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Saturday Links: Pugs of Westeros Edition

And thoughts on a new Supreme Court ruling, all kinds of FKA twigs goodness, et plus!


NEW GRIMES SONG. I REPEAT: NEW GRIMES SONG. THIS IS NOT A DRILL! It’s called “Go,” features Blood Diamonds, and was originally written for fellow queen Rihanna. It’s also your new song of the summer—be ready to dance to this at barbecues and pool parties.

“Go” is catchy and danceable, but still retains Grimes’ faerie-magick vibes. I had to stop listening to this at work because I found myself doing too much interpretative dancing at my desk, and my coworkers looked over at me like, Is she okay…? I’M FINE, GUYS—just JAMMING THE HECK OUT OVER HERE.

In other all-caps news: PUGS! Specifically, PUGS DRESSED AS CHARACTERS FROM GAME OF THRONES. Oh my god, my heart exploded into a thousand Westerosi gold coins at the sight of the Stark pups on a hill overlooking Winterfell. The costumes are exponentially cute, but the set design is also quite brilliant, and includes a few little details from the series, like Jon Snow’s sword, Longclaw (or Longpaw?). The little Daenerys Targaryen is also absolutely spot-on as she barks on a rock, presumably calling out to her three dragons.

I vote that these pugs reappear as guest stars in the television show. This is the kind of thing that will ease the pain between the next season of Game of Thrones and the sixth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, The Winds of Winter.

Amy Rose

I’m very upset that the Supreme Court unanimously overturned a Massachusetts law providing a 35-foot “buffer zone” between anti-choice protestors and abortion clinics.

Nah, but let me (momentarily) spare you my anger and give you the facts: The buffer zone was put in place because a scantier one, of six feet, was found impossible to uphold by Massachusetts police, who found that a brief distance between protesters and clinics was unwieldy and difficult to oversee—sometimes to the point of violence. The 1994 murders of two Massachusetts Planned Parenthood workers, which were committed by anti-abortion opponents who made their way inside of the clinic itself, were acts of terrorism that speak to a solid part of why that precedent was set, although there are far more insidious, and less overtly newsworthy, aggressions that take place in front of abortion-providing facilities.

If abortion-opposing protesters are nonviolent, as, yes, they often are, why is it a big deal that they be relegated to a safe distance away from where they could potentially harm or intimidate patients, while still easily being heard and seen? I ask this especially as the Supreme Court, who handed down this decision, has a wide and heavily regulated space between its doors and the area where protesters are allowed to gather on the sidewalk outside the grounds.

If you have ever been outside of an abortion clinic, you might know that dealing with anti-choice picketers is not always 100 percent friendly—not, as Chief Justice John Roberts, Jr., characterizes it in the official case ruling, a cool ’n’ casual zone where “personal, caring, consensual conversations” take place. (This description sounds to me like one belonging to a diner on a 1990s TV show about fictional blond teenagers livin’, laughin’, and lovin’, not a place where wrongly politicized surgical procedures are going down. Where—or when—the fuck do these Supreme Court Justices live?) Fuck this entirely. It sets dangerous precedents for the safety of women nationwide.


The New York Times created this short documentary, Gnarly in Pink, to accompany this article about the Pink Helmet Posse, a California-based skate gang made up of three shreddin’ six-year-old girls. Though they are so young, they have already recognized that skateboarding (and many other sports) are male-dominated, and they want to change that. I am 15 years older than these skating babes, but the documentary was super inspiring for me, and it brought a li’l tear to my eye to watch such dedicated and talented young girls slay.

Brittany S.

Dreamy soul singer FKA twigs released the fabulous, gold-drenched video for “Two Weeks,” and it is AMAZING. The visuals make both her voice sound even more luxurious, and I love watching her sit on a throne like the queen she is.

Our own Julianne conducted a wonderful interview with FKA twigs about both her music and astonishingly cool sense of style. At the end of the Q&A, the two talk about womanhood and sexuality, specifically in terms of twigs’ “Papi Pacify” video. That discussion leads to my favorite of her answers:

I’m 26, so I haven’t really figured it out yet, because I feel like I’m just entering into womanhood. Sometimes I feel 15; other times I feel fully grown and mature and handling all my business. It can waver from day to day, hour to hour. So I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but I’ve always been a quiet person, and I guess maybe that can be seen as a weakness in some ways, as I’ve always been soft-spoken. But ironically, as I’m getting older, I’m realizing that being quiet makes people unsure of you, because what they don’t know is more scary and makes them wary in a way. It can influence what people project onto you.

Similarly to the music she makes, FKA twigs is so ridiculously refreshing as a person.

Photo by Daniel Shea via Inland.

Photo by Daniel Shea via Inland.

Rookie contributor and general goddess Britt Julious is starting her own publication about Midwestern identity, Inland, and it looks like such a cool project! Being a native Chicagoan (and Brittany!) like Julious, I’m excited to read all the stories she gathers about life in Middle America. She’s looking for submissions and will be starting a Kickstarter to raise funds to pay contributors, if you want to get involved!

The Daily Show correspondent Jessica Williams was the star of this biting critique of rape culture, which addresses not only the way college campuses handle sexual assault cases, but the differences between the ways we teach men and women what to fear in social situations. The clip is smart and hilarious, but also all too real about the way women have to, as this video’s co-star, Jordan Klepper, says, “spend their whole day[s] just navigating an obstacle course of sexual menace.”


The Supremes in a 1960s photo shot via Collector's Weekly.

The Supremes in a 1960s photo shot via Collector’s Weekly.

I’m so happy about Lupita Nyong’o’s Lancôme campaign! In my excitement, I’m also thinking about how black beauty is tied to the very foundations of the history of makeup, so I was really happy to read this piece outlining the history of black glamor. It contextualizes the history of glamor in terms of family, race, and class. I’m stoked to read the forthcoming book the piece previews, Vintage Black Glamour, which comes out in September.

When I heard that American Girl is discontinuing two dolls of color, I was very sad. Sign this petition asking American Girl to make another Asian-American doll, which was made by two 10- and 14-year-old sisters!


Spike Lee, via his Instagram.

Spike Lee, via his Instagram.

Spike Lee is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his seminal movie Do the Right Thing by throwing a free block party on the very streets in Brooklyn where he filmed it TODAY! If you haven’t seen this movie yet, it embodies a particularly charged time in which hip-hop was first igniting a real movement of empowerment among young black people, and you can feel the energy of it crackling through the film and in the soundtrack by Public Enemy. Watch it as soon as you can! And if you’re in Brooklyn, come check it out, ’cause it will surely be a celebration.

A violinist and mezzo-soprano from Springfield, Virginia named Tona Brown just became the first trans woman of color to perform at Carnegie Hall in a performance entitled “From Stonewall to Carnegie Hall.” Her performance marks the first LGBT Pride event at the historic venue in Manhattan, and, remarkably, she got there because of fans crowd-funding her Indiegogo campaign. As she told the Huffington Post:

My first reaction to the news that our proposal was approved by Carnegie Hall was amazement. I couldn’t believe that we got a yes! I started tearing up while telling my friends, because I thought of all the great artists who have crossed that stage. Many of them had enormous obstacles to overcome, like I do as a transgender person of color in America.

If anyone deserves it, it’s Brown. For proof, check out her performance as La Principessa in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, above. It’s the BEST.

Anna F.

Photo via Hazlitt.

Photo via Hazlitt.

Kathleen Hale, who is quickly becoming one of my favorite contemporary writers, has written an account of her sexual assault and personal evolution from feeling like prey to predator. It’s a very difficult read—but also one of the most powerful pieces of writing I’ve come across in a long time.


In a recent MTV interview with Jenny Slate, of Obvious Child and Parks and Recreation fame, she mentioned that she plans to make a “Marcel the Shell (With Shoes On)” movie.

Do you love Marcel the Shell? WHAT? YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT HIM? Please go away and do not be friends with me (just kidding, we are definitely friends). Marcel is an adorable stop-motion character which Jenny co-created with Dean Fleischer-Camp. The creative duo made a couple of videos starring this tiny little dude, who has really great self-esteem, an adorably quavery voice, cute shoes, and one li’l googly eye.

In this video, Jenny treats us to an original Marcel the Shell song, “My Mother Got Lost in the Rug.” It’s really sad and sweet, you guys. Love you, shell friend.

Caitlin D.

Photo by Tayler Smith via Autostraddle.

Photo by Tayler Smith via Autostraddle.

Have you ever had someone chide you for “wanting attention” because you dyed your hair pink, went out in face glitter in the daytime, or did basically ANYTHING cool to your appearance? As though attention is even a bad thing! Next time that happens, point them toward Arabelle’s explanation of Most Important Ugly, the recent photo exhibition she co-created with Tayler Smith, which explores makeup as a way to express all kinds of different aesthetics.

Turia Pitt on the cover of The Australian Women's Weekly.

Turia Pitt on the cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly.

The cover of this month’s Australian Women’s Weekly is gorgeous. It features 29-year-old Turia Pitt, who has continued to achieve athletic excellence after getting caught in a brushfire while running an marathon, which left her with burns covering half of her body. Says the Weekly’s editor-in-chief: “Any attempt to describe the magic and beauty of Turia seems to get lost in platitudes or clichés. Yet I have never met a more remarkable person.”


I’ve been caught up in the World Cup, which unfortunately included the Uruguayan player Luis Suarez allegedly biting an Italian opponent, Giorgio Chiellini. Anyway, someone decided to ask Bruce Springsteen’s opinion on this debacle, and I propose we regularly ask Bruce’s opinion on everything in the world, because though he says he has only watched a “little bit” of the World Cup, his peaceable answer—and this crossover of my favorite interests—made my heart happy.


Jean Beraud's "The Drinkers," via The Toast.

Jean Beraud’s “The Drinkers,” via The Toast.

Mallory Ortberg, the co-editor of The Toast, is a genius, and I think she deserves a book, television show, and a line on QVC. This week, she wrote a satirical account of “Women Listening To Men In Western Art History,” which encapsulates so many of my feelings that I can’t even talk about it. I can only communicate my approval by emitting a guttural “YESSSSS.”

I thought this piece, “My Imaginary Friends: The Beauty YouTuber Economy,” was very fascinating and relatable, because I love watching haul videos. I find them soothing, but a bit unsettling! While I really do appreciate hearing my peers review their latest lip balm and crop top purchases, I’m also like, Do we really need to buy so much stuff? Am I being brainwashed by these videos? Why am I suddenly overwhelmed with the urge to visit the mall so I can pick up three new pairs of yoga shorts and a cupcake flavored lip stain?


Photo by Daniel Arnold via Vogue.

Photo by Daniel Arnold via Vogue.

This week, Vogue published a photo series by Daniel Arnold which pictures people looking at art around the city. Arnold, who is one of my favorite photographers working today, wanders around New York taking pictures of strangers, and this is a great example of how cool that can be.

My favorite shot, above, features one of the coolest sculptures I’ve seen in a while, Tara Donovan’s urchin-like acrylic monolith at Pace Gallery in Manhattan. If you’re looking for something to do on a steamy summer afternoon, go check it out, and, like Arnold, check out other people who are also checking it out. And no matter where you are, take a peek at his awesome Instagram. ♦


  • marysilverbells June 28th, 2014 12:19 PM

    happy pride y’all :)

  • herdinthehalls June 28th, 2014 1:01 PM

    1. Can Jessica Williams have a late night talk show already? Please???
    2. Wow, those are some fashionable pugs!
    3. I never really listened to the Supremes until recently, and MY GOSH are they fantastic! Also that dress is top-notch :)
    4. Does anyone else go to art museums and make up little dialogues or captions for the paintings? I saw this painting, Panel for Music Room by John White Alexander, and got a little postcard of it on-the-spot because of how perfectly apathetic the women in the painting look. Like “If I play guitar, will you please shut your piehole?”

    Also, they kind of look like two of the Haim sisters.

    Painting Link: http://www.dia.org/object-info/c34f6eef-3673-4cd7-b136-5f0346423bab.aspx?position=21


    • This is my Alias June 28th, 2014 3:43 PM

      Jessica Williams *needs* her own show. Seriously

  • mangointhesky June 28th, 2014 1:14 PM

    I LOVE the NYT video of the little skater girls… so unbelievably sweet!!!!


  • Mimi7 June 28th, 2014 2:35 PM

    SO excited about the Grimes Song!! Lupita for Lancome!! and Daniel Arnold’s photos for Vogue!! As usually great links, it makes my Saturday morning more fun :)


  • This is my Alias June 28th, 2014 3:42 PM


  • flours June 28th, 2014 4:11 PM

    1. The skater girls are so sweet and inspiring!!
    2. Saddened to hear that American Doll is discontinuing two dolls of color :( America is a melting pot, so it’s only right that the American Doll brand feature and keep producing dolls of every ethnicity.
    3. On a somewhat similar, but happier note, so happy for Lupita’s lancome campaign! :)


  • Paola June 28th, 2014 8:23 PM

    dudes I wanna put some stuff out there as Luis Suárez “who is this monster” questions pop up and make me sad. I highly recommend this piece: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/10984370/portrait-serial-winner-luis-suarez-soccer-most-beautiful-player
    What he did was wrong, but I have a huge passion for the game, and people that have never heard of him (when it’s just him and the ball, he’s kind of an inspiring genius on the field) are quickly saying that he should never get to play again. He needs help (help that he’s been getting actually), but there’s also a perspective piece here: http://t.co/0puuX9slWL about the integrity of the game and how this issue is warped as different cultures handle it. I felt so let down by him, because I wanted so badly to continue to see Suarez’s brilliance in this World Cup, and to see people fulfill their dreams is inspiring to me (read the first piece I beg you). Happy World Cup guys!!!

  • TessAnnesley June 28th, 2014 11:06 PM

    Spike Leeeeee!!!!! Ah, my dad will be so happy to hear about that party, Do The Right Thing is his favourite <3

  • Emi106 June 28th, 2014 11:50 PM

    Hello Rookie!
    Good Saturday post! I really liked the “Women Listening To Men In Western Art History” post. However, i was very disturbed by a small detail in your post about the “buffer zone” between anti-choice protestors and abortion clinics. I’d like to remind readers that it is not actually correct to refer to women who are against abortion as the “anti-choice” movement, they are called the “pro-life” movement. Let’s not forget that it is a “choice” to not abort a child and choose life instead.

    • Amy Rose June 29th, 2014 12:02 AM

      I wasn’t referring to “women who are against abortion” specifically—I’m not sure how you decided that’s what I meant, when I never specified or implied anything, gender-wise, about the people who protest abortion clinics. Additionally, I never said a single thing about “movements.”

      Actively saying to women seeking abortions that they’re wrong, and that carrying a child to term is the ONLY correct decision (especially if you’re doing so outside of a clinic) is, yes, to be “anti-choice.”

      I respect every viewpoint when it comes to a woman’s personal decisions and beliefs about her body, but I’m not really sure why you’re trying to proselytize based on things I didn’t write.

      • Emi106 June 29th, 2014 1:22 AM

        Amy Rose,
        I would also like to ad that I love Rookie, I have read Rookie for years, and I am a girl who loves this blog and loves your articles. I am obviously also pro-life. I am not a right wing lunatic, i am an educated college aged women who goes to school in Montreal, a very progressive city, and i believe that just like anybody else i have the freedom to choose to have my own beliefs based on what is right to me. All i am trying to convey is that it’s not right to call someone by something they are not.

      • Emi106 June 29th, 2014 10:49 AM

        Oh and by the way thanks for not posting my comment defending myself. I’m glad to see that rookie is a censored website where the writers are always right.

        • book_kitty July 2nd, 2014 1:29 PM

          Emi106, your comment actually was posted (assuming it was this: Amy Rose,
          I would also like to ad that I love Rookie, I have read Rookie for years, and I am a girl who loves this blog and loves your articles. I am obviously also pro-life. I am not a right wing lunatic, i am an educated college aged women who goes to school in Montreal, a very progressive city, and i believe that just like anybody else i have the freedom to choose to have my own beliefs based on what is right to me. All i am trying to convey is that it’s not right to call someone by something they are not.) But Rookie does “reserve the right to reject comments for any reason”, according to the House Rules beside the comment box.

          I would like to comment that it was very obvious from the tone used in Amy Rose’s piece that she was pro-choice. Reading the piece I was a little nervous, to be honest, because I know what a contentious subject abortion is and I wish that Rookie/Amy Rose had kept the piece on the Supreme Court ruling neutral and instead of using pro-life or anti-choice (as both these terms evoke debate from different sides of the issue), they/she had used something like “those opposing abortion” or otherwise didn’t use the emotion-filled terms that were used in the issue (e.g. “dealing with anti-choice picketers is not always 100 percent friendly”, “wrongly politicized surgical procedures are going down”). While I do understand that Amy Rose’s views that she may express in her writing for Rookie, I would have appreciated a post that was a little less likely to spark a debate, for readers and Rookie.

  • itsrebeccam June 28th, 2014 11:52 PM

    Kathleen’s writing was unbelievably filled with so much emotion. It was very brave of her to once again release these feelings and give strength to other victims.

  • kimchi June 29th, 2014 9:22 AM

    Whoa wHoa whOa whoA I cannot comprehend that Marcel the Shell is voiced by Mona Lisa Saperstein. I remember when I first saw Marcel on Tavi’s blog, it was a magical day. Now it’s as if everything has come full circle :’)

    When I first moved to Australia I used to watch a lot of beauty vloggers. I didn’t start school for a long time and I didn’t know anybody my age so it was nice to feel like I had the experience of talking to people. Since Australia is really expensive and I didn’t have much money at the time, it was nice to live vicariously through watching hauls. It felt like I had money to go shopping with a friend even when I had no money or friends. At the time I never felt tempted to mimic the shopping I saw in hauls because it was never an option for me. Over the years beauty and fashion vlogging has changed a lot. It didn’t used to be such a huge platform for advertising. It has been very interesting for me to watch different vloggers respectively reject and embrace corporate sponsorship. It makes me happy when vloggers I like are successful enough to be offered sponsorships because it means they can devote themselves to what they enjoy, but at the same time it is sad to watch their unique individual qualities slowly melt away. For example, I love clothesencounters, but this is definitely a pattern I have noticed in her channel over the years.


  • speakeasied June 29th, 2014 2:32 PM

    1. New Grimes is AMAZING. I heard it before this Saturday Links post, but it was just a video of her performing it live, so it’s nice to hear the actual version. It’s definitely different from her other stuff, no doubt, but I don’t know why everyone has to hate on artists who decide to change up their aesthetic/sound/entire persona, especially after a COUPLE YEARS of not releasing anything. Ugh, people change. Get over it.

    2. Amy Rose, you’re my girl. I was so happy to see that there was a link discussing the Supreme Court ruling and ecstatic when I saw it was covered by you! Everything you said was spot-on. *applause*

    3. I love how much FKA Twigs stuff you guys have been posting and that link to her interview with Julianne was totally killer. I love them both.

    4. Anything Lupita is *yay*.

    5. I love you, Rookie.

  • Abby June 29th, 2014 5:35 PM

    UGH. The Supreme Court disgusts me on a regular basis, but this is just too fucking far. I just can’t even articulate how angry this makes me. Like… this isn’t about free speech. Anti-choice protesters can talk all they fucking want outside abortion clinics (which is gross but anyway). This is about the SAFETY OF WOMEN WHO ARE ACCESSING REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES. Abortion doctors get shot. Women going into clinics get harassed by people claiming to want to “help” them change their minds. This isn’t about free speech, it’s about SAFETY. The Supreme Court is hiding behind free speech laws in order to deny women their rights, and it’s disgusting.

  • Pattymafu June 29th, 2014 6:23 PM

    THIS pugs!! OMG! where have you been all my life!! too much awesomeness!

  • Erin. June 30th, 2014 11:13 AM

    Loving the new Grimes song. I’ve always very much admired her as a person/artist, even if I wasn’t super into all of her music (electronic music isn’t really my thing). It’s cool to see/hear her trying out new (poppier) sounds.

    And what?! Discontinuing Ivy and Cecile?! They’re two of the best!