Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Brown at Birdland, photo by Marcel Fleiss
So, the good news, as I see it anyway, according to a recent study by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA),
is that a third of Americans reported making art themselves. We're
making it in the form of music, photography, weaving, sewing, painting,
etc. Hooray! The bad news is that Americans are attending fewer
art-related events put on by professionals, like musical concerts,
plays and dance performances. Audiences are getting older and fewer
(for example at classical and jazz music events).
My parents have been in the process of moving, which means they've
faced an onslaught of old photos, previously packed-away books and
forgotten homemade crafts from years gone by. Among the findings is the
1970 gem, Body Language by Julius Fast. His most well known book, Body Language
was on the New York Times Best Seller for 22 weeks after its initial
publication and has remained in print since then. Read on to glean the
most vital information included in Fast's pseudo-scientific pop
psychology classic, including 'How to Tell the Girls Apart,' the
formerly elusive answer to the question 'Is She Available?' and much, much more!
The US State Department asked Twitter to delay an update that was scheduled for Monday in order to to allow for Iranians to tweet about the elections and facilitate the massive grassroots protests in Iran.
Vivian Girls just finished a months-long tour that ended off in London. Somewhere in between SXSW and their jaunt overseas, Vivian Girls performed at Portland's Holocene and took a minute to answer some fun, silly questions for Bitch. They tell us about their new album, their tattoos and what might have been had they not formed the band. They're currently taking a well-deserved break, but they'll be back in full effect for the Pitchfork Music Festival July 17-19.
Thanks to Ali, Katy and Cassie! Be sure to check out our new audio page for more interviews, podcasts and our new online show/roundtable Bitch Popaganda!
When I happened across this image on my Google Reader, I couldn't help but click through. AtJPG Magazine, I found "Fallen Princesses" project by Dina Goldstein. I was impressed with how the portrait "Snowy" ironically contrasted the cartoonish/iconic Disney outfits with a domestic scene out of the Feminine Mystique, Snow White staring coolly back at the camera all the while.
When I was asked to guest-blog for Bitch I knew I wanted to cover the mom angle. It's not so much that after becoming a mom that it's all I want to do, but rather, I still see a need to cover and promote feminist mom stuff. While there was quite a controversy last month on whether or not there is a divide between feminist blogs and mom blogs, I want to use this temporary soap box to point out some of my favorite feminist mom blogs. Some are obviously feminist mom blogs and some will be a bit more subtle.
Saturday morning cartoons was a rite of passage for many of us growing up in the USA in the 1980s. Smurfs, Transformers and even the WWF cartoon was on the docket each weekend. Yes, each of them were platforms for selling us cereal and toys, but it still stinks.
How do you keep female nurses working in low-playing jobs without improving their wages or conditions? Offer them breast implants, apparently. The New York Times reported on Sunday that hospitals in Prague lure nurses to renew their contracts by offering complimentary breast implants, liposuction and tummy tucks.
"I feel better when I look in the mirror," explains one nurse, Petra Kalivodova. "We were always taught that if a nurse is nice, intelligent, loves her work and looks attractive, then patients will recover faster."
It's gross that the global nursing shortage has led to this end in Prague. Hospitals have trouble recruiting nurses because the mostly-female occupation has a bad rap: nurses in the country earn less than bus drivers and movies and other media have built up this idea that nurses must be sexy – that being attractive is actually an essential part of patients' healing.
Nursing is one of the few careers in science and healthcare that's dominated by women. And now hospitals are reinforcing retro sexy-nurse stereotypes by offering breast implants instead of wage increases?