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

At Swords’ Point: Humor As Weapon | The Comics Journal | Sex History | 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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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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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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Chastity Belt Hysteria: Fart Humor, Fictional History, & Female Hygiene

Chastity Belt Hysteria: Fart Humor, Fictional History, & Female Hygiene | Sex History | Scoop.it
The Telegraph has a great article on the history of the chastity belt: The odd truth about ‘locking up’ women’s genitalia. As professor Albrecht Classen, author of The Medieval Ch…
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David Bowie's anthem for the outsider "Kooks"

David Bowie's anthem for the outsider "Kooks" | Sex History | Scoop.it
Kooks extols the possibility of good parenthood by unconventional mothers and fathers.

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OFTV 1: Whatever Happened To Rachel?

One from the Vaults is a new trans history podcast. Join us for our pilot episode as we take a look at the mystery of Lou Reed's transsexual girlfriend Rachel.

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The History of Lesbian Bars | Broadly

As lesbian bars around the country are closing for reasons both financial and cultural, we traced the history of the "no boys allowed" bar scene, from Prohibition and police raids to 90s "lesbian chic."

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We Made Old-Fashioned Condoms From Scratch, and They Were Gross

We used a recipe from 1844 to make homemade condoms, and it was grosser than we expected. http://io9.com/we-made-old-fashioned-condoms-and-it-was-much-grosse...
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Jindrich Styrsky, detail of “ William Tell” Collage, 1931

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Jindrich Styrsky, detail of “ William Tell”, 1931. Collage
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The Smiling Blonde (1950)

8mm footage , we got rid of dupe frames by using 23.976 / 2 = 11.988 framerate. Perfect as it is - enjoy! Not going to cut vob sample for every damn shortie, see ...

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"Champagne for Breakfast" (1980)

"Champagne for Breakfast" (1980) | Sex History | Scoop.it
At some point in the career of seemingly every porn movie director there comes the desire to aspire to something more meaningful. The problem is that most such directors don't possess the know-how or have the opportunities to become auteurs. Thus, they work within the parameters of their own genre in an attempt to elevate it to something more than just mindless rolls between the sheets. One of the more ambitious directors of 70s and 80s adult fillms was Chris Warfield,  a former actor whose 1980 production of "Champagne for Breakfast" has been released on DVD by Vinegar Syndrome. It's easy to dismiss any porn flick from any era but we at Cinema Retro try to objectively evaluate even these lesser contributions to the film industry because, as with mainstream cinema, there are vast differences in the quality of productions- and retro porn represents an important aspect of pop culture, even if you are among those who loathe such films on a moral basis.
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WATCH: Top 10 weird historical alternatives to Viagra

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WATCH: Top 10 weird historical alternatives to Viagra - Raw Story https://t.co/o92k3JqhGE

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It Happened in Climax, Nevada: Dean Martin's Kiss Me, Stupid

It Happened in Climax, Nevada: Dean Martin's Kiss Me, Stupid | Sex History | Scoop.it

This movie isn’t always as appreciated as it ought to be. People too often hear the name “Billy Wilder” and expect a ‘screwball comedy’ but completely miss the deeper, darker tones… Kiss Me, Stupid is one of those films. 


People may chuckle & hoot at the idea of Dean playing “Dino,” a caricature of the drinking, skirt-chasing Dean Martin persona, and the comedy of errors involving mistaken identities, but what they fail to see is black comedy teeth that takes a bite out of the music industry, marriage, and even sex...

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Most beautiful leg contest held in Paris, 1936

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Early 1900s French Postcard

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Antique French postcard reproduced on postcards (and other items) on Zazzle.

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Antique French postcard reproduced on postcards (and other items) on Zazzle.

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Faux man-hating lesbians to convert

Faux man-hating lesbians to convert | Sex History | Scoop.it
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Ring A Ding Ding It’s Time To Swing!

Ring A Ding Ding It’s Time To Swing! | Sex History | Scoop.it
Straight out of the swinging 60s, a pair of Bedtime Bells that announce “Ring A Ding Ding It’s Time To Swing!” The seller’s details: “Ring When Ready!” It pictur…
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'Don't Sneak': A Father's Command to His Gay Son in the 1950s

'Don't Sneak': A Father's Command to His Gay Son in the 1950s | Sex History | Scoop.it
In a StoryCorps animation, Patrick Haggerty remembers the remarkable advice he got from his dairy farmer dad.

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Two years before he died, he had the chance to make his son feel comfortable about himself and he did against all conventions at the time.  A saint? Yes, I think so....

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The Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) on Twitter

The Whores of Yore (@WhoresofYore) on Twitter | Sex History | Scoop.it

The loose morals and tight wit of history's whores.

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My fav new Twitter to follow, for sex worker & sex history.

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My fav new Twitter to follow, for sex worker & sex history.

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Underground sado-masochistic sex club found beneath historic Louisville building

Underground sado-masochistic sex club found beneath historic Louisville building | Sex History | Scoop.it
Unnerving oil paintings and a decrepit bondage bed with a rusted chain pulled by a handle at one end give hints to what may have been a sado-masochistic swingers club of years past.

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NAKED AND EMPOWERED | Fringe Arts

NAKED AND EMPOWERED | Fringe Arts | Sex History | Scoop.it
I walked into a vanilla-scented, hazy red room, feathers tickling me, jazz music buzzing—and the sight of beautiful, unassuming breasts welcoming me.
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Here's Looking At You, Vanessa del Rio

Here's Looking At You, Vanessa del Rio | Sex History | Scoop.it
If you're a fan of Vanessa del Rio and her films, you should know that the legend is auctioning off memorabilia from her fabulous career. (She will personally autograph the items for the buyers as ...
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Catch Your Man

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I hear it works even when it’s not a leap year.

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Antique Russian Postcard

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Jesus Jeans, for your followers

Jesus Jeans, for your followers | Sex History | Scoop.it
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A Heartfelt Documentary Unpacks the Work of a Forgotten Lesbian Artist

A Heartfelt Documentary Unpacks the Work of a Forgotten Lesbian Artist | Sex History | Scoop.it

"Packed in a Trunk" explores a family mystery of art, identity, and queerness.


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In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII.

In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII. | Sex History | Scoop.it
In the heat of battle, photographer Horace Bristol captured one of the most unique and erotic photos of WWII.
Bristol photographed a young crewman of a US Navy “Dumbo” PBY rescue mission, manning his...
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