This March, I’m challenging myself to an entire month without makeup.
People wear makeup for various reasons. Some wear it to emphasize their ethnic identity, some to accentuate their gender identity. Others use makeup as an empowering survival tool in an oppressed culture, while others consider their makeup to be an ongoing art piece in self-expression. Some reasons are positive, but my reason for wearing makeup was not. I wanted to be perfect.
This November '72 issue of Young Miss contains a fun little quiz on Women's Lib. Give it a try and see how you do! (answers at the end of the post)
1. Never let a boy know you're as smart (or smarter) than he is. 2. Only brainy girls like mathematics. 3. Only wear "feminine" clothes which will make boys look twice. 4. Don't be caught dead without a small supply of cosmetics in your handbag. 5. Let the strong boys in the class move the chairs for the teacher. 6. Sports and strenuous physical activities will make you look like a wrestler. 7. It's only right for you to take home economics (and not shop) so you can learn to prepare meals for your husband and children. 8. The boys' tennis team (the only school team) has never allowed girls to try out-and there's no reason why it should change its rules. 9. Girls should not be aggressive and compete because it's more feminine to let the boys be the leaders and winners. 10. In dating, always let the boy make the first move, and never look too anxious. 11. Only women's liberation types want careers and men's jobs. 12. Don't worry too much about grades because you'll probably get married and, quit working anyway.
Answers: Basically, Young Miss says all the answers are 'false'. If you answered true to any of these questions, there's an article in the mag they recommend you read.... oh, and you're a woman hating bastard.
Someone sent me an ask about this via tumblr and it turned into a novella so I thought I’d also publish at as a post. The ask was enquiring about how to help victims of domestic violence in two situations; strangers on the street and friends.
Is it possible to combine desire for variety in sexual relations with the maintenance of a stable, happy marriage?
by Edward Dengrove, M.D.
FROM time to time one reads in the newspapers reports of cases such as that of the Percy Radfords and the George Hauses, of St. Louis, Missouri. These two couples, after a friendship of four months, decided they'd be happier married to each other's partners. At the time the swap was made, one couple had been wed for some seventeen years, and the other for almost five.
Accomplished as it was, through divorce and remarriage, this trade of spouses had legal sanction, as well as the attention of the press. But there is a lot more such swapping than the newspapers ever discover, because most of it exists on a sporadic basis and does not end in divorce and the remarriage of the alternate couples.
In 1972, the Ms. Foundation for Women produced Free to Be… You and Me, an illustrated book and record album set. Initiated by Marlo Thomas, the mission of the Free to Be… You and Me project was to provide healthy messages refuting and rejecting gender stereotypes while encouraging the positive and empowering post-1960s ideas of gender equality, individuality, comfort with one’s identity, and tolerance. Using her celebrity clout, Marlo Thomas got a number of her celebrity friends to create, write, and perform the modern day lessons to children in song and story form. No doubt the hope was that the parents and other adults in children’s lives were listening — and learning — too.
I understand that fathers have rights, and I’m all for that. But this ruling took those rights way too far, to the point of dangerousness. It treated a fetus as a child, for purposes of a custody battle. And in doing so, it threatened to limit the rights of a pregnant woman to move and travel.
One of the cooler experiences I've had in recent memory was meeting Elsie Nanugaq Tommy, a spry 104-year-old who started a secret women's shelter decades ago out of her home in Newtok, Alaska. She's a bundle of smiles and optimism -- and her legacy of helpfulness already has been passed down to her granddaughter, Denise Tommy, who is executive director of the Tundra Women's Coalition in Bethel, Alaska, which shelters women and fights violence with educational programs.
This portrayal is dicey enough as is, but True Detective also implicates viewers in the objectification of exotic dancers. Even if the “stripper” scenes look abusive, we are simultaneously offered money shots of thongs, nipples, and gyrating hips as some sort of titillating way to allow us to join in the leering. This contradicts any attempts to condemn the “villains” that pay these dancing women, because the audience is offered its own array of sensual shots. And don’t forget, some of the naked bodies on the show are dead, and we all get to gaze at them, too.
I am currently working on a dissertation project that investigates how fat fashion bloggers make meaning through their dress practices, and am looking for fat fashion bloggers to interview for my dissertation project. In order to participate in this research,
"... nine months before [Rosa] Parks’ historic action, a 15-year-old teenager named Claudette Colvin did the very same thing. She was arrested, and her case led to the U.S. Supreme Court’s order for the desegregation of Alabama’s bus system.
Now 73, Claudette Colvin joins us for a rare interview along with Brooklyn College Professor Jeanne Theoharis, author of "The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks." Theoharis says Parks’ act of defiance may not have happened if not for Colvin’s nine months before.
Colvin says learning about African-American history in school inspired her act. "I could not move, because history had me glued to the seat," she recalls telling the bus driver and the police officer who came to arrest her. "It felt like Sojourner Truth’s hands were pushing me down on one shoulder and Harriet Tubman’s hands were pushing me down on another shoulder."
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"Dave Truesdale is a man on a mission. A former editor of the Science Fiction Writers Association (SFWA) monthly magazine, Truesdale abhors the recent push for greater diversity within the sci-fi publishing community."