Posts Tagged: gender

transgender woman 1970s

Transfixed

  It’s a long way from the summer of 1976 when a hunk named Bruce Jenner catapulted to fame at the summer Olympics personifying the red, white, and blue red-blooded male athlete. That same year while Caitlyn Jenner, then known

transgender woman 1970s

Transfixed

  It’s a long way from the summer of 1976 when a hunk named Bruce Jenner catapulted to fame at the summer Olympics personifying the red, white, and blue red-blooded male athlete. That same year while Caitlyn Jenner, then known

vintage cartoon comic girl in sunglasses

Not That Kind of a Girl

The selling of who we may love has finally reached its expiration date. In a country that long prided itself on endless choices of toothpaste, breakfast cereal and shampoos, for far too long there really was only one choice when

vintage cartoon comic girl in sunglasses

Not That Kind of a Girl

The selling of who we may love has finally reached its expiration date. In a country that long prided itself on endless choices of toothpaste, breakfast cereal and shampoos, for far too long there really was only one choice when

Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown

All in the Bush Family Values

Some have been likening Jeb Bush’s recommendation for the public shaming of unwed mothers as a throwback to the 1950’s. One needn’t go back that far. How about 1992 when another member of the Bush entourage, Dan Quayle did the

Candice Bergen as Murphy Brown

All in the Bush Family Values

Some have been likening Jeb Bush’s recommendation for the public shaming of unwed mothers as a throwback to the 1950’s. One needn’t go back that far. How about 1992 when another member of the Bush entourage, Dan Quayle did the

collage vintage pin up and housewife in kitchen

Marriage and Career- You Can Have It All

Contrary to yesterday’s post with its kooky quiz asking girls to choose  “What Are You Best Fitted For Love or a Career?” one mid-century miss proved the test wrong. Yes indeedy, you could have both. “Why not,” she asked, “have

collage vintage pin up and housewife in kitchen

Marriage and Career- You Can Have It All

Contrary to yesterday’s post with its kooky quiz asking girls to choose  “What Are You Best Fitted For Love or a Career?” one mid-century miss proved the test wrong. Yes indeedy, you could have both. “Why not,” she asked, “have

vintage illustration woman

A Test of Gender

The school term was ending and community college sophomore Ginger Hawkins had taken all the tests and quizzes a gal could stand. Except one…maybe the most important test she would take that year. Strictly For Girls   The May issue

vintage illustration woman

A Test of Gender

The school term was ending and community college sophomore Ginger Hawkins had taken all the tests and quizzes a gal could stand. Except one…maybe the most important test she would take that year. Strictly For Girls   The May issue

Betty Draper Mad Men

Bidding Betty Goodbye- The Happy Homemaker R.I.P.

Like another Sally Beth, I too had to eventually bid my own Betty goodbye. Though thankfully my own mother would live decades longer than Mad Men’s poor Betty Francis, as a teenager I witnessed the beginning of the slow demise

Betty Draper Mad Men

Bidding Betty Goodbye- The Happy Homemaker R.I.P.

Like another Sally Beth, I too had to eventually bid my own Betty goodbye. Though thankfully my own mother would live decades longer than Mad Men’s poor Betty Francis, as a teenager I witnessed the beginning of the slow demise

1970s woman

How to Spot a Feminist

Clutching their dusty, out of print copy of “The Misogynist Field Guide to North American Feminists,” many took to twitter at the urging of a conservative radio host, using the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist in pursuit of this latest sport. After conservative

1970s woman

How to Spot a Feminist

Clutching their dusty, out of print copy of “The Misogynist Field Guide to North American Feminists,” many took to twitter at the urging of a conservative radio host, using the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist in pursuit of this latest sport. After conservative

Vintage Illustration woman and man and Lawn Mower

Male Turf

The silent spring morning of my mid-century suburban childhood were broken by the sounds not of birds chirping but of a symphony of puttering gas lawn mowers synchronized all over the neighborhood. The air would permeate of fresh-cut grass, gasoline

Vintage Illustration woman and man and Lawn Mower

Male Turf

The silent spring morning of my mid-century suburban childhood were broken by the sounds not of birds chirping but of a symphony of puttering gas lawn mowers synchronized all over the neighborhood. The air would permeate of fresh-cut grass, gasoline

vintage maidenform bra ad woman campaigning

Who Said a Woman Can Be President?

What would JFK think of Hillary’s bid for the Presidency? As Hillary Clinton begins her run for President  some Republican pundits are still debating whether a woman is worthy of sitting in the oval office. During another presidential election nearly

vintage maidenform bra ad woman campaigning

Who Said a Woman Can Be President?

What would JFK think of Hillary’s bid for the Presidency? As Hillary Clinton begins her run for President  some Republican pundits are still debating whether a woman is worthy of sitting in the oval office. During another presidential election nearly

Vintage sexist cartoon

The Maddeningly Mad Men World of Sexual Harassment

As the rumblings of the embryonic women’s movement began to be heard in 1970, some women in the workplace began quietly grumbling too. Even as working women began taking baby steps in their Enna Jenkins pumps, their male colleagues still

Vintage sexist cartoon

The Maddeningly Mad Men World of Sexual Harassment

As the rumblings of the embryonic women’s movement began to be heard in 1970, some women in the workplace began quietly grumbling too. Even as working women began taking baby steps in their Enna Jenkins pumps, their male colleagues still