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"For one thing, there’s Dido’ fetishization by the two Ashford brothers. While one brother sees her simply as an exotic "other" whom he can bed without forming attachments — very different from the attitude toward white women of the same time period, whose virtue was unequivocal and untouchable — the other is downright violent in his conception of Dido, calling her "repulsive" but still expressing a desire to rape her. The scenes in which that older, more violent Ashford brother addresses Dido directly, giving voice to his unbridled racism and at one point assaulting her, are indisputably disturbing, not just because they represent a disgusting and brutal history but because I see remnants of those attitudes today in the way the world perceives the bodies of black and brown women: exotic, sexual, sensual, different objects. We see it in the way Miley Cyrus and almost any given white pop star (Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke, for example) use black women’s bodies as props in music videos: as something to be appropriated and used for one’s own pleasure and then cast off in pursuit of the next trend. In addition, the rape of black women still does not seem to carry much horror in 2014; it was most recently a punchline on Saturday Night Live, and last year Russell Simmons was forced to apologize for his highly offensive "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape." None of this is too different from the way the Ashford brothers perceive Dido’s body: as an exotic "other" not worthy of love or respect but merely of lust, and lust framed in a particularly problematic racism."

 Belle: A Lesson in the Timelessness of Racism and Misogyny Against Black Women by Olivia Cole 


Elfreth’s Alley is a street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is known as the oldest residential street in the U.S. 
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Elfreth’s Alley is a street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which is known as the oldest residential street in the U.S. 

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I’ve seen a few fashion posts trying to expand the “Marie Antoinette is not Victorian” rant, but this stuff can get complicated, so here is a semi-comprehensive list so everyone knows exactly when all of these eras were.

Please note that this is very basic and that there are sometimes subcategories (especially in the 17th century, Jacobean, Restoration, etc)

And people wonder WHY I complain about History/Art History periodization. Note how much overlap there is to the above “eras”, and how many exceptions and extensions there are to these categories.

Oh, and by the way…















Because you wouldn’t want to be historically inaccurate.

People today don’t even know who Jesse Owens was. They don’t have no idea what happened in 1936 [at the Olympics in Berlin]. That’s what’s scary, because our history is being lost. The world should recognize how Owens transcended race. His life was so remarkable. And he came up during the time of no drugs, no steroids, none of that, yet his record [winning four gold medals in track and field in a single Olympics] stood all the way till Carl Lewis [who matched the performance at the 1984 Games]. He really put the U.S. in the forefront of the world for taking down the German empire. It’s funny, because when he got back to the United States after winning those four gold medals, there was a ticker-tape parade to the Waldorf-Astoria—and would you believe, they wouldn’t let him in the front door? He had to go in the service elevator. It’s very epic, very beautiful to play him and introduce him to a new generation.


Anthony Mackie, in an interview with Interview Magazine

The rest of the interview focuses more on Mackie’s role as Tupac Shakur in the upcoming Notorious, but his comments on Jesse Owens are spot-on. You can learn more about Owens and why he’s so important at the website run by the Jesse Owens Trust.

(via nudityandnerdery)

(Source: historicallyaccuratesteve)



BiNet USA Prez to speak at "Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics" Opening

On the evening of Thursday May 29th the new exhibit Biconic Flashpoints: 4 Decades of Bay Area Bisexual Politics will open in the Community Gallery of San Francisco’s GLBT History Museum. Drawing on materials from the personal archives of longtime bisexual activists as well as the holdings of the GLBT Historical Society’s archives, the Biconic Flashpoints exhibit will showcase never-displayed artifacts, video, and photos from key moments in the Bay Area’s bisexual political history. The curators include:

  • Lani Ka’ahumanu, a BiPOL founding organizer, co-editor of Bi Any Other Name, activist, poet, educator, performer and visionary grandmother.
  • Emily Drennen, an outspoken bisexual and sustainable transportation advocate who loves spending time with her wife, Lindasusan, and their foster-adopt son.
  • Martin Rawlings-Fein, a published author, bisexual and trans activist, filmmaker, and Jewish educator studying to become a rabbi.
  • Lindasusan Ulrich is a writer, musician, activist, and future Unitarian Universalist minister dedicated to a vision of radical welcome.

For the opening, BiNet USA President Faith Cheltenham will be coming to San Francisco to say a few short words in honor of the work the curators have done and this historic exhibition.

Often referred to as San Francisco’s "queer Smithsonian," the GLBT Historical Society houses one of the world’s largest collections of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender historical materials. Located in San Francisco’s Castro District, the society’s GLBT History Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone museum of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the city’s vast queer past through dynamic and surprising exhibitions and programming.

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Note: Look everyone. The "END MONOSEXISM" graffiti was from the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation (no Trans allowed yet by order of Big Gay Inc. But the ONLY Bisexual Speaker, a QWoC Indigenous People’s Activist stood strong against that). That was over 20 years ago.

What was that I thought I heard people saying? That there is no such thing as Bi History? That Bisexual People never contributed to the Queer Nation? That Bisexuals are just closet cases, party-hearty sluts or a recent invention of privileged, transphobic, white, cisgender, teenagers on Tumblr?

I’m sorry please speak up. I can’t hear you over you eating your words.

Oh yeah, now I remember why I didnt want to write this story.  Its not the plot or the characters, both of which I find fascinating, its the time.  I think I’m writing about Europe in the 1500s but I’m that good with the geography but better with the history. 

I have to figure out where I want this to take place, somewhere near what was then Saxony, mostly because I have some German characters.  I know transportation was mostly horseback then, and walking for the extremely poor.  The area is mostly forest with large palaces and smaller villages surrounding it.  The good guys kinda live like Robin Hood, in the forest.  The bad guys too but the big, bad guys live in palaces. 

How far can people legitimately get on horseback in day?  Where are the waterways and other obstacles that would obstruct their course.  I can make some of this stuff up and let the reader know I’m doing that, but in the end accuracy (to a point) is quite important to me and I dont want it to be a bunch of made up stuff that turns out rather senseless. 

This is going to take a lot of research and a lot of time.  And now I have to decide if the story I want to tell, which is kinda awesome, is worth the extra time.

Super Badass Female TV Characters: Erin Strauss and Alex Blake.

Super Badass Female TV Characters: Erin Strauss and Alex Blake.

Dec 7



"Mildred Reed is his first-great-grandmother on George Washington, and on Obama, Mildred Reed is his tenth-great-grandmother."
- BridgeAnne d’Avignon, 12-year-old genealogist

I know, six months late to the party, my mind is still blown. All US presidents except Martin van Buren are descended from John Lackland Plantagenet. Yes, that John Lackland Plantaganet. Yes, all US presidents as of 2013.

12-Year-Old Discovers All U.S. Presidents Are Direct Descendants of King John Of England (by CONTAGIONNEWSdotcom)


Poor Martin van Buren…..

Dec 1

Just watched Bloods and Crips: Made in America on Netflix.  Damn, that shit made my heart hurt and it made me think and it made me see how the American made systems are put in place to keep black people down and how some of us are like ‘fuck that’ and we make our own. 

If you check it out, make sure to pay close attention to the WWII era and the “Black Power” era of the late 1960s…you’ll see how the power structure doesnt want us to get out of the hood and make it.  It was sickening but something that needed to be said, needed to be heard, and needed to be shown.  Educate yourself, no matter your color, and watch this documentary.

Sep 3


The lights are going out all across Europe.