Before World War I, girls rarely mentioned their bodies in terms of strategies for self-improvement or struggles for personal identity. Becoming a better person meant paying less attention to the self, giving more assistance to others, and putting more effort into instructive reading or lessons at school. When girls in the nineteenth century thought about ways to improve themselves, they almost always focused on their internal character and how it was reflected in outward behavior. In 1892, the personal agenda of an adolescent diarist read: “Resolved, not to talk about myself or feelings. To think before speaking. To work seriously. To be self restrained in conversation and actions. Not to let my thoughts wander. To be dignified. Interest myself more in others.”
A century later, in the 1990s, American girls think very differently. In a New Year’s resolution written in 1982, a girl wrote: “I will try to make myself better in any way I possibly can with the help of my budget and baby-sitting money. I will lose weight, get new lenses, already got new haircut, good makeup, new clothes and accessories.” This concise declaration clearly captures how girls feel about themselves in the contemporary world. Like many adults in American society, girls today are concerned with the shape and appearance of their bodies as a primary expression of their individual identity.
The body project: an intimate history of American girls
““Dressing up as “a Native American” furthers the already popular notion that they aren’t real, diverse, complex human beings. There’s a reason that dressing up as a white guy isn’t nearly as effective on Halloween; there’s no homogenous vision of what White Guy looks like. If you’ve developed a homogenous vision of a particular race, enough that you could conceive of a good costume, then just fucking stay home for the evening.””
Okay, cultural appropriation = bad. On the subject of Halloween costumes, I’m curious. If you understand that not all “Native Americans” are the same, and pick perhaps a particular tribe and research it, is that not an acceptable costume? Also, re: White Guys. True, but I have seen people dress up as “rednecks” or “white trash” or “hipsters”, etc. Not that I’m commenting about the relative appropriateness of any of that, just saying that it happens. And obviously some suffer from class oppression the same way that others suffer from race oppression. But I think the concept that you can dress as a “stereotype” for Halloween is not bad by default.
I’d say it would be arguably worse than the typical ‘Indian costume’ you normally see, for the following reasons:
1) Because the person apparently knows enough about appropriation to know that the Pocahontas-in-a-bag costume from the drugstore isn’t okay, and that Native Americans really don’t like white people dressing up as us, but still looked really hard for a way to do it anyway
2) Because Native American traditional clothing isn’t a costume, even if you’re looking at something flashy and meant for performing in. A lot of it has specific cultural and spiritual meanings, and it’s really not okay to wear outside of certain ceremonies or contexts.
'Dressing up as an Indian' isn't just offensive because the available costumes are inaccurate or homogenous or badly done. It's because, what with the genocide and the boarding schools and the “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” and how many of our traditions have only been legal to practice since the late 1970s, what we have left of Native American traditional clothing is only here because generations of people thought that preserving it was more important than their very lives. When something’s that important to someone else, even if to you it’s just a costume and not part of your tradition it’s still not cool to just put it on and go do whatever you want in it.
IDK I guess what I’m trying to say is if I were at a Halloween party and I saw someone dressed in a cheap costume-shop Indian costume I’d just sideeye them really hard and try to avoid them all night, but if someone showed up in a jingle dress I would make such a scene
A Republican state Senator from Idaho was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning and charged with grand theft auto and driving under the influence, according to police reports.
State Sen. John McGee, currently the majority caucus chair for the Idaho State Senate, had been drinking on a golf course late Saturday night, when he apparently decided to leave on foot. After walking for miles without shoes, he came upon a truck and trailer that had its keys inside.
He didn’t get far though: Residents of the neighborhood were alarmed around 3 a.m. to discover the truck jackknifed in the back yard of a home down the street. McGee reportedly exited the vehicle and walked up and down the street several times before returning to the truck and falling asleep. Witnesses said he appeared to be “in another world” and was covered in cuts and scrapes, asking about “the promised land.”
Damn, son. If you’re going to go down in flames, don’t just tweet a dick pic…
"McGee, a frequent mention when it comes to speculation on who might run for governor next, previously chaired the Idaho Senate Transportation Committee."
I was not aware you were also asexual until a week or 2 ago!
I think it's funny how approximately 1% of people are asexual but then I and like 3 of my internet friends are asexual.
This wasn't a question, was it?
Hahahaha I’m generally not super comfortable with being open about it, in the past it’s led to people doing incredibly rude intrusive concerntrolling… but then I started raging all over my blog and just couldn’t stop
And yeah there seem to be a lot of asexuals in my internet circles too… it’s interesting since I haven’t really been involved in activism or sought out internet asexuals for their own sake. I suppose given the hugeness of the internet, though, it’s not unusual that asexuals should run into each other in completely unrelated places?
HEY FLEW, IF YOU COULD TAKE A PIECE OF FUTURE TECHNOLOGY (WHETHER REAL OR FICTIONAL) BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD IT BE, WHERE WOULD YOU GO, AND WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH IT?
This is really difficult because so much of our technology is dependent on other technology, so if I could just take one piece of technology I’d have to choose something that doesn’t need a modern support system and isn’t difficult to repair. And also do I get to go forward again in time or am I stuck living in the past with my bit of future tech? If I get to go forwards again, I’d probably take some modern recording equipment back to nineteen dickety two and get some decent recordings of Nellie Melba in her prime </operanerd>… but if I’m stuck in the past I would probably take some modern car parts back to the Great Depression, stick them in a 1930s car, and use it to run from the law in my new career as a bank robber :D
There's got to be some sort of entropy going on in the button collection of anyone who sews
No matter how many useful and tasteful buttons you buy, once you throw them all in a tin with each other they just degenerate into a heap of of awkwardly sized stuff from baby clothes, loose rhinestones and beads, and mismatched crap from twenty years ago