ATTENTION ALL FEMALES!!!
IF ANOTHER GIRL SAYS TO YOU “LET’S BE FRIENDS” DON’T LISTEN! IT’S A TRICK!
“LET’S BE FRIENDS” IS A CAREFULLY CODED SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE! OBSERVE:
LET’S BE FRIENDS
WATCH OUT THEY JUST WANT TO SWAY YOU OFF THE PATH OF GOD!!!
One could spend the rest of one’s life digging through the astonishing archive that is www.digitalcomicmuseum.org. This remarkable resource — free full-issue scans of hundreds of public domain comic books from the 1930s-1950s — gives comics fans a raw glimpse of the ‘Golden Age,’ an age before the Comics Code Authority (an industry self-censorship group) clamped down on the wonderfully lurid experiment sequential artists were engaged in.
The gamut of work in this archive is jaw-dropping. Boxing comics, HAMLET comics, gory horror, racist westerns that nonetheless star Native Americans, women in prison comics, superheroes that Kirby & Lee later “borrowed” from, and romance, romance, romance comics. So many romance comics.
But one of the most interesting figures that emerges from this archive is the tough-as-nails woman superhero. The comics of the 1940s are full of rough-and-tumble super-women living independent lives. These heroes were written and drawn mostly by men, but the books they appeared in were clearly being read by women/girls, as well as by men/boys, if ads like this are any indication.
Every month, thousands of these readers would thrill to the adventures of heroes like:
KITTY KELLY, who goes from demure social worker…
…to a cleaver-wielding brawler.
LADY SATAN, a master (not ‘mistress,’ note!) of black magic.
Lady Satan wanders about in her stylish automobile, rescuing people (including sometimes clueless men) from monsters.
and THE VEILED AVENGER. A vigilante more bloodthirsty than Batman, her whip forces men to die by their own hand.
These early superheroines are both fascinating transgressions against sexism, and a reminder that comics have not ‘always been’ sexist in the same ways they are now. Sadly, they start disappearing in the early 1950s, just as the return home of GIs is being facilitated by a concerted societal effort to get women out of the workplace. Is their disappearance due of a shift in comics’ readership, now that men are home? Is it part of a general cultural trend that found women being put back in their place? Hard to say. But by the time the Comics Code is adopted in 1954, the erasure of these groundbreaking heroes is essentially complete. In some ways, it seems like comics are still recovering.
the worst things to ever happen to fashion:
- fake pockets
- making every single shirt see through
- seriously why does it have to be see through
- what is the freaking point i just have to wear another tank top or cami underneath it
- it literally defeats the purpose of being a shirt
- and every single shirt is see through these days this annoys me more than fake pockets and trust me that is an issue
The fake pockets are a mystery, but the see-through shirts are easy: If you have to buy two shirts just to be decently clothed for one day, the fashion industry wins! Not only are you paying half again as much (depending on how thrifty you are when shopping for camis), but they can make the see-through shirts out of crap fabric.
That then wears out faster.
The real question is why they haven’t pulled more of this shit with men, honestly.
Because men insist on their products being made Man-Tough (tm) :P
She’s 50 years old
She’s older than both Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo.
and she does all her own stunts
AND she’s the voice of Mulan
Thoughtful underwear with hidden powers. For every pair purchased you fund 7 pads to a girl in need.
OH SHIT YOU GUYS THIS COMPANY IS MAKING UNDERWEAR THAT IS STAIN RESISTANT, ANTIMICROBIAL, AND WILL ABSORB UP TO 6 TEASPOONS OF LIQUID BUT STILL LOOKS FUCKING SEXY
AND DID I MENTION THIS PART:
For every pair of THINX you buy, you help one girl in the developing world stay in school by providing her with seven washable, reusable cloth pads.
AND WHY IS THAT SUCH A BIG DEAL? HERE’S WHY:
After doing some research, Agrawal says she found that more than 100 million girls in the developing world were missing a week of school because of their periods, and using things such as leaves, old rags, or plastic bags in the place of sanitary pads.
THE SIZES RUN FROM XS TO XXL AND THE PRICES ARE NOT INSANE, THEY’RE OBVIOUSLY HIGHER THAN THOSE 5 FOR $10 SALES AT TARGET BUT YOU WON’T HAVE TO THROW THEM OUT BECAUSE YOU MISCALCULATED YOUR FLOW AND BLED ALL OVER THEM BEFORE YOU COULD GET TO A BATHROOM
I’M SORRY FOR SHOUTING I’M JUST REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS
LIKE HOLY FUCKBASKET IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME
Advice for US servicemen being sent to the UK in the Second World War:
BRITISH WOMEN AT WAR. A British woman officer or non-commissioned officer can—and often does—give orders to a man private. The men obey smartly and know it is no shame. For British women have proven themselves in this way. They have stuck to their posts near burning ammunition dumps, delivered messages afoot after their motorcycles have been blasted from under them. They have pulled aviators from burning planes. They have died at the gun posts and as they fell another girl has stepped directly into the position and “carried on.” There is not a single record in this war of any British woman in uniformed service quitting her post or failing in her duty under fire.
Now you understand why British soldiers respect the women in uniform. They have won the right to the utmost respect. When you see a girl in khaki or air-force blue with a bit of ribbon on her tunic—remember she didn’t get it for knitting more socks than anyone else in Ipswich.
Studies show that women apologize more than men, often for perfectly reasonable acts like, you know, taking up space.
THAT LAST ONE THOUGH
always weird when stuff like this is for a product, like am I buying empowerment? But if I had to choose, rather see this than some of the alternatives. A positive message like this is one I can stomach!
I’ve written about this before, and it’s actually pretty cool. We don’t pay attention to advertising in the same way that we do stuff we think of as “content”, so the messages in it can get into our subconscious in ways that more direct communication won’t. Advertising based around positive messages is actually a pretty powerful tool for change.