October 6, 2014
WMGS Fall 2014 Newsletter

For your reading pleasure, we present this semester’s newsletter!

September 13, 2014

historical-nonfiction:

This seems appropriately historical for this blog! Happy 4th of July, everyone!

September 12, 2014

historical-nonfiction:

The pill was first approved in 1957 for “severe menstrual problems” and came with a mandatory “warning” that the drug would prevent pregnancy. Within two years, half a million women were taking the drug for its “side effect.”

(Source: facts.randomhistory.com)

September 11, 2014
"Whoever speaks of and concerning any woman, married or unmarried, falsely and maliciously imputing to her a want of chastity, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree,"

— Florida Statutes, Chapter 836.04 (via historical-nonfiction)

(Source: flsenate.gov, via historical-nonfiction)

September 10, 2014
Possible Reasons You Have Not Seen These Paintings

medievalpoc:

redflawedglass replied to your photo: “Stephen Slaughter Portrait of Two Society Women England (c. 1740s) …”:
Sometimes it means the painting is in private hands, or (heaven forbid) no longer exists. :(

That’s true. Sometimes it’s because it’s not on display due to photosensitivity, or a host of other reasons.

And sometimes it’s the result of the devaluation of paintings of Black models, and a masterpiece sits moldering in a basement for 200 years.

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And sometimes it’s the result of paintings of Black people not being “British enough”, and being sold out of collections to whoever will take them.

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And sometimes it’s because no one can find it because it’s mislabeled, in the wrong section, or because no one seems to know where to put it.

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Or because it’s organized toward only specific topics, and the photography of the work in question reflects the bias towards white skin tones.

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^ note that none of those tags would lead people toward it who weren’t already writing about or researching race and racism.

The Bridgeman Art Library took the new photo a while after criticism was posted about the image they had available.

Librarians, curators, researchers, bloggers, writers-we all have opportunities every day to create massive change in our respective universes. We’re all making a difference. And that is why I always take the opportunity to challenge rather than just assuming there’s a good reason for these lacks. Most of my benefits of the doubt have already been exhausted, and if you don’t challenge, nothing changes.

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Filed under: art history racism 
September 9, 2014

janetmock:

endofsomerland:

"[sex workers] came to merchant street and took control of their bodies—bodies that were radical in their mere existence in this misogynistic, transphobic, elitist world[…]The varied, often conflicting portraits these women presented shaped my developing composition of womanhood. When I am asked how I define womanhood, I often quote feminist author Simone de Beauvoir: "one is not born, but rather becomes a woman."[…]This short, powerful statement assured me that I have the freedom, in spite of and because of my birth, body, race, gender expectations, and economic resources, to define myself for myself and for others." -Janet Mock (Redefining Realness)

Love when readers share their quotes that resonate with them with me. Thanks for reading Redefining Realness.

(via redupnyc)

September 9, 2014
historical-nonfiction:

Before Anne Frank’s diary was published, her father edited out certain parts — like her frank discussions of her period, learning about her labia and clitoris, some of her meaner comments about people, and that Mr. Frank really liked to talk about farting.

historical-nonfiction:

Before Anne Frank’s diary was published, her father edited out certain parts — like her frank discussions of her period, learning about her labia and clitoris, some of her meaner comments about people, and that Mr. Frank really liked to talk about farting.

September 9, 2014
thisisableism:

[Image Description: Verdict! Net Neutrality is Dead*. *For now…]
chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.
In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.
I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.
Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.
-Morgan
P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more
DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

thisisableism:

[Image Description: Verdict! Net Neutrality is Dead*. *For now…]

chakrabot:

slitheringink:

artofcarmen:

fyeahwhovians:

raygender:

themediafix:

Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

(via theroguefeminist)

April 16, 2014

Abena Busia, Part 1 of the Montclair WMGS event “Trans-Feminisms: New Frontiers, New Challenges, New Solidarities”

Visit the YouTube channel for the whole event!

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Filed under: wmgs event 
March 30, 2014
"[The Framers of the Constitution] … had no wish to usher in democracy in the United States. They were not making war upon the principle of aristocracy and they had no more intention than had the Tories of destroying the tradition of upper-class leadership in the colonies. Although they hoped to turn the Tories out of office, they did not propose to open these lush pastures to the common herd. They did believe, however, that the common people, if properly bridled and reined, might be made allies in the work of freeing the colonies from British rule and that they—the gentry—might reap the benefits without interference. They expected, in other words, to achieve a ‘safe and sane’ revolution of gentlemen, by gentlemen, and for gentlemen."

— John C. Miller. (1943). Origins of the American Revolution (via itsthesupremecourtstupid)

(Source: betweenkttnsnriots)

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