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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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What can Testicles tell us about Dads?

What can Testicles tell us about Dads? | Herstory | Scoop.it

This month’s guest column* by Tristan Bridges, Ph.D., deals  with a recent research publication on a correlation between testicle size and nurturing instincts/behaviors in men.  Bridges, a sociologist at The College at Brockport, State University of New York, is currently working on a project dealing with the meanings of “man caves” in contemporary U.S. households.

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Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage

Can’t Buy Me Love: How Romance Wrecked Traditional Marriage | Herstory | Scoop.it
"Love was considered a reason not to get married. It was seen as lust, as something that would dissipate."For most of recorded human history...

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malek's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:54 AM

Even as women were accepted in certain industries, their attempts to organize for legal rights were consistently mocked in political cartoons, like this anti-suffrage postcard from 1907.

malek's comment, November 4, 2013 8:00 AM
Thank you Deanna, nostalgia is great, no option but to follow you.
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Prison Guard Repeatedly Rapes Inmate; Warden Shrugs: 'Go on Birth Control,' Lawsuit Claims

Prison Guard Repeatedly Rapes Inmate; Warden Shrugs: 'Go on Birth Control,' Lawsuit Claims | Herstory | Scoop.it

An Alabama jail guard raped an inmate repeatedly, and the female warden told her there was nothing she could do about it - but put her on birth control, the woman claims in court.

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Police Woman: The Long Octopus Arms Twarting Female Police Detectives

Police Woman: The Long Octopus Arms Twarting Female Police Detectives | Herstory | Scoop.it

Most of us tend to think of Angie Dickinson when we think of police women — and it’s not just because she was Sgt. Suzanne “Pepper” Anderson on Police Woman...


But in truth, there not only were female cops before then, but they were the result of what we’d now call “unlikely feminists” — and some bad male behavior. These battles would be more dangerous than tangling with an octopus.


You may have heard of Isabella Goodwin, the first US woman detective appointed in New York City on March 1, 1912 (it’s the sort of “fun historical fact” people like to blog about, say, on March 1st). But few take the time to give you some real information about her —

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Vestal Virgins by Nathaniel Sichel (1843-1907)

Vestal Virgins by Nathaniel Sichel (1843-1907) | Herstory | Scoop.it
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“ Nathaniel Sichel (1843-1907)
Sichel, of Berlin, a graduate of the Berlin Academy and the Paris Academy. He was born at Mayence, and was first a lithographer.
He is a favorite...
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Sereiously, searching "Sichel vestal virgin" brings up a lot of his works with the same title... More works here: http://www.iment.com/maida/family/mother/vicars/nathanielsichel.htm

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Sereiously, searching "Sichel vestal virgin" brings up a lot of his works with the same title... More works here: http://www.iment.com/maida/family/mother/vicars/nathanielsichel.htm

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Red Shirley a film by Lou Reed

Red Shirley a film by Lou Reed | Herstory | Scoop.it

Red Shirley, a 99-year-old woman formally known as Shulamit Rabinowitz, is the star of this short film co-directed by her cousin, none other than former Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed.\

Rabinowitz lived through the devastation of the First World War, and fled Poland for Canada during the Second. At ninteen, she immigrated illegally to the U.S., where she spent 47 years toiling at a New York textile factory. She tracked down her long-lost sisters in Palestine, engaged in union struggles and took part in the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C.

Enhanced by its dark soundtrack — courtesy of Mr. Reed, naturally — and judicious use of freeze frames, this intimate cousin-to-cousin encounter is a fascinating distillation of an individual’s unique experience over a vast expanse of 20th century history.


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Mawyl's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:59 AM

Just to show he was also a family man, not only a rock star

Judith van Praag's comment, October 28, 2013 3:17 PM
<3 it thanks Manuela. He knew how to take on the persona of Rock Star, Lou Reed the wonderful poet. Thanks for sharing this.
Judith van Praag's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:20 PM

My dad lived through WWI and WWII as well, and Lou Reed's work has had a profound effect on my life. Good enough a reason to make this part of the Background Story Scoop.it!

 

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Life, Interrupted: Crazy, Unsexy Cancer Tips

Life, Interrupted: Crazy, Unsexy Cancer Tips | Herstory | Scoop.it
Every few weeks I host a “girls’ night” at my apartment in Lower Manhattan with a group of friends who are at various stages in their cancer treatments.
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Otelia Cromwell Day 2013

Otelia Cromwell Day 2013 | Herstory | Scoop.it
Smith will honor the first African-American graduate of the college with its annual Otelia Cromwell Day event, featuring a keynote address by Julianne Malveaux, Tuesday, November 5.
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Basements and Attics, Closets and Cyberspace: Explorations in Canadian Women’s Archives (Life Writing): Linda M. Morra, Jessica Schagerl

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Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans

Activist Spotlight: Deon Haywood on Justice and the Movement in New Orleans | Herstory | Scoop.it

In May of this year, I talked to Deon Haywood, Executive Director of Women With A Vision in New Orleans about her approach to organizing. WWAV scored a significant grassroots legal and political victory in the last year with the NO Justice campaign, which removed hundreds of cis and trans women from Louisiana’s registered felony sexual offender rolls. Deon is a longtime activist in the city of New Orleans, with a history of organizing low-income women of color around reproductive justice, harm reduction, and human rights.

 

...We are not all in the same boat. And if we keep playing like we are, we’re not really going to make the kind of change we’d like to see. Because the women I work with are never going to be able to jump into the sex workers’ rights movement. They don’t feel like that movement is for them.


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From ‘Belle en Femme’ (1895)

From ‘Belle en Femme’ (1895) | Herstory | Scoop.it
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“ From ‘Belle en Femme’ (1895) by Alfred Devonshire. Belles’ straight forward championing of her own transgender status was the catalyst for many prejudices to be questioned and...
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Curriculum For Cooks

Curriculum For Cooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
This vintage cookbook entitled “Curriculum For Cooks” is from the University Hospital Auxiliary Faculty Women’s Club, University of Minnesota, 1958. Available at our Fergus Falls, MN location; if...
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Elsa Schiapparelli, 1937

Elsa Schiapparelli, 1937 | Herstory | Scoop.it
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Norma Shearer

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Norma Shearer in Their Own Desire (E. Mason Hopper, 1929)

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Does History Repeat Itself, But With More Porn? » Sociological Images

Does History Repeat Itself, But With More Porn? » Sociological Images | Herstory | Scoop.it

In 1990 I was still an American Culture major in college, but I was getting ready to jump ship for sociology. That’s when Madonna’s “Justify My Love” video was banned by MTV, which was a thing people used to use to watch videos. And network TV used to be a major source of exposure.

I was watching when Madonna went on Nightline for an interview.

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Comparing Miley to Madonna is rather spot-on (and something we should be over by now with the growing number of tween & teen stars who have tried to "bust out" as women); but I still stand by the no-no of racist twerking - see http://sco.lt/8kvXzV

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What's Wrong with This Picture? Why Maria Kang Can't Tell People What to Do. - BlogHer (blog)

What's Wrong with This Picture? Why Maria Kang Can't Tell People What to Do. - BlogHer (blog) | Herstory | Scoop.it

How can you tell women that if they just put down the pound cake and took up your prayer and exercise regime they would look like that, when you don't even look like that? I am...disappoint. And none of this is to say her photo here isn't gorgeous. The only one saying that is her, when she thanks her fans for being "understanding and supportive" of her stomach skin. She is a damn knockout, as she is. I'm sorry she doesn't see it that way.



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The Little Hypnotic Sunbeam

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The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon

The SCAR Project: Breast Cancer Is Not A Pink Ribbon | Herstory | Scoop.it

The SCAR Project is a series of large-scale portraits of young breast cancer survivors shot by fashion photographer David Jay. Primarily an awareness raising campaign, The SCAR Project puts a raw, unflinching face on early onset breast cancer while paying tribute to the courage and spirit of so many brave young women.

Dedicated to the more than 10,000 women under the age of 40 who will be diagnosed this year alone, The SCAR Project is an exercise in awareness, hope, reflection and healing. The mission is three-fold: raise public consciousness of early-onset breast cancer, raise funds for breast cancer research/outreach programs and help young survivors see their scars, faces, figures and experiences through a new, honest and ultimately empowering lens.

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I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened

I'm Daisy Coleman, The Teenager At The Center Of The Maryville Rape Media Storm, And This Is What Really Happened | Herstory | Scoop.it
You may have heard my story, thanks to Anonymous who trended #justice4daisy. I'm not done fighting yet.
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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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Astonishingly articulate; astonishingly horrible.

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Dolores Del Rio

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On The Playground in New Orleans during recess on Sept. 7, 1962

On The Playground in New Orleans during recess on Sept. 7, 1962 | Herstory | Scoop.it

A white girl follows an African-American girl down the slide at Thomas J. Semmes school in New Orleans during recess on Sept. 7, 1962. The children played together as the...

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Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope

Clever women remain 'ugly' almost by definition, but this new film should give us hope | Herstory | Scoop.it

The biopic tracks Arendt's experiences reporting on the trial of Nazi SS-Officer Adolf Eichmann, unapologetically centralising her role as a public intellectual. Relationships with friends and her husband, including notable author Mary McCarthy, are also rather sensitively depicted. But they are subplots to the real deal, Arendt's ideas.


Unlike the majority of films or television shows when they deign to give airtime to women, “Hannah Arendt” refuses to replicate the stereotypical territory of acceptable-woman-characters. It is not about Arendt the lover (see: almost all women in films), Arendt as a writerly version of the oh-so-“normal” woman hung up on weight and boyfriends (see: Bridget Jones), or Arendt the supposed high-flyer beseiged by mental health issues (see: Scandinavian drama).


“Hannah Arendt” is, instead, about Hannah Arendt the thinker. It rightly credits Professor Arendt, responsible for some of the most publicly enduring theories in 20th century philosophy, with an intellectual interiority mostly reserved – at least in the public eye – for white men.

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Wolves in Lamb's Clothing: Redeeming the Images of Catherine of Siena and Angela of Foligno

Wolves in Lamb's Clothing: Redeeming the Images of Catherine of Siena and Angela of Foligno | Herstory | Scoop.it

Blessed Angela of Foligno (1248 – 1309), a Franciscan tertiary, and Saint Catherine of Siena (1347 – 1380), a Dominican tertiary. They were Catholic holy women from medieval Italy.


These two women had mystical visions and practiced extreme mortification. While such behaviors may seem strange and somewhat detrimental to the modern feminist scholar, we must examine these behaviors from the context of the time period of Angela and Catherine. This paper will attempt to contextualize the actions and texts of both women, to show that though they appear on the surface to be the submissive ‘lambs’ of the Church which today’s feminists vilify, underneath the ‘lamb’s clothing’ of orthodoxy they are more akin to the ‘wolves’ contemporary feminists are seeking for inspiration. Angela and Catherine submitted to the Church by practicing imitatio Christi, becoming part of official orders as tertiaries and revealing their actions and visions to confessors.


In their behavior and writings, both women supported the ideals of the Church. This conformity allowed Angela and Catherine to avoid charges of heresy and to carve out a space for themselves within the Catholic Church. However, both women threatened to cross the line into heterodoxy with their critiques of the Church and the extreme degree to which they took their asceticism. In addition to their sanctity amongst the laity, both women were able to usurp some of the Church’s spiritual authority through their actions and texts. Thus, though both women wore the ‘lamb’s clothing’ of conformity, they were ‘wolves’ underneath.

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Article has link to PDF of full paper.

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A Charte de L'Egalite for French Film Industry: Feminists Make History

A Charte de L'Egalite for French Film Industry: Feminists Make History | Herstory | Scoop.it

France has launched a five-point gender equality charter for its film industry, put together by Le Deuxième Regard, a Paris-based ‘lobby’ (read ‘activist’) group founded by Bérénice Vincent, Delphyne Besse and Julie Billy, who will circulate it for signature, to all segments of the industry.

As you can see in the photo, all the first signatories of the charter were women, powerful women: Veronique Cayla, the head of Arte France the public television channel and Le Deuxième Regard's marraine, or 'godmother'; Najat Vallaud Belkacem, the Women’s Rights Minister; Aurélie Filippetti, the Culture and Communications Minister;   Frédérique Bredin, president of the Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC) – the state film funding body. It remains to be seen who else will sign the charter. The Cannes Film Festival, perhaps? Its full name is Charte Pour l’Égalité Entre Les Femmes et Les Hommes Dans Le Secteur Du Cinéma and it's there in all its glory at the bottom of the page. Impressive.

Why is this charter necessary, when in France women directors' participation in feature filmmaking is among the strongest in the world? Well, there are problems there that are similar to those everywhere else. According to the Screen Daily article, the CNC reports that in 2012 women directed just 25% of the 77 first features approved, even though French film school annual intake has a gender split of 50:50.

This charter is, I think, unique. Feminists often work behind the scenes for change. But has a feminist group ever initiated and helped to write a charter that key government ministers and industry figures signed in support, in the arts or any other context? And then circulated it for signature, to an entire industry? Anywhere? The charter and its evolving signature process are very different, for instance, from the framework that the Swedish Film Institute uses to advance women directors’ participation in filmmaking, perhaps because the Swedish Film Institute – unlike the CNC – works within an established regulatory context that explicitly promotes gender equity and has monitored gender statistics in film for some time.

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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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