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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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Woman Marries Snake

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Bhubaneswar, June 2. A woman, who claimed to have fallen in love with a snake got “married” to the reptile as per Hindu rituals at Atala village of Orissa’s Khurda district, 14 km from here. The unusual marriage took place on Wednesday with over 2,000 people taking out a procession to celebrate the event. . . . When Bimbala [Das] disclosed her idea of marrying a snake, villagers reportedly appreciated it saying the marriage will bring good fortune to the area.


...By the end, a portrait of the bride developed. Before her marriage, the girl had been quiet, perhaps even unhappy. Did she have close friends? No. Where did she live before the marriage? There, in her mother’s hut. And her father? Died ten years ago. They told me it was Basu Deb, her father, who had first begun to feed and care for the cobra that Bimbala, ten years later, would marry. Another brother, married with children, died just a couple of years ago. Bimbala’s surviving brother had mortgaged his fields to pay for the wedding expenses. He wouldn’t tell us how much he had spent, but it was clearly a substantial sum, although less than he would have had to pay had Bimbala married a human being, for no dowry was expected. To marry the snake, Bimbala had been required to change her caste. She had been adopted by an upper-caste family and was no longer considered an untouchable.

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If you think you know everything about this story, think again -- think past the late night (and other) punchlines.

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What Are Women Earning? (And How Are Men Shrinking?)

What Are Women Earning? (And How Are Men Shrinking?) | Herstory | Scoop.it

One should also note that this is not simply a matter of “feminism having won, so just let it all go away.” For the findings also reveal that “total family income is higher when the mother, not the father, is the primary breadwinner.” Thanks, pink collar ghetto, unequal pay, and continuing notions of gender inequality in the workplace. Not to mention all the BS traditional notions of motherhood.

 

Never mind the facts, however; let’s just get to the million dollar subtext question Liza Donnelly put forth regarding the 37% — the married mothers who have a higher income than their husbands: Can Husbands Handle Being Outearned By Their Wives?

 

...If you want to dismiss all this as the ramblings of irrelevant talking asshats on Fox (for which I will gently remind you that their rhetoric is often too dangerous to be dismissed), you’ll need to also know about this other study, called In Sickness and In Wealth...

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vintage Hexology book, 1962 copyright, Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish book, superstition, wedding marriage book, decorating book, good luck

vintage Hexology book, 1962 copyright, Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish book, superstition, wedding marriage book, decorating book, good luck | Herstory | Scoop.it
vintage Hexology book, 1962 copyright, Pennsylvania Dutch, Amish book, superstition, wedding marriage book, decorating book, good luck Hexology,
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New Study Links Traditional Marriage to War on Women

New Study Links Traditional Marriage to War on Women | Herstory | Scoop.it

by JASON STANFORD, huffintonpost.com

 

When Gallup came out with a new poll showing the president opening up an 18-point lead with women, pundits blamed the war on women. But according to a new study, Republicans might have someone entirely different to blame: Ann Romney.

 

In fact, the academic study that helps explain the country's gender gap has nothing specifically to do with Ann Romney, but rather the fact that she doesn't work outside the home. A recent study by Sreedhari Desai, an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, found that men in traditional marriages with stay-at-home wives had negative attitudes about working women and organizations led by women, and they were more likely to deny opportunities to women. [MORE]

 


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At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon | The Comics Journal

At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon | The Comics Journal | Herstory | Scoop.it

Humor is a big joke on us all. It’s one huge paradox. While it seems unconditionally benevolent, stimulating laughter and good feeling, it is often cruel, destructive, and manipulative.


So says Betty Swords. And she should know. For over twenty-five years, starting in 1955, she was a professional humorist. She sold her cartoons to the major magazine markets, including Saturday Evening Post, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Changing Times. She also produced a considerable quantity of humorous writing for such publications as McCall’s, Modern Maturity, Christian Science Monitor, and others. And beginning in 1976, Swords taught college courses in the power of humor and lectured widely on the subject.


...And then I realized that the punching bag was always a woman. “Marriage is seen as bad,” she went on, recollecting the experience as we talked on the patio in back of her Denver home in June 1995. And she cited examples of one-liners to prove her point:


Married life is great—it’s my wife I can’t stand.


He was unlucky in both his marriages—his first wife left him. And his second one won’t.


A bachelor’s last words—I do.


“Marriage is seen as horrible because it meant that the man had lost his freedom,” she continued.


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Along with a profile on a great woman, there are well-articulated and documented issues of gender bias that are still around today.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 27, 2013 12:54 PM

Along with a profile on a great woman, there are well-articulated and documented issues of gender bias that are still around today.

malek's curator insight, November 27, 2013 3:46 PM

One article you have to read as a great piece of feminism movement.

The most widely reprinted cartoon of Betty Swords.

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1950s: Jail Jamas- perfect gift for the newly married

1950s: Jail Jamas- perfect gift for the newly married | Herstory | Scoop.it
Jail Jamas, 1950s

 

..genuine prison stripes

 

gift card "Lose all hope ye who enter here"

 


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Cute!
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Old Maids

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In Reflections: The Life, Writings and History of Geneva Mae Thomas Bridgford (2012), compiled by her daughter, Bonnie Bridgford Good, there’s the story of 18 year old Geneva and her friend going to the big city to attend Miss Brown’s Training School in Milwaukee. The year was 1928, and the two young ladies stayed at the Methodist Boarding School House on 11th and State — under watchful eyes...

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So many mixed emotions about this poem...

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