I’ve been thinking about my relationship with reading. I used to read entire novels in one sitting when I was younger, but now it is so much harder for me to find the time and focus to commit to finishing a book. Access to audiobooks has helped, and I’ve also had some success with reading short story and essay collections serially (over a long period of time) and poetry collections. But, I think the bigger issues I’m contending with are consumption and attention. I read random content on my phone throughout the day, but never feel accomplished or finished.I love the feeling of being immersed in a great book, but I don’t love the feeling of drowning in the internet. I’m trying to be more conscious about what I choose to consume.
In last week’s episode of The Bi Pod, we talked about some tips, tricks, and best practices for getting through the holidays, which often put queer folks in uncomfortable or even unsafe situations with complicated family dynamics. We also announced that we’ll be taking a publishing break for the rest of 2021, but you’ll still get our newsletter every two weeks! Stay tuned, as we’ll be announcing some important announcements and opportunities here!
We also wanted to share that we’ve reached an exciting milestone! The Bi Pod has over 1,000 listens! We’re over the moon, and we can’t wait to keep growing with all of you. Thank you so much, and keep sharing your favorite episodes with your friends!
This week, we’re bringing you a few articles about queerness and class.
The Myth of Gay Affluence - Even though queer folks are often portrayed in pop culture as wealthy, fabulous, frivolous spenders, are community actually has disproportionately high numbers of poverty as compared to straight people.
"No one believes I'm queer because I'm working class and femme" - “Like other marginalised groups, straightness has always been - and still is - a survival tactic for many working-class people. It’s part of the reason why so many people don’t see us as part of the queer community, yet we’ve been here all along.”
The Poor-Shaming Vision of Pride in Taylor Swift’s ‘You Need to Calm Down’ - If “we all got crowns,” why do we also have this collective story about the working class being full of exclusively queerphobic straight people?
Last week, Christina posted a poem about the national obsession with serial killer Nannie Doss on her Substack, and this week, Chelsee shared some interviews with Book People on Casually Obsessed.
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See you back here in two weeks.
Chelsee & Christina