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Eve Ensler's 'Emotional Creatures' Fights Patriarchal Arguments About the 'Cult of Womanhood' With Perfect Timing

Maryna Linchuk | Santiago & Mauricio | Interview Russia October 2012

Fashion, vanity and emotionalism have strong connections in the history of women’s lives and our cultural perceptions of what makes women tick.

At AOC, we explore the validity of these perceptions with science and research papers, choosing to ignore these popular precepts about womanhood that are deeply embedded in our brains.

Above and left for complete editorial, Santiago and Maurizio Serra capture Marina Linchuk as Lady Godiva for the October 2012 issue of Interview Russia.

The map below of a woman’s heart reminds me of key points that I raised in an earlier AOC essay ‘The Cult of True Womanhood’ & Female Cardinal Virtues | Feminism 101.

The artistry of Kellogg’s map serves as a historical reminder of the stupidity of men’s assertions about the nature of womanhood.  

Doing a bit of research on D.W. Kellogg, I arrived at a most interesting online exhibition on women called Beauty, Virtue & Vice True Womanhood: An AAS Online Exhibition

This exhibit is rich with provocative insights and information about women’s history.

French Roast News

Sung Hee | Kah Poon | Dossier Journal S/S 2012 | Lady Godiva’s Operation

We began this morning French Roast montage with Maryna Linchuk playing Lady Godiva. We posted earlier in the year this Dossier Journal editorial ‘Lady Godiva’s Operation. Reviewing it, I thought it had no place in this reverie until I watched the trailer of Eve Ensler’s new playEmotional Creature’.

Within the context of Ensler’s latest provocation on womanhood — this time from the perspective of teen girls — the editorial fell into place.

With the world at a pivot point in terms of the development of women’s roles worldwide and in America, we still hear the same old arguments about women’s true destiny.

Ensler’s ‘Emotional Creatures’

The first New York City rehearsal of ‘Vagina Monologues ‘playright Eve Ensler’s new show ‘Emotional Creatures’ was dedicated to Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old Pakistani teen activist who was shot in the head Oct. 8 by a Taliban gunman.

At the time, Ensler stated, “The reason I wrote ‘Emotional Creature’ was to honor people like Malala Yousufzai — a fearless young activist who is an inspiration to teen girls the world over. We cannot begin this process without keeping her in our thoughts. Today’s first rehearsal is dedicated to her bravery, her cause, and what I hope is her speedy recovery.”

‘Emotional Creatures’ is inspired by Ensler’s best-selling book of the same name and represents a series of fictional monologues, ensemble and songs about and for teen girls created by Ensler and inspired by girls she met around the globe.  The cast is comprised of six talented young women, in their early twenties, who give powerful and heartfelt expression to very believable stories highlighting the intensely emotional and complex worlds of girls, writes ART hound.

Related: Fears Blight ‘Malala Day’ in Mingora

Tammy Baldwin Brainiac

Rep. Tammy Baldwin will become the first openly gay US senator. Baldwin (D) was elected this week by the state of Wisc.Wisconsin Senator elect Democrat Tammy Baldwin was not an emotional creature when Sen. Ron Johnson’s (R-Wisc) said he hoped he would be able to work with her — as soon as he explained the “facts” of the budget to her.

“Hopefully I can sit down and lay out for her my best understanding of the federal budget because they’re simply the facts,” he said. “Hopefully she’ll agree with what the facts are and work toward common sense solutions.”

Baldwin responded to Huff Po: “I was a double major in college in mathematics and political science, and I served for six years on the House Budget Committee in my first six years in the House.”

“And I am very confident that when proposals come before the U.S. Senate, I will be able to evaluate them as to how they benefit or harm middle-class Wisconsinites. A yardstick of ‘does it create jobs,’ ‘does it lower the deficit’ and ‘does it help grow the middle class’ is an important one. I’m quite confident that I have those abilities,” she added.

Credits: “A Map of the Open Country of a Woman’s Heart” via Fshng


Romney Lost Because He Wasn't Tough Enough on Abortion Say Social Conservatives As Women Flee GOP

Pundits say the Republican party needs a period of deep inner reflection, but anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser will hear none of it. In quotes that are utterly preposterous at this point, Dannenfelser ignored election results and the reality that of SBA List’s six candidates for senate, five went down in defeat.

Why did Romney lose with an unyielding backlash among women voters to the Republican War on Women? Dannenfelser says that Romney made a “strategic error” in not taking a stronger stand against abortion. Seriously, this woman is living on a tuffet on a teapot somewhere in Oz.

“Voters overwhelmingly disagree with the extreme positions on abortion taken by President Obama and the Democrats. Mitt Romney, the Republican Party, and their Super PAC allies never highlighted this vulnerability, despite the fact that our polling of likely swing voters revealed it to be a persuasive line of argument. What was presented as discipline by the Romney campaign by staying on one message — the economy — was a strategic error that resulted in a winning margin of pro-life votes being left on the table.”

More  Lady Parts Election News

The War on Women Backfires The Daily Beast

‘War on women’ victory, or just a skirmish won? Philadelphia Inquirer

According to exit polls conducted for the AP and TV networks, 59 percent of voters said abortion should be legal either in all or most cases, while 36 percent said it should be illegal all or most of the time.

Column: Republicans’ culture war Lost USA Today

“If Republicans are smart, they will realize that the culture war just isn’t working out for them any longer. ” Alas, there is no evidence that Republicans will be smart and lighten up on women and gays. 

“After decades of rewarding Republicans with votes for their scare-mongering over abortion and homosexuality, voters finally turned to social conservatives and said, “Enough.”’ writes USA Today. From my pov, the culture wars are God’s war in America.

To say the culture wars are over is arguing that America’s Catholic bishops are ready to give up the control of women’s bodies in America. Trust me — it isn’t so. On our side of the equation, American women are highly motivated coming out of Tuesday’s election, gearing up to extend this fight for women’s freedoms in America.

2013 may not be an election year. Yet, all hell could break lose in this battle for women’s bodies.

I consider myself to be an emerging leader in this revitalized women’s movement. All I can say is: Game On, Gentlemen! ~ Anne


In 2012 Election, It Was Ladies' Night Across America | Record Number of Mostly Democratic Women Senators Arrive in DC

(L)Karim Sadli | V Magazine #80 Winter 2012 | What’s Haute This Season

(R)Hedvig Palm, Melodie Monrose, Madelen De La Motte, Zhu Lin & Hanna Fridh | Boe Marion | Rodeo Fall 2012 | On The Verge

(Top)Leighton Meester | Yu Tsai | Flaunt November 2012 | Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

(L)Irina Lazareanu | Max Abadian | Dress to Kill Fall 2012 | ‘Autumn Romance’


French Roast News

Anne is reading …

From left, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R), Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D), Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D) and Rep. Ann Kuster (D) will make up an all-female congressional delegation in New Hampshire.New Hampsire is the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress: Republican senator Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Senator Jeanne Shaheen, accompanied by Democrats Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Rep. Ann Kuster.

New Hampshire also elected Maggie Hassan as the only Democrat woman governor. The race pitted women’s and minority rights advocate Hassan against social conservative Republican Ovide Lamontagne.

In a banner night for women, Democrat Elizabeth Warren unseated Independent — usually voting Republican Scott Brown — in Massachusetts. Brown won Ted Kennedy’s seat in a special election after the senator’s death of brain cancer.

Wisconsin sent the first openly-gay woman to the Senate, Democrat Tammy Baldwin. Baldwin has been one of four openly gay House members. Baldwin defeated former Bush cabinet head Tommy Thompson. Other races with women include:

Women Winners

Claire McCaskill (D-MO) retained Senate seat against “legitimate rape” Todd Akin.

Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) in Senate bid.

Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) in Senate bid.

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Retained Senate seat.

Deb Fischer (R-Neb) Taking Senate seat vacated by Democrat Ben Nelson.

Dianne Feinstein (D-Ca) re-elected to Senate.

Amy Klobuchar (D-Mn) retained her Senate seat.

Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) narrowly retained House seat.

Tammy Duckworth (D-Il) elected to House

Women Losers

Linda McMahon (R-Ct) in bid for Senate

Shelley Berkley (D-Nev) in bid for Senate

Heather Wilson (R-NM) in bid for Senate

Linda Lingle (R-Hawaii) in Senate bid

Cynthia Dill (D-Me) in Senate bid. Dill lost to popular Independent Angus King, who is expected to caucus with Democrats.

Mia Love (R-Ut) failed in her bid to become the GOP’s first black congresswoman.

Mary Bono Mack (R-Ca) lost her House seat.

Voters Speak

Mitt Romney won the white vote, 58 to 40 percent, making it the biggest lead for a Republican since 1988.

White women delivered the election to Obama. If white women had stayed in Romney’s camp, swing states in Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, and Virginia — although NH voters seemed determined to launch an estrogen lovefest.

Instead, Obama led among women by 12 points, nearly identical to his lead among women four years ago. For all the stories ab out white women abandoning Obama after the first debate, it didn’t happen. 

Romney’s most reliant bloc the whole campaign was white men. He led by 25 points with them today. But in 1976, white men were 46 percent of voters. Today they’re at a new low, 34 percent.

In Congressional races, Elizabeth Warren beat Scott Brown, thanks to an 18-point lead among women voters. Women went for Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin by 14 points. Incumbent Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar defeated opponent Kurt Bills with a mind-boggling 44-point lead with women.

As Lauren Sandler reported at New York Magazine’s The Cut earlier this week, female leaders on the Hill tend to fight harder on issues that female voters care about. The influx of women will likely press the Senate’s Democratic majority to move left.