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Sarah Beauchamp is a writer, editor and drag queen enthusiast in NYC. She blogs at freelanceginger.com. Her work has also appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine.

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Cara Delevingne Says She's Gay Because She's Too Crazy For Men

(5) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 11:45 AM

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When I first heard that professional eyebrows Cara Delevingne was on the cover of Vogue talking openly about her relationship with St. Vincent's Annie Clark, I thought, "Awesome! We need more queer cover girls!" Then I read...

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Relationshit: The Most Cathartic Comedy Show Around

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 5:24 PM

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Up the winding steps of an old warehouse in Brooklyn is Standard Toykraft, a small venue with a stage and six short pews. Couples squeeze into them as the lights dim for the one-year anniversary of the Relationshit show, a live...

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Meet a Feminist Hero at the Heart of the Ebola Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2015 | 11:26 AM

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A man is lying on the ground inside a half-zipped body bag, his frail arms laid over his chest, his head leaning on its side. Body Team 12, one of the many body teams working to collect victims in Liberia during the Ebola...

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Edie Falco Says Goodbye to Nurse Jackie

(13) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 11:25 AM

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On the set of Showtime's Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco feels at home. When the cameras are rolling, she's completely immersed in her character—lying to her husband at the dinner table, arguing with her coworker at a patient's bedside, sneaking away to snort pills...

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How the Nightly Show Changed Late Night

(18) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 11:49 AM

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Photo Credit: Stephen Lovekin

It's no surprise that late night TV has been a White Boy's Club for a while now. Finally this year Comedy Central gave Larry Wilmore, former Daily Show correspondent, his own show, The Nightly Show. While...

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A Queer Movie That Doesn't Lead With Its Queer Foot

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:11 PM

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Shirin's sitting on the subway, half-listening as her friend talks about a recent failed date. As they approach the next stop, Shirin sees her ex-girlfriend standing on the subway platform talking on the phone. They make eye contact. Shirin waves, a small...
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Advancing the 'Weird Brown Girl Movement'

(10) Comments | Posted February 18, 2015 | 4:47 PM

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Five 20-something Ghanaian women, draped in jewelry, sit around a table at a dimly lit restaurant in downtown Accra. One laments about the housemaid stealing her bras, another brags about scoring a pair of knock-off designer sunglasses.

This is the premiere episode...

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Michael Keaton Isn't 'Birdman'

(5) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 6:04 PM

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Michael Keaton hates talking about himself. This is why he's never been able to understand politicians. "They talk about themselves for years, move the truth around for years, only to win an election and do it for more and more years," he says...

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Anche se una donna è brutta o sovrappeso, tutto andrà a meraviglia

(4) Comments | Posted August 16, 2014 | 3:53 AM

Sono seduta fuori da una bettola a East Village con i miei amici Paul e Dale. I Sex Pistols squillano attraverso le finestre aperte, davanti alle quali sta una fila di giovani ubriachi raccolti intorno a dei tavolini da cocktail. Nell'aria fluttua il fumo di sigarette e di erba. Mentre...

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Meu estuprador era um amor

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Estamos paradas na plataforma do metrô esperando pelo trem C para voltar a Bed-Stuy, depois de participarmos de nosso primeiro "clube do livro feminista". É algo que eu não sabia que existia até que minha colega de quarto Rosemary me convidou para conhecer. Apesar de não se considerar uma feminista,...

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Women Can Be Fat and Ugly and Everything Is Going to Be OK

(116) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 7:59 AM

I'm standing outside some shitty dive bar in the East Village with my friends Paul and Dale. The Sex Pistols blare through the open windows, in front of which stands a row of young, drunk people gathered around cocktail tables. Cigarette and weed smoke hang low in the air.

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Mein Vergewaltiger war ein Schatz

(4) Comments | Posted August 2, 2014 | 10:55 AM

Wir warteten am U-Bahnsteig auf den Zug zurück nach Brooklyn und hatten gerade zum ersten Mal an einem "feministischen Buchclub" teilgenommen.

So etwas kannte ich nicht einmal, bis meine Mitbewohnerin Rosemary vorgeschlagen hat, hinzugehen. Obwohl sie sich selbst nicht als Feministin sieht, dachte sie, dass es interessant sein könnte....

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My Rapist Was a Sweetheart

(86) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 8:51 AM

We're standing on the subway platform waiting for the C train back to Bed-Stuy after attending our first "feminist book club." It's something I didn't know existed until my roommate Rosemary suggested we go. Despite not considering herself a feminist, she thought it sounded interesting, and acquiesced that she felt...

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Why Now Is a Divine Time for Alicia Witt

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2014 | 11:09 AM

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Steadying the gun in her hands, Wendy Crowe takes one slow step toward her brother. Determination in her eyes, she lowers the firearm to just below his belt. In a breath, she pulls the trigger.

It's hard to believe that the strong-willed,...

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Cruising for Dudes with My Dad

(0) Comments | Posted April 29, 2014 | 1:23 PM

We're sitting on a red leather sofa in the lobby of the New York Athletic Club. My dad's wearing a blue and white pinstripe dress shirt, gold cufflinks and a salmon-colored tie. I'm wearing a navy blue cocktail dress so tight it gives the illusion I've got a great ass...

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Everything You Love About The Sound of Music Is a Lie

(2) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 4:23 PM

My mom has always been a big fan of the classic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical The Sound of Music, which portrays the tale of the von Trapp family as a bold, passionate, flee-Nazis-in-the-night kind of love story. She enjoys it so much in fact, that she roped me into watching...

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House of Cards's Molly Parker Talks Complex Characters and Unexpected Plot Twists

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 11:57 AM

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When we last saw Congressman Francis Underwood (Kevin Spacey), he was one step closer to claiming the U.S. Vice Presidential seat, and he and his wife and political confidant Claire (Robin Wright) were enjoying a late-night victory lap around...

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Netflix's Mitt Confirms Why Romney Isn't President

(16) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 9:25 AM

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Hunched over in a dimly lit hotel room, surrounded by his family, a defeated Mitt Romney realizes he's lost the 2008 Republican nomination to John McCain. "I didn't even want to go to [campaign] events," he says....

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12 Best Bitchy Moments From The Golden Globes

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 2:51 PM

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When you put a bunch of actors and actresses in tight, drunken quarters for three hours or more, there's bound to be some solid bitchy moments. Last night was no exception. The 71st...

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Lonely? Fox News Recommends Dating This DVD

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:28 PM

Ten years ago when the Incredible Instant Adoring Boyfriend DVDs were released by British-based company Lagoon Games, mainstream media dismissed the videos due to the fact that they are ridiculous and somewhat insulting, but mostly just stupid and sad.

The half-hour video involves a blonde British man who randomly begins stretching or lifting weights mid-sentence and won't stop telling the viewer how perfect and beautiful they are -- but usually he just sits on his ("your") couch reading OK! Magazine shirtless. (He also awkwardly attempts to use whipped cream for what appears to be the first time in his life at 2:25.) Instant Boyfriend's lines cater to the most over-exploited, shallow female stereotypes, and for the most part would make any woman want to vom -- like "Even when you drool, you're gorgeous."

While most major news sources considered these videos better suited for gag gifts at bachelorette parties than the subject of hard-hitting news stories about the evolution of dating, Fox News begged to differ.

Fox published a story entitled "The Perfect Man Exists -- On Video," in which it suggests the DVDs -- or VHS tapes for just $9.98 (there was also a CD-ROM version that included "compliment emails") -- might actually be the next "logical step for frustrated singles seeking love and coming up empty."

Despite DVD Boyfriends not being a viable replacement for an actual human-to-human relationship (at all), Fox was pretty excited about them (probably because nobody would need to pay for birth control). So excited, in fact, that they decided to engage Match.com's "vice president of romance" Trish McDermott on the topic.

McDermott, due to her possession of a brain, a decent amount of self-respect, and the knowledge of what an actual romantic relationship is, disagreed with Fox's prediction, saying the appeal of the "Instant Boyfriend" would only go so far... because he only exists in digital form.

But still, Lagoon Creative Manager Jonathan Lim insisted to Fox News that the DVDs are excellent "company" for single people. "Someone says all these nice things to you," Lim said, "and it's going to make you feel better."

Or lonelier. Or strange for dating someone who has to be plugged in.

Despite the Lagoon sales rep claiming individuals were purchasing 18 per week and then wanting more (how many single friends could you possibly have?), the "Instant Boyfriend" doesn't seem to have taken off. (Although, it's maybe a possibility in Japan.)

Far more disturbing than any of this was the sexist, if not completely horrifying, comment Lim made when explaining why an "Incredible Instant Adoring Girlfriend" wasn't in the works anytime soon: "That could be controversial," he tells Fox, "since she'd probably be a girl in her underwear with tape over her mouth handing you a beer."

A "girl"? Tape over her mouth? There are so many things wrong with that statement my ovaries could explode.

Shockingly, Fox decided not to call Lim out on his blatant sexism at the time, and instead chose to highlight his product as a "quirky new video" that provides a potentially "better" scenario that an actual, imperfect human relationship.

Once again, Fox, you are a regular Nostradamus. Every woman knows nowadays that if she has a hard time on OKCupid or Tinder, she can always consider spending the night with a DVD created by a sexist...

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