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THIS IS EXCELLENT except I have to disagree with one point: Jane Austen wouldn’t be hella annoying on social media - she’d just be trolling all the time.
Hemingway would also have some major MRA backers probably. He wouldn’t be one (he’d just be a regular misogynistic bastard) but his followers would be harassing anyone who called it out.
Faulkner has no use for twitter and his blog posts are interminable.
Robert Frost’s Instagram tho.
And Poe and Lovecraft trying to outdo each other with Two-Sentence Horror Stories.
And Elizabeth Bishop, Emily Dickinson, and Sylvia Plath deliberately trolling MRAs.
And Polidori would tag “@DevilEnglishman” in every. Single. Post, trying to start a twitter war in the hopes of gaining followers.
yeah, but the Brontes…just…totally commenting all over Jane Austen’s tumblr to snipe at her, taking offense at Northanger Abbey, writing passionate defenses of gothic romances and hardcore feminist diatribes.
Keats writing love letters in anonymous asks on Fanny’s tumblr. Forgetting to hit the anon button one time. Keats and Fanny Skyping every second of every day. People trying to tempt Keats and Fanny away from their computers, so they install Skype on their phones and continue.
John Donne posting scathing remarks on ironies and inconsistencies in government.
Yeats photoshopping fairies into all his nature instagrams and claiming them as real. He’d have an incredibly hipster blog except for the times he uses it as a platform to cry over Maud.
George Eliot posting daily 2k tirades and holier-than-thou proper comportment lessons. You really want to hate her but you just respect her too damn much.
okay I’ve been gone most of the weekend, but have we properly raged about how Danny Pink is a love interest for Clara?
Knowing what massive Who geeks Steven Moffat, Gareth Roberts and Peter Capaldi are, there has to be a scene like this in ‘The Caretaker’:
Clara: You’ve got a job here? How did you get a job here?
The Doctor: I asked Chesterfield for a favour.
The Doctor: Chatterton, the governor of the school.
Clara: You mean Mr Chesterton, the Chairman of the Governors.
The Doctor: Yes, that’s him, Chesserman.
In the 1930s, men’s nipples were just as provocative, shameful and taboo as women’s are now, and men were protesting in much the same way. In 1930, four men went topless to Coney Island and were arrested. In 1935, a flash mob of topless men descended upon Atlantic City, 42 of whom were arrested. Men fought and they were heard, changing not only laws but social consciousness. And by 1936, men’s bare chests were accepted as the norm.
So why is it that 80 years later women can’t seem to achieve the same for their chests? Why can’t a mother proudly breastfeed her child in public without feeling sexualized? why is a 17-year-old girl being asked to leave her own prom because a group of fathers find her too provocative?
[…] I am not trying to argue for mandatory toplessness, or even bralessness. What I am arguing for is a woman’s right to choose how she represents her body — and to make that choice based on personal desire and not a fear of how people will react to her or how society will judge her. No woman should be made to feel ashamed of her body.
— Scout Willis, in XOJane,
on Instagram’s nudity policy and why she recently strolled the NYC streets topless. Solid essay all around. I found this piece particularly interesting because I’d never heard about the men’s nipples thing. (via batmansymbol
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