Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbuded with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’s domain.
Jose Esteban Munoz, from Cruising Utopia
no words for this dark day
Text: Are You Queer? Do You Use Tumblr? What do You do on Tumblr?
I’m Parisa and I’m writing my Master’s Thesis on queer folks’ uses of tumblr. I’m particularly interested in the ways in which queer folks create and engage with community on tumblr, as well as how people use tumblr as a tool for self-expression (whether it’s our rad intersectional identities, dedication to cute animals, tasty food, Tina Fey, or anything we post, reblog, or quote).
I’d love to talk to anyone interested via either video, in-person, or e-mail interview. If you’re interested in helping me out, please either message me via tumblr at queerlives.tumblr.com or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hey FYQB friends! Spread the word about this please! Or contact me for an interview!
These are so delicious you don’t even know.
Like…you wouldn’t think that these flavors would go together. And then they do. And then your mind is blown.
Molasses, Butterscotch, and Espresso Bars
6 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
1/4 c dark brown sugar
1/4 c granulated sugar
2 Tbs molasses
1 1/2 tsp instant espresso powder
1 large egg
1/2 tsp cinnamon (I always add just a little extra on spices)
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c butterscotch chips
1. Preheat oven to 350°F and line an 8x8 in square baking pan with parchment paper or tin foil (if you’re using foil, you should also grease it)
2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the melted butter, molasses, sugars, and espresso powder. Add the egg, mixing well.
3. In another bowl, mix together the flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. Add this to the sugar mixture until smooth. Add the vanilla and then the butterscotch chips, making sure that the chips are evenly distributed.
4. Pour mix into the prepared pan, smoothing over the top and making sure that it is evenly spread. Then put in the oven and bake for 18-25mins. If you feel like you’ve overcooked it, put it immediately in the freezer after taking it out of the oven.
5. Let the bars cool for a bit, then use the parchment paper to lift them out of the pan so that you can cut them into squares and let them cool on a cooling rack.
6. Consume! You’ll want to eat all of them immediately, I promise.
Working at a bookstore means that I have to resist the temptation to buy all of the cookbooks in the bargain section with my discount…so I only bought one. And I made some Peanut Butter Blondies! (the original recipe calls for peanut butter chips and roasted, salted peanuts, but obviously I didn’t have either of those so I just added chocolate chips and I honestly have no regrets)
Peanut Butter Blondies
3/4 c all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 Tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled
3/4 c brown sugar
1 large egg
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 c crunchy peanut buter (I used Trader Joe’s!)
1/2 c chocolate chips
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F and then line an 8x8 square baking pan with tin foil, and then grease the foil on the pan.
2. Grab a small/medium bowl and mix together your flour, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a larger bowl, mix together the butter and brown sugar. After that, whisk in eggs and vanilla, and then the peanut butter until it looks all smooth and combined.
4. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture. At the end, stir in the chocolate chips.
5. Pour the batter into your pan, and bake in the over for about 20 mins. The original recipe says to lt cool for 2 hours. You can do that. Or you can be me and put them in the freezer for like thirty mins-1 hour. Either way, once they are “cool” you can pull them out of the pan using the foil, flip them onto a plate, remove the foil, and cut them up so you can eat them and share with your queer fam/friends :)