Why is nobody talking about Call the Midwife?
I just watched an episode where the older Jenny Lee compared the advent of birth control to landing on the moon and said it was a more important achievement.
In the same episode a man attempted to rape Trixie, and no one said it was her fault, in fact, when she tried to say it was her fault, asked “what if she hadn’t flirted with him,?”, “was I being stupid?”, ect… Cynthia told her “No, it was his fault,not yours,” Jenny told her it was okay that she didn’t want to be around men.
And the at the end of it, a woman who had an abortion got a happy ending in the countryside, with the children she chose to have.
This is important.
“We need women who are so strong that they can be gentle, so educated that they can be humble, so fierce that they can be compassionate, so passionate that they can be rational, and so disciplined that they can be free. We need uncommon women. And here you are. And how deeply reassuring to me it is to know that wherever we go—there you will be.”
(Mount Holyoke College Commencement Speech, Kavita N. Ramdas ‘85)
Children’s gender roles as imposed on adults. Very ,very, very well done.
The Horse Fair, Rosa Bonheur. 1852-1855.
A lot of people have asked about my process doing research for medievalpoc. I use a lot of resources and tools that are readily available for anyone to use, and this is one of them. There are thousands of manuscripts available to just page through and zoom in on, as if you had the book right in front of you.
If the idea of searching through endless lists of titles and numbers is daunting to you, the Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Collection has a blog.
The blog makes topical posts with images of the manuscripts according to those topics, and then links to the full manuscripts, so you can go looking at them yourself:
They also have a Twitter.
One of the best things about medievalpoc is that I get to see people get excited about art and history, and if you decide you’d like to go exploring, this is a great place to do that. I think the manuscript viewer is relatively user-friendly, and there’s a ton of information about the histories of the manuscripts themselves there, too.
I wish I could know how the people who illuminated these would react if you told them that one day their books would be duplicated into an incoporeal form that anyone in the world can summon at will with the right equipment.
Well, considering none of the above creatures actually exist, seems like they’d probably take it in stride. ;) Magic and dragons kinda go together TBH
Thunder Mountain Indian Monument, built by Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder and assistants, 1968-1983, Imlay, Nevada
This eco-art architectural complex was built as a monument to the suffering and plight of American Indians at the hands of “white invaders,” as the landmark’s informational panels explain. About two hundred sculptures of Indians from all tribes and of all ages and status adorn the buildings; everything was made from concrete and discarded “white man’s junk” as a comment on the Indian genocide and world pollution. One encounters railroad ties, typewriters, cars and parts, highway barriers, dolls, license plates, and glass bottles, among countless other items. In 1983, several of the buildings were destroyed or damaged due to arson, thus today one sees only a remnant of the hostel, Indian school, cabins, workshop, bathhouse, and sweat house that once completed the site. Still visible as prominent landmarks along highway 80 are the monument and the chicken and round houses.
A curious and overlooked work of art that is well worth a visit and extended contemplation, regardless of one’s views or ideas about history.
Yinka Shonibare, MBE
How To Blow Up Two Heads At Once (Gentlemen) – image Axel Schneider © MMK Frankfurt
1975 | Cindy Sherman
Among Sherman’s earliest works, Untitled #479 (1975) gives evidence of the creative mode that would become her signature. It also reveals a telling affinity with Warhol’s Photobooth Self-Portraits (ca.1963). Sherman has identified this composite of 23 wallet-size pictures—made for a class assignment when she was still a student at Buffalo State College—as her “first serious work.”