the narrative of the story was monstrous, stereotypical, transphobic, hurtful, and wrong.

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Cutting edge of Belgium: Olivier Theyskens, Photographs by Ronald Stoops for High Fashion Magazine 10 October 1998

WHOA. but also is this woman standing ON the giraffe because if so that is effed up. WHERE DID THEY GET THE GIRAFFE. WAS IT HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FASHION SHOOT? UGH! But I love the color scheme between the dress and the giraffe, and pre-Theory Theyskens was the best, and also the model’s eyes are the same shape as the giraffe’s which is: great casting.  

Cutting edge of Belgium: Olivier Theyskens, Photographs by Ronald Stoops for High Fashion Magazine 10 October 1998

WHOA. but also is this woman standing ON the giraffe because if so that is effed up. WHERE DID THEY GET THE GIRAFFE. WAS IT HARMED IN THE MAKING OF THIS FASHION SHOOT? UGH! But I love the color scheme between the dress and the giraffe, and pre-Theory Theyskens was the best, and also the model’s eyes are the same shape as the giraffe’s which is: great casting.  

Wow somehow I missed this the first time around but here is a photo of Beyoncé, R-Patz, and Death Grips. Several levels of culture-power right here.  I bet after the flick the only convo was just R-Patz gushing over Bey, though, look at his kinda creepy grin, not his strongest moment. (Did he get curbed or something? He looks like Stefan just Fight Club’d him.) Also what is that jacket. Rob, my boo, come on, my dude. 

ADDENDUM: i thought it was a fake too but it’s all over everywhere, reputable sites (FC’d here by EW and yeah, I realize “DG’s rep” might not seem like the most reliable source per se but in all my dealings with their PR it’s always been on the up and up even within all the situationist art shit). Also if it’s everywhere like that I feel like Bey, who keeps her image under lock and key, would discredit if PS’d. ANY WAY THIS WAS A FUN POST BUT NOW IT IS BORING 

Wow somehow I missed this the first time around but here is a photo of Beyoncé, R-Patz, and Death Grips. Several levels of culture-power right here.  I bet after the flick the only convo was just R-Patz gushing over Bey, though, look at his kinda creepy grin, not his strongest moment. (Did he get curbed or something? He looks like Stefan just Fight Club’d him.) Also what is that jacket. Rob, my boo, come on, my dude. 

ADDENDUM: i thought it was a fake too but it’s all over everywhere, reputable sites (FC’d here by EW and yeah, I realize “DG’s rep” might not seem like the most reliable source per se but in all my dealings with their PR it’s always been on the up and up even within all the situationist art shit). Also if it’s everywhere like that I feel like Bey, who keeps her image under lock and key, would discredit if PS’d. ANY WAY THIS WAS A FUN POST BUT NOW IT IS BORING