Central Park Women's Suffrage Monument Redesigned to Include Sojourner Truth

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For nearly a year, the proposed Central Park statue honoring women’s suffrage in America has been plagued in controversy. It’s difficult to believe that in 2019, planners of the monument could be so tone-deaf to the race-related arguments swirling around America’s women’s rights history.

The Women’s March 2017, organized by a group of women who refused to honor legendary women’s rights Hillary Clinton, after her defeat by Donald Trump. signaled a new day for setting the record straight — the truth and also new lies and distortions — about the history of American feminism.

The original design by sculptor Meredith Bergmann visually elevated two prominent white women — Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — over a scrolling list of 22 other women, seven of them women of color. AOC disagrees with the complaint that Anthony and Stanton were metaphorically “standing’ on the other women.” But they certainly look like boss ladies at a time when younger people are rejecting hierarchy and white superiority, along with a nonexistent recognition of the contributions of people of color — and slaves specifically — in building America.

For context, there is NO statue of any nonfictional female of any skin color in Central Park and around New York, writes the New York Times. The park currently features no historical women but statues of fictional girls like Alice from Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Juliet from William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’

While a new visual of the proposed statue to be erected on Central Park’s Literary Walk by 2020 is not available, it’s a miracle that the proposed design was aborted at all. Women including Gloria Steinem helped turn back the design against the nearly insurmountable rules and regulations that defined its artistic creation initially and the legitimate controversy that ensued.

“Our goal has always been to honor the diverse women in history who fought for equality and justice and who dedicated their lives to fight for Women’s Rights,” Pam Elam said in a statement. The president of the Monumental Women’s Statue Fund, the group financing the sculpture, added: “It is fitting that Anthony, Stanton, and Truth stand together in this statue as they often did in life.” via Hyperallergic.

Cate Blanchett Will Play Phyllis Schlafly In Nine-Part Series On FX 'Mrs. America'

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Cate Blanchett Will Play Phyllis Schlafly In Nine-Part Series On FX 'Mrs. America'

Star actor Cate Blanchett is set to play the indefatigable anti-ERA activist Phyllis Schlafly. It remains one of the most astounding realities of modern life that one American constitutional lawyer. born in St. Louis, Missouri with a law degree from Washington University, a large family and conservative husband, hit the road and brought the Equal Rights Amendment to a grinding halt.

Arguing for traditional roles for women in American society, the self-described activist housewife Schlafly went to battle against Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelhaus. And she beat them.

Cate Blanchett is executive producing ‘Mrs. America’, in the upcoming limited nine-episodes series for FX, which is written and narrated through the lens of Schlafly’s feminist opponents. ‘Mrs. America’ is being written by Dahvi Waller, the Emmy-winning writer and producer of ‘Mad Men’, another show deeply rooted in evolving gender dyhamics in 20th century America.

Who's For Burning It All Down? American Women Are Thinking About The French Revolution

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Who's For Burning It All Down? American Women Are Thinking About The French Revolution

I've been thinking and reading a lot about the French Revolution this past week. The willingness of the French to have both a carving of Lilith AND Eve with Adam on the Notre Dame Cathedral tells me not to be afraid.

Unlike John Ashcroft throwing a drape over Lady Justice's naked breast in the nation's capitol, the French have never covered up Adam, Lilith and Eve -- Adam's first wife but she was too bossy and stormed out of the Garden of Eden, refusing to submit to Adam.

So France survived the French Revolution. I haven't checked on the tiki torches or just how unruly the mobs became, but France survived -- white male superiority intact, but they did get rid of the king. Writer Maya Singer is on the same track, and she makes a lot of sense.

And this pondering of a burn it down revolution is written for Vogue magazine. VOGUE MAGAZINE IN AMERICA. Bob Dylan would be proud.

When Trump tells you all those college-educated white Republican women leaving the party are running home to take care of their men and male children after the Kavanaugh hearings, don't take the bite of this poison apple.

Educated Republican women can walk and chew gum at the same time. You know . . . womanly multitasking, brains firing on all cylinders.. . that sort of thing. I quote Maya Singer:

"If you’d asked me, before last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings with Judge Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, where we were on the road to revolution, I’d have said we were somewhere around “the people are very mad but they’re working within the system.” As of today, I feel like the revolution could kick off any minute now, because with the vote to send Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the GOP (and Joe Manchin) have officially flipped us the bird.

When I say “us,” I mean all of us. Not just women. Not just Democrats. Standing by Brett Kavanaugh—a historically disliked nominee, with crappy poll numbers (even before Dr. Ford came forward with a credible allegation that he’d sexually assaulted her in their teens) who walked right up to the line of perjuring himself in his Senate testimony and exposed himself as a both a jerk and a partisan hack—was, make no mistake about it, a display of power. A president who badly lost the popular vote, abetted by 51 Senators who represent a mere 44 percent of Americans, rammed through their nominee just to show us they could. Trump and McConnell could have easily jettisoned Kavanaugh in favor of an equally conservative replacement; instead, fearful of looking weak, they stuck with him, not in spite of all the protest but because of it. God forbid they seem to entertain the concerns of their constituents, because then those constituents might think they have a claim on how this country is run, and who for.

Ask yourself: For whom, right now, is this country being run?"

Riccardo Raspa Glorifies 60's Feminists In 'Uniform'Less' For Odiseo by Folch #12

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Photographer Riccardo Raspa wrote about 'Uni-Form'Less' for the 12 Issue of Odiseo by Folch:  "With this project we wanted to glorify and remember all the effort made from the past and (a) new generation of magic woman around the world for a more equal society."

Raspa collaborated with Michela Caprera on styling and creative direction with casting by Isadora Banaudi.  With white nationalism rising all over the world, the fight for women's rights must again move into high gear.

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Kurdish Fighter Ceylan Ozalp Said To Be Alive

I just checked in again on the incredibly brave women — about 1/3 of Kurdish forces — fighting ISIS in Syria. My heart dropped with reports that Ceylan Ozalp (wearing blk/wht checked hat), the woman who said ISIS shakes when confronted with women fighters, had committed suicide with her last bullet. SHE IS ALIVE and not in Kobane came reports just now from reliable sources. However, another young woman did commit suicide rather than be taken. Three Kurdish women fighters and seven men were beheaded by ISIS this week in Kobane. Please take a minute to honor the spirits of these brave people, and especially the Kurdish women fighters.

Previously: Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake AOC Salon

Parenting As Religion

How American Parenting Is Killing American Marriage  QZ.com

Physician and researcher Danielle Teller and husband Astro Teller, head of Google X, recently published a book Sacred Cows: The Truth about Divorce and Marriage  focused on society’s “nonsensical but deeply ingrained beliefs surrounding marriage and divorce.”

 It seems only logical then, that the duo will next take on parenting. Calling American parenthood a ‘religion’, the Tellers refer to Ayelet Waldman’s 2005 essay in The New York Times, where she explained that she loves her husband more than her children.

The earth shook beneath Waldman’s feet as thousands of readers threatened to burn her at the stake.

Lab Grown Organ Transplants

The lab-grown penis: approaching a medical milestone The Guardian

Since 1992, Anthony Atala and his colleagues have worked on the premise that penises could be grown in a laboratory and then transplanted to humans. He believes that in the next five years, his first penis transplant will occur.

Penises aren’t the only focus of Atala and his team. In 2005 they implanted the first vagina — one of four. Eight years later, all four vaginas have normal structure and function. Earlier in 1999, Atala’s group completed their first laboratory-grown bladder transplant made from the patient’s own cells.

Simplifying the Blood Test

This Woman’s Revolutionary Idea Made Her A Billionaire — And Could Change Medicine Business Insider

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Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake

Kurdish Women Fighters In Syria Say ISIS Fears Women Soldiers So Much They Shake

In a media world assaulted with ISIS videos and threats of yet another beheading, the most fabulous story of heroism has emerged around a group of about 7,000 young Kurdish women in Syria who have armed themselves and joined the Women’s Protection Unit, or YPJ, “which grew out of the wider Kurdish resistance movement.”

I’ve covered this story in small bullet points on Eye, but this NBC News feature of dramatic images by New York-based photographer Erin Trieb are an inspiration for our ISIS media-weary souls.

Unlike the Iraqi soldiers who ran from ISIS, the Women’s Protection Unit is fighting to keep their people safe against attacks from Bashar Assad’s government, ISIS militants and the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.