Word on the Water, the London Bookbarge
A boat bookstore.
So, here’s how Fifty Shades could have been consensual…
• If Christian had asked to meet up with Ana again at their very first encounter in his office, rather than stalking her to her workplace, without knowing whether she wanted to see him again (and, vitally,…
I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, and I have no desire to. But I’m glad that someone who’s read it has also taken the time to say these things. Because passing off casual, alcohol-influenced date rape as exciting, consensual sex is unforgivable and dangerous.
ppl who constantly radiate bad vibes are so exhausting like how are you always so that way
I had to forcibly divide myself from more than one of these people in high school. I was borderline depressive as it was, and they just dragged on what energy I had. It’s just not worth it if that’s how they want to be.
Self-Portraits by Pierre Beteille: Bringing Good Books to Life
French photographer Pierre Beteille has produced a series of self portraits where, with a little digital magic, the text and the reader morph into some pretty cool imagery. From Robinson Crusoe to Charles Bukowski’s Notes of a Dirty Old Man and plenty in between enjoy this trip through Beteille’s reading life.
See the rest of the portfolio at 500px ISO
h/t Shelf Awareness
Hello! I wonder if you might know if it is true or untrue that when Audrey moved to London in the late 1940's, that she worked for a while doing modelling jobs? I'd love to see some of the photos from this time!
Yes it is true. In 1948 she got her scholarship to study ballet at Marie Rambert’s school and so had to support herself and her mother by doing part time modelling jobs. As I have over 300 photos in my queue I can’t post any on my blog for a while, so I’ll just attach some pictures here. :)
“In sixteenth-century England, as in our own culture, women’s clothing was clearly distinguished from men’s. Until the late Middle Ages, however, men and women had worn similar long, loose robes. During the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, clothing had been increasingly differentiated to emphasize and produce embodied sexual difference. Men’s robes were shortened to reveal their legs, and the codpiece was invented. Women acquired tight bodices that altered the shape of their breasts and low-cut gowns to display them, and their skirts, which remained long, were widened. In addition to producing visible signs of sexual difference, changes in clothing also produced differences in daily behavior. It was during this same period, for instance, that European women began using sidesaddles, a fashion that was brought to England near the end of the fourteenth century by Anne of Bohemia when she married the English king Richard II. However, gender was not the only or even the most important distinction that early modern English clothing enforced. In fact, although sumptuary laws contained elaborate regulations of male attire to ensure that men’s clothing would express their exact place in the social hierarchy, there was no legislation against cross-dressing. In late sixteenth and early seventeenth-century England, some women adopted the fashion of masculine attire, and although moralists strenuously condemned the practice, it was never made illegal. Moreover, male and female children were dressed in the same attire—in skirts—until they reached the age of seven. Apparently, the physical difference that separated boys from girls was not considered sufficiently significant to be marked by clothing, but the difference in social rank that separated one man from another was so important that clothing which obscured it was forbidden by law. Another indication that both age and status were at least as important as gender in determining an individual’s identity is the fact that medical casebooks referred to children of both sexes as ‘it’ until they reached puberty. In our own culture, by contrast, clothing is gendered from birth, but it is less reliable as an indicator of status and rank.”
– Phyllis Rackin, Shakespeare and Women (via goneril-and-regan)