Hello, beautiful influx of new readers!
We gather that many of you found us thanks to Ali Osworth's extremely kind mention of us in her Summer Tech Roundup over at Autostraddle. Both her words and our exalted company in the round-up are super flattering. We are delighted to have you all here with us! And, whether you're new to us or an Old Stalwart of Dames Nation, you should definitely make time this weekend to:
Ask Two Bossy Dames
Dearest Bossy Dames,
Much as I love to read thoughtful criticism of Mad Men, Mad Max, et al, sometimes I just want to enjoy something enthusiastically and unreservedly with no need for nuanced opinions. Some examples that fall under this category for me include Jurassic Park (the movie), Call the Midwife, and 84, Charing Cross Road (the book). Summer seems like the perfect time to consume such delights. Can you share some recommendations for things (especially books) that delight you in this way? Thanks! -- Malia
We understand 100%. There are some things you want to just...enjoy and not think about it too much, especially during summertime. We’re not sure what you love most about the movie, TV show & book you mention, so we’re going to sling some of our favorite discovered-in-summer media your way.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: This Week In Vocal Fry
Slate podcast producer Ann Heppermann put together a 48-second compilation of Fry Guys! We could listen to that all day. Jaya Saxena, writing for The Toast, is hilarious, comme d’habitude. (“It’s just really hard for me to take Mars seriously in the workplace.” -- great comment or BEST comment?) Debbie Cameron, whose work we have given the heart-eyes emoji treatment previously in these pages, issues a brilliant takedown of Naomi Wolf’s recent op-ed on vocal fry and how it is simply ruining everything for women in the workplace. If you need advice on how to speak properly, here are 13 critical tips just for you! And once again, with four-part harmony & feeling, dudes do this, too: they fry, they hedge, they say “like”, they uptalk, all of which started with teen girls. The girl-children are in every possible way our future, so let’s all stop shaming them for the way they talk and let them live and gently mock us, as we co-opt their speech, fashion, musical taste & political opinions in turn, ok?
Twee As Hell:
Matthew Perpetua: Source of So Much Sonic Goodness
Matthew Perpetua creates lists & quizzes for Buzzfeed, and also writes the longest-running mp3 blog ever, Fluxblog. He’s been the source of a lot of musical joy in Dame S.’s life, so here’s a Recent Gems By Perpetua Starter Pack for you lovely readers!
Miscellany, Presented Tangentially:
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