Friday, October 29, 2010

Your Friday Awesome: Take Back Halloween!

It is no surprise that I am not a fan of the "what totally random person/place/thing can we make slutty/racist and manufacture cheaply to sell to shit-loads of people" trend that has become the theme of Halloween. Luckily, there is a group that supports our attempts to take Halloween back from the brink:
Take Back Halloween! is sponsored by the Real History Project, which doesn’t have a snappy motto but is considering “No, Men Did Not Invent Everything.”
Like I said: awesome.

The site gives you lots of examples of historical women rather than tired ethnic and gendered stereotypes.

Want to wear a beautiful kimono, but not be a geisha? How about the first person to write a novel, ever: Murasaki Shikib.

Want to be gorey? How about Lizzie Borden?

Want to be gorgeous and sexy without being infantilized? How about Rita Hayworth? Or Josephine Baker?

Oh, and eff this princess crap. Go straight to queen.

Though, due to my undergrad obsession with medieval women's writing, I am very tempted to go as Christine de Pizan, the first medieval woman to support herself through her writing. Oh, and she wrote The City of Ladies in the 14th century. That, my dears, takes some gusto.

Who is missing from their list?

Monday, October 11, 2010

#musicmonday: Manic Monday

This was totally my favorite song during third through 6th grade - during which time I was oblivious to this verse:

All of my nights why did my lover have to pick last night to get down (last night, last night)
Doesn't it matter that I have to feed the both of us, employment's down
He tells me in his bedroom voice:
"C'mon feal the noise" (ba ba ba baaaa)
Time, it goes so fast (when you're having fun).

Sexual liberation and the female breadwinner during a recession in a Top 40 hit. Awesomesauce

Also, 80's power-suits.

(ba ba ba baaaa)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Your Friday Awesome: Johnny Depp Helps 9 Year-old Stage a Mutiny

Beatrice Delap is officially the coolest girl in her school.

She wrote this letter to Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow, and he showed up:

Captain Jack Sparrow, At Meridian Primary School, we are a bunch of budding young pirates and we were having a bit of trouble mutiny-ing against the teachers, and we'd love if you could come and help.

'Beatrice Delap, aged nine, a budding pirate.'

If only I had written to Edward Scissorhands...


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