FOLLOW | @florencegiven
Florence Given – she’s a queer illustrator and ‘influencer’ who lives in London. She rose to prominence after releasing merchandise with the statement “dump him” after she broke up with her boyfriend of 3 years and which she now says was the best decision of her life. She’s all about female empowerment and relishing in being single!
WATCH | Work in Progress on Stan
A heart-filled, uncomfortable, hilarious show by Abby McEnany, a “45 year old self-identified fat, queer dyke”, who plays a fictional version of herself navigating life and a new vibrant relationship. Lilly Wachowski frequented as a writer and advisor, and co-star Theo Germaine shines as a her younger trans love interest. Yes! Yes! Yes!
LISTEN | Secret Feminist Agenda
A weekly podcast by Hannah McGregor, a queer, Canadian publishing academic, “about the insidious, nefarious, insurgent, and mundane ways we enact our feminism in our daily lives”. It covers an incredible range of topics, from really serious, nuanced discussions of ableism, racism, Indigenous activism in Canada and the perils (and joys) of academia, to celebrations of Hannah’s cats, TV recommendations and tips for developing a ‘feminist killjoy survival kit’. Listening to Hannah feels like chatting with a really smart, well-read, empathetic friend, in that it’s genuinely fun and always comforting, but I also consistently come away having learned to see the world from a new perspective.
READ | Australia Day by Melanie Cheng
Australia Day is a collection of fourteen short stories, largely focused on themes of ethnicity and human connection. It is a fascinating portrait of contemporary Australia, and follows a cast that diverges in ethnicity, gender, nationality, and age. The content of the stories is great, and so is Cheng’s writing, at once intelligent and perceptive, poignant, yet subtle.
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