hammer time. schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks photographed in the galapagos by (click pic) alexander safanov, montgomery gilchrist, eric h cheng, norbert wu, franco banfi, todd aki, chris newbert and larry gatz.
scalloped hammerhead populations have declined by over 95 percent in the past thirty years, largely due to the shark fin trade. this summer, scalloped hammerheads became the first species of shark to be protected by the u.s. endangered species act, one of the world’s strongest wildlife conservation laws.
LGBT History You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
According to historian Allan Berube, “Jeanne Bonnet grew up in San Francisco as a tomboy and in the 1870’s, in her early twenties, was arrested dozens of times for wearing male attire. She visited local brothels as a male customer, and eventually organized French prostitutes in San Francisco into an all-woman gang whose members swore off prostitution, had nothing to do with men and supported themselves by shoplifting. She traveled with a special friend, Blanche Buneau, whom the newspapers described as ‘strangely and powerfully attached’ to Jeanne. Her success at separating prostitutes from their pimps led to her murder in 1876.”
Witt, Lynn, Sherry Thomas, and Eric Marcus. Out in All Directions: the Almanac of Gay and Lesbian America. New York: Warner, 1995. p175)
Praying Mantis Rides Snail Through Borneo Jungle. (Photos by Nordin Seruyan/Barcroft Media)
you are cute but please
stop stepping on my organs
ow that was my boob
When femininity means being small, smooth-skinned, without body hair, unable to walk confidently or capably, high-voiced, with big eyes, usually dressed in colorful clothes, attracted to shiny and sparkly objects, silly, charming, illogical, giggly, pouty, emotional, irrational, impressionable, incompetent, physically weak, and dependent—how do we not recognize that this is essentially a description of a baby or a toddler?
I don’t think our individual fashion choices make or break the patriarchy but this point could use more consideration than it gets. What does it do to a woman every time she decides to remove the markers of being an adult, and make herself more baby-like in order to be acceptable or attractive to men? What does compliance cost us?
If this idea of femininity looks normal to you, try seeing how strange it actually is. These are some disturbing underpinnings.
Original vintage press photo of Angela Davis arriving for her trial in April 1972.
Highland Mother and calf having an afternoon dip in the Inverie River, Knoydart, Scotland by Alexander Sutherland