Things we liked, or didn’t like, from around the internet this week:
Harassing Men on the Street:
I surveyed 331 [gay and bisexual] men around the world about their experiences, and about 90 percent said they are sometimes, often, or always harassed or made to feel unwelcome in public spaces because of their perceived sexual orientation
The nun who became a sex therapist…. ‘though to be fair, she was only in the convent for a couple of years. But she has interviewed other former nuns, some of whom were nuns for a very long time before leaving, and discovering sexuality, not necessarily in that order.
How to be a popular internet feminist: Be white, be fashionable, be cis, be thin. Etc.
A beautiful photo essay from Time Life, featuring Maude Callen, a nurse midwife working in Rural southern America in the 1950s. (Incidentally, I – Tallulah – found this while searching around for photos to update the pictures in the sidebar. Anything you would particularly like to see?)
Sophie Blanchard, the first woman to pilot her own balloon.
In an elaborate white dress and matching hat accessorized with an ostrich plume, Blanchard, carrying a torch, began her ascent. Winds immediately carried her away from the gardens. From above, she lit fireworks and dropped them by parachute; Bengal lights hung from beneath her balloon. Suddenly there was a flash and popping from the skies; flames shot up from the top of the balloon.
Binders full of women… reviews of binders at Amazon and the tumblr, of course, and
analysis from the Guardian.
On skinny girls talking about body image issues – there’s probably no right way to do it.
The vicious on-line harassment of girls and women, the tragic death of Amanda Todd, and the outing of the reddit creep Michael Brutch: the consequences of “free speech”.
More on the all pervasive harassment of women, and all those calls for evidence, because a woman saying that she experienced harassment does not count as evidence: What we learn when professorly d00ds take to Facebook.
So why are women paid less? It’s complicated.
Shoes… or to be precise, high-heeled shoes: Treacherous heels the very height of misogyny.
Wearing heels can be uncomfortable and make you vulnerable to tripping or sinking into wet grass; not wearing heels invites the fashion police to denounce you as frumpy.
So, few women leaders will go flat-footed; most of them – like most other women – want to be stylish. But the choices for women today are not just between heels and flats; the height of the heel is the issue, and they have never been higher.
Hmm…. I (Deb) have to say that my dear friend Megan has taught me to think of very high heels as a form of jewellery – very much something for special occasions. The rest of the time, it’s me and my Kumfs.
On that note, have some pretty shoes.
Green Striped Shoes
From Pretty Shoes (Pinterest) put together by pinksuedeshoe.