Tag: Amelia

Remember When Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt Went Joyriding on a Jet Plane?

Remember When Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt Went Joyriding on

I’m sorry this evening’s link roundup is coming at you a little later than I’d like — I have been in meetings after meetings after meetings for two days straight (and two more days just like it to go), my brain has fully turned into mush but we have some exciting developments coming your way very soon on Autostraddle [dot] com.

Oh and you’re probably tired of hearing it by now but… Happy New Year.

Let’s see what we’ve dug up!

Queer as in F*ck You

Rejected by Her Family, This Woman Has Been ‘Queer Santa’ for 22 Years. Yes technically where past the holigay season, but this was too god to pass up.

This Indian Same-Sex Couple Is Fighting for the Right to Marry. But Is Their Country Ready? (Himani: “This is super interesting in the context of you know, the interfaith marriage laws.”)

“I have no idea what 2021 will be like. Will it be better than this last year? It has to be. But will it be significantly better? I do not know. I am saving my hope for 2022 because I think the coming year will be one of repair and recovery and re-assessment.”

I love Roxane Gay’s end-of-year reflection essays, I look forward to them every January, and this year was no different. (This came to you from Roxane Gay’s new substack newsletter Audacity, which you can read more about here.)

Abeni has re-discovered this amazing tidbit of gay history and it was too great not to share: “Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt escape a staid White House party and, in their evening dresses, go on a little plane joyride together 🙂.” Amelia and Eleanor on Night Flight to Baltimore

Saw This, Thought of You

The cutest, most adorable, squishy pug dog that you've ever seen.

Adorable puppies and baby cheeks do more than just make us feel good: How Cute, Squishy Things Influence Us.

Voices From the Front Lines of America’s Food Supply. Today’s must read.

Loved this art! ‘Take Beautiful Pictures of Our People:’ Born in 1960s Harlem, the Kamoinge collective was influential in Black photography but ignored by the mainstream until recently. This exhibition should change that.

The Best Vibrators of 2021. After 90 hours of research and testing of 58 different models, the Magic Wand Rechargeable still won.

Stimulus Checks Now Cashable on Venmo (and a friendly reminder from Vanessa, Donate Your Coronavirus Stimulus Check If You Don’t Need It)

Related, here’s some good news — Stimulus, Round 2: Incarcerated People Will Be Eligible for New Round of Payments

How Indigenous Women Are Taking Back the Birthing Process: ‘There Is a Reclaiming Happening’

Congratulations to Lindsay Peoples Wagner, the new Editor-in-Chief of The Cut!

Heather discovered some breaking news sports history!

And Natalie is here with a sports love story! Orlando Pride Stars Marta and Toni Pressley Are Engaged!!

Political Snacks

By the time you’re reading this, the polls will have just closed in Georgia. May I recommend some reading?

And speaking of remembering what we’re fighting for, Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey will NOT face any criminal charges for shooting Jacob Blake in the back 7 times.

Black Lives Fucking Matter.

Carmen Phillips

Carmen is Autostraddle’s interim Editor-in-Chief and a black Puerto Rican femme/inist writer. She claims many past homes, but left the largest parts of her heart in Detroit, Brooklyn, and Buffalo, NY. There were several years in her early 20s when she earnestly slept with a copy of James Baldwin’s “Fire Next Time” under her pillow. You can find her on twitter, @carmencitaloves.

Carmen has written 255 articles for us.

Shannon reviews Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough – The Lesbrary

Susan reviews The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin GoughErin Gough’s Amelia Westlake Was Never Here is one of those hidden gems I want the world to wholeheartedly embrace. On the surface, it’s a rom/com of sorts, with a delightful enemies-to-lovers romance, but if you look a little deeper, it’s message is timely and important.

Harriet Price is pretty sure she’s got her life perfectly planned out. She works hard, makes good grades, has a beautiful and ambitious girlfriend, and is just waiting for her chance to take the world by storm. So, if everything is going so well for her, what could have possibly possessed her to team up with troublemaker Will Everheart to bring to light some of the many problems experienced by students of Rosemead, the elite school the two girls attend? Harriet tells herself she’s seeking justice for those who feel powerless to speak up for themselves, but the reader is aware pretty early on that there’s more to it.

Will can’t stand Harriet. At least, that’s what she tells herself on a regular basis. Harriet is far too prim and proper for Will’s taste, and she takes life way too seriously. Still, she’s the perfect person for the hoax Will has in mind, and Will is nothing if not steadfast when she’s got a point to prove.

Together, Will and Harriet come up with a daring plan to create change in the hallowed halls of Rosemead. Using Will’s artistic talent and Harriet’s way with words, they create a fake social media profile for a student they christen Amelia Westlake. In Amelia’s voice, they recount the many injustices faced by various Rosemead students, and find themselves drawn closer together in the process.

Both Will and Harriet are well-drawn and likable characters. The author manages to give them distinct personalities with very realistic strengths and weaknesses. I loved getting to know them as they get to know one another. The novel is a fabulous reminder to look beyond our initial impressions of those we encounter, but the author doesn’t hammer the point home in an aggressive way. Instead, she allows the relationship between Harriet and Will to organically evolve, a much more subtle and meaningful way to get her point across.

I didn’t find much in the way of troubling content here. The story examines class differences and privilege in a way most readers should be able to identify with, though there is a bit of an emphasis on bullying. The descriptions aren’t overly graphic though, so I encourage you to give this delightful novel a try. It turned out to be one of the highlights of my summer reading so far.