Posts Tagged ‘women’

The Long Nails of Newark

October 14, 2020

Nail technician Maria Ortiz of Zeyne’s Unisex Salon in Newark maintains the stunning and extreme fingernails of a community based on “love and claws.” A Great Big Story video.

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Space Toilet: A Giant Flush for Womankind

October 5, 2020

Space Toilet: A Giant Flush for Womankind

Friday night, while you were watching Donald Trump’s helicopter touch down at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, an Antares rocket lifted off from Wallops Island carrying a $23 million titanium toilet to the International Space Station. The new low-gravity space potty, known as the Universal Waste Management System (UWMS), sports a smaller footprint and improved efficiency, and is equally adapted to the needs of male and female astronauts. As NASA astronauts say, “you go, girl!”

More:

“Finally, a Space Toilet for Ladies,” Amanda Arnold, The Cut

“NASA’s new $30M space toilet is smaller, better smelling and more female-friendly,” CBC Radio

“State-of-the-art space toilet successfully launched into space,” Mark Kaufman, Mashable

“Antares rocket launches new astronaut toilet and more to space station for NASA,” Chelsea Gohd, Space.com

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Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

July 6, 2020

Happy Birthday Frida Kahlo

Mexican painter and activist Frida Kahlo de Rivera  was born on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacán, Mexico. The National Museum of Women in the Arts is celebrating with a virtual Happy Hour today, 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM Eastern. Reserve your spot and mix up a cocktail. ¡Salud!

Related:

Frida Kahlo at MoMA

Frida Kahlo: The Complete Works, Frida-Kahlo-Foundation.org

“Frida Kahlo Was a Painter, a Brand Builder, a Survivor. And So Much More.” Rebecca Kleinman, New York Times

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Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix

June 26, 2020

In 1921, Bessie Coleman became the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license. U.S. flying schools had refused to teach her, so she learned French and, with sponsorship from the The Chicago Defender, earned her license from France’s Caudron Brothers School of Aviation. Ms. Coleman toured American as a stunt pilot, appearing in air shows as Queen Bess and Brave Bessie.

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Kung Fu Nuns

June 18, 2020

“These are the Kung Fu Nuns of a 900-year-old Buddhist sect called the Drukpa, which is derived from the Tibetan word for dragon.”

— “Meet the Kung Fu Nuns of Nepal, Alisha Haridasani Gupta, New York Times

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The Vibrator Museum

June 9, 2020

“Shaking Things Up at the Antique Vibrator Museum,” an Atlas Obscura video featuring Dr. Carol Queen, curator of the Good Vibrations Antique Vibrator Museum in San Francisco.

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WHCD Comic Didn’t Insult Sarah Sanders’ Looks, Just Her Lies

May 2, 2018

Someone who never saw the comedian’s act booked Michelle Wolf for the White House Correspondents Dinner, and right now that talent booker is probably looking for a new job. True to form, Ms. Wolf flamed the media and the public figures who are the White House correspondents’ meal ticket. Oddly, it was this relatively light toasting of Sarah Huckabee Sanders that caused the greatest uproar:

“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. But she burns facts and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like, maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies.”

Critics saw it as a gratuitous slam at Ms. Sanders’ looks, which it wasn’t. Why would they think that?

  1. Because that’s the kind of thing that critics expected, Sarah being a woman and all; and
  2. A combination of room echo and Ms. Wolf’s casual enunciation allowed some in the room to hear the word “facts” as “fat” (see #1); and
  3. Men in the audience didn’t recognize the allusion to a Maybelline “smokey eye” ad campaign.

Another joke likening Sarah Sanders to the Aunt Lydia character of the “Handmaiden’s Tale,” the enforcer of the patriarchy’s enslavement of women, was seen as a comparison to the physical appearance of the middle-aged actress who plays her.

The Michelle Wolf gag that really skewered the heart of America’s media, though, was this:

“You guys are obsessed with Trump. Did you used to date him? Because you pretend like you hate him, but I think you love him. I think what no one in this room wants to admit is that Trump has helped all of you. He couldn’t sell steaks or vodka or water or college or ties or Eric, but he has helped you.

He’s helped you sell your papers and your books and your TV. You helped create this monster, and now you’re profiting off him. And if you’re going to profit off Trump, you should at least give him some money, because he doesn’t have any.”

Even in past years, when the White House Correspondents Dinner was a politician- and celebrity-infested “nerd prom,” the hoopla of the annual dinner overshadowed the event’s purpose, raising money for journalism student scholarships. Maybe next year’s WHCD (if it happens) will eschew comedy and feature singing, juggling, or mime.

More:

“Since when did ‘perfect smokey eye’ become an insult, America?” Jean Hannah Edelstein, The Guardian

“No, Michelle Wolf Didn’t Joke About Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s Looks,” Jen Chaney, Vulture

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Equal Pay Day 2018

April 10, 2018

Equal Pay Day 2018

It’s Pay Equality Day, last of the 99 extra days into 2018 that American women worked to finally make the same amount of wages that men made by Dec. 31, 2017. The concept originated with the National Committee on Pay Equity in 1996 as a way to point out the economic injustice of  American women earning 82 cents when men are earning a dollar. Want to change that inequity? Look here.

In a timely decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that employers can’t use workers’ salary histories to justify paying women less.

More:

“When Is Equal Pay Day? 2018 Is The Year Women Can Help Close It Once & For All,” Sarah Friedmann, Bustle

 

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Getting Dressed

March 6, 2018

How wealthy women were dressed — by others — in the 18th century: Shift, stays, petticoats, pockets, roll, stockings and garters, gown and stomacher, apron and shoes. That’s right, no knickers.

From the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Liverpool. More here.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Hijabs

January 31, 2018

A beginner’s guide to hijabs, from The Secret Life of Muslims team.

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