ridesabike:

Elaine Stritch rests her bike, reads a note, almost causes a riot.      

NEW YORK, June 26—TOLD TO KEEP HER SHIRT ON – Blonde Elaine Stritch, understudy to Ethel Merman in the Broadway hit, “Call Me Madam,” wears halter and shorts which cause her arrest in Central Park. Today she was fined $1 and told by Magistrate Emilio Jones, “A beautiful girl like you could cause a small riot and cause a large crowd to collect by removing your shirt.” “Well,” she replied, “I was there all day and nothing happened.” (AP, 1951)

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thisolddag:

Time is cordial and it kindly stops for me every time I return, the minute hand doing a little backwards dance and I walk down the main drag and by the end of the avenue, near the train station, I am seventeen again and craning my neck to spot a cute boy, my satchel loaded with Roxette & Eurythmics cassette tapes and spray cans of Fa deodorant, weaving my way through a crowd of men who smoke brown cigarettes and woman in sheer knee-highs and flowery skirts that trail the cobblestones

and then I remember I turn 38 tomorrow and I think, wait Time, are you cordial or are you just fucking with me…

My birthday is tomorrow too! 33. I keep saying it’s my year, the year, but this could just be me blowing hot air.

“Fashion is one of the very few forms of expression in which women have more freedom than men. And I don’t think it’s an accident that it’s typically seen as shallow, trivial, and vain. It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental… and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so. And it’s a subtle but definite form of sexism to take one of the few forms of expression where women have more freedom, and treat it as a form of expression that’s inherently superficial and trivial. Like it or not, fashion and style are primarily a women’s art form. And I think it gets treated as trivial because women get treated as trivial. What’s more, there’s an interestingly sexist assumption that often gets made about female fashion — namely, that it’s primarily intended to get male attention and male approval.”

humansofnewyork:

"I’m 33 and I still work as a bartender. To make it worse, my brother is a world renowned chemist. So when my father talks to people at weddings, he says: ‘My son just got a million dollar grant. And my daughter lives in New York.’ The thing is, I used to be such an overachiever. I skipped the last two years of high school. I got a full ride to college, but ended up dropping out. I don’t know what happened. I keep telling myself I’m saving up to go back to school, but I don’t have any savings. I don’t know, I just feel very lame all the time. Don’t make me sound too lame."

Sister Friend, I see you.

The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.

I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.

Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.

Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.

If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:

Become a feminist.

The Problem is Not the Books, Saundra Mitchell (via silverstags)

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thepoeticunderground:

The talent of all of you astounds me. This a quote from my poem, by @paperfelt.

Do you guys like me posting art that others have done? I’d love to help spread their talent around. :)

If anyone wants a hi-res download of this click here!

fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country. 
fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country. 
fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country. 
fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country. 
fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country. 
fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country.

fyeahclintdempsey:

President Obama calls Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard. x

You guys all did us proud not just by how hard you played and how well you did; but also you guys just carried yourselves with a lot of class. It makes people really respect the sport and you guys are really great models for a lot of sportsman here in the states. I know it is disappointing but what you guys accomplished is really significant and it will make a difference in the country.