I recently acquired the most fascinating book from a local book sale. The book entitled, The Journal of the Century takes a look back at popular articles that have been written in the Ladies Home Journal and includes articles that go back to the 1880s when the magazine was first published. What I have found most interesting about the book is that some of the issues written about are still relevant today. It really epitomizes the old adage, "history repeats itself". I thought it would be neat to share some highlights of my favorite articles from the book, so you could see for yourself. The first article I will like to share with you in this series of posts is entitled, "The Making and Saving of Money" and was written by Henry Clews in the 1880s. Below are some tips from the article on money: "The first step to acquiring a fortune lies in hard work." "Save something each day no matter how little you earn." "Keep a bank account." "Do not take up this or that scheme at a venture, but examine it carefully, and if you see your way clear, put your money into it." "It has been truly said that any fool can make money, but it takes a wise man to keep it." "A man who is wise, careful, conservative, energetic, persevering and tireless, need have no fear of his future. But there is one other thing. He must have a steady head, one that can weather the rough sea of reverses, from which no life is altogether free, and one that will not become too big when success attends his efforts." "It is from little acorns that great oaks grow." See that you begin aright early in life. Save your money with regularity. By so doing, you will more than save your money; you will make money." You have to admit the advice given in this column written in the 1880s is very sound advice that can definitely relate to our economic climate. I'm sure that with these tips in mind almost anyone (emphasis on the almost, it is a recession pretty much a depression) can go from "Laid Off Team" to "Booyah!".
When it comes to the ownership of one's sexuality I'm not a fan of liminal spaces. A young girl btwn the ages of 18-20 once asked if I could take some pictures of her because she had dreams of becoming a 'Video Vixen.' So I asked her what her definition of a video vixen was and she pretty much told me that she wanted to shake her scantly clad ass in rapper's videos. Perhaps I'm the wrong person to speak to about these matters because my problem wasn't with her being scantly clad and sexified on TV, my problem is that she wasn't OWNING herself. If she said she wanted to start up a porn site I would have been much more receptive, because at least she would be reaping a good chunk of the financial benifits that comes along with porn, instead of getting her face cropped out of videos a and told to shake, for long hours, little pay and everlasting social implications. My motto is that if you are going to get paid to be objectified just take it all the way...ain't no half steppin. First off let's start with a working definition of Feminism. It is defined as the belief of the political, social, and economic equality of women. Just wanted to get that in before you started envisioning old white ladies trying to vote and angry lesbian archetypes. Historically women who have owned their sexuality have not been included in the feminist canon of progressive history. They end up scribed as whores, which I think is all wrong because in their own way they are tackling the social equality part of the feminism definition. We are all aware of the double standard when it comes to hetero sex, you know, the dude gets props for being promiscuous but the gal is a tramp if she sleeps around. I'm with you though, there's a thin line between an insecure woman who lets people have their way with her and one who uses sexuality to leverage for things. I was reading The Seductress by Elizabeth Prioleau. the author writes in an over zealous style but the content is on point. She mentions Wallis Windsor, Cleopatra, Josephine Baker, violinist Violet Gordon Woodhouse, Gloria Steinem, Mae West, as well as many other non conventional feminists. I must add that she tends to reference alot more women of color than one's normal feminist studies book. Any hoot, this book had me thinking. Power struggles are complicated and usually have to start with one's redefinition of terms and boundries. To see the rest click here When my husband first read the title of this ladies' story I rolled my eyes but after watching it and hearing her speak I was totally routing for Natalie. She's got a pretty smart idea and I the only part that's a bit disturbing to me is that the bunny ranch dude takes half...but half of 1mil or more? It's still not a bad deal and alot more (in terms of emotional compensation) than most women' get for their virginity. Ohh and about Tyra, as a model who had her start and beginning fortune as an objectified glorified hanger (model), how can she begin to judge her decision. It might be a stretch but beyond all the media frenzy I put Natalie's action of auctioning off her virginity right along side Yoko Ono's 1965 "Cut Piece" Whether your with me or not on this one, it's got people thinking and that's always a good thing.