What do you mean how did they get away with it?
History isn’t one straight line progressing towards a liberal society.
Look how much Americans attitudes have changed between 1980 and today. 1980 was the first time most very religious people voted, they abstained before that at the behest of their churches. Now they dictate policy at every election.
In my family photo album there are pictures from the 20s of a woman called ‘uncle bob’. She dressed in men’s clothing, and had a ‘companion’. This was a rough industrial town, they were working class, nobody cared. It was her business.
This is why politics is important - the moment you think everything is better today than it was in the past, you let other people take control of the direction society goes in - with you sitting back presuming we’re going forwards.
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"What were you wearing?"
I wore a red dress to work today. It has a zipper at either side of my chest that can unzip and reveal a thin strip of skin. A coworker, without warning, tried pulling at the zipper and when it wouldn’t zip, instead revealed a good portion of my collarbone and shoulder as well as my bra strap. An hour later, the same coworker came up and told me to not wear clothes with zippers because he’ll go right ahead and unzip them. I shot back that unzipping me without my permission is sexual harassment. Apparently a manager heard and berated my coworker. At the end of my shift, my coworker told me that my little comment got him in trouble and that he no longer feels comfortable saying anything to me other than “hello” and “goodbye.”
I am supposed to feel guilty for pointing out that he can’t lay his fucking hands on me.
and here we see yet another example of misogyny in the workplace. I just fucking can’t.
Feminism is having a wardrobe malfunction.
Does your brand of feminism remove barriers for women, or simply move them around? Does is expand options for women, or does it just shift them? You don’t liberate women by forcing them to choose option B instead of option A. What is comfortable for you might not be comfortable for someone else, and it’s entirely possible that what you see as oppressive, other women find comfortable or even downright liberating.
Before you think the girl in the middle is a strawman, let me tell you I used to be her, back in my misguided youth. I considered myself the standard to which other people should adhere. But that was stupid. It’s not up to me to tell people how to dress, and it’s much nicer to let everyone choose for themselves.
Some women would feel naked without a veil. Some women would find it restrictive. Some women would feel restricted by a bra. Some women would feel naked without one. Some women would feel restricted by a tight corset. Others love them. Some wear lots of clothes with a corset. Some only wear the corset and nothing else. What makes any article of clothing oppressive is someone forcing you to wear it. And it’s just as oppressive to force someone not to wear something that they want to wear.
Many of my friends and I battle with the issue many busty girls do; where to get pretty bras? Plus could they be purchased without needing to spend all your money?
Australian eBay store PlusSizeBras is a place every busty girl should visit! It’s good, it’s extremely cheap and the customer service works.
They simply don’t have just big bras, but they have variety of them; stripes, dots, different flower patterns, different mixed colour, laces ect. Not just the boring bras which make you look like you’d have a baby for breast feeding at home (no offence for mums! Or babies!)
Want some pictures? Here you go:
Hmm, look at these basic yet pretty darling bras with 12,44$ (AUS)
Or is animal pattern more you? Gosh, you really need at least one pair of white bras. Both darlings are 8.87$ (AUS), together less than 18$!
Something a bit naughty yet extremely cute, only 14$ (AUS)!
There’s prettiness and some damn good support with 13$ (AUS).
Black, transparent lace, grrr. Your drawer just got hotter with 8$ (USD)
What’s the best catch? They’re extremely cheap with very, very, very low international shipping fee! The prices start from 8$ (AUS). Instead of spending 50$ for one pair, you can get 5 pairs of bras from PlusSizeBras! Extremely handy for people with low incomes like students or for those who have fed up with bra prices overall.
Wait? Cheap bras can’t be good? Nor fitting?
Of course, there’s always a change that the bra doesn’t fit you, or it’s somehow bad. However, I have had only positive experiences with this shop. The bras I have gotten - except one - were very supportive, felt comfortable on and for the first time ever I knew how it feels when you’re not constantly aware of your boobs or bra!
(Besides, when the price is low, you can try the bras without fear - if it doesn’t fit, you won’t loose much money. You can give the bras forward to someone else. Maybe it fits your friend(s). Or perhaps you want to donate them to charity.)
I’m size 38DD/85E lady and this store has simply saved my life.
PLEASE BOOST THIS FORWARD SO AS MANY BUSTY GIRL AS POSSIBLE WOULD BE AWARE OF THIS STORE!
The bustier you are, the more important good, supportive bras are for your health and comfort.
Lupita Nyong’o forthe March issue of ESSENCE Magazine. In the 4-page spread entitled, “Lupita Shines”, the actress shared her feelings about her major award nominations and how she’s dealing with the brightness of the spotlight.
Want to know her beauty regimen? The stunner keeps things as simple and natural as possible.
“She moisturizes with argan oil, pomegranate oil and kukui oil from Hawaii interchangeably[,] and removes her makeup with avocado oil. Should she ever break out – which is rare – she spot-treats with a fresh garlic clove. “My mother instilled in me that nature knows best,” she says.”
Shoutout to the nonbinary people who are still in the closet and constantly get misgendered, but are scared to come out or don’t really have a choice. To the nonbinary people who feel like they can’t get rid of their body hair fast enough or efficiently enough, and those who can’t grow enough to feel comfortable. To the nonbinary people who can’t make their breasts look “real enough,” and the ones that can’t make their chests flat enough. To the nonbinary poc, dmab nonbinary people, nonbinary people with disabilities, with mental illness; to all the ones who have so much more to worry about. Those who don’t like how feminine or masculine they look. Those that want to look androgynous but just don’t feel like they can. The ones that get put down every day, even by the people that they love. I’m proud of you for sticking through tough stuff and still being here. You matter, you have people that care a lot about you, and you’re not alone; I promise. It may take some time, but things will get better, and until they do, your fellow nonbinary people will always be here to help you when you need it.
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This is Leizu (aka Xi Ling Shi) the ancient Chinese empress credited with inventing silk in 2640 BC. A teenager and wife of the Yellow Emperor Leizu was outside having tea one day when a silk worm cocoon fell into her cup. She fiddled and toyed with the cocoon and noticed fine shiny strands emanating from it. Leizu, totally fascinated by the strands, gathered together her ladies in waiting to formulate a technique of weaving the strands together to make a cloth. Eventually they succeeded and she presented this cloth to her husband, the Emperor. Leizu went on the develop sericulture, the science behind producing silk.
Chinese Women Producing Silk 12th Century AD
The legendary tale of how she invented this wonderous material was recorded by Chinese academic, Confucius. No one truly knows how much of the story is true and how much of it is myth but Leizu went on to be revered and respected by the Chinese people. Sericulture remained a woman only science in China for thousands of years. Silk went on to become one of China’s biggest exports with cloths found all over the world. The method of production was kept secret for 3000 years and people found trying to teach others or smuggle worms out of China were executed.
hi everyone!! i work in a thrift shop and last month we got something in i never expected to see: an amoena breast form and bra. i scoured ebay to find a nearly-matching mate and make a pair so that they could make a difference in someone’s life!!
amoena make medical-grade silicone prosthetics that are very durable (and very expensive!). they’re accessible to breast cancer survivors and cis women who have had masectomies thanks to insurance, but often impossible to afford for transgender women. one lucky reblogger will get them absolutely free of charge! these are perfect for daily wear, stay put easily (especially in the included bra) and would be great for presenting as a woman full-time, even in physically demanding settings like retail or trade work.
i see a ton of giveaways for ftm-related things like binders and i figured i’d give this a try for the other lovely trans ppl of tumblr! make sure to read below for details before reblogging, and feel free to message me with questions related to the giveaway (i won’t publish unless you give me permission).
***i want these to go to a trans woman***. i’m not going to police if you’re genderqueer/fluid/agender/etc and switch between ‘she/woman’ and gender neutral language for this reason throughout this post. you should want to have breasts in your daily life, though, find them useful and be in need of them if you’re reblogging this. these are very well-made, expensive breast forms and it’s not fair if some people who need breasts and would really be helped by them physically and emotionally are reblogging this while others are just reblogging it just to get some padding for a busty cosplay.
i will send these amoena breast forms and bra to a winner who will be randomly selected through randompicker on may 21, 2014.
TO WIN, ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS REBLOG.likes don’t count. you don’t have to be following me/liking other posts of mine/etc etc. if you don’t need these for yourself and are just reblogging to promote this post/show it to your friends who might be interested tag it as #signal boost and you’ll be removed from the giveaway winning pool.
i will provide shipping at my own expense, regardless of if you live in the US like i do or across the world from me. all you have to do is be comfortable giving me an address to ship these to. i can package them as discreetly as needed.
IMPORTANT SIZING DETAILS:
these are an a/b. they stick out 1-3 inches in most spots when worn. one is slightly smaller than the other but their thickness in the main part of each breast is the same, as pictures of me modeling them for y’all will show. these will have the most noticeable effect on you if you have a smaller frame, but if you’re chubby i’m sure they could also work to enhance your natural chest. they look weird in-box and are obviously pale and white looking, but have an extremely lifelike appearance + feel when worn in a bra. they aren’t really supposed to ‘show’ outside of a bra or shirt.
i didn’t seek these out to buy for a giveaway, again, i happened upon 2/3 of this giveaway package at my work, so sadly the included bra only goes up to a 34” band.
these will also ‘work’ if placed into any store-bought bra, though, they’re not really dependent on the one i’m giving them away with (even though it was made to go along with breast forms and is thus pretty dang convenient if it happens to fit you).
Now for the fun part!
Effect when worn:
i was iffy about going through with giving these away because their size really limits who they can benefit, but at the same time, these were made for someone and if that someone is you, hopefully they’ll find their way to you and make your life a bit easier!
if this giveaway goes well i’m hoping to make a more thoughtfully planned out one in the future. i’d like to give away a realistic variety of colors/cup sizes/bra sizes and choose companies geared towards trans women so that they can be more universally useful than breast forms that, well, just happened into my life at random. i want to do this way more than just once, and ideally i’ll be able to find the means+resources once i’m out of college to do this sort of giveaway 1-3 times a year. if you wanna check upon that in the future, i’ll be sure to put any giveaway posts under my #my giveaways tag, and any breast form (etc) giveaways under a #trans giveaway tag as well.
good luck to everyone who reblogs this, and again, if you’re not reblogging these to win please tag as #signal boost! thank you!!
A beautiful cultural blend: African kimono
The contrasting landscapes of Japan and Africa may seem, literally, worlds apart. But they have been artfully united in a collaboration between an African designer and a traditional Japanese kimono-maker. Launched last month, Wafrica — Africa plus wa for Japan — has unveiled a range of kimono handcrafted in an array of African cotton fabrics that would seem to be a million miles from the subtle silks more commonly associated with traditional Japanese dress. Yet despite the orange comets and flashes of lightning tearing across a moss-green background, and the tribal swirls in colors that recall the sun-drenched African soil, the prints blend seamlessly into the kimono form before they surprise Japanese shoppers with their foreign origin.
The cultural cocktail is the brainchild of Serge Mouangue, a Tokyo-based concept- car designer for Nissan, who joined forces with Kururi, a Tokyo-based kimono- maker, to produce the traditional Japanese attire in 18 African prints sourced in markets from Nigeria to Senegal.
In the sedate confines of the Kururi store on Aoyama Dori, visitors are drawn to the bright outfits placed prominently in the window display.
“These kimono have vivid colors, and the impact is powerful,” says Izumi Ichikawa, one of the store assistants, who is immaculately clad in a more conventional pastel-hued piece. “People expect more neutral tones in kimono, but these attract younger, modern people who are looking for something different.”
“These color combinations are not found in traditional fabrics and are new to kimono,” adds Yoko Nagai, the merchandiser at Kururi, which has been selling kimono for 15 years. “And the printed wax cotton used in Wafrica kimono does not exist in traditional kimono materials.”
Such a lack of familiarity between materials and form strengthens the effect that Mouangue is seeking to create.
“I do not want the end result to belong to Africa, nor should it belong to Japan. It is not a ‘fusion,’ ” says Mouangue, who was born in Cameroon and grew up in Paris. “I want it to be something else. It should transcend the boundaries of both cultures. It is a third aesthetic.”
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"when women wear makeup they’re basically lying to us" well i don’t see why i’m being blamed for a man stupid enough to really think i have red and gold eyelids