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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:

Untitled Document Masculine, feminine or human? posted on SleptOn.com, June 2, 2008. by Robert Jensen In a guest lecture about masculinity to a college class, I ask the students to generate two lists that might help clarify the concept. For the first, I tell them to imagine themselves as parents whose 12-year-old son asks, “Mommy/daddy, what does is mean to be a man?” When that list is complete, I ask the women to observe while the men answer a second question: When you are in all-male spaces, such as the locker room or a night out with the guys, what do you say to each other about what it means to be a man? The students, both men and women, laugh nervously, knowing the second list will be different from the first. From there, the second list expands to other descriptions: To be a man is to be a p layer, a guy who can attract women and get sex; someone who doesn’t take shit from people, who can stand down another guy if challenged, who doesn’t let anyone else get in his face.

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

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)

State of the Nation Let's begin with a really concise summary of what men should be doing on the issue of rape prevention, which is taken from Student Health Services website for Illinois State University. Obviously something that none of these boys read. Approach gender violence as a MEN’S issue.Make sure that the sex you are having is consensual. Do not accept the myth that “no” means “yes”.Understand that submission is not consent. Do not make assumptions about consent, ASK for consent.Remember that having sex with someone who is drunk* is sexual assault. If an individual is drunk, they cannot legally consent to sex (they cannot make an informed, rational decision).Communicate clearly how you feel and what you want. These are all excellent. Here's the fucking reality. 1 out of every 6 American women has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime (14.8% completed rape; 2.8% attempted rape). Here's the fucking reality. Want evidence? In this sense, feminism respects men.

'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.

Horror Movie Poster 23 s Magazine Winter 2011: The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas Is the ‘F’ word co-opted by conservatives & consumerist media? Where are real icons & core values? On The Issues Magazine, Winter 2011, considers feminist icons, feminist values and feminist cons. The Rise of Enlightened Sexism by Susan J. Douglas Today, we once again have what Betty Friedan famously called "a problem with no name." At the same time, these young women get the message loud and clear that the absolute last thing they should embrace is feminism. After reviewing the media fare geared to girls and women since the early 1990s, I came to see a rather large gap between how the vast majority of girls and women live their lives, the choices they are forced to make, and what we see -- and don't see -- in the media. What the media have been giving us then over the past fifteen years are fantasies of power. Today many young women regard feminism as the ideological equivalent of anthrax A New Brand of Sexism With women's equality supposedly won, sexist stereotypes are considered amusing

Ten-Year-Old Model Rips Waves Through Fashion Industry Image Credit: Screenshot of Vogue Paris Editorial Thylane Loubry Blondeau has been modeling since the age of four, lighting up the cover of Vogue Enfants and walking the runway for Jean-Paul Gaultier. But many think her latest editorial spread in Vogue Paris has crossed the line from child modeling to child pornography. Blondeau, along with several other very young girls, is portrayed in clothes and makeup reminiscent of young girls playing dress up with their mother's things. Some of the girls have on almost-clownish makeup, while others are seemingly fresh-faced and natural. The series of pictures, which you can see here, didn't necessarily get me all riled up. I guess where I'm confused, though, is why they need such young models in the first place. It reminds me of the scandal that broke out when Brooke Shields famously showed off her Calvin Klein jeans. What do you think?

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