Monthly Archives: January 2016

Barbie’s Body Evolves

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she’s not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact she’s quite okay with

Barbie’s Body Evolves

News flash: Barbie’s got some junk in her trunk! After nearly 57 years, Barbie is finally packing on some healthy pounds and she’s not rushing to sign up with Jenny Craig to shed them! In fact she’s quite okay with

vintage 1930s photo couple shoveling snow

The Chilling Facts of Income Inequality

Depressing news- income inequality in America isn’t new. Frigid winters during the Great Depression could be particularly cruel as the chasm between the toasty haves and the chilly have not’s grew wider. Decked out in their luxurious Russian Lynx or

vintage 1930s photo couple shoveling snow

The Chilling Facts of Income Inequality

Depressing news- income inequality in America isn’t new. Frigid winters during the Great Depression could be particularly cruel as the chasm between the toasty haves and the chilly have not’s grew wider. Decked out in their luxurious Russian Lynx or

comics little dot snow

Snowstorm!

Snowmageddon2016 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm Winter Storm Jonas barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued

comics little dot snow

Snowstorm!

Snowmageddon2016 is here! Massive! Historic! Epic! Blockbuster ! The meteorologist’s hyperbole about the current snow storm Winter Storm Jonas barreling down the East Coast is epic itself. Like many others who are bracing for the storm, I have been glued

vintage photo pulp fiction woman

Remembering Abortion Before Roe v Wade

Today on the 43rd anniversary of Roe V Wade and with the Supreme Court set to revisit  women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v Cole Case, the most serious threat to abortion rights since 1992-

vintage photo pulp fiction woman

Remembering Abortion Before Roe v Wade

Today on the 43rd anniversary of Roe V Wade and with the Supreme Court set to revisit  women’s fundamental right to access abortion in the Whole Woman’s Health v Cole Case, the most serious threat to abortion rights since 1992-

vintage image woman sneezing into tissue

Cold, Flu and the Story Of Kleenex

 It’s the height of cold and flu season again which means it’s all out war on sniffles and red running noses. For those battle fatigued sufferers, endless reinforcements of Kleenex are constantly being supplied to the front lines. Today we

vintage image woman sneezing into tissue

Cold, Flu and the Story Of Kleenex

 It’s the height of cold and flu season again which means it’s all out war on sniffles and red running noses. For those battle fatigued sufferers, endless reinforcements of Kleenex are constantly being supplied to the front lines. Today we

vintage Movie poster Ebony on Parade

Blacks and Whites and Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

vintage Movie poster Ebony on Parade

Blacks and Whites and Movies

What was black and white and divided by color? Some with a long memory might answer the movies. Today some might just answer Hollywood. Recent accusations that the movie business is a “white industry” was pretty much confirmed by the

vintage illustration man and woman sneezing

Home Sick

Dear Readers, I am calling in sick. Despite the copious capsules of vitamin C and the endless drops of echinechea I regularly consume, I have caught a nasty winter cold that has knocked me for a loop. Until the cotton

vintage illustration man and woman sneezing

Home Sick

Dear Readers, I am calling in sick. Despite the copious capsules of vitamin C and the endless drops of echinechea I regularly consume, I have caught a nasty winter cold that has knocked me for a loop. Until the cotton

Black Movies I passed for White

#OscarSoWhite…Redux

Yet again. Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2016 would be to pass for white. Oscars

Black Movies I passed for White

#OscarSoWhite…Redux

Yet again. Here’s one sure way to get an Oscar nomination. Taking a cue from the title of this 1960 movie, perhaps the best way to get an Oscar nod in diversity-free 2016 would be to pass for white. Oscars

I was Curious vintage Schlitz Beer ad 1946

Test Your Retro Gaydar

I’m curious. How’s your mid-century gaydar? If it doesn’t go off checking out these series of vintage advertisements, it needs some fine tuning. During the same  post war period as the film Carol recreates, Madison Avenue captured that same curious

I was Curious vintage Schlitz Beer ad 1946

Test Your Retro Gaydar

I’m curious. How’s your mid-century gaydar? If it doesn’t go off checking out these series of vintage advertisements, it needs some fine tuning. During the same  post war period as the film Carol recreates, Madison Avenue captured that same curious

Vintage Book cover The Price of Salt

Carol’s World of Conformity and Concealment

In the chilly postwar climate of conformity and concealment captured to perfection in the movie Carol, same-sex desires constricted by conflict often went unexpressed. If compliance to the heterosexual norm was compulsory, it was all a game of charades. A

Vintage Book cover The Price of Salt

Carol’s World of Conformity and Concealment

In the chilly postwar climate of conformity and concealment captured to perfection in the movie Carol, same-sex desires constricted by conflict often went unexpressed. If compliance to the heterosexual norm was compulsory, it was all a game of charades. A