Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014
(Photo credit: Dan Bagan)
THEY JUST POSTED THE USA AUDITION DATES FOR MY DREAM POST-COLLEGE DANCE PROGRAM
they’re in november this year instead of march so i won’t be in my best dance shape and that FREAKS ME OUT
but! they have one in philly this year so i don’t have to do a new york city audition (yet)
and that means i might hear about my post graduation plans before even returning to smith…i’m so nervous. i don’t want to get to attached to an idea but i already am.
and now “i hope i get it” from chorus line will be permanently stuck in my head for the next month
sabbat is candyland themed this month
i don’t own colorful things that are cute so i’m reusing the top from the cabaret tropicana burlesque show…
i REALLY should go to the gym
but i just wanna stay in bed and paint my nails and watch gilmore girls ‘til i go out
When I say something that should not be controversial
Why aren’t 50% of coal miners women? Why not 50% of janitors or pest control workers? Don’t forget front line military!
Likewise, why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment and 50% of teachers?
We should eliminate the stupid “personal choice” thing because forcing people into certain professions is way more fun.
THIS IS NOT ABOUT FORCING PEOPLE INTO PROFESSIONS
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN GOING INTO SCIENCE BEING DISCOURAGED
THIS IS ABOUT WOMEN BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST
FIRST, WHAT GBT SAID.^
FUNNY YOU SHOULD MENTION WOMEN COAL MINERS. BECAUSE I STUDY THEM. AND GUESS WHAT?
Women had to fight court cases to be allowed into coal mines as workers. Once a few women paved the way, thousands of women followed in short suit because on average, their incomes increased 500% over working as domestic workers, doing textile piecework and waitressing. Some saw their income jump 1000%.
Dig a little deeper, and you’ll find women have been mining coal for centuries. They were pushed out in the Victorian period because the mansplainers of the day could tolerate women wielding such a phallic object as a shovel underground with male workers present. And wearing pants! Still, women disguised themselves as men to work in the mines.
Oh, and World War II. Where did all the coal come from then? Oh, that’s right. Women. Women who were expected to stand aside and let the men take their jobs when the war was over and were denied benefits when they later developed black lung.
Also, can we just talk about how absurd it is to say that women don’t make up 50% of ‘janitors’?
Gee, I wonder if that’s because when a woman is hired to be the primary cleaner and caretaker of a property, it gets called ‘housekeeping’ or ‘maidservice’ and pays less than the EXACT SAME JOB, which if done by a man is given the title ‘janitor’?
Why aren’t men 50% of college enrollment? Because men aren’t 50% of college applications. No one’s exactly sure why, but the prevailing guess? Because it’s easier for men to get a professional job without a degree. Which means it’s easier for men to earn a living wage without going into debt. Which increases the already existent wealth gap, already exacerbated by the income gap.
(And if you’ll allow me to get all snarkily gender essentialist for a moment, maybe you boys just can’t cut it in higher ed. Even those of you getting into colleges are dropping out at rates WAY higher than women. They were probably just there looking for a wife to provide for them, though, am I right? Ah, get back in the toolshed, don’t worry your silly little heads about it.)
N.Y.C., Harlem, neighborhood ballet class, 1968. Photo by Eve Arnold.
THIS IS A CARTOON THIS IS NOT REAL LIFE
THIS IS IMPORTANT