This little girl is going places.
Showgirls photographed by Gordon Parks, New York, 1958 (via)
"A Sticky Situation" (1960) by Carl Barks
I like how advertising is literally still exactly as sexist as they’re joking about in this comic from 54 years ago.
LOOK AT THE DOG
— me every time there is a dog regardless of the situation (via guy)
Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all included in this solar system necklace. Don’t hold the whole world in your hands. Hold the entire solar system around your neck. Hung on an 18” chain. Sold on Etsy.
People who are familiar with me probably know that I have a profound love for TV and film, but I will not excuse the fact that most of TV is made up of all white casts. There is a huge lack of diversity in TV shows and when there is a coloured person it’s usually the white person’s friend, or the comical one, the one introduced to further raise the position of the white characters. To be plain, is it utter bullshit. Coloured people have become such typecasts and that is so ridiculous, the black friend can only be ‘sassy’ and have ‘attitude’ the Asian friend can only be ‘smart’ and ‘geeky’ Open your eyes and realise that being of colour doesn’t subject us to be a certain way. This is also applicable to the world of film. As some of you may know, there’s going to be a movie about the character Tiger Lily from the beloved story of Peter Pan and as we all know this is a Native-American character. So naturally a white actress will be playing her. Don’t tell me that out of all the actresses that were accessible to the casting members or whatever that there were only white people that could play this part? It’s outrageous. It’s disrespectful. And it’s common.
17:14// Me in 2013.
[q] hold ur head up high, cutie! c:
LGBTQ* History You May Have Missed:
How California Got Its Name
"The Spaniards had observed primarily male behavior. Typical of European men of the era, female same-sex relations, and even gender inversion, was the stuff of fantasy for them. They were enamored of Garci Rodriguez de Montalvo’s protolesbian-tale about a mythical island called ‘California’ where Queen Califia lived with her beloved subjects, all of whom were masculine women. ‘And there were no males among them at all,’ Montalvo wrote. He described the women as having “energetic bodies and courageous ardent hearts.’ Like the Amazons of Greek myth, they waged bloody war on other lands, killing most of the males but carrying away a few so that they might copulate with them for the sake of procreation. Female babies were kept among them; male babies were slaughtered. In 1535, Hernan Cortes, sharing his era’s enchantment with the story of these fierce, manless women, wrote the name ‘California’ on a map of a strip of land on the west coast of North America. It has remained the name ever since—though the protolesbian source is long forgotten.”
From Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians, edited by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons.
(The first photo is the first map to print the toponym [place name] “California.” 1562, Diego Gutierrez.)
(The second photo is of Las Sergas de Esplandian [The Adventures of Esplandian], the romance novel by Garci Rodrigues de Montalvo that mentions the legend of California. 1510.)
Karyn Washington, founder of the For Brown Girls blog, has died of an apparent suicide, reports MadameNoire.com. The influential blogger was only 22 years old.
Washington’s blog celebrated self-love, particularly among dark-skinned women. She also launched the #DarkSkinRedLip project after rapper A$AP Rocky suggested that darker-skinned women should avoid crimson lips. Following her lead, thousands of women of color posted photos of themselves proudly rocking red lips using the hashtag.
While working earnestly to empower women of all races and colors, Washington was also dealing with personal struggles. According to a friend, she had been battling depression and was also finding it hard to deal with the loss of her mother.
Black women, who often shoulder so much burden and to admit any weakness of the mind and body is to be considered defective. Vulnerability is not allowed. Tears are discouraged. Victims are incessantly blamed. We are hard on our women, and suffer as a result.
When your community tells you that you’re better off praying than seeking the advice of medical professionals and medication, you feel shame when you feel your mind is breaking. There is no safe place. To admit to any mental frailty is to invite scorn and mockery.
Mental Illness is Real