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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
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Just How Innocent Are These "How To Attract Women" Websites?

Just How Innocent Are These "How To Attract Women" Websites? | Herstory | Scoop.it
The Men's Right Movement (MRM) may have begun in support of women and feminism, but it's gone to hell. There's always been an element of "I want to be a playboy" in the world of modern Western men....
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I look past the simple sales pitches into just who runs these dating self-help sites...

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The Long Struggle for Wage Equality for Women and Republican Road Blocks | Nomadic Politics

The Long Struggle for Wage Equality for Women and Republican Road Blocks | Nomadic Politics | Herstory | Scoop.it
Wage equality for women has been a long and difficult road, dating the Roosevelt era and before. Down through the years, step by step, progress against pay discrimination has plodded along, despite the numerous obstacles. However, that struggle came to an abrupt halt last April when Republican Senators decided to shut down legislation to curb pay discrimination based on gender. But the question is: will they pay a price in November?

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If You See This Woman And Think She Doesn’t Seem Punk, Wait Till You See Her In Her Underwear

If You See This Woman And Think She Doesn’t Seem Punk, Wait Till You See Her In Her Underwear | Herstory | Scoop.it

Even riot grrrrrls get the blues.


...There are websites that write about our band just because they know that it will get traffic to their website because people will go on the comments and say, "This band sucks and I hope the lead singer gets raped and killed." There's nothing in the world that makes you feel more vulnerable than when you're trying to retain any semblance of your personhood and there's people on the internet that are just... Who are these people that are just sitting behind their keyboard talking about how they hope I get raped? We live in a world where men are so entitled to women's bodies that when they don't get what they want they go on killing sprees. And yet, everyone chalks it up to some mental illness and doesn't want to talk about how violence against women is a mental illness. Because we live in...

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Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the Long Shadow of the 'Lavender Menace'

Sex Trouble: Radical Feminism and the Long Shadow of the 'Lavender Menace' | Herstory | Scoop.it
"The supersensitivity of the [Women's Liberation] movement to the lesbian issue, and the existence of a few militant lesbians within the movement, once prompted [NOW founder Betty] Friedan herself ...
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Leighton Meester asks, is 'Of Mice and Men' a Feminst Tract?

Leighton Meester asks, is 'Of Mice and Men' a Feminst Tract? | Herstory | Scoop.it

If Steinbeck's woman character is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today....


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Perfect Season: The Untold Story of The Toledo Troopers

Perfect Season: The Untold Story of The Toledo Troopers | Herstory | Scoop.it

Perfect Season: The Untold Story of The Toledo Troopers


The untold story of the winningest team in professional football history,
The Toledo Troopers

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Women kickin' a** on the football field in the 1970s!

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Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center

Group Plans to Open First-of-Its-Kind All-Options Pregnancy Center | Herstory | Scoop.it
The All Options Pregnancy Resource Center, which will be located in Bloomington, Indiana, is seen by its supporters as an antidote to the strategy employed at anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers of limiting accurate information about and access to abortion care.
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More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really)

More #YesAllWomen Backlash & Myth-Information (It's Math, Really) | Herstory | Scoop.it
If you don't follow me on Twitter, then you may not have noticed how in love I am with the #YesAllWomen phenomenon. Personally, it became very difficult for me to maintain such conversations when M...
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The secret to fighting male fury: Why #YesAllWomen is so important

The secret to fighting male fury: Why #YesAllWomen is so important | Herstory | Scoop.it
Women accross America are creating the vocabulary to expose the poisonous effects of misogyny
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Why Men Don't See the Harassment Women Experience. #YesAllWomen

Why Men Don't See the Harassment Women Experience. #YesAllWomen | Herstory | Scoop.it
When Santa Barbara police arrived at Elliot Rodger’s apartment last month—after Rodger’s mother alerted authorities to her son’s YouTube videos, where he expressed his resentment of women who don’t have sex with him, aired his jealousy of the men they do choose, and stated his intentions to remedy this “injustice”...
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New Statesman | Melody Saracoglu on Germaine Greer: One Woman Against the World

New Statesman | Melody Saracoglu on Germaine Greer: One Woman Against the World | Herstory | Scoop.it

Many criticisms of feminist analysis involve the complaint that questions were asked that never got answered - or a damning indictment was exposed, with little in the way of remedial action suggested. The Female Eunuch cannot be accused of this. ...

 

 


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Cherchez la femme : Feminist videos produced by French activist / militant collectives in the 1970s.

Cherchez la femme : Feminist videos produced by French activist / militant collectives in the 1970s. | Herstory | Scoop.it

There exists a rich history of radical, pioneering feminist video collectives in France that is largely unknown to Anglophone audiences and is still to be recognized in the Western canon of visual studies and activist history. In France, in the early 1970s, several activist collectives such as Vidéa (1974, Anne-Marie Faure, Isabelle Fraisse, Syn Guerin and Catherine Lahourcade) and Insoumuses (1975, Carole Roussopoulos, Delphine Seyrig and Iona Wieder) composed almost entirely of women took up the new portable video camera as an immediate and accessible tool to promote feminism, class and gender consciousness, direct democracy, and political action - all central ideals during the May ‘68 student movements in France and within second-wave feminism. They collectively produced videos (explicitly not artworks) that exploited the medium for their own sociopolitical agendas and self-representation at a time when society did not expect women to embrace technology.

 

16 May - 13 July 2014

SPACE, London

http://www.spacestudios.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/cherchez-la-femme

 


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Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 12 Year-Old Madison Kimrey (Guest Post)

Open Letter to Phyllis Schlafly From 12 Year-Old Madison Kimrey (Guest Post) | Herstory | Scoop.it
"...it’s been kind of hard to find something I have in common with you. Then, it came to me. I bet you wear a bra."
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Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years

Phyllis Schlafly: Still Wrong (and Mean) After All These Years | Herstory | Scoop.it
A recent column by Phyllis Schlafly—arguably nation’s, if not the world’s, most famous hater of the feminist movement—shows just how woefully out of touch she and the conservative spokeswomen who have followed her are today.
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Schlafly said, “The best way to improve economic prospects for women is to improve job prospects for the men in their lives, even if that means increasing the so-called pay gap.”

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Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work

Of Feminism & Inequality In Porn & Sex Work | Herstory | Scoop.it

The Feminist Times has an excellent series on sex work, covering a diverse range of issues. (Sadly, it is only found by searching for the hashtag #SexIndustryWeek, as if finding it on Twitter was more important than a person being able to find all the discussion on the site.) Because it is a diverse series, there are plenty of articles I do not agree with; but that’s what makes it a good discussion, so, please, do take the time to read them. However, there’s one article in particular that raised my hackles and prompts me to write today ~ primarily because it has gone without comment. Such absence of comment might make people think it is “right”. And it is not.

The article is #SexIndustryWeek: Dworkin Was Right About Porn, by VJD Smith of Glosswatch. In it, Smith uses the words of Andrea Dworkin to align all porn as patriarchal misogyny abusing and raping female victims:


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Some of the assumptions feminists make about sex work and porn; insightful.

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Negative aspects involved in feminist arguments against porn and sex work.

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The War On Women

The War On Women | Herstory | Scoop.it
“If a woman has (the right to abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases)...
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A huge link round-up of evidence.

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A huge link round-up of evidence.

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Progress for women in politics, but glass ceiling remains firm | UN Women - Headquarters

Progress for women in politics, but glass ceiling remains firm | UN Women - Headquarters | Herstory | Scoop.it
The Women in Politics Map 2014 launched by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and UN Women today shows that while progress on women’s political participation continues to be largely positive across the world, glass ceilings remain firmly in place for women at the highest levels.

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Retrospace: Vintage Scan #20: A 1972 Quiz on Women's Lib

Retrospace: Vintage Scan #20: A 1972 Quiz on Women's Lib | Herstory | Scoop.it

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.

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Meryl Streep And Brendan Gleeson Join Historical Feminism Movie Drama 'Suffragette'

Meryl Streep And Brendan Gleeson Join Historical Feminism Movie Drama 'Suffragette' | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Meryl Streep And Brendan Gleeson Join Historical Feminism Drama Suffragette
Cinema Blend
Suffragette stars Carey Mulligan as a woman named Maude, who is a worker bee in the growing feminism movement of the early 20th century.

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How My Past As A Black Woman Informs Me As A Black Male Feminist

How My Past As A Black Woman Informs Me As A Black Male Feminist | Herstory | Scoop.it

I am not new to masculinity, but I am new to being a black man. I am new to the experience of male privilege, as well as the disprivilege of race that marks my black male body as suspect.


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Poor Vintage Suffragette Valentine

Poor Vintage Suffragette Valentine | Herstory | Scoop.it
Was the suffrage movement the start of "Galentine's Day"? I can't imagine this valentine was sent by anything other than a woman to another woman. Antique valentine via.
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On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point

On advertising history, feminism and marketing in the future: Destroying the point | Herstory | Scoop.it

The social media movement born of Alan Jones' sexist comments had huge early success, but its clicktivists' wings have since been clipped. It was around the year of my birth that Philip Morris began a campaign to seduce its female smokers. In an era largely untroubled by my pregnant mother's cigarettes, the Virginia Slims campaign was, in itself, unsurprising.

 

What was surprising was the company's use of a ''women's libber'' to promote its product. This was the first time feminism sold anything to anyone; apart from its core principles, I suppose. Since then, the idea of an emerging social freedom has been used many times to sell women face cream and alcohol. The ''you go girl'' message has been successfully co-opted to bring my gender high heels and financial services and small cars. Because you're worth it.

 

These days, women are still buying back their own dissent from advertisers. But things are different now. In an age of social networking, where so many of us feel we are in ''control'' of our media, the way to a lady's wallet is a more difficult business....


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Schoolgirls on Frontline: Crush Sexism, Add Feminism to Curriculum

Schoolgirls on Frontline: Crush Sexism, Add Feminism to Curriculum | Herstory | Scoop.it
Feminism had become, until relatively recently, a dirty word, a label for women who hated men, had hairy armpits and burned their bras.

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Feminism had become, until relatively recently, a dirty word, a label for women who hated men, had hairy armpits and burned their bras.

But the fight for equal rights along gender lines is suddenly in vogue again, and Camden’s schoolgirls are signing up

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Timeline Photos - National Women's History Museum | Facebook

Timeline Photos - National Women's History Museum | Facebook | Herstory | Scoop.it


Today in 1961, the President’s Commission on the Status of Women was established to examine discrimination against women and to make proposals for eliminating it. In his statement, President John F. Kennedy declared: “This is a task for the entire Nation.” Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the commission from its creation until her death in 1962. (Photo: JFK Presidential Library and Museum.)

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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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A Marketing Mix
Adventures in advertising and marketing - the contemporary, the historical, and the hysterical. http://deanna.dahlsad.com/
Antiques & Vintage Collectibles
Collecting old things; heirlooms and new to you things! Companion to http://www.inherited-values.com/
Colorful Prism Of Racism
Racism past and present. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/colorful-prism-of-racism/
Consumption Junction
Consumerism meets marketing; who & what manipulates the free market of goods & services. See also: http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/ze-big-mouth-promotions-stuff/
Crimes Against Humanity
From lone gunmen on hills to mass movements. Depressing as hell, really.
Cultural History
The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
Dare To Be A Feminist
I do. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/category/hey-sister-can-you-spare-some-social-change/
For Art's Sake-1
Art, crafts, and the people who make them. To inspire and purchase. Companion to http://www.ululating-undulating-ungulate.com/
Herstory
History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
In The Name Of God
Mainly acts done in the name of religion, but also discussions of atheism, faith, & spirituality.
Kinsanity
Let's just say I have reasons to learn more about mental health, special needs children, psychology, and the like.
Kitsch
Mostly vintage and retro "badness" but you can decide how delicious it is. http://www.kitschy-kitschy-coo.com/blog/
Nerdy Needs
The stuff of nerdy, geeky, dreams.
Readin', 'Ritin', and (Publishing) 'Rithmetic
The meaning behind the math of the bottom line in publishing and the media. For writers, publishers, and bloggers (which are a combination of the two).
Sex Positive
Sexuality as a human right.
Vintage Living Today For A Future Tomorrow
It's as easy to romanticize the past as it is to demonize it; instead, let's learn from it. More than living simply, more than living 'green', thrifty grandmas knew the importance of the 'economics' in Home Economics. The history of home ec, lessons in thrift, practical tips and ideas from the past focused on sustainability for families and out planet. Companion to http://www.thingsyourgrandmotherknew.com/
Visiting The Past
Travel based on grande ideas, locations, and persons of the past.
Walking On Sunshine
Stuff that makes me smile.
You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important
Links to (many of) my columns and articles.