A young Jewish refugee with her Chinese playmates. Shanghai, China (x)
Between 1933 and 1941, it is estimated that 20,000 Jews escaped persecution by fleeing to the Chinese port of Shanghai. Shanghai was one of the few places in the world that would accept Jewish refugees at this time, Japan being another.
i am furious that i am just now learning about this important fact.
Because it has nothing to do with the USA being the superhero and saving all the Jews
Happy birthday, Elsa Schiaparelli, iconic fashion designer who also helped revolutionize women’s underwear.
"Women’s underwear before World War II was kind of elaborate. It was usually made of silk and it had pleats and it had to be ironed. This was in France. There was no such thing as ‘drip dry’ and when the war started, most of the men went to the front and the women had to take jobs. There was gas rationing and so everybody had bicycles and you had to be licensed to ride a bike in Paris, and in one year bike licenses tripled; it went up to 11 million. The way women dressed with these long skirts and this very elaborate underwear didn’t lend itself to riding a bike so Schiap changed panties completely. First of all, there was famine, so she got rid of the buttons and put elastic in the waist so that as you were losing weight, your panties would stay on. Then, she made them out of drip-dry material, so you didn’t need a maid to iron them … and she added a double-slung crotch and suddenly women could ride their bikes with a lot more freedom."
More badass September birthdays here.
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Lena Dunham (x)
Well um, yeah.
let me just say a few things about ‘all about that bass’ real quick
- it’s a song about body positivity and we don’t get many of those so can we just take that into consideration please
- i know people are kicking off about her using the phrase “skinny bitches” but she does follow it up with "no, i’m just playing i know you think you’re fat / but i’m here to tell you that / every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top" she’s taken an insult commonly given to slim women and basically a said so what if you are skinny/skinny but you think you’re fat, YOU’RE STILL PERFECT
- i’ve seen shit loads of people saying it makes them feel more confident, and slim women get a ton of media reinforcing the idea that their body is perfect anyway
- IT’S CATCHY AS FUCK
can I also say something about this video?
- [Yeah, my mama she told me don’t worry about your size
She says, “Boys like a little more booty to hold at night.”] BECAUSE WE ALL CARE ABOUT WHAT BOYS WANT AMIRITE. we shouldn’t feel bad about out bodies because GUESS WHAT? BOYS LIKE OUR BODIES
- [I know you think you’re fat, But I’m here to tell ya
Every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top] now you may THINK you’re fat, BUT you’re ACTUALLY perfect. because those two things are apparently mutually exclusive. you shouldn’t think you’re fat, because why? because fat=bad? and what about the girls that actually are fat? that don’t think they’re fat, they KNOW they’re fat because they ARE fat?
- she doesn’t?? actually have?? any fat people?? in the video??? ok she has ONE fat person. she’s not that fat, she’s curvy. and none of those girls are fat, in fact, most are skinnier than her
- catchy doesn’t mean good. good is subjective, but personally I found it mediocre and grating to listen to
look if you enjoy the song, fine. it’s true it’s more body positive than a lot of stuff out there, and yes people need to get over the ‘skinny b*tches’ line. and I’ll give her props for the racial diversity, and if it’s helped some girls feel better about their bodies, that’s great! but can we please not tout it as some great feminist revolutionary break through in music?
nicki made a great song about reclaiming her body from the male gaze and combating the stigma and fetishization placed on black women’s bodies, where she literally slaps drake’s hand away from her ass okay. sara bareilles had a wide diversity of people her Brave music video. and mary lambert just made an incredible video where she actually uses the word ‘overweight’ in the first verse and includes good racial diversity. not to mention all these songs are infinitely better and more fun to listen to
like, we can do better than All About That Bass, people
here is my wonder friend Scottie’s rant on “All About That Base”
hire this man
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Ron Swanson: Teller of Great Truths
When reporters find out the source won’t take any questions at the news conference
everything’s so funny when u use the wrong measurement:
- 5 gallons of homework
- mouthful of lint
- 20 degrees of facial oil
- 7 pints of china
- handful of fergi
- 60 mph of dad