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History as this woman sees it. The serious, the kitsch, the opinionated. Companion to http://www.kitsch-slapped.com/
Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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Riot Grrrl, redux

Riot Grrrl, redux | Herstory | 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.


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Joss Whedon and The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook

Joss Whedon and The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook | Herstory | Scoop.it

Last week Joss Whedon, nerd icon and purveyor of Strong Female Characters, gave a speech for human rights organisation Equality Now in which he performed the essential public service of demonstrating why he shouldn’t ever be taken seriously on matters of gender justice. Whedon, whose self-congratulatory celebration of sexually appealing female violence has long been a point of frustration for me and many other feminists, seemed to be reading directly from The Progressive Nerd Bro Playbook. I have been unable, thus far, to prove that this book exists, but Whedon’s speech provides essential clues that may enable us to reverse-engineer it under laboratory conditions.

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Even if you like Whedon's works, this is worthy of a read.

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MHP's dialogue with bell hooks

MHP's dialogue with bell hooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
Melissa Harris-Perry has a conversation with famed author bell hooks on the evolution of the black feminist movement in America.
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Photos of Tenement Families in New York, Early 1900s

Photos of Tenement Families in New York, Early 1900s | Herstory | Scoop.it
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“ New York: Tenement families. Early 1900s.
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Women and Beer: A 4,500-Year History Is Coming Full Circle

Women and Beer: A 4,500-Year History Is Coming Full Circle | Herstory | Scoop.it
In Ancient Egypt, beer was made almost entirely by women. As we shifted to an industrial economy, men took over. Will the craft revolution reverse the trend?

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Director Lucy Kerbel discusses women on stage

Director Lucy Kerbel discusses women on stage | Herstory | Scoop.it

"When Lucy Kerbel was putting together her 100 Great Plays for Women she bumped into a literary manager for a leading London theatre. “I told him I was looking for plays with mainly female casts,” the 31-year-old director says. “He asked, ‘Are there any?’”

 

Eventually, he half-remembered one. “That Lorca,” but it took his partner to name it: The House of Bernarda Alba. “In his mind,” Kerbel recalls, “that was the beginning and end of the conversation. And I was thinking, ‘You are the literary manager of one of the capital’s most prestigious theatres, and you have to rely on your partner to name one play with a majority female cast’.” [...]

 

But that literary manager isn’t alone in overlooking women in theatre. At the weekend, the National Theatre’s sparkling 50th anniversary gala was criticised by some for the paucity of female playwrights represented: only one of the more than 30 scenes featured was written by a woman (Alecky Blythe’s London Road). [...]"

 

Lucy Kerbel’s 100 Great Plays for Women is published by Nick Hern Books on November 14.


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A New Monument Recognizes Military Women’s Service and Sacrifices

A New Monument Recognizes Military Women’s Service and Sacrifices | Herstory | Scoop.it
The Army’s first statue of a female soldier was unveiled last week, just in time for Veterans Day. It’s a powerful symbol and a call to recognize the service of women in the military.

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Great job ladies, we're all obliged.

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You ladies are AWESOME!

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Happy Birthday Milicent Patrick, Designer

Happy Birthday Milicent Patrick, Designer | Herstory | Scoop.it
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“ Happy Birthday Milicent Patrick!
This amazing woman was the sole designer of The Gill-Man, she designed the mutants in This Island Earth, all the masks in Abbott and Costello...
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Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster)

Dance, Ballerina, Dance (Remembering Kathy Keeton; Gone To Soon & Forgotten Even Faster) | Herstory | Scoop.it

Who was Kathy Keeton? For starters, Keeton was Guccione’s longtime girlfriend and eventual wife. But she ought to be remembered for far more than that.

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This woman ought to be among the largest names in feminism and publishing -- and an icon of the 1970s - 1980s.

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Document the Abuse

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Document the Abuse, Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit


Born out of the Stacy Peterson Case, the Evidentiary Abuse Affidavit (E.A.A.) was created for victims of domestic violence, to insure that the victim’s words about her fears and previous violence will not disappear if she does. The ability to prove who likely seriously injured, abducted, or killed someone is as only as good as the evidence. The E.A.A. was developed to assist victims in documenting their experiences in ways that will help the legal system successfully prosecute in the future.


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The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine

The MPAA’s backwards logic: Sex is dangerous, sexism is fine | Herstory | Scoop.it
If only the ratings agency looked as closely at gender bias as it does at consensual sex, it might do some good

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Happiness Is Flying High & Not Jiggling

Happiness Is Flying High & Not Jiggling | Herstory | Scoop.it
That’s Marge Redmond, the actress who played Sister Jacqueline in The Flying Nun, sporting a very kitschy robe while sitting at the makeup mirror. This photo was part of an article in Inside ...
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A female administrator in ancient Egypt

A female administrator in ancient Egypt | Herstory | Scoop.it

Although less well known to tourists, the woman named Tjat who appears in the chapel wall decoration within this tomb at Beni Hasan has been mentioned frequently in scholarly works on the Middle Kingdom.  Despite the frequent mentions, other than one article by William Ward, no one has focused much attention on her.  She clearly played an important role in Khnumhotep’s household, as she is shown three times in his tomb: in close proximity to Khnumhotep himself in the fowling scene, with Khnumhotep’s wife and daughters in a funerary cult meal scene, and inside the shrine, next to the doorway and a distance behind Khnumhotep’s daughters.


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A look at the less prominent women in Egyptian elite households.

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Historic Firearms, Antique Guns, & Curiosities — What fighting like a girl was all about in...

Historic Firearms, Antique Guns, & Curiosities — What fighting like a girl was all about in... | Herstory | Scoop.it

One of the most famous female fighters in early 18th century Britain was Elizabeth Stokes (born Elizabeth Wilkinson), a mother and fighter whose career lasted mostly throughout the 1720’s.  In 1722 she was challenged by Hannah Highfield for a prize of three guineas.  Stokes accepted the challenge but offered a counter challenge,

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Silent-Porn-Star: Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks

Silent-Porn-Star: Fanny Brice's Baby Snooks | Herstory | Scoop.it

Having a bratty girl-child mouth-off to her master may be cute, but underneath it all lies -- as sure as those ruffled panties -- the idea that she will eventually heel and heed her master. Or, if she does not, then he is less-than-a-man and plays cuckhold to her charms. Sure, all this can only make it funnier; but did they get it?


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Article is fine, but sidebar links etc make it NSFW -- but very worth the time to read in private!

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AUSTRALIAN MOTHER AND DAUGHTER STILL IMPRISONED IN EGYPT BY EX-HUSBAND WHO NOW GONE MISSING

AUSTRALIAN MOTHER AND DAUGHTER STILL IMPRISONED IN EGYPT BY EX-HUSBAND WHO NOW GONE MISSING | Herstory | Scoop.it
A MELBOURNE mum is pleading with the Federal Government to help her flee Egypt as her estranged Egyptian husband continues to evade the Australian Federal Police.

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On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded

On This Day In History, We Ought To Be Reminded | Herstory | Scoop.it

On this date, November 6th, in 1967 a baby girl was born; just 21 years later, on July 18, 1989, she would be murdered.

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Remembering -- and honoring -- Rebecca Schaeffer. Be an action figure!

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Yes, men really do ogle women's bodies

Yes, men really do ogle women's bodies | Herstory | Scoop.it
Eye-tracking technology proves what women have long observed: Men look at women's bodies more than their faces. But women do too. Men also view curvier women as having better personalities.
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The Sublime Diane Webber

The Sublime Diane Webber | Herstory | Scoop.it

In the history of glamour photography, few women possessedthe combination of beauty, grace and wholesomeness that Diane Webber did. It was more than just her ample bosom (which featured incredibly perfect nipples) and dream-like hourglass figure. She was truly beautiful, with fetching, blue eyes and an overwhelming smile. She was hypnotic, even if she weren't naked! Though only 5' 2", and very curvaceous (listed by Playboy, Feb. 1956 at 39D-23-37, though she was four months pregnant at the time), she always appeared svelte and statuesque, thanks to her ballet dancer's agility and toned figure. She was photographed by some of the most famous names in glamour and nude photography, including Bunny Yeager, Peter Gowland and Russ Meyer, and was Playboy Magazine's Playmate of the Month in May 1955 and February 1956. According to several sources, she is not only the first model to show her pubic hair in Playboy, but also the first to be shown in a full-frontal nude pose.


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12 Unusual Mid-Century Pageant Queens

12 Unusual Mid-Century Pageant Queens | Herstory | Scoop.it
In the mid-20th century, businesses began to see the huge commercial possibilities of holding a contest where pretty girls would compete just for the honor of representing their product or main export.
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How corny will your campaign seem later?

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Russian Tampon Commercial

Russian Tampon Commercial | Herstory | Scoop.it
The Russians don't need images of women playing tennis, wearing white pants and riding around on horses all day to sell tampons - they get straight to the point. Thanks Tim.
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Alice Guy, cinema pioneer

Alice Guy, cinema pioneer | Herstory | Scoop.it
In which decade was the world’s first ever female film director? Was it perhaps the ’60s? Or possibly the ’20s? No. Try the ’90s — the 1890s. Try...

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The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks

The Way To A Man’s Heart Is Through His Stomach & Other Lessons In Vintage Cookbooks | Herstory | Scoop.it
This is the cover of The Way To His Heart “A Cookbook with a Personality”, 1941; note the figures on the cover. The five female figures on the cover of...
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One cookbook illustrates so many issues: body image, ageing, racism, marketing & consumerism. Oh, and recipes too ;)

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KITSCH-SLAPPED describe itself as

"SPECIALIZING IN BAD TASTE FROM A (FEMINIST) CHICK’S PERSPECTIVE. POP CULTURE, PAST & PRESENT, IN YER KISSER."

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The Upsetting Difference Between Men And Women, According To The World’s Biggest Search Engine

The Upsetting Difference Between Men And Women, According To The World’s Biggest Search Engine | Herstory | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you think it’s time for us to un-teach Google some of these things.
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The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts

The man who made Femen: New film outs Victor Svyatski as the mastermind behind the protest group and its breast-baring stunts | Herstory | Scoop.it
It’s the Ukranian feminist group that embarrassed President Putin. Its activists have staged many protests against sexual and political repression by stripping to their waists in carefully choreographed media stunts.
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When the Femen founder finally spoke to Ms Green, he sought to justify his role within the organisation and  acknowledged the paradox of being a “patriarch” running a feminist protest group. “These girls are weak,” he says in the film.

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Curated by Deanna Dahlsad
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.