A Beast of a Different Gender

A Beast of a Different Gender

"Like the middle picture on an Animorph book cover, I spend life in-between two states of being. Stretched over my bones is a new, hairy face that wavers in the uncanny valley of both myself and me-adjacent. Not as I once was, I’m a fresh creature burst out from my former self, shaking with blood. That is the shapeshifter’s nature; that’s the nature of the werewolf."

“Lucky for you, that’s what I like”: Bruno Mars and his emotionally intelligent subversion of heterosexual (hyper)masculinity

“Lucky for you, that’s what I like”: Bruno Mars and his emotionally intelligent subversion of heterosexual (hyper)masculinity

My most immediate response to bingeing [Bruno Mars'] discography, was, “Bruno Mars sings about women like a lesbian.” It is rare for straight men to so thoroughly adore both their own partner and women in general, notice and remember the accoutrements of femininity, and be sensitive to specific internalized misogyny-related insecurities.

THE WORST THING YOU HAVE EVER BEEN THROUGH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAIR FIGHT: ON THE POETRY THAT SAVES OUR LIVES

THE WORST THING YOU HAVE EVER BEEN THROUGH HAS ALWAYS BEEN A FAIR FIGHT: ON THE POETRY THAT SAVES OUR LIVES

Here’s the thing. We survive any way that we can. The choices we make when we are trying every day not to die might not look healthy from the outside. Sometimes what we need isn’t a healthy meal cooked for us with love. Sometimes what we need is a knife fight, fast and brutal.