Female police officers, London, 1919
Hever Castle, Kent
Stunning place. An ancestor of mine would have been living in a village not far from Hever castle when the Boleyn family were in residence there. The thought gives me chills!
The Little Girl from the 1981 LEGO Ad is All Grown Up, and She’s Got Something to Say (via Women You Should Know)
“In 1981,” explains Giordano, “LEGOs were ‘Universal Building Sets’ and that’s exactly what they were…for boys and girls. Toys are supposed to foster creativity. But nowadays, it seems that a lot more toys already have messages built into them before a child even opens the pink or blue package. In 1981, LEGOs were simple and gender-neutral, and the creativity of the child produced the message. In 2014, it’s the reverse: the toy delivers a message to the child, and this message is weirdly about gender.”
I think it’s disgusting the way they make toys specifically aimed at girls or boys. Girl toys are so often a ridiculous bright bubblegum pink, and that is every little thing these days (i’m thinking of Barbie - all her furniture’s pink! My sisters’ grew up in the 70s and their dolls’ clothing and accessory items were a whole host of colours that actually resembled real life, and I preferred them for that reason), and boy toys tend to be dark and moody and aggressive. I realise there will always be some things that boys and girls prefer, but they need to make toys more accessible to either, because children are children and should be allowed to PLAY and exercise those imaginations!
Portrait of Lady Arabella Stuart, c. 1605-1610
Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger
Oil on canvas
71 x 39 in. (180.3 x 99.1 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
Arbella (I’m fairly certain it was spelt this way) Stuart, England’s lost Queen … her tale makes for v interesting reading.
Every so often it (re-)dawns on me that David Cameron really is our Prime Minister, and I throw-up just a little bit in my mouth.
Katie Kacvinsky, First Comes Love