Month: February 2016
It seems strange now given the enormity of the situation, but at the time it wasn’t easy for artists to directly address the [AIDS] crisis in their music, and even in the ‘80s coming out as gay could rightly be considered career suicide. Neil Tennant has been open with his sexuality for over two decades now, but in the ‘80s he was understandably a bit coy. Chris Gerard for Popmatters

Behaviour, 25 Years On

Behaviour was created at a time when the world was besieged by turmoil over the burgeoning HIV/AIDS crisis. By 1990 millions had been impacted by the disease, and the gay community was roiled by fear, loss, outrage, and the fierce determination of growing activism. In April of that year the death of Ryan White, a young boy with hemophilia who acquired the disease through a blood transfusion, brought a wider awareness and sensitivity to the crisis. As the death toll mounted, the group ACT UP staged highly publicized protests at the National Institutes of Health demanding expansion of HIV/AIDS treatments and clinical trials. By the end of the year, AIDS had become the second leading cause of death among American men aged 25 to 44 years.

Distillery Cats, via Instagram

What Butchering Your Animals Really Feels Like

Modern Farmer

Farm Confessional:

But I don’t want to debate where you get your food, or what you choose to eat. That is all up to you. I want to describe what it is like to be present at butcher day, and what goes into the routine leading up to it. Of course, this has changed in the 11 years since we had our first group of sheep butchered. That was a very uncomfortable day, and it still is. It will always be uncomfortable, just like taking a dying animal to be euthanized: You know, and they don’t.

Daniel Kourim, via Instagram

The First Black Trans Model Had Her Face on a Box of Clairol

New York Magazine

…in 1975.

We’re living in a time when trans models like Lea T and Andreja Pejic have been the faces of Redken and Make Up For Ever, and Caitlyn Jenner has been celebrated on the cover of Vanity Fair. This kind of cultural acceptance makes it easy to lose sight of how dangerous it was 40 years ago — and still can be today — for women like Norman to just walk down a street. Fear of harassment from both police and civilians was constant. To live one’s life openly as a transgender woman, let alone one as a black trans woman, simply wasn’t done. The only option, really, was to “pass” in straight society.

my stupid cat, via my Instagram

Dan Rhatigan, via Instagram

How the weird, unfiltered internet became a media goldmine


the lonely web

At the wedding later that month, the dress was mostly an afterthought. Still, something about the Facebook post stuck with Caitlin McNeill, Grace’s friend and guitarist for the folk band Canach. After the ceremony, the 17-year-old posted the image on Tumblr to her 2,000 followers under the username Swiked. She added the caption: “guys please help me – is this dress white and gold, or blue and black? Me and my friends can’t agree and we are freaking the fuck out.”

Distillery Cats, via Instagram

A window into another world

Timothy Peel designs fake UIs for your favorite films, and talks about it here.

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