He’s just mad because he can’t acquire all the apple juice that I’m acquiring. (x)
“To the people clinging to the notion that female-led pictures are a niche genre, people see them! They make money! The world is round, people!” - Cate Blanchett
“ Consider, for instance, Trixie Perry and a woman who called herself ‘Texas Bill.’ Twenty-eight-year-old Trixie Perry was a realer in the Glanzstoff [rayon] plant. She had apparently become pregnant ten years before, had married briefly and then divorced… She never remarried but went on to have several more children by other men. Texas Bill’s background is more elusive. All we know is that she came from out of state, lived in a boardinghouse, and claimed to have been married twice before she arrived in town. These two friends were ringleaders on the picket line [at the American Glanzstoff plant protests]…
The main charge was that Perry and her friend had drawn a line across the road… and dared the soldiers to cross it. Above all they were accused of taunting the national guard. The defense attorney, a fiery local lawyer playing to a sympathetic crowd, did not deny the charges. Instead, he used the women to mock the government’s case… Had [Perry] blocked the road? ‘A little thing like me block a big road?…’
Texas Bill was an even bigger hit with the crowd. The defense attorney called her ‘The Wild Man from Borneo…’ A guard said she was ‘the wildest human being I’ve ever seen…’ Her nickname came from her habit of wearing cowboy clothes.
Trixie Perry and Texas Bill certainly donned the role of ‘disorderly women.’ Since, presumably, only extraordinary circumstances call forth feminine aggression, women’s assaults against persons and property constitute a powerful witness against injustice…
…In the heat of the trial, the question of whether or not women- as workers- had violated the injunction took second place to questions about their status as women… Had they cursed? Had they been on the road at odd hours of the day or night?…
There is nothing extraordinary about this association between sexual misbehavior and women’s labor militancy. Since strikers are often young single women who violate gender conventions by invading public spaces customarily reserved for men… and since female aggressiveness stirs up fears of women’s sexual power, opponents have often undercut union organizing drives by insinuations of prostitution or promiscuity…
Implicit to the conflict were two different sexual systems. One, subscribed to by… the local middle class, mandated chastity before marriage, men as breadwinners, and women as housewives in the home. The other, rooted in the rural past and adapted to working-class life… allowed legitimacy to be largely constructed. It circumscribed women’s roles without investing in abstract standards of femininity. ”
"Disorderly Women: Gender and Labor Militancy in the Appalachian South" by Jacquelyn Dowd Hall (1986)
get to know me meme [1/5 movies]: Stand By Me
"As time went on we saw less and less of Teddy and Vern until eventually they became just two more faces in the halls. It happens sometimes. Friends come in and out of your life like busboys in a restaurant. I heard that Vern got married out of high school, had four kids and is now the fork lift operator at the Arsenal lumber yard. Teddy tried several times to get into the army but his eyes and his ear kept him out. Last I’d heard he’d spent time in jail and was now doing odd jobs around Castle Rock. Chris did get out. He enrolled in the college courses with me, and although it was hard, he gutted it out like he always did. He went on to college and eventually became a lawyer. Last week he entered a fast food restaurant. Just ahead of him, two men got into an argument. One of them pulled a knife. Chris, who had always made the best peace, tried to break it up. He was stabbed in the throat. He died almost instantly. Although I hadn’t seen him in more than ten years, I know I’ll miss him forever. I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?"
Given how people generally seemed to like my previous female armor post (save for one comment that argued that criticizing the depiction of warrior women wearing these and stating that in real life warrior women wouldn’t wear anything like that and that these are highly sexualized is slut-shaming of fictional characters), I’m happy to present part two. Originally it was going to be about torso armor, but several people asked for butts. Now, I hadn’t given thought to butts as much, because unlike boobs, that are depicted as existing almost separately from the entire body, butts are more often incorporated into the rest of the outfit.