a new zine called shitty horoscopes that i’ll be premiering this year at the Toronto Queer Zine Fair, among other things! hopefully i’ll make volumes available for online purchase soon. credit where credit is due: this was inspired by the huge number of made-up horoscopes floating around tumblr lately, and angry-poems.
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Interviewing Dame Darcy was sort of a dream come true for me. I’ve been pretty much obsessed with her comics, artwork, writing and style for the better part of 20 years. She’s probably best known for her long running Fantagraphics comic Meat Cake which has been published for 20 years and has a compiliation out. She’s written other great books including ‘Frightful Fairytales‘, ‘Gasoline‘ (one of…
AHHHH!!! I’m still blown away that I got to interview the amazing Dame Darcy. I’ve been obsessed with her work since the mid 1990s—she’s not only an amazing artist/cartoonist/painter she’s also a storyteller, musician (her project is called Death by Doll), film maker, fashion icon (she makes her own couture…Anna Sui and Courtney Love are fans too!), and outspoken feminist and environmentalist.
She describes her style as Hillbilly Roccocco and I was completely tickled by all her references to a myriad of influences: King Ludwig II of Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle, Liberace, her 1920s boudoir doll named Isabelle, Ziggy Stardust, Grace Jones, Diana Ross (specifically the huge hair/shimmery huge eyed alien Diana of the 1970s), Laura Ingalls and Nellie Olsen (gingham! bonnets! the 19th century!)…and Adam Ant circa Stand and Deliver, the watching of which Dame Darcy says “broke her” in terms of setting in stone her idea of the dandy highwayman in the place of idealized masculinity.
Please check out her website at damedarcy.com for info about her books, fine art, dolls, film, music and upcoming projects including “Meat Cake presents Voyage of Temptress”—a mutli-media video and story project.
and please check dresscodecracker.com for a million pictures and links to all things meatcake, voyage of temptress, pirate mermaid and Dame Darcy!
Thanks for listening~
every woman on tumblr should have this on their dash
And every man
Look how nobody’s yelling or arguing or making things into a competition. Look how this is to straight up educate people through a different perspective. Look how effective that makes the message.
Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014
While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.
“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”
Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.
So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”
As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves.
So much respect for her. I hope he gets what he fucking deserves.
So fucked up that women are so devalued that we have to go to these lengths to get justice. Title IX has huge implications that campuses are way behind in dealing with.
This quote from Cyndi Zhang makes me very happy. … from my most excellent podcast at dresscodecracker.com and on iTunes, stitcher and libsyn. If you’re not listening you’re wasting valuable time… #metaldudes #dresscodecracker #podcast
Throw the horns for Cyndi Zhang! She’s the Toronto based guitarist for Call of the Wild, a heavy metal band that’s been active since 2011. Check ‘em out on FB here. Cyndi’s always been really nice whenever I ran into her, but I’ve also seen her style evolve in the past 5 years or so, from what she might describe as ‘party scrub’ to what I tend to think of as ‘classic metal babe’–I’ve seen her out…
Cyndi is a heavy metal guitarist based in Toronto. I loved that in talking about her style evolution, she said “I don’t always have to be looking at my vinyl album covers and trying to look like these guys from the eighties”—without any irony.
We discussed dressing for the stage and dressing with LOTS of full colour tattoos, and her belief in showing a little ‘cleave’.
Her interests are music, record collecting and pro wrestling, and she likes to take inspiration from ‘strange places’, sometimes disappearing down the etsy hole looking for the perfect see through robe.
As always please also click over to dresscodecracker.com for pictures and more about Cyndi!
thanks for your time~
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