Afternoon Inqueery

AI: One Dreamy Week

This next week is the week Brasil stops functioning as a country and becomes a stage for what many would call the event of the year: Carnaval. In some regions, the party has already been going on for weeks. It doesn’t really matter where you are, it’s everywhere. And while personally, I have no interest in the kind of partying it provides (in addition to the perpetuation of very, very harmful stereotypes on Brazilian women and Brazilian culture and Brazilian music Brazilian artists and… Well, Brazil), it’s still one. Whole. Week. Off.

One dream week of films and books and TV shows and having enough hours of sleep and maybe some alcohol thingies, if you’re into that (and for me, this year, three papers on delightful little fungi to read).

So, to the question:

What would you do if you were granted one week off of everything in your life? (Would you maybe come to Brasil and enjoy the perks of Carnaval?)

The Afternoon Inqueery (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Queereka community. Look for it to appear Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 3pm ET.

Featured image is 2012’s “Globeleza” (the muse of the whole party), Aline Prado, who has been on the job since 2006. (Objectification of women? Celebrate Carnaval and have some!)

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Aretha is a lesbian girl born in Amazon-covered northern Brazil, and currently lives closer to the Atlantic Ocean. She is working on becoming a biologist and her interests include feminism, LGBTQ rights, particularly small soil fungi and anything Anne Hathaway does.


  1. February 19, 2012 at 10:28 pm —

    I’m actually going to Mexico for a week in may. I intend to spend the whole time locked in my room chain smoking and catching up on reading.

    • February 19, 2012 at 10:31 pm —

      The only bad thing about this is that whenever I travel I can never find Canadian smokes. That and I can’t stand hot temperatures.

      • February 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm —

        Funny, the first thing in my mind when I think about going somewhere on the northern hemisphere someday is that I would never be able to stand the cold!

        The lowest temperature I can handle here without shivering is 22ºC/72ºF (which is, like, a rainy day, ha).

        Also, that’s a great plan! I’ve been trying to catch up on my reading (currently, I have fifteen untouched books on my shelf, and two more are on their way – I have a SERIOUS problem with online bookstores), but the internet tangles me everytime, :S I’m getting out of town tomorrow, though, so hopefully I’l get on with it already.

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