Friday, April 3, 2009

hey its the weekend!

...unfortunately, for aj, every day is the weekend and yet no day is the weekend.

anyway, here is an oldie but a real goodie that a recently came back to my attention due a particularly conscientious tipster (special thanks to another devoted reader who converted the audio into a video file cause blogger won't let you upload mp3s and aj can't figure out i-movie. lame!)

little known fact: i attempted to use this song to flirt with my girlfriend back before we were dating! (chicks dig feminists amirite?)

Friday, March 6, 2009

Prop 8? Prop 6??

So I really don't normally care enough about California's Proposition 8 or any related marriage debate to mention it in a way that involves anything other than poking fun at the whole conversation, but I recently came across the following article from a Toronto gay newspaper in July 1979, which gave me a bit of a pause. As you can see, it's a news blurb on polling data following the defeat of Prop 8's happier predecessor, Proposition 6--better known as the Briggs Initiative (which all of you who have viewed the lovely biopic Milk should be familiar with). Anyway I'm not possessed of the time to comment at the moment, but since I transcribed the blurb anyhow, just thought I'd share...

Poll reveals friends: Blacks, Hispanics

LOS ANGELES – An election day poll conducted by the Associated Press and NBC News last November showed Blacks and people of Spanish origin more favorable to the extension of fair housing and employment laws to cover homosexuals.

            52% of Blacks thought gays should be covered while 31% thought they should not. Among Spanish speakers 41% were in favor and 44% against. The general population sample found 41% favorable and 46% unfavorable.

            Analysis of data gathered from voters leaving the polling places on election day shows that Blacks and young people were the two groups voting most heavily against Proposition 6 – the so-called Briggs initiative which would have banned gay teachers from the California school system. Blacks opposed the measure by a 74 to 26 percent margin and voters under 30 opposed it 71 to 29.

            Results also showed women opposed the initiative more often than men.

Monday, February 23, 2009

you know you have a problem when

...the targeted advertising emails you receive from start announcing 4-for-3 deals on "paranormal romance favorites"

Sunday, February 22, 2009

sunday hayyyy

One thing that is always an excellent idea is moving to the music. This is true whether you are a graphic design student or a roomful of kittycats.

i'm just going to leave this here

As part of lolAJ's ongoing exploration of questions like, "Are gay people funny?" I thought I'd impart you all with a cartoon recently penned by a friend of mine. I don't want to give too much backstory because I think it makes for pretty good standalone commentary on academic culture, but suffice to say the oeuvre depicts a real-life sociology of the body class gone wrong.

OK I lied, here is some more backstory. It would be remiss of me not to mention that the real-world gender presentation of this comic's villain was described to AJ as "ironic butch pirate/train conductor." Rock on, academia! \m/

Friday, February 6, 2009

and belatedly...

Merry Black History, everybody! And thank you to various and sundry Black LGBT community members who have been circulating this and other articles; lolAJ will hopefully have a more comprehensive listing for your perusal before too long.

Oh right, and the other posts I initially meant to link (and continuing to plug transgriot) are:


Also, hey do u like J-Setting? AJ loooves J-Setting. So does BeyoncĂ©! And so do a lot of gay black ppl who live down south! In fact, and as always, they totally liked it first. THIS ARTICLE IS HIGHLY INFORMATIVE.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Transgender MD, etc

Out of the blue today, AJ received the following email from his mother:

Hey do youknow that there is a new premier TV show next week called Transgender MD? It's about a transgendered woman gynecologist. Can't wait! love, mom

I submitted it to Postcards from Yo Momma, but fear it may be pearls before swine.

On a related note, and also out of the blue today, AJ received this text message from his father:

Do u ever wonder what effect yer blogging might have on yer future employment prospects?

Food for thought, to say the least!



Monday, February 2, 2009

ASK A LESBIAN: "Sleeping with Straight Girls"

Straight girls: what is their deal? Can you be a straight girl and still be a feminist? Is being a straight girl a politics or a lifestyle? But most importantly: What happens when straight girls start sleeping with lesbians?

^^^ can u spot the str8 girl?

One little known fact is that straight girls actually sleep with lesbians all the time. On the other end of the spectrum, sometimes you have particular lesbians--such as AJ's girlfriend--who then go and, like, have all this sex with dudes. So is my girlfriend a lesbian or a straight girl? Furthermore, AJ has become increasingly aware of a particular demographic known as "queer women," which is basically a self-referential term that is used by some straight girls who on occasion like to mack with lesbians.

All of this is just to say that the more research he does, the more AJ finds the line between straight girl and lesbian to be a fine and fuzzy one indeed. As a matter of fact, since AJ is fortunate enough to have not only a lesbian expert in residence but also a str8 girl friend who desires advice on how to proceed with sleeping with her current lesbian, it seemed only obvious that I should put them in conversation with each other. (Which is to say that this installment of AAL features not only real live lesbian advice but also the genuine questions of the str8 girl community.)

So, to explore the issue further, lolAJ is pleased dedicate this particular "Ask a Lesbian" to questions about the relationship between lesbians and heterosexual women -- IN BED. Fortunately, lolAJ's resident lesbian expert Nell has a lot of experience sleeping with straight girls and she has volunteered to share her insight with the rest of us. Neway, let's get on with it.


Dear Nell,

As a st8 girl I operated under the basic assumption that all lesbians wanted to have sex with me. Now I don't even know if this is the case! N8ll, how do you know if a lesbian wants to have s8x with you?


str8 not n8rrow

Dear str8 but not n8rrow,

You may not know the secret signals of of the sapphic sect, but you probably know how to flirt. So try that with your lesbian of choice, and see if she responds in kind. Also I think you are using that 8 improperly.

Helpfully yours,



Dear Nell,

How queer-identified is too queer-identified... for the first date?


str8 outta tha closet

Dear Str8,

You should walk a fine line between implying that you've always been a secret queer... and that this is a totally new world to which your lesbian friend is introducing you. That will make said lesbian feel both secure in your queerness and like a player who deserves a really shiny toaster.

helpfully yours,



Dear Nell,

Can I say dykey? All of a sudden I feel like I can't. Even though i did like FIFTEEN TIMES today to describe like everything i did. 8.


str8 is gr8

Dear Breeder,

Your new found sensitivity about homo-slang is endearing, but unnecessary. Go on using it in any and all ways you find useful.

Helpfully yours,


[eds. note: Nell, that is horrible advice!]


Dear Nelly,

So like whaddo I do? I guess I can't just lie there anymore.


Scared str8

OK stop the presses. In a somewhat unorthodox move, AJ's going to take the reins in replying to this one, because it speaks directly to his life experience on the lesbian continuum.

Dear Str8,

As it so happens, there is in fact a subspecies of lesbian for whom "just lie there" is precisely their distinguishing modus operandi. These lesbians are the first cousins of straight girls and are known as "femmes" or "bottoms," which are synonymous terms (occasionally you will happen across an extremely rare breed of lesbian known as the "butch bottom," but that is typically considered a crime against nature). Now, it might strike you as "unbalanced," "unfair," or even "aping heteropatriarchal relations" to have just one lesbian doing all the work in the bedroom, but femmes are possessed of a remarkable phenomenon known as "wiles," which nearly all butches are powerless to resist. As a result of a femme's "wiles," a typical butch is not simply willing but rather indescribably eager to perform all the labor of sexual relations while the femme just lies there the whole time. 

helpfully yours!


Nell, what is your characteristically pithy advice?

Dear Str8,

The universal motto of lesbianism instructs, "communication is really important" ... So, you know, just ask your lesbian friend what her pleasure is and... how to accomplish that particular sexual act.




OK I THINK WE ALL LEARNED A LOT TODAY. Adulations and phone numbers can be provided to Nell via the comments section of this post.

Yours in Sisterhood,


My Sister's Keeper.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

ok srsly wtf

Here is something I've been thinking about lately.

How did this

and this

turn into THIS

I think she is actually trying to frown in this picture but you cannot tell because the botox is packed so tightly into her forehead you could bounce a superball off it. UGH TORI YOU USED TO BE SO BEAUTIFUL WHAT DID YOU DO.

Here's another one showcasing the forehead and also evidently that she shops at forever 21 these days. Also Tori was never this skinny back when she was a goddess:


Ok one more time. Good Tori:

Good Tori:

Good Tori (note: I couldn't find a date but I think this one is pretty recent--I'm going to say c. 2000--suggesting that the Fall occurred in the not-too-distant past. Plz note the unassuming t-shirt and absence of hair extensions)

And then there was BAD Tori! BAD!!

Ack! How far we have plummeted since the days of a girl and her piano and her bottle of manic panic

omg tori plz remove that wig immediately

Bad Tori
Aiiiieeeeee!!* my eyes!

nobody even say the words "doll posse" i will probably start crying


* this sentiment not to be confused with i i e e e

AJ sez lolAJ FTW!!

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