Woman crush Wednesday

I’m living and breathing Kakan Hermansson.

OK. Maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but I am currently loving getting out of bed in the morning because that’s when I do my makeup while listening to her podcast Under huden med Kakan Hermansson (English: Under the skin with Kakan Hermansson), where she talks about skincare and feminism with various guests. The best way to start your day.

Her blog is my current go to source for anything skincare related.

This isn’t a new crush. She used to be on the radio years and years ago, as a side-kick on PP3 and Morgonpasset, and while I don’t agree with her taste in music, I always loved her bluntness and strong opinions. She maked even the shittiest show worthwhile listening to.

And then she quit the radio. Years ago. Still upset about that? Kinda a little?

Also. Let me remind you of the book she wrote a while back, which I gushed about here. I’ve planned a reread, because the audio version is on my book streaming service of choice.

As if that wasn’t enough. Her general appearance is an inspiration.

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What also has me well excited is the fact that she’s met and spoken to Roxane Gay (another of my crushes to be sure); it’s been recorded and you can listen to it here. And yes, it is in English.

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Woman crush Wednesday

So this is good. I’ve created a challenge that I find challenging. Why did I do that?

I tend to have a lot of woman crushes. And I tend to harp on about them. Unless you’re new, you probably know that I’m madly in love with Nina Hemmingsson, Roxane Gay, Helen Zahavi, Johanne Hildebrandt, Liv Strömqvist…to mention a few. Feminist. Writers.

What can I say. I have a type?

I can’t be going on about any of them any more. Can I…?

Nina Hemmingsson is releasing a new book next week; the title alone would make her a candidate for this post (På A svarar jag hej då//English: My answer to A is goodbye), and don’t get me started on her Twitter. The woman is pure genius.

But I think you know that already. And if you don’t, there’s really nothing I can do about it.

The purpose of this prompt, as I understand it, is to introduce you to someone new. Hopefully anyway.

So this is the challenge for me: who have I thus far failed to mention?

…for the record, I just want to state that my (current) actual crush is fannyarisone. Hands down! You know how I like to link to her Instagram. Recent post of hers that made me laugh:

English: Stop being so hysterical?! No you know what, the uterus has made it all the way up to the brain, and that’s where it’s staying!! 

But you already know I love her.

So let’s go with a different illustrator (fannyarisone isn’t an illustrator exactly, but you know what I mean, she does drawing), namely:

Holly Exley

She is an actual illustrator, a vegan, and her dogs, seem so sweet it makes me consider getting a dog. And I’m a cat person. FFS.

Basis of her appeal: I am so impressed with people who freelance. Partly because it seems complicated, and partly because you have to be so brave. She sometimes explains part of her work and does it so well. And she’s just really pleasant to listen to, v. v. important in my world.

And she just seems so sweet. You know 💕

That her latest vlog takes us to Scotland is just a bonus:

Aaand. I just realized I’ve probably mentioned her too. I’m out! There is literally no woman crush that I fail to mention, ever! Clearly don’t need prompts for that. (And I’m upset about this because why…?)

Could maybe use just a bit of restraint tho. Tiny bit. Wee.

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August wrap up

Listened to

Music has to stop. There are too many good new releases. This month we were treated to:

New Pvris track Winter. Best one so far!? The album is lovely too of course.

New Alazka track Ghost. Again, best one so far!? Previous ones, not bad. So looking forward to the album release, which, by the way, is tomorrow.

Brilliant new Foxblood release, Bittersweet:

This alternate version of Xcert’s Feels Like Falling in Love I’m absolutely mad about. Melancholy with a Thåström-type piano. (A fave type of piano playing, because I ♥ simple. You may want to compare and contrast with Thåström’s Sönder Boulevard btw, it’s a fun little exercise.)

Happy Spotify is keeping me up to date? Not sure.

As if that wasn’t enough. Suddenly learned to love Stray from the Path. So I like hardcore now???

Watched

This quite recent NIN show:

Had an epiphany. Or. It made me realize that Korn’s current setlist does makes sense. (Wasn’t entirely sure in this here post.) Because, Korn playing the entire of The Serenity of Suffering, (which is what I would like) would be like NIN playing all of their most recent release forsaking all others. That wouldn’t be great.

Also. WHY did I bother with Korn when there’s NIN? (The answer is of course Jonathan Davis, but never mind…)

…I’m just hoping no one who was ever in NIN will ever release a biography. Ever. Because I suspect they were/are no better than Fieldy. And if any of them already did, don’t tell me, I don’t want to know.

Oh my god I’m off track now, let’s get to the point already: How have I still not seen this band live??? There has to be something wrong with me. Need Europe dates asap!

Meanwhile. Amity Affliction + Casey + Alazka and Architects all have tour dates coming up. How to choose???

If we could just get back to the watching theme of this section…

YouTube finally recommended me Jamie Genevieve. Because how else does one find anything? Been binge watching like a madwoman.

She makes me want to make an actual effort when putting on makeup + buy all the things. So. Good and bad all at the same time.

American Gods. Got the DVDs because I couldn’t figure out how to stream in Sweden. (Other countries yes, Sweden no.) It’s…do we like this??

 

Twitter was great

Imagine it’s 1992 and Axl Rose tweets this about Metallica/James Hetfield:

That should give you some idea of the position Amity Affliction + Architects hold in my universe, and explain why I find this tweet insanely entertaining. Because Axl Rose would never ever have said this about Metallica, or vice versa, even if there had been a Twitter in 1992.

A favorite from Muralgranskaren:

English: This, my brothers, is in Truth Black Metal-Singing.

(And yes, it is weird use of language in Swedish too.)

Just one more! My fave feminist:

English: Humanism—when you want to make yourself look like a nice person but not change anything.

And. Nobody missed SamArchitects doing the right thing, as per usual, right?

Basically. Architects just keep making everyone else look really bad. Have I mentioned lately that I love this band? L O V E.

But seriously. If this wasn’t in your feed, there is something very wrong with your feed. Hell, Stylist Magazine tweeted about it. Lord knows why, but they did.

 

Reading

If you haven’t read Roxane Gay’s Hunger yet you need to get to it!

 

Rediscovered

The shade Maple in the kinda horrible Sleek Ultra Mattes V2 palette. It looks like it should be brown/orange, but on me it’s definitely 100% a red/pink bruise type shade. And it’s amazing. The shade Thunder is also not bad. Excellent crease color for blue looks.

20,000 days on Earth. I usually love the Nick Cave documentaries, this one just didn’t speak to me at all. Until now.

 

Using

Urtekram lotion that smells like rosemary. It doesn’t sound too exciting but I love this scent.

 

Monthly menstrual report

Menstrual cup research, this one’s great if you feel like you want some encouragement:

Unfortunately, I then went on to watch a few less positive videos. Currently unsure that a menstrual cup would work for me. Because:

a. Cannot find my cervix for the life of me.
b. Cannot be having something that might be pushing on my bladder because if I pee anymore frequently, I may as well move into the bathroom. All liquids seem to just go straight through me. (Unless I drink too much tea. Can’t be it?)

Good news: stopped being regular sooo there is hope yet I won’t have to resort to the menstrual cup!?

And in the event I’m back to regular, I’ll just refer to this Tweet:

English: The menstrual cup is great and all, but could people stop making women’s bodily functions seem like environmental problems?

Unlikely though. My period was especially sneaky and difficult to predict this month. None of the usual symptoms and random point in time. Not that it matters much, it was of the light flow variety, so not really something worth spending this many words on. Probably. I ♥ talking menstruation tho. So. Ja.

 

Reminder

Don’t get cats, they die on you.

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A new favorite

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Get your notebooks out!

If you’ve ever felt like writing a memoir, model it after Roxane Gay’s memoir Hunger. It is the perfect memoir.

It’s my new favorite for sure.

It is brilliant for the following reasons:

It focuses on a theme. It’s not let’s tell everything, including the history of my ancestors. I hate memoirs/biographies that start out with my parents/grandparents were these people, from wherever. Hate it. Instead, she focuses on events relating to her body.

It’s a feminist work. Stating the obvious. Wouldn’t be brilliant if it wasn’t feminist.

It discusses ideas, connects it to her life and society in general. While I am very fond of learning details of people’s life just for the fun of it, this is just slightly more interesting.

The best ending ever. On par with Dirty Weekend. I’d fear Roxane if I were you. I love this lady.

Don’t get me wrong, it is a difficult read. Because it shows what a horrible world we live in. The beginning of the book especially is quite difficult to get through. I had to take it at bit at a time. But it’s oh so good. Is it too soon for a reread?

Reading challenge; A New York Times bestseller

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So let’s talk about Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist already!

It’s been ages since I finished reading this book, in fact, I’ve since managed to read a few books that no matter how I try to be creative will fit into my reading challenge.

Actually thought this one didn’t either, but! Turns out, at the very back of the book, they’ve mentioned that it’s a New York Times bestseller. Score!

You know how I like it, some pics of the pages and a few inane comments, here we go!

I love this book, because it deals with matters I sometimes think about. For example. One thing that is a concern I have is my taste in music. In no way is my taste in music feminist. What’s worse, I at least used to listen to a fair share of female musicians. Not anymore I’m not!

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The fact that someone like Roxane Gay also struggles with her taste in music makes me feel just a little bit better. Even if we don’t listen to the same type music at all.

She also mentioned the age-old I only have male friends claim. I’ve always wanted to inflict harm on people making this stupid statement. Because 1) 9 times out of 10 it’s a lie. You’re lying to yourself. 2) Why is this something you clearly feel is a brag??? 3) I pity you. Men excel at nepotism. Which mean it’s likely your only friends would pick another man over you. Because they’re men. Sad, no?

Roxane explains why this rubs me the wrong way; because the claim suggests that this particular female feels she is different from other women, that she has more in common with men. OH COME ON. It’s not as if being female is innate. There are few, if any, women who are real women. Whatever that is. Doesn’t mean we have to look down on being female tho.

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And she recommends women apply nepotism too. Finally! I was hoping someone other than my mother would suggest this. Bonus points for it being an academic.

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Best point of the book is, obviously, why it’s better to be a bad feminist than to not be a feminist at all.

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While I get where she’s coming from, the feeling that you’re not as well informed about feminism as you would like to be, that you’re a human being and some of things you do or like might not comply with feminism…

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…and you could consider that being a bad feminist…

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…is it really a reason to call yourself a bad feminist? I think we’re sufficiently informed and, let’s face it, old enough, to not care what anyone else thinks. I’m pretty sure we’re in charge of the definition of the word feminist. Doesn’t matter what pop culture we consume, or if we’ve read every text ever on feminism, doesn’t make us any less or a bad feminist. Sure, seeing how it’s complex and difficult and scrutinize yourself is important, but this good or bad – is it relevant? Can’t we just be feminists?

 

Also enjoyed the non-feminist related part, about what it’s like working at uni. This part:roxane gay bad feminist

The part where parents are calling us (university staff) asking about or calling on behalf of their children. Unfortunately we can’t deal with this problem – because it clearly is a problem – the way Roxane suggests (communicate with your child) because rules in Sweden are different. But really, if you kid can’t communicate with uni on their own, they have no business going to uni. OK?

And in case you were under the impression academics and/or feminists were a boring bunch; you need to read this book. It’s funny, well worth the read.

Lots of love!

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Let’s talk about snow

I finally got around to watching Before the Flood – if like me you’ve been putting it off, no need to. Yes it’s a serious subject but they’ve made it such an easy watch, even if I do feel kind of embarrassed about my own ignorance.

For example, I had no idea that there are people who don’t believe in global warming – as if it was a matter of belief and not science – and who are also allowed to broadcast this view to millions of people – and not as a joke. I’m just speechless.

Also didn’t know China is making large investments in renewable energy. Doesn’t that give you some sort of hope for the future?

These things aside.

I’m bothered. I’m bothered by the argument that we have to take care of this planet so that future generations get to see snow.

There are so many valid arguments, this one however. If I never saw snow again it’d be too soon.

Let’s have a look out my window.

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Started snowing on Thursday. This is where we’re currently at. It hasn’t snowed this early for a few years. NOTE. I do not consider this evidence of global warming being a lie, myth or similar. I’m stupid but I’m not that stupid. I’m just complaining that we’re not as lucky this year as last year.

I know there are places with far more snow by this time of year, this isn’t exactly the polar circle (let me just google it real quick to verify; yes, good, it’s not).

That being said.

Only people who don’t live with snow would think that this is a climate people should experience. Honestly. The human being; not made for snow. I spend winters worrying about suddenly finding myself in Andrée’s expedition. I.e. sudden collapse of our infrastructure, snowed in, no electricity, heat or contact with the outside world AND WE DON’T EVEN HAVE ANY POLAR BEARS TO EAT??!!

I’m on board with the whole we need snow because no snow = polar circles will melt and all hell will break lose; I get it. But we’re not going to save the planet so that people can enjoy snow. We’ve got no business being in places with any amount of snow.

OK then. Breathe.

Let’s sum this rant up; saw Before the Flood, loved it. Go watch it if you haven’t! Yes that’s an order.

PS. it is also excellent vegan propaganda. We all need a bit more of that. Yes, in case you weren’t aware, as an individual, there is hardly anything better you can do for the environment than going vegan. But, as pointed out by Liv Strömquist (and I’m sure millions of others), our current environmental problems aren’t going to be solved by individual choices. I.e. doesn’t matter which tomato you pick at the supermarket. Cause for relief and despair all at once I’m sure. What we need is political change. 

Also. If being vegan seems daunting, apply Roxane Gay’s approach to feminism; I’d rather be a bad vegan than not vegan at all. That’s what I do. 

And I’m not a fan of snow.

That’s all, bye now!

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