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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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Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad

Naughty Secretaries Vs. Bosses Gone Bad | Herstory | Scoop.it

The myth of the naughty secretary was created & used to perpetuate fears among Victorian housewives and beyond.

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How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism

How Pinterest Is Killing Feminism | Herstory | Scoop.it
One in five women over the age of 18 who regularly use the internet is on Pinterest, which had an estimated 23 million users users as of July. It also has an overwhelmingly female audience; around 60 percent of visitors to the site are women. And the site is only growing: between July 2011 and July 2012, 22 million users joined. Since Pinterest stopped requiring an invite to become a member in August, that number is only increasing. But the site's popularity highlights an uncomfortable reality: Pinterest's user-generated content, which overwhelmingly emphasizes recipes, home decor, and fitness and fashion tips, feels like a reminder that women still seek out the retrograde, materialistic content that women's magazines have been hawking for decades — and that the internet was supposed to help overcome. This isn't where the internet was supposed to take us.

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Laura Brown's comment, December 17, 2012 11:49 AM
Feminism is about women being able to stand on equal ground with men and have our rights and needs taken into account. It is not about turning women into men, stripping us of our femininity. Yes, women like cosmetics, making their home comfortable and pretty and we even like nice clothes and Christmas baking. Get over it. It doesn't mean we aren't feminists. It just means we are being the women we want to be.
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What is your vision for women and where was the Internet supposed to take us?
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‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women

‘Raising Hope’ Star Martha Plimpton On Politics In Television And The War On Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

"Women who seek to control their own physical destinies are normal. What’s abnormal, and again this goes back to this subject of normalizing the abnormal , what’s abnormal is to think that in preventing women from having control over their own physical destinies that there will be calm and peace. There will not be calm and peace. Women who are prevented from realizing their full rights under the law suffer, and society suffers as a result. We know this. I could list for you the statistics, everybody knows them. But rationality doesn’t seem to enter into the discussion. You know what I mean? And…people don’t seem to be willing to hear those rational solutions. So, like I said far be it for me to psychoanalyze anybody else"

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Just Don’t Call It Slut-Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers

Just Don’t Call It Slut-Shaming: A Feminist Guide to Silencing Sex Workers | Herstory | Scoop.it

The feminist movement really is in a pickle these days. It used to be a given that things like prostitution, pornography and stripping were bad, but nowadays there’s some resistance to these time-honoured notions. Women are increasingly coming out as sex workers and demanding rights. As feminists seek to shut down strip bars and criminalise clients, those women are complaining not just that they’ll lose their livelihood, but that they’ll be at increased risk of abuse and violence if their industries go underground! You can’t let such trivial concerns get in the way of your crusade, so below are some handy tips for discrediting these pesky meddlers.

Remember: being an actual sex worker doesn’t entitle her to speak about sex work!...


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Scarlet Letters

Scarlet Letters | Herstory | Scoop.it
The scarlet letters of this authentic suffrage poster read, “A Woman Living Here Has Registered to Vote Thereby Assuming Responsibility Of Citizenship.” Because that’s what voting is, a responsibility of...
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“So…my rights end where my uterus begins?”

Regarding abortion, RNC attendees recognize Mitt Romney's right to choose, but not Samantha Bee's.
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Feminism Was Alive in Renaissance England, Researcher Says

Feminism Was Alive in Renaissance England, Researcher Says | Herstory | Scoop.it
A newly transcribed text shows that some Renaissance women launched battles for equality, and sometimes won.

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Busty Girls Held Hostage By Retailers & Economy

Busty Girls Held Hostage By Retailers & Economy | Herstory | Scoop.it

Retailers, the economy, and our culture consipre against women with larger breasts.

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Feminism F.A.Q.s: What Have Women Been Told They Can’t Do?

Feminism F.A.Q.s: What Have Women Been Told They Can’t Do? | Herstory | Scoop.it
This video looks at just a few of the things women have been told they can't do, through actual legal prohibitions (e.g. voting) or social norms (riding bicycles).

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Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11

Republican likens contraceptive mandate to Pearl Harbor, 9/11 | Herstory | Scoop.it
 
A House Republican lawmaker likened the implementation of a new mandate that insurers offer coverage for contraceptive services to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States.
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A Very Good Question

A Very Good Question | Herstory | Scoop.it
Why are you afraid of me when I open my mouth but not when I open my legs? Indeed. HSU Womens Center sticker, circa 1997.
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Happy Birthday Me

Happy Birthday Me | Herstory | Scoop.it
Birthdays are a time of reflection — but don’t worry, this isn’t one of those sentimental personal pieces full of beauty and gratitude, a wistful and wise piece about aging,...

 

[PS I'm OK; I'm not being morbid, but hoping to work up a rant. The state of affairs is terrible!]

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The only good abortion is my abortion

The only good abortion is my abortion | Herstory | Scoop.it
As I write this, it is 1:17 am on Wednesday, June 20th, 2012. I am lying awake in bed, trying to decide whether or not to have an abortion. Of course, we don’t call it an abortion. We call it “a procedure” or a D&C.
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Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check

Wichita Anti-Choicer Leaders Raising Funds for Multi-Million Dollar "Pro-Life Memorial" As Children Suffer From Budget Cuts | RH Reality Check | Herstory | Scoop.it

"At a time when many of its parishioners may be having trouble paying their mortgages and wondering how to survive massive layoffs, this church wants to erect a massively expensive monument to their victory in the murder of Dr. Tiller. Kansas' career anti-choice activists are literally salivating over a "one of a kind" tourist attraction rivaling the Creation Museum, to drive an influx of cash and the credulous."

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Your Right To Bare Breasts

Your Right To Bare Breasts | Herstory | Scoop.it
Given all the ruckus about breast feeding in public (something which relegated me to the isolation of many a stuffy room, even during family gatherings), I consider the right to...
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Suffering Suffrage Jewelry

Suffering Suffrage Jewelry | Herstory | Scoop.it
This antique pin with peridot, amethysts, and pearls set in 9 carat rose and yellow gold — but it’s not (necessarily) suffragette jewelry. FYI, the antique brooch is hallmarked Chester...
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Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex

Miss Represented: Women's Success in the 21st Century is Still Defined by Sex | Herstory | Scoop.it

"As long as we tolerate being saturated by media that depicts female success as tied inextricably to the ability to attract a man and produce offspring […] we leave room for the notion that women are above all procreative vehicles."

 

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May Day Rising!

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by LAURA KACERE, feministcampusblog.org

 

The fight on May Day is a fight for economic justice; it is a fight for a better world.

 

When I was a kid, May 1st meant giving and receiving May Day baskets from my friends. Today it just means I have to pay my rent.

 

But for the world, May 1st signifies a beautiful fight – one that has for over a century stood for the rights of workers and an end to their exploitation.

 

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Susan Sarandon Explains Why Women Need White Man’s Di*#s

Susan Sarandon Explains Why Women Need White Man’s Di*#s | Herstory | Scoop.it

Gearing up for the Unite Women nationwide march this Saturday, Susan Sarandon explains the many benefits of having a white man's dick (WMD) in this Funny or Die video. NSFW.

 

[I have the hugest crush on Sarandon -- this is just another wonderful example of why. If you only watch one video online today, this is IT.]

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I Can’t Decide If I’m A Nerd Or A Geek; Maybe It’s The Gender Bias

I Can’t Decide If I’m A Nerd Or A Geek; Maybe It’s The Gender Bias | Herstory | Scoop.it
I don’t suppose it matters, really, if I am a “nerd” or a “geek.” But this “Geeks vs Nerds” infographic got me thinking… First it was just the statements in...
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Minnesota House and Senate Pass New Rules On Telemed Abortions and Clinic Licensing

Minnesota House and Senate Pass New Rules On Telemed Abortions and Clinic Licensing | Herstory | Scoop.it

by ROBIN MARTY, RH Reality Check

 

Minnesota Republicans are jumping on the anti-choice bandwagon and have passed two new bills designed to add more burdensome regulation on abortion providers.

 

The Republican dominated House voted overwhelmingly to make it a felony to dispense RU-486 without a doctor in the room, and that the doctor must be present when it is ingested as well.

 

The new regulations on RU-486 are in reaction to a new clinic in Rochester that was providing "telemed" abortions to other clinics in more remote areas of the state that did not have available abortion providers. If the bill becomes law, the felony charges would cut off most rural women from being able to obtain an abortion without being forced to travel to one of the large metro areas to find a provider.

 

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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.