Argh. Just went to read Randa Jarrar’s piece about white women belly dancing and made the mistake of looking at the comments. I immediately saw someone mocking Jarrar as follows:
How dare you post a picture of Wonder Woman on your twitter page? She’s a white American woman exuding strength and sexuality. How dare you find something in common with her. Find some other female comic book super hero to worship and get off the backs of white women.
OMG REALLY? Wonder Woman is NOT A WHITE AMERICAN WOMAN. She is an Amazon from Themyscira! Which is an island probably originally somewhere in the Mediterranean although I cannot find direct confirmation on Wikipedia as apparently it moves around? Whatever, she’s from near the Middle East somewhere, I’m pretty darn sure.
And this woman just assumes that she is a white American. NOT EVERYTHING BELONGS TO YOU OKAY?
I almost set up a Salon account just so I could yell at her, but I thought I would probably regret it, so I’m yelling here instead.
I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
"Portrait of a Lady," by John Singleton Copley, 1771.
How freaking comfy does this couch look?
ETA: on closer inspection I think she’s taken one of the seat cushions and stuck it in the corner of the couch to lean on? This woman is a ROLE MODEL. Also I just have have never seen an eighteenth-century sofa with seat cushions like that. Are the seat cushions just all lost to time but they ORIGINALLY EXISTED???
Charles Fredrick Worth, 1875
The Philadelphia Museum of Art