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The War on Suffrage

The War on Suffrage
“Nine little Suffergets, Finding boys to hate, One kisses Willie Jones, And then there are Eight.” Ten Little Suffergets tells the sad tale of ten little girls who lose their pro-suffrage leanings when they spy shiny objects like toys, men, and the Sandman. The 1915 picture book ends with the final baby suffragette cracking her baby doll’s head open. The suffrage movement, both in America and England, involved angry debates about the ideals of womanhood, the power and purpose of government, and how much beer everyone should be drinking. Suffrage Isn’t Sexy The suffrage movement was part of the larger debate known as “The Woman Question” in Victorian and Edwardian times, when people were discussing what a real woman looked like. In other words, letting women get a chance at the polls would destroy the society. This attitude was reflected in the suffragette caricatures drawn in newspapers and magazines. I Am Woman Voter, Hear Me Roar! Babes and Booze Women of the World, Don’t Unite 1. Related:  imagespics/videos

19 Eerie Photos That Put America's Problems In Plain Sight Seeing an abandoned home can be a bit creepy. But seeing one that represents the decline of an entire way of life? That should elicit an even more solemn reaction. Nineteen pictures of abandoned homes shared with The Huffington Post by photographer Seph Lawless offer just such a sobering look at many of America's rural communities. "We hear about the crisis that plagues inner cities and urban areas but seldom hear about what's happening in southern cities and rural areas," Lawless told HuffPost in an email, pointing to struggles such as high unemployment and poverty. Lawless said abandoned homes have a unique ability to evoke an emotional reaction in viewers, especially houses that have "a deep sense of void and depth." "Everyone can relate to a home and I think a growing number of Americans fear losing their home," Lawless said, adding that he risked arrest to get some of the photos. In the photos below, you can see the location of each home and the approximate year it was abandoned:

8 Real Women Who Deserve Their Own Movies Hollywood, we have to talk. I’ve spoken to every ticket-buyer in America and we’ve all decided that you need to make more movies about badass women. Like, starting yesterday. Oh sure, every now and then you will throw us a Salt or maybe even a Salt II, but face it, Hollywood, many of your attempts at a woman-driven action movies have been half-assed at best and soul-crushingly awful at worst (see Electra, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, or, dear God, Sucker Punch). It should not be that hard, Hollywood. All we, the ticket-buying public of America want is a good story about a woman or a bunch of women who fight and shoot and do other badass things badassedly. Don’t know where to start, Hollywood? 8. Lozen was the sister of an Apache chief. 7. A wise man once said “ending a movie summary with the phrase ‘and then he stomps the living hell out of a bunch of Nazis’ automatically makes everything about your movie better.” Seriously, I don’t know, I actually never saw Top Gun. 6. 5. 4.

Women’s stories from Afghanistan #10yearson Posted by Marc van Gurp | 10-10-2011 22:14 | Category: Peace & Conflicts, Women's Issues Outrageous to say probably but what a beautiful video from ActionAid UK. I was hoping this video wouldn’t be necessary. It’s latest campaign from ActionAid to highlight the 10th anniversary of US and British forces’ intervention in Afghanistan. The presence of the troops is questionable but without it would a devastating situation for women. ActionAid is raising awareness of this landmark anniversary and what this means for Afghan women. Running literacy workshops for women or teaching 5-year-old girls the alphabet may not sound like much. ActionAid recently carried out an extraordinary survey where 1,000 women from Afghanistan were polled to gain a rare insight into their opinions about living through the last ten years of war and the current reconciliation process with the Taliban. Survey results & further campaign details Abuse in Afghanistan: one woman’s story. Advertiser:ActionAid UK

Even More Questions for Pro-Lifers This post has generated some confusion and a lot of questions from pro-lifers and pro-choicers alike. I have a bad habit of assuming everyone who is reading this is well-versed in feminist theory and pro-choice politics, and that simply isn’t true. So I’m going to back up a bit and try to lay out some of the issues. There are a lot of different pro-choice arguments out there. The ultimate pro-life goal is the passage of a Human Life Amendment. The paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, health or condition of dependency. In other words, life begins the moment a sperm fertilizes an egg. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. What else would you like pro-lifers to answer? And for our pro-life readers out there, what do you think? Similar Posts (automatically generated):

First Ever Photograph of a Human Being This photograph of Boulevard du Temple in Paris was made in 1838 by Louis Daguerre, the brilliant guy that invented the daguerreotype process of photography. Aside from its distinction of being a super early photograph, it’s also the first photograph to ever include a human being. Because the image required an exposure time of over ten minutes, all the people, carriages, and other moving things disappear from the scene. However, in the bottom left hand corner is a man who just so happened to stay somewhat still during the shot — he was having his shoes shined. It’s interesting how sheer luck earned the guy a place in the history of photography. (via NPR)

The Feminist Summer Reading List Last week, an interview with Senator Al Franken inspired a list of feminist fictional heroines in books and movies that sparked quite a debate. But it’s summer now, and lots of people are looking for good books to wade into while they relax, vacation, or take in some sun. We’ve compiled a list of good feminist reads from the members of Women Action and the Media (WAM!), who had enough great reads to keep us busy summer after summer for the next few decades at least.General Feminist Non-Fiction:Backlash: the Undeclared War on American Women – Susan FaludiThe Body Project – Joan Jacobs BrumbergCatfight! – Leora TanenbaumClick: When We Knew We Were Feminists – Courtney Martin and Courtney SullivanEnglightened Sexism – Susan J. Love This? Thanks for subscribing! Women of Color: Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism – Bell HooksColonize This! Feminist Poetry:Ai Margaret AtwoodAnne Carson Sandra Cisneros Lucille CliftonAudre LordeGrace PaleyAdrienne Rich wikimedia commons

'Underweight' Models Banned in Israeli Advertisements Maybe it's because you're "PetiteGal" that you put things in that way, but it's not productive IMO. Models are most certainly NOT "too tall" or "too tall for their size" because that frames the discussion as though their height is the problem and/or a correctable condition. It's not. Height is 99% genetics and saying someone is "too tall" will only give tall girls a complex they can't do a damn thing about. The actual problem is that the girls on the runway/in editorials are encouraged to take measures to be a weight that is *unnatural* and *unsustainable long-term* proportionate to their natural, non-negotiable height. So if the industry were required to use average-height girls at the moment, they'd just encourage them to diet to a waist size equivalent to a 10-year old to get "that look". Because at a certain point the upper shelf on height will get reached. Height *IS* a problem if you're going to correlate proportion.

If Men Could Menstuate by Gloria Steinem by Gloria Steinem Living in India made me understand that a white minority of the world has spent centuries conning us into thinking a white skin makes people superior, even though the only thing it really does is make them more subject to ultraviolet rays and wrinkles. Reading Freud made me just as skeptical about penis envy. But listening recently to a woman describe the unexpected arrival of her menstrual period (a red stain had spread on her dress as she argued heatedly on the public stage) still made me cringe with embarrassment. Laughter. So what would happen if suddenly, magically, men could menstruate and women could not? Clearly, menstruation would become an enviable, worthy, masculine event: Men would brag about how long and how much. Young boys would talk about it as the envied beginning of manhood. To prevent monthly work loss among the powerful, Congress would fund a National Institute of Dysmenorrhea. Sanitary supplies would be federally funded and free. If we let them.

Horror Movie Poster 23 Personal Responsibility | Hello Ladies I went for a run after dinner tonight. It was a beautiful night. The moon was full and I wanted to unwind after a long week of work. About one mile into the run, a car full of young men in their teens or early 20s drove by me. I decided to shorten my route to avoid a dark patch of road. I walked in the door far less relaxed than I had been when I set out. If something had happened to me during my run – if I had been attacked – and the incident made the paper, do you think most people reading the story would have first thought, “Why do those men behave that way?”