Beyoncé - Grown Woman - HD Live at Bercy, Paris (25 April 2013) (by madmanbeyonce)
I can’t stop watching this.
Say what you will about Beyoncé, whether or not she’s part of the Illuminati, or if you like her music (I honestly don’t own any of her albums, just random songs I’ve downloaded from people). But watching this, you know the woman works damn hard (all that choreography, plus staying on pitch 100% - DAMN), and that alone is highly admirable and inspiring.
Helen LevittNew York, 1982
Dye transfer print, 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in. (50.2 x 40 cm)
ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?
I need this in my life right now.
“You don’t need to go to India to escape materialism. If you want to escape materialism, quit being materialistic.”
So, I paint my nails pretty regularly these days. I also work as a barista/cashier pretty regularly these days. A few weeks back, I had a customer come in, a fairly typical, sheltered, suburban soccer mom, and she ordered a latte from me. She saw my brightly colored nails and said, “Wow, you’re so brave! My son asked me about painting his nails, and if it’s okay for boys to do that. Now I’ll tell him there’s a cool guy who does it too!” It was a nice moment, very cute.
Then, last week, she came in again, and said, “Hey, I’m so glad you’re here! I want you to meet someone!” She then brings her son forward, and says, “Okay sweetie, show him what you did!” And he throws his hands up, showing off his bright, sparkling blue nails. He shows them off, and I show mine off to him. He smiles. We fist bump.
Guys, I’ve only wanted to cry once at work before, and that was when someone ordered a large dry soy cappuccino on ice.
This time, though. This was a good cry.
I’d like to point out that this sweet Hallmark moment is brought you in part by the intersections of white, cis, hetero, and male privileges. Otherwise masculine and gender-normative straight white men can get away with things that other folx can’t. A straight cis black or Latino man doing that would be a little suspect, a queer femmey Black or Latino guy doing that and the mother would be using him as a reason why NOT to paint her child’s nails: “you don’t wanna look like THAT do you?” So yes, this is cute an all, and I’m sure you felt all patriarchal-binary-smashy but the truth is queer femmes (of color) like me get shit on EVERYDAY for doing this and I have yet to find a white cis hetero dude speak up about it while it’s happening.
yep, that commentary up there says it all.