people who think it’s not gossiping so long as they preface everything with ‘I know it’s none of my business but…’

04-17 / 0:28


"being interested in pop culture makes you vapid and unintelligent"

translation: im a miserable pissbaby. im deep because i smoke cheap cigarettes and take my coffee black. have u ever heard of friedrich nietzsche. im so alone.

I have boob pain ALL THE FREAKING TIME WHAT IS WITH THAT? Every time it gets particularly bad I’m convinced there’s something sinister behind it but a) this has been going on for years and b) I’ve seen a doctor about it who says I’ve no reason to worry. I still worry. AND IT STILL FREAKING HURTS. And it’s never both boobs at once, it switches from one to the other. SO WEIRD.

04-16 / 21:16 / 1 note

Rita is The Sex


Portrait of Mlle. Lange as Danae (detail), 1799
Anne-Louis Girodet , Paris (1767-1824)


0785 by mpt.1607 on Flickr.


Ernst Deger, Portrait of a Young Woman (1853). Via HEN-Magonza.


"Curiosity piqued, [Phyllis] Fletcher began looking for records of [Ina Ray] Hutton’s race. She started on and purchased her own account on the genealogy site to do the research (she later learned that UW libraries has a subscription, too). She found census records, which become public after 72 years. (Next up is the 1940 census, to be released April 2.) She also unearthed birth certificates and a marriage license.

Fletcher examined the 1920 and 1930 census records, the two from Hutton’s lifetime that are public. She found inconsistent listings for Hutton’s race, because the Census Bureau changed the terms used for race. In the 1920 census she is listed as “mulatto,” which was then dropped in later years. Then in 1930 she is recorded as “negro.” Her parents’ records also showed inconsistencies in race.

Fletcher tried another direction to determine Hutton’s race. She used Hutton’s birth name, Odessa Cowan, to search for records of Hutton as a child.

She examined archives of the Chicago Defender, a national black newspaper in circulation since 1905, for the birth name. If the star-to-be or her family members were mentioned in this newspaper it would indicate that they were part of the black community. This turned out to be the key to revealing Hutton’s race.

Fletcher typed “Odessa Cowan” into the archive and up popped a list of articles mentioning the starlet as a child. There she was in articles about her recitals – she started her career as a tap dancer. And in 1924, the paper published a “Dancing Beauties” photo of the budding star at age 7 with two other black girls, all wearing dance costumes.” [Read the full article]

Bandleader Ina Ray Hutton (left) was born Odessa Cowan on March 13, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois. Her sister, singer June Hutton (right), was born June Cowan on August 11, 1920 (some sources say 1923).

(Both photos obtained from


I have no idea what the context of this is, but it’s not really true. There’s no 100% agreement in etiquette books and magazines on the subject - here’s a page from a whole book on gender and kids and stuff, with an example of Ladies’ Home Journal and Louisa May Alcott being definite but opposed. Sometimes people recommended pink for boys, sometimes for girls, sometimes just based it on complexion.

I also strongly doubt that pink became the default girl colour because of the Nazis using it to identify homosexuals. As much as it is pleasing to assume that the sinister world of gendering infants has an even more sinister background, I honestly think that it had more to do with the marketing machine that sprang up around the middle of the twentieth century. Bear in mind that clothing for the under fives wasn’t really gendered at all until around the turn of the twentieth century. Making it so that there were gender specific clothes, toys, even books meant that parents had fewer options in handing them down from one child to the next and so they had to buy twice the amount of items. Marketing genius. 


Immersed in Dreams - Friedrich von Amerling

19th century

how dare my husband be asleep and not feeding me pizza

04-15 / 3:41 / 6 notes


Patterns by William Morris, part I.

there is so much natalie dormer on my dash today and it makes me happy

04-14 / 16:47 / 1 note







Say what?! A new film written by Emma Thompson about Effie Gray, a child-bride who fights to be released from her loveless marriage to John Ruskin (played by GREG WISE, Thompson’s real-life husband) to be with John Everett Millais, another famous artist?

There is literally nothing about this film that makes me want to not see it. THE BEST NEWS!

I mean, the last film I saw that Thompson wrote was Sense and Sensibility (the best one where she stars with Kate Winslet, Greg Wise and Alan Rickman)—this is a woman who knows how to write movies to be rewatched obsessively.

Effie Gray is coming to theatres in 2014. 

So looking forward to this!



grits… teeth…

i reeeeally don’t want this to be another omg pubes historimyth because not only does it totally misconstrue Victorian sexuality and sexualities but it places gray in the position of being rescued~ from one man by. another man. one is the villain and one is the liberator an we don’t hear much about gray between the two of them

yes, this is all unfortunately true. :/ we will just have to see.

Yes, all of this! She didn’t fight to leave Ruskin to be with Millais at all. At the time she chose to leave Ruskin (which was a Huge Deal btw, divorces and annulments happened but by Lord they weren’t instigated by women!) she wasn’t really sure where she stood with Millais. They hadn’t even spoken to one another regarding their feelings. She didn’t see Millais for quite a while after her annulment was granted because she just wanted to enjoy being single and back with her family again. She was a far more pioneering woman than history gives her credit for because history only views her through the lens of her relationships with Ruskin and Millais which is downright depressing.

Also, she married at 19, hardly a child bride for the upper middle classes in the 1840s.