Posts Tagged ‘women’

The First Painters Were Cave Women

October 19, 2013

The First Painters Were Cave Women

Penn State Professor Dean R. Snow has discovered strong evidence that most early cave painters were women. Dr. Snow measured hand stencils artists traced on painted walls at cave sites in France and Spain and concluded that three-quarters of these were made by women and not men, as had been previously assumed.

More:

“Were the First Artists Mostly Women?” Virginia Hughes, National Geographic News

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Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z–I–N–G!

September 1, 2013

Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me a Z--I--N--G!

The human pyramid of championship cheerleading came crashing down at Towson University last week. The entire Towson Tiger Cheerleading Team, every single girl, was suspended for hazing. “Hazing in any form will not be tolerated at Towson University,” said university VP Deb Moriarty, and the school’s hazing policy is clear. The cheerleaders are also banned from performing or practicing their quasi-sport, but perhaps they will have a role in Towson’s Hazing Prevention Week, conveniently scheduled for September 23-27, 2013.

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Women’s Equality Day

August 26, 2013

Women's Equality Day

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution became law, giving American women the right to vote.

In 1971, at the urging of Rep. Bella Abzug, Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day,” and that is how the anniversary is known today.

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Sex & Cell Phones

August 5, 2013

Sex & Cell Phones

A new study indicates that 62% of women have checked their cell phones during sex. As one wag puts it, that gives a whole new meaning to the term “phone sex.”

More:

“New study finds that 62% of women ‘check phones during sex,'” Michael Blaustein, New York Post

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Rockin’ Grandma

July 22, 2013

Unknown elder at the Coalition Drum Shop, La Crosse, WI.

h/t: Allison Reiber, Mashable

UPDATES:

“‘Grandma Drummer’ Mary Hvizda has long history in drumming,” Pauleen Le, WKBT

“Drumming Grandma Stuns Watchers; 2M Views on YouTube,” David Ogul, NewsMax

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Christmas Defender Rick Perry Tells Women ‘Bah Humbug!’

June 18, 2013

Christmas Defender Rick Perry Tells Women 'Bah Humbug!'

Texas Governor Rick “Santa” Perry signed the “Merry Christmas Bill” into law last week, allowing public school Christmas parties in the Lone Star State. “It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m proud that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state,” said Mr. Perry. Does that mean school parties for DiwaliAshura, Festivus, Al Hijra, Niinamesai, MaidyaremLosar, and Samhain? Smile when you say that, partner.

The Republican governor also put coal in the stockings of Texas women when he vetoed a bill allowing them to sue for equal pay for equal work. That might be a big political gift for Texas Democrats next Election Day.

Related:

“The Equal Pay Act – Powerful But Not Enough,” Anne Kim, Washington Monthly blog

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100 Years

March 3, 2013

On March 3, 1013, the day before Woodrow Wilson’s Inauguration, American women paraded on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue and demanded the right to vote.  They didn’t get it until August 18, 1920.

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Unborn Caucus Scores Big on GOP Platform

August 22, 2012

Unborn Caucus Scores on GOP Platform

Acting on the medical advice of Todd Akin’s gynecologist, the Republican National Committee platform panel added a plank outlawing abortion, even in cases of incest, medical necessity, or “legitimate rape.”

You’d think Republicans would be busy crafting meaningful measures to fix the economy they broke instead of reviving the delusional policies they used to destroy it during the Bush administration. Yet here they are, a week before the GOP Convention, getting between women and their doctors instead. Why? The subversive influence of the Zygote Liberation Front, a Tea Party splinter group, which penetrated the GOP platform committee like an intrustive Virginia ultrasound probe.

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Putin Lights the Fires of Revolution

August 18, 2012

Three members of the feminist Russian punk band Pussy Riot were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years in prison. The criminal incident in question: On February 21st, the band performed a “punk prayer” protest in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral as part of the demonstrations following the disputed re-election of Vladimir Putin. Some feel the Church is too politically tied to the Putin regime.

The prison-bound band members are philosophy student and mother Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, mother and Greenpeace activist Maria Alekhina, and artist and computer programmer Yekaterina Samutsevich. To mark the occasion, the band released a new recording (above), and it’s not a statement of remorse. The song is called “Putin Lights Up the Fires”(путин зажигает костры).

More:

“Russian band’s sentencing shows punk’s power,”  Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times

“Is Vladimir Putin Richer Than Carlos Slim?” Worldcrunch

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Kitty Wells, 1919 — 2012

July 16, 2012

Kitty Wells, 1919 - 2012

Singer Kitty Wells (née Ellen Muriel Deason) died Monday at age 92. Her husband of 74 years, Johnny Wright of the duo Johnny & Jack, passed away last year. Ms. Wells, the Queen of Honky Tonk Street, was the first woman vocalist to have a solo hit record on the Country & Western music charts.

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