Originally sent out 9/7/2018
Man it’s been yet another intense couple of weeks of everyone in the family continually getting sick, me included -_- Is it the weather or are we just cursed? Anyway, sickness aside, I did manage to get a couple of videos out this time, albeit maybe not as exciting or in-depth as I would hope. Here they are in chronological order:
- Topless Topics: Kavanaugh March / Go Topless Day 8/26/2018
On 8/26, I went to a local Kavanaugh SCOTUS Confirmation protest and rally, to make it clear how strongly we object to the confirmation of a new Judge whose long history and paper trail proves that he 1. believes that a sitting president can’t be indicted or supoenaed (gee I wonder why Trump picked him), 2. is beholden to the NRA like all Republicans, and 3. would absolutely go through a vote to repeal Roe vs. Wade, making abortion in the US illegal again, which will only lead to more impoverished women’s deaths. If you want to know more about my views on abortion, you may be interested in this older video of mine from when I was pregnant with Link, “Pregnant and Pro-Choice” https://vimeo.com/149583597 ). I also did a video ahead of the march on just why this protest is so important: Go Topless to Save Democracy! https://www.toplesstopics.org/go-topless-to-save-democracy-kavanaugh-protests-gotopless-day-this-sunday-aug-26/
- Topless Topics: Let’s Buy Some Honey!
The Kavanaugh protest (link above) happened to end at a Farmer’s Market, where some of the women I had been marching with encouraged me to continue the Kavanaugh/GoTopless fight by walking through the stalls. I did so (and filmed it, but nothing too interesting was caught on camera so I decided it’s not worth putting up) however I did stop to buy some honey, and the vendor did an amazing job engaging with me as a person and not simply gawking at me, despite me being “almost naked” by patriarchal standards! I wanted to thank him for his respect by putting the video up, so we can all learn some more about where honey comes from and what threats that organic manufacturers are facing!
- Topless Topics Rants: Parenting vs Vlogging
Recorded on the fly, mostly just to vent some frustrations over what it’s like trying to be a creative vlogger and parent to small children at the same time. The TL;DR is I’m definitely not ignoring any of you on purpose (well, unless you’re an asshole), I just keep having to take care of parenting stuff when I’d rather be filming videos or fixing up the website!
I knew I had to hurry to get this newsletter out now, because there’s another event coming up this Sunday in Portland that I really hope to get to–the Annual Slutwalk, which I covered last year and have the videos available for it here: “Portland Slutwalk 2017: Feminist March/Protest, including Interviews with Organizers and Guests” https://www.toplesstopics.org/repost-portland-slutwalk-2017-feminist-march-protest-including-interviews-with-organizers-and-guests/
I was hoping to have a trusty sidekick to go to such events with me and help me handle the camera, but alas I’ve been so swamped with parenting duties that I wasn’t able to hunt for such a partner, so it’ll just be me by my lonesome again (and I’ll have to cancel if one or both of my kids are significantly sick again -_-) However I’ll do my best to show up to perhaps meet some future interviewees if nothing else, and try to get some footage to put together! At least the weather should be nicer this time than last year! (Not that I mind the rain, it just makes it harder to film anything!)
- “Let’s Read Youtube Hatemail Livestream”
So as I mentioned in my post-hiatus “Topless Topics Returns! But Things Will Be Different” video ( https://www.toplesstopics.org/topless-topics-returns-things-will-different/
) I continue to use Vimeo as my main video repository, but given that Vimeo has an exponentially smaller user base and less friendly UI, I also upload most of my videos to Youtube still, albeit heavily edited with a comically-huge censor bar in front of my chest (which still isn’t enough on some videos apparently, wow Youtube really hates me). And for the most part, I leave comments alone, rarely if ever reading them, as 99% of them are pure insulting trash so why bother? However, I thought it might be fun to make reading those comments into a semi-weekly livestream event, both to help me get through them with your moral support, and so legitimate supporters of #freethenipple can see just a small part of the utter vitriol and violent language I get to deal with as an outspoken feminist (yay)!. It’s been difficult trying to schedule something like this with how unpredictable everyone’s health has been (can’t ask my mom to watch Aeden if she’s bedridden, for instance), but I’m gonna try to make it happen this Tuesday, 11AM-2PM PST. I was going to use Youtube to livestream it, but apparently Youtube disabled my account from livestreaming, and now Twitch allows non-gaming content anyway, so we’ll try using them instead (I assume I’ll get banned eventually just for having the word “topless” in my channel name though. As we’ve proven over and over, social media hates nothing more than women trying to exercise the same right as men.). Anyway, if you wanna see some truly horrendous comments and to help me get through them all, subscribe to my Twitch channel and/or keep an eye on my Twitter (https://twitter.com/ToplessTopics
) and I’ll send out the link again. (I’ll send another message if my Twitch does get banned and I have to find another alt account. Fingers crossed we can stay under the radar a little longer, and continue to hope that someday women aren’t specifically punished by social media for the same sh!t that men get away with scott-free).
- Movie/Game/Comic/etc Reviews
So one repeated concern/comment I hear a lot is that many of you would like to see me return to more “lighthearted” fare, instead of just angry rant videos and protest marches. Hey, I hear you, and I would like to do more fun videos as well. While I don’t have the time or actors right now to do the more intensive kinds of videos I’ve long dreamed of (I have so many parody scripts already written out that I just need other people to act in with me, you don’t even wanna know how many), but I figure I can start with something a little more casual–off-the-cuff reviews of the various types of media I’ve been consuming, such as comics I recently read from the library or movies I checked out from Redbox. These reviews are unlikely to be for anything brand-new, and I’m not gonna go out of my way to review something I have no interest in, but if there’s a game, movie, etc. you always wanted to know my opinions about for some reason, feel free to email those suggestions to email@example.com
with the subject “Movie (or Game, etc.) Review Request” and I’ll add ’em to the list! For an example of what I mean by off-the-cuff review, here’s one I did a while ago of the cult classic Soylent Green, which I had never seen until that point: https://vimeo.com/153031261
(Ironically, this is the vimeo reupload of the original Youtube version, which was banned, reinstated, banned again, reinstated again, age restricted, then finally banned a third time just the other month. Make up your goddamn mind, Youtube)
Some movies/games/comics I’d like to film a review of soon- Deadpool 2 (movie), Bad Houses (comic), Assassin’s Creed Origins (game).
So one of the new reward tiers I rolled out awhile back was access to my patron-only snapchat
, mostly because you all kept asking what it was and I got tired of saying “I don’t have one.” While I’m sure the majority of those who asked were hoping for pornography (for the millionth time, that will never happen so stop asking), some I’m sure were just hoping for more lighthearted content than I’m allowed to post to social media like Instagram
, which of course keeps taking my posts down if they even hint at female nipple (only female though. Always only female.) However I’m really not experienced at an app like snapchat, and I’m really struggling with what to post to it (that I don’t already post to the above-linked Instagram). Then the other day I had the sudden idea of trying out something like “daily artist prompts,” but for snapchat. So say I have a list of themes/ideas/topics/inspiration, and I try to come up with a picture inspired by that term that day. So one day might be “Halloween” so I’ll take a picture of myself in a witch’s hat, another might be “cats” and it’ll be a picture of me posing with my cats. It feels silly even typing that out, but I’m hoping this can be fun and inspiring, so if you know of any similar prompts or just want to toss words at me, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org the subject “snapchat theme ideas.” BTW I shouldn’t need to say this, but terms like “sexy” “vagina” etc. are just gonna get tossed, so I suggest you resist the urge to troll, unless you want me to block you.
Okay I think that’s about it for this time; I had other stuff I wanted to mention I’m sure, but Aeden is screaming and it’s time for me to pick Link up from daycare so I better get out of here! Thanks for reading and I hope to see you either in the Slutwalk video or at the Youtube Hatemail livestream! Talk to you next time!