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2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar

2015 Social Justice Kittens Calendar | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER! Shipping mid-November 2014.

LiartownUSA is proud to offer a full-color, glossy, 12” x 12” wall calendar, painstakingly crafted to honor and celebrate our bravest, most productive modern heroes: ONLINE SOCIAL JUSTICE ACTIVISTS.

What began as an imaginary calendar on a blog post is now the first Liartown artifact to respectfully and consensually enter the real world. Hailed as “the absolute best cat calendar!” by none other than Jezebel.com, this impressive calendar showcases 12 absolutely precious kittens, each carefully selected through a grueling audition process. Unlike bland, privileged garbage kittens chosen for nothing more than shallow good looks, Social Justice Kittens radiate fierce strength in the face of untold adversity, and all are gifted with a dazzling array of genders and orientations to go with their tiny, oh-so-kissable faces! THE STATUS QUO WILL NEVER FULLY ACCEPT THESE KITTENS!

After thousands of years of cis-het, patriarchal BULLSHIT, here’s a calendar that DARES YOU to speak truth to power. A calendar which boldly announces to the world that you aren’t going to sit back and let others speak for you. A calendar that holds you up high so others can see you’re able to stand proudly on your own. Here at LAST is a calendar that urges you to lean in really close and actually drink the sweet, pathetic tears RIGHT OFF YOUR OPPRESSORS’ STUBBLED CHEEKS!

Each month features a charming kitten professionally photographed in a heroic pose appropriate to a small cat defiantly speaking out on the hottest social justice issues of the day. A sassy, challenging declaration erases any doubts about each cat’s passionate rejection of the dominant paradigm.

In the end, the choice is simple: financially support the ideals embodied by this treasured, unique gift, or refuse to purchase a copy and become one of those hateful fake allies who actively embrace injustice and murder.
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Ad Campaign Challenges Beauty Ideals By Replacing Female Models With Ph.D.s

Ad Campaign Challenges Beauty Ideals By Replacing Female Models With Ph.D.s | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
How’s this for subverting conventional standards of beauty? In their new spring fashion campaign, clothing brand Betabrand replaced professional models with Ph.D.s and aspiring Ph.D.s. Challenging the ridiculous cultural notion that women can’t be both beautiful and ambitious, th
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The Patron and the Panhandler: A Decades-Long Literary Mystery is Solved

The Patron and the Panhandler: A Decades-Long Literary Mystery is Solved | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Joe Gould’s Secret, Joe Mitchell’s classic portrait of an astute but deluded bohemian in postwar Greenwich Village, has been picked over for half a century by literary critics, fact-checkers, college professors, and ordinary readers. One abiding mystery has long been the identity of the anonymous heiress who kept the down-and-out Gould housed and fed throughout the late 1940s. That mystery has now been solved.

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The (Vintage) Walking Library

The (Vintage) Walking Library | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Critics are always remarking that we in this country lag far behind those of Eurpoean countries when it comes to borrowung books from libraries. Well, this enterprising girl...

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This is so cool, I can hardly stand it!

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This is so cool, I can hardly stand it!

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Queered Science: Historic Women Pioneers

Queered Science: Historic Women Pioneers | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

'Extraordinary Women in Science & Medicine', an exhibit at The Grolier Club, highlight 32 women scientists who transcended gender-related societal constraints, including two queer women.


...It has nothing to do with the innate characteristics of women (because that idea is a fallacy if ever there was one) but rather the way people who are identified as "feminine" by society are treated, or not treated: the stories they are told about themselves.


All that philosophizing aside, de Beauvoir explains in detail the ways — at least up to her time, in the mid-1900s — that women of equal intelligence were kept away and turned down from institutions of higher learning.

And the women highlighted in this exhibit are some of the few who transcended, for whatever reason, those gender-related societal constraints on their intellect.

Deanna Dahlsad's insight:

As insightful about history and women's lived in general as it is about the individuals themselves. This is why we still need exhibits like this.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 23, 2013 12:08 AM

As insightful about history and women's lived in general as it is about the individuals themselves. This is why we still need exhibits like this.

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Girls Like Comics Too

"Girls Like Comics Too" t-shirt. Wear your inner geek on your shirt. High-quality fabric with a fashionably awesome logo. Excelsior!
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Support a Kickstarter campaign telling the world "Girls like comics, too!"

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Support a Kickstarter campaign telling the world "Girls like comics, too!"

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Riot Grrrl, redux

Riot Grrrl, redux | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Installation shot: Posters (c. 1991-present) from Riot Grrrl related shows, conventions and meetings internationally.

 

Alien She is a new exhibition that examines the lasting impact of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on artists and cultural producers working today. It’s currently on view at Carnegie Mellon University’s Miller Gallery in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before traveling nationally to cities including Philadelphia, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Below are photos of the exhibition and several of the featured works.

 

The show focuses on seven contemporary artists influenced by Riot Grrrl: Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Tammy Rae Carland, Miranda July, Faythe Levine, Allyson Mitchell, L.J. Roberts and Stephanie Syjuco. Riot Grrrl emerged in the early 1990s and emphasized female and youth empowerment, collaborative organization, creative resistance and DIY ethics. In various ways these artists have incorporated, expanded upon, or reacted to the movement’s ideology, tactics and aesthetics, as seen through several projects from each artist spanning the last 20 years, providing an insight into the development of their creative practices and individual trajectories.


Via Caroline Claeys
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On Consuming Media Responsibly — Play Time

On Consuming Media Responsibly — Play Time | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
I’m a huge fan of the horror genre. I’m also a longtime video game critic and a self-identified feminist.

Not everyone seems to understand …
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Move Over Barbie: This Dress Up Is for Real

Move Over Barbie: This Dress Up Is for Real | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

Austin, Texas based “lifestyle” photographer Jaime C. Moore is sick of Barbie. And Disney Princesses too. Now before your feathers get all ruffled, let’s talk about why. As the mother of a 5 year-old daughter and a professional photographer, Jaime wanted to take photos of her daughter in new and creative ways that would not only look great on film, but also get her daughter thinking about the kind of woman she can grow up to be. So she turned to real women like Marie Curie, Sojourner Truth and those featured here for inspiration, and what came out, is absolutely beautiful and inspiring.

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So awesome, I could scream!

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Forget Wonder Woman: These Women Nerds Are Our Real Superheroes

Forget Wonder Woman: These Women Nerds Are Our Real Superheroes | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it
Thank you to the many women nerd superheroes that have made our world a better place.
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Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com

Meet Kraftwerk's Original 3-D Animator, Rebecca Allen | Underwire | Wired.com | Nerdy Needs | Scoop.it

When Kraftwerk needed a video to match its electronic music nearly three decades ago, the band turned to Rebecca Allen, a pioneer in the field of computer art. Allen was the creative genius at the helm for 1986′s “Musique Non Stop,” one of the earliest examples of rendered 3-D graphics in a music video.

 

Creating the milestone video, which made Allen a major force behind the German band’s visual aesthetic in the ’80s, was a painstaking process that took nearly two years for Allen and her team at the New York Institute of Technology’s Computer Graphics Laboratory to complete.

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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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