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As a queer individual, the search for quality TV shows or movies that honestly and accurately represent queer romance often feels like a never-ending and fruitless endeavor. Not surprisingly, the search is especially difficult if one is seeking a realistic representation of the trans experience.
Cats have stereotypically been associated with women, particularly spinsters and lesbians, enforced by the myth of the “crazy old cat lady.”  This is actually an old-fashioned stereotype and has roots in the suffragette movement. Surprisingly, cats were used as symbols in anti-suffragette postcards to rally public opinion against the women's vote. The card's purpose was to portray suffragettes as “silly, infantile, incompetent, and ill-suited to political engagement, ” per Jezebel. Check out these postcards below.
Many of you have probably heard about the incredibly badass swimmer from Syria Yusra Mardini. She has been making headlines for several days now because of her inspiring story, her immense talent, and her willingness to use her own experiences to raise awareness. Here are a few reasons we love her: She is a swimming beast  Mardini has been swimming since she was just three years old. She represented Syria at the Short Course World Championships in Turkey in 2012. Despite losing two years of training due to the war, she still qualified for Rio.
  She's a musician. She's a filmmaker. Perhaps most importantly, she's an activist. Ariana Delawari truly does it all, and she does it with a smile and a purpose. Born in the United States of Afghani decent, Delawari's greatest love in love is Afghanistan. Her first album Lion of Panjshir was created with classic Afghani sounds and released in 2009.
  I teared up as I watched Simone Manuel make history in the pool last night in a stunning, remarkable performance. Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming last night. She also set a new Olympic record in the women’s 100-meter freestyle: 52.70 seconds (a title she shared with Penny Oleksiak of Canada, who tied for gold). An American hasn't won a gold medal in this event in 30 years! Her performance marked a victory for US swimming and also over a particularly racist history in the pool, per Vox.
In her new film Disorder, Diane Kruger plays Jessie, the young, blonde trophy wife of a wealthy businessman who faces danger when her husband leaves town without paying the people he owes. Matthias Schoenaerts co-stars as Vincent, the ex-soldier with PTSD who protects Jessie and her young son, and the film follows the trio as the situation grows increasingly tense. Disorder isn’t your typical thriller — it’s French, for one, and it’s directed by Alice Winocour, the Cesar-award winning director and screenwriter behind films like Mustang and Augustine.
Photo: David James Swanson   Pop Goes the World ROCK ’N’ ROLL REBELS IGGY POP AND JOSH HOMME PROVE THEY’RE KINDRED SPIRITS ON POST POP DEPRESSION IGGY POP IS a really nice guy. You get that when you talk to him—he’s warm and personable, with none of the pretensions that one would expect from a man who once rolled around in glass and smeared his body with peanut butter on stage (while on acid). After the breakup of his legendary punk band the Stooges in 1974, Pop kept making music, most notably in collaboration with David Bowie in the late ’70s.
Another day, another disheartening court decision for sexual assault victims everywhere. Austin Wilkerson, a student at the University of Colorado, has just been let off the hook after sexually assaulting a freshman at the university. The story eerily resembles that of the Stanford Brock Turner rape case. According to prosecutors, Wilkerson, 22, “isolated and raped the half-conscious victim,” after a St. Patrick’s Day party on 15 March 2014.
There is something about chaos ensuing in a proper English setting that goes so well. The BBC recently released from their archives a tweet reading, "#OnThisDay 1971: Nationwide sent Nicky Woodhead out to pinch men's bottoms, in the name of sexual equality" and trust us, the disorder caused by the disorderly conduct does not disappoint.
Chantal Akerman’s death, an alleged suicide, colors how many people will view her work. But she was much more than her struggle with depression and her form of death. Perhaps most important was her work, which varied from the commercial to artistic to avant-garde filmmaking. A Belgian film director, her influence on feminist filmmaking and avant-garde cinema was substantial. Akerman was born in Brussels to Holocaust survivors. Her mother, Natalia, survived Auschwitz, where her own parents (Akerman’s grandparents) died.