I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample:
The number of people I’ve questioned who are still present in my Grindr message history – that is, excluding the many people who blocked me – appears to add up to 655. I’ve divided their reactions into…
Other opinion: 20
Too horny to answer: 6
General rejection: 4
Did not respond: 318
So there you have it. When only decisive opinions are taken into account, Grindr votes NO to independence, with a 54-46% split. If this is reflected in the results of tomorrow’s referendum, we can assume the headless torsos have taken over Scotland and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
(The eagerly anticipated machotrouts.tumblr.com endorsement goes to a YES vote. I am a headful torso.)
change.org just sent me a petition to demand that the US name a warship after Harvey Milk and if that isn’t the most succinct example of the way queer advocacy has been coopted by neoliberalism and the military-industrial complex, bless me I don’t know what is.
Harvey Milk was a retrogressive Republican in the first place, so it actually is all too appropriate.
Just because someone is queer doesn’t make them my comrade.
reblobbin this directly from you so you’ll see these ~receipts for the first out gay man ever elected office in california who was shot and murdered in his office by a homophobic competitor. i’m assuming you got this charming lil soundbite from some iteration or other of this trash originally from indymedia (which won’t load for me, truly such a loss :( )
"responsible for the gentrification of the Castro" - the castro was little scandinavia and then a working class irish neighborhood before it was the castro. harvey milk’s anti-racism work literally brought people of color into the castro, unless we’re concerned about the gentrification of scandinavian and irish immigrants in the 1970s? they survived, in any case.
in this book of harveys speeches, notes, and letters, he writes about admiring sylvia rivera’s work with STAR
“Why pick someone someone who embodies the “Just Like You!” attitude of the straight establishment; when there are candidates like Jose Sarria”
this one’s my fav because Harvey and Jose Sarria were friends and Jose was a vocal supporter of Harvey’s campaign.
“(Did anyone even know who Harvey Milk was before the movie came out in 2008?)”
dear god, do I even have to explain
do I want a warship named after him? No, and he wouldn’t either. Please respect people who have literally been killed for being gay. How is that a sentence I just had to type.
there’s a woman in my watercolor class who flirts with me pretty overtly— my first priority ought to be “sure flirting’s all in good fun and you’re certainly a flirt but you better make sure it’s clear you are obvs not interested” or “she’s got to be like 8-10 years older than you this is kind of weird” or “you need to learn how to politely rebuff other people in a timely manner and not let these things go on because you like attention + have trouble saying no” but instead it’s “well she’s certainly going to stop once she sees how BAD YOUR WATERCOLORS ARE”
1. Do you feel like you have a hometown? I do! I grew up in about the same 10-mile radius for most of my life and fear discourages me from trying new things.
2. Any favorite foods you have now that you loathed or would’ve loathed as a kid? Any food you loved as a kid that you don’t like any more? Prime rib with horseradish sauce *____* As a kid I was even more of a worthless loser about spicy things.
3. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen in theaters? I don’t know, I’ve seen a lot of movies. Captain America? The Twilight films? In the Bedroom? South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut? Inglorious Basterds? Captain America???
4. If you had to identify a single most formative influence on your sense of ethics and morality, what would it be? Environmentalism, probably.
5. Have you ever RPed original characters? If so, have you noticed any types or personalities you’ve gravitated towards? You correctly answered this question for me: assholes.
6. Regency or Victorian? I can’t say I care enough either way.
7. What’s your favorite bad song? I don’t mean “brainless or cheesy but still charming pop song,” I mean genuinely bad song. Really bad song. Wouldn’t want to play it in the car with someone else there bad song. It might be My Only Love from the English dub Sailor Moon soundtrack, but it might also be Ass ‘N’ Titties and A More Serious Ass and Titties. (two entirely different songs)
8. What are your sleep habits like? As often as possible.
9. Do you text people a billion times in a row or do you wait for them to respond before spamming them? This question implies I regularly text people other than just you, so: you tell me. XD
10. What’s one of your favorite quotes? Excerpts from novels, stories, and essays count. You know it’s from The Beatrice Letters.
11. Do you care about fashion enough to have a deliberate on-purpose fashion sense? If so, what is it? … If not, what is it? I like wearing jeans and camisoles, so uh, no not really.
and fear discourages me from trying new things.
I can’t say I care enough either way.
As often as possible.
This question implies I regularly text people other than just you
1. whats your favorite age that youve been so far in your life?
interesting question lia! honestly, 24: 1-15 were passive, 16-20 were hell, and 21+ have been picking my way out of the woods in tiny increments, so this year marks the furthest i’ve traveled, even if in small meandering steps. barring that, however, probably 10. being 10 years old wasn’t so bad, oddly. i have some pretty fond memories of 10. for one, i played in my first dnd campaign and was outraged when my friend victor bribed the dm with pizza to let him play drizzt do’urden.
3. do you think your name suits you, or do you think it sounds like it should belong to a different kind of person? (example: if youre a deeply serious, dignified astrophysics major named, say, tiffany bumble…)
i’ve always had a hard time identifying with names, actually—i answer to mine fine, i just don’t feel any particular *attachment* to it. i dunno if that’s because it doesn’t suit me, however, or merely because i’m fairly apathetic to personal identity in general. that being said, i have a longish, multisyllabic full name that would look better on an office door than on a byline, generally, and i sometimes wouldn’t mind something snappier. but idk, i’ve gotten sort of fond of the cumbersome patronymic i have for a last name.
i feel like i should say here that a starbucks barista once wrote “Gay” on my drink.
4. excluding relatives, is there anyone youre close to now who youve known for most/all of your life?
with both those criteria—“most/all my life” and “close to me now”—nope! my longest-standing friend i still talk to regularly is i guess putontheirsundaybest, though spiralwaves and bestvampireroutines while not regular conversation buddies have also enjoyed a long tenure; i used to have a best friend who was born 12 hours after me at the same hospital, but he and i haven’t spoken in years. nothing dramatic, either, just i moved away. i’ve moved a decent number of times in my life.
5. favorite song from the 1980s?
boy oh boy oh BOY howdy the only reason i have an answer ready at hand for that is my love for like a prayer is SO STRONG AND CHEESY that i ENTIRELY intend to have it played at my fictitious future wedding. but there are so many fucking disgraceful runners-up. girls just wanna have fun. total eclipse of the heart. don’t you want me. white wedding. … shit, a bunch of pogues songs came out in the 80s…. slinks off
6. if you were a cartoon character, what would be your one…um, cartoon character default outfit, you know what i mean, right? that.
2. Any favorite foods you have now that you loathed or would’ve loathed as a kid? Any food you loved as a kid that you don’t like any more?
3. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen in theaters?
4. If you had to identify a single most formative influence on your sense of ethics and morality, what would it be?
5. Have you ever RPed original characters? If so, have you noticed any types or personalities you’ve gravitated towards?
6. Regency or Victorian?
7. What’s your favorite bad song? I don’t mean “brainless or cheesy but still charming pop song,” I mean genuinely bad song. Really bad song. Wouldn’t want to play it in the car with someone else there bad song.
8. What are your sleep habits like?
9. Do you text people a billion times in a row or do you wait for them to respond before spamming them?
10. What’s one of your favorite quotes? Excerpts from novels, stories, and essays count.
11. Do you care about fashion enough to have a deliberate on-purpose fashion sense? If so, what is it? … If not, what is it?
Please rewrite The Persian Boy as a Fate/Zero flashback episode.
In the dream he’s gone mad. There’s a body on the bed, and he’s lying on top of it, clawing at its clothing. In the back of his mind Waver Velvet notes that the dead man was, is, handsome—handsome like legacy students at the Clocktower somehow almost always are: straight scripted features and a slightly open mouth, as though the corpse has an insult in mind, and hasn’t decided yet whether to waste it on small fry.
The comparison doesn’t make it any farther under the onslaught of alien grief. Even Waver’s senses are not his own; the reds and bronzes of the wall hangings blur and flame up under dry eyes, stronger, deeper, than any color he’s touched while waking—not that he spends so much time on mere vision, immersed as he’s been since childhood in theory and pipe dreams.
Yesterday, The New Yorker made all of its magazine pieces since 2007 freely available online for three months. After that time, everything will go behind a metered paywall, along the lines of what the New York Times has in place. So what should you read during this three-month free-for-all? We canvassed Slate staff for their favorite New Yorker articles, essays, profiles, and fiction from 2007 to the present. Our annotated list of 30 stories, divided semi-arbitrarily into seven categories, is below. Perhaps once you’ve gotten through these, you’ll decide to shell out for a subscription and enjoy unlimited access even after this grace period is over.