NO SURPRISES HERE
Though at least one of our *favorite* followers has called Folio Weekly out for lacking diversity because we have an all-female editorial staff (yeah, we thought it would be our whiteness, too), it's actually something in which we take a little bit of pride. Nothing against men in media, but there's just so, so many lads in leadership positions that it's kinda cool to be an outlier.
Like other women around the country, the femmes of Folio have detected an uptick in misogyny and anti-woman rhetoric. In February 2017, Intelligence Report, monthly magazine of the Southern Poverty Law Center and an affiliate AAN member, published, "Woman Hatred, Fueled by Presidential Campaign, On the Rise." The piece examined discourse of folks like then-White House Chief Strategic Steve Bannon, white nationalist Richard Spencer, "arch troll" Milo Yiannopoulos and others, along with some heinous assaults and other abuses of women by powerful men, such as Fox Business host Loud Reeds doxxing then-74-year-old Jessica Leeds, who has accused Trump of sexual assault, to reach this conclusion, "Misogyny, in other words, is making a comeback."
And how do we clap back? #MeToo
Two things immediately caught our eye in Fort Worth Weekly's story about indie-jangle pop newcomers Ting Tang Tina: 1) The School of Rock is real!? and 2) Checkered Vans are always on trend. The quartet of high-schoolers comes across as humble, cool and, best of all, real. Singer-guitarist Ruby Lewis (whose dad is Toadies' frontman Vaden Todd Lewis) told FWW, "The only thing that really restricts us from being equal to older bands is having to turn down shows on school nights." She also spoke of music in terms that peg her as a real-deal musician.
The Texas teens, who met at the aforementioned School of Rock, celebrated their first album release on March 3. FWW's Patrick Higgins writes, "[T]he songs on Love Is Trippy speak directly to, and for, the inner teenager that's never quite moved out of the mom's basement of our hearts." But don't think the band, comprising Lewis, drummer Aiden Bumgardner, bassist Claire Marcho and guitarist Dillon Wilkins, is going all Big Time already. "We're just teenagers having fun," Lewis said. "We're not prodigies. We just have a passion."
GAM-GAM AGAINST BIG GUNS
When you think of a woman The New York Times called "one of the first participants in what became a sprawling campaign to force corporate America to dissociate itself with the gun lobby," you probably don't imagine Minnesota's Judith Pearson. City Pages interviewed the 73-year-old grandmother, lifelong gun owner and hunter who has more than a dozen weapons (in a locked safe, 'cause responsibilities), and former school principal who is, dare we say, an absolute pistol.
Pearson reached her breaking point on the day of the Parkland shooting. CP writes that she took to Twitter, where she had about 20 followers, and fired a torrent of sensible, incensed, word-bullets at the NRA (she's not a member), landing her and the hashtag, #BoycottNRA, in the NY Times. She told CP she's sick of the NRA using identity politics and scare tactics to convince people that the big bad libs are coming for their guns. And she's not alone, adding that many are sick of the NRA speaking for them. Pearson would rather quit than work in a school with armed teachers, and thinks the NRA and the politicians in its pocket use mental health as a red herring to distract from the real issue: guns.
"These guns are weapons of war. They don't belong in our streets," she said of powerful assault weapons. "Go join the army if you've got to shoot these guns to feel like a man."
Proving once again that women's comedic swagger is yuge, Atlanta's all-female comedy troupe Critical Crop Top debuted its new show, "Feminine AF," last weekend. Creative Loafing Atlanta reports that the show "focuses on social media and technological dependence as a form of escapism." Which sounds, in a word, killer. So, hey, if you're reading, Critical Crop Top: COME TO NORTHEAST FLORIDA. We laugh at what CLA calls "thought-provoking, socially conscious comedy with a sprinkling of pee-in-your-pants laughter via classic physical comedy, political satire, and even fart jokes," TOO.