"Racism and sexism are intertwined and must be fought together."

“Any woman who chooses to behave like a full human being should be warned that the armies of the status quo will treat her as something of a dirty joke … She will need her sisterhood.”

“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”

“We’ll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.” 

“The art of life is not controlling what happens to us, but using what happens to us.” 

Happy 80th, Gloria.

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Just a fraction of the cool stuff I learned when researching women’s history.

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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.

Have the whole pie today, tomorrow, every day!

Women invented all the core technologies that made civilization possible. This isn’t some feminist myth; it’s what modern anthropologists believe. Women are thought to have invented pottery, basketmaking, weaving, textiles, horticulture, and agriculture. That’s right: without women’s inventions, we wouldn’t be able to carry things or store things or tie things up or go fishing or hunt with nets or haft a blade or wear clothes or grow our food or live in permanent settlements. Suck on that.

Women have continued to be involved in the creation and advancement of civilization throughout history, whether you know it or not. Pick anything—a technology, a science, an art form, a school of thought—and start digging into the background. You’ll find women there, I guarantee, making critical contributions and often inventing the damn shit in the first place.

Women have made those contributions in spite of astonishing hurdles. Hurdles like not being allowed to go to school. Hurdles like not being allowed to work in an office with men, or join a professional society, or walk on the street, or own property. Example: look up Lise Meitner some time. When she was born in 1878 it was illegal in Austria for girls to attend school past the age of 13. Once the laws finally eased up and she could go to university, she wasn’t allowed to study with the men. Then she got a research post but wasn’t allowed to use the lab on account of girl cooties. Her whole life was like this, but she still managed to discover nuclear fucking fission. Then the Nobel committee gave the prize to her junior male colleague and ignored her existence completely.

Men in all patriarchal civilizations, including ours, have worked to downplay or deny women’s creative contributions. That’s because patriarchy is founded on the belief that women are breeding stock and men are the only people who can think. The easiest way for men to erase women’s contributions is to simply ignore that they happened. Because when you ignore something, it gets forgotten. People in the next generation don’t hear about it, and so they grow up thinking that no women have ever done anything. And then when women in their generation do stuff, they think ‘it’s a fluke, never happened before in the history of the world, ignore it.’ And so they ignore it, and it gets forgotten. And on and on and on. The New York Times article is a perfect illustration of this principle in action.

Finally, and this is important: even those women who weren’t inventors and intellectuals, even those women who really did spend all their lives doing stereotypical “women’s work”—they also built this world. The mundane labor of life is what makes everything else possible. Before you can have scientists and engineers and artists, you have to have a whole bunch of people (and it’s usually women) to hold down the basics: to grow and harvest and cook the food, to provide clothes and shelter, to fetch the firewood and the water, to nurture and nurse, to tend and teach. Every single scrap of civilized inventing and dreaming and thinking rides on top of that foundation. Never forget that.

Violet Socks, Patriarchy in Action: The New York Times Rewrites History (via o1sv)

Reblogging again for that paragraph because that is the part we forget the most.

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Dropped off the remainder of international orders at the Chelsea post office yesterday, marking the last of Kickstarter underwear shipments!  

Ending this weekend’s photo shoot with a little body painting.  These photos of final Frida designs and paint job, done by Big Creature Media.

An example of the final Marie designs, as photographed by the lovely Rosa from Big Creature Media.

Marie’s hip designs are inspired by wycinanki, traditional Polish papercuts. Though she did the bulk of her scientific work in France, she was always proud of her Polish heritage.  Marie named the first element she discovered, polonium, after her birthplace, in hopes that it would bring attention to the fact that Poland had been partitioned between Russia, Prussia, and Austria.

Final Amelia designs, beautifully photographed by Big Creature Media.  And credit to Socorro, the League of Ladies screen printer, for helping with props and creative direction.

Found an appropriately labeled tote bag for ferrying all domestic 3-pack orders to the post office!

Remaining orders, which I plan to ship out at the end of this week, are hand deliveries in NYC, and rewards for international backers.

All domestic Frida orders went out from New York on Friday afternoon!  Here they are in USPS bins, awaiting being beamed up, up, and away.

I understand trying to make comics female friendly, but aren't you guys worried that you're going to lose your core audience which is male? In the X-books you've had more focus on the likes on these females like jean and kitty while it should be Cyclops who has been the star of the X-Men comics for years. What warrants these characters more page time than him? Jean and kitty are secondary characters. You guys listen too much to women bitching. They cause so much freakin drama in comicdom.

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Wow.  you are the first person who I am kind of glad asked your question anonymously because I don’t want to know you.  

 as a reader of my work I want you to listen to me very carefully: you have major major issues. almost every line of your question reeks of complete misunderstanding of yourself as a man and of women in general.

 it’s okay to find yourself more interested in something than others, of course it is,  it’s okay to like Cyclops more than Jean Grey, but for you to draw the line at women characters not being interesting to you because you are a man or that you think I am being manipulated by some bitching women is really out there.

 and as a reader of the X-Men whose entire philosophy is about tolerance and understanding… you are missing the point.

Brian Bendis is one of the good ones, y’all.

65 down, 145 more to go!

As you may surmise from the photos, we’ve been very busy at The League HQ.  

Socorro's been a screen printing powerhouse, and finished off every single Amelia and Marie order on Monday night!  With the help of kind friends with nimble fingers, and fueled by beer and homemade tacos, we packed every single US Amelia and Marie order.

The sky split open into a comically symbolic thunderstorm as I hurried home with 60+ of the first League of Ladies orders in 2 tote bags.  As all clever ladies occasionally do, I remembered to bring an umbrella, so they stayed safe and dry in the downpour.  

Orders shipped out yesterday from the Old Chelsea Station post office in Manhattan, USPS First Class with tracking! 

To those first backers who received orders and are reading this, how do you like your new knickers?

With a little help from our friends

One week ago, the 300 copies of League of Ladies zines, which will ship out with our Kickstarter orders, existed only as rough drafts in a Google Doc.

With the help of Big Creature Media and gaïa orain, we transformed my zine concepts into 10-page zine layouts.  Each character in the League of Ladies lineup has her own zine.  Instead of biographies, the zines are mini superhero manuals.  I won’t say anymore, lest I ruin the surprise for Kickstarter backers!

I hosted the first of Panty Packing Parties this week, to help with zine assembly.  Three intrepid Panty Packers showed up to cut, fold, and sort 300 pages of zine content and 300 zine covers.  Many thanks to Ariana, Sanna, and Jen for their time and fine motor skills!

I hired a TaskRabbit yesterday to round out the zine assembly.  Within minutes of posting the task to the site, I got a reply from a woman named Esther.  I have only wonderful things to say about my first TaskRabbit experience. Esther powered through every zine, armed with a cup of green tea and one stapler, in under 2 hours.

With zines printed and assembled, and Socorro’s printing run two-thirds complete, we expect to be shipping out our first panty deliveries next week!  

Stay tuned for a sneak peak of the final underwear designs I’m shipping out, accompanied by an explanation behind each pattern.

What unpacking and sorting several hundred pairs of soon-to-be-printed boyshorts looks like!