Every women’s movement in America from its earliest origin to the present day has been built on a racist foundation—a fact which in no way invalidates feminism as a political ideology. The racial apartheid social structure that characterized 19th and early 20th century American life was mirrored in the women’s rights movement. The first white women’s rights advocates were never seeking social equality for all women; they were seeking social equality for white women. Because many 19th century white women’s rights advocates were also active in the abolitionist movement, it is often assumed they were anti-racist. Historiographers and especially recent feminist writing have created a version of American history in which white women’s rights advocates are presented as champions of oppressed black people. This fierce romanticism has informed most studies of the abolitionist movement. In contemporary times there is a general tendency to equate abolitionism with a repudiation of racism. In actuality, most white abolitionists, male and female, though vehement in their antislavery protest, were totally opposed to granting social equality to black people. Joel Kovel, in his study White Racism: A Psychohistory, emphasizes that the “actual aim of the reform movement, so nobly and bravely begun, was not the liberation of the black, but the fortification of the white, conscience and all.”
—  bell hooks

luninosity replied to your post “Inside of my brain this weekend”

I feel like that could be the title of an academic paper in fandom studies. “The Historiographical Significance of Peaches and Consumption in Contemporary Fan Art of Bucky Barnes: A Case Study”

I can see that - food studies, visual communication, with a side of queer theory.  

Now I am thinking about completely necessary fan art of Bucky eating peaches, or making peach pie and feeding it to pre-serum!Steve.

Thoughts On Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires Of The CIty

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Whether they realize it or not (and I’m sure they do), Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires Of The City is like a big hug for anxious millennials overwhelmed by the Rube Goldberg machine of their own existence amidst a myriad of tumblr guilt, globalized potential, and historiographical shame. Through its rich inviting sound, both equally ornate (“Step”) as it it is messy (“Worship You”), Vampires is an achievement, Koenig, Batmanglij, Baio and Tomson (and producer Ariel Rechtshaid!), taking age-old problems and attempting to confront them using modern circumstances.

“I’m not excited, but should I be,” pleads lead singer Ezra Koenig on “Unbelievers,” bringing up the elephant in the room. The flurry of timpani and flute and deep bassy horns die away and for the first time the most primal of concerns is laid bare. Where is this is comfort we so desperately need? We’re all searching for the comfort in having a purpose and in having meaning in our lives. Who cares what we believe in, “All of the sinners, the same,” cries out Koenig before asking again, “What holy water contains a little drop, little drop for me?” Perhaps someone out there is listening if we can keep asking.

The grammar of religious music is a common tool Vampire Weekend use throughout Vampires, whether it’s choral voices on “Step,” “Ya Hey,” “Hudson,” and “Young Lion” or church organ on “Don’t Lie,” “Everlasting Arms,” “Finger Back,” or the aforementioned “Unbelievers.” This supplied with the warm analog production contributes to the down-to-earth concerns, the band surmounting the criticisms of pretentiousness and negating bombs (also lobbed at contemporary Wes Anderson) of preferring fussiness over humanity. When Koenig sings, “You and me, we got our own sense of time,” on the devastating “Hannah Hunt,” he expresses a counterpoint and perhaps an answer to, if only briefly, the powerlessness and despair felt by (often) young and troubled minds.

I would be remiss to not mention the utter joy and humor on many of the tracks on Vampires. It’s not an entirely somber and sober affair. That plaintive pondering on “Unbelievers” sounds serious enough, but when backed by rollicking drum and piano with club-worthy orchestra drops, these questions float by like the landscape on a road trip up the coast. And maybe through yo-yo-ing between intentioned observation, “‘Cause this Orthodox girl fell in love with the guy at the falafel shop,” and stubborn presence, “Should she have averted her eyes and just stared at the laminated poster of the dome of the rock,” as Koenig broadcasts during the spoken word interlude on “Finger Back,” we can find a way to move forward. 

In the latest of a million tired trend pieces on millennials, Sam Tanenhaus of the New York Times disparages the generation’s perceived optimism and expectation. Being “nursed on the traditional American dream,” he claims darkly, “Cultural transformations are seldom cost-free.” Is this anything new? When Koenig howls, “Little bit of light to get us through the final days you want it,” and the band plays along breathlessly, can anyone argue with this desire? For a millennial like me, it’s a message of comfort I need to hear now more than ever. We are all Modern Vampires Of The City.

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A great piece on the making of Modern Vampires Of The City

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Today in History for 17th August 2014
Historical Events

1891 - 1st public bathhouse with showers opens in NYC (People’s Bath)
1940 - Hitler orders total blockade of Great Britain
1947 - The Radcliffe Line, the border between Union of India and Dominion of Pakistan is revealed.
1953 - Addiction: First meeting of Narcotics Anonymous in Southern California.
1980 - Azaria Chamberlain disappears, likely taken by a dingo, leading to what was then the most publicised trial in Australian history
1986 - Rioting at DMC concert, 40 injured

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Famous Birthdays

1811 - Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
1921 - Geoffery Rudolph Elton, historiographer
1926 - George Melly, British singer (d. 2007)
1966 - Rodney Mullen, American skateboarder
1975 - İlhan Mansız, Turkish footballer
1979 - Marcus Patric, British actor

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Famous Deaths

1730 - Mauritius Vogt, composer, dies at 61
1792 - Jan Jachym Kopriva, composer, dies at 38
1865 - Mosby Munroe Parsons, US Confederate gen-maj, dies in battle
1966 - Archibald Palm, cricketer (Test South Africa v England 1927-28), dies
1995 - Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
2007 - Eddie Griffin, American basketball player (b. 1982)

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I’ve been thinking a lot about conspiracy theories lately because they are usually great demonstrations of historiographic errors or just basic flawed thinking about history

historiograph said:

Hi!

you’ve got a friend in me

see little princess, i was right

you spurn my natural emotions

the boys who kiss and bite

tear up the photographs

(you’ve got a friend in me; randy newman / the dance; miss saigon / ever fallen in love; buzzcocks / the boys are too refined; the hush sound / all i ever wanted; kelly clarkson)

Quotes from the latest reviews of Baal's Priests: the Loyalist Clergy and the English Revolution

Sixteenth Century Journal, Volume 45 (1), 2014

Fiona McCall is to be congratulated for producing a perceptive and engaging work examining the English Civil War … McCall’s monograph is full of extremely rich and detailed analysis of the period … Her scholarship is characterized by a patient willingness to examine her primary sources and ask astute questions about their character, veracity, and style.

Jon Balserak, University of Bristol

Renaissance Quarterly, Summer 2014

This meticulous account of the ejections of the Royalist and Orthodox clergy during the 1640s and 1650s … will be of relevance to anyone interested in the events of the English Revolution and their long-term religious impact on the Church of England. 

It helps to correct the historiographical bias, which has seen a plethora of studies on the Puritan, Presbyterian, and independent clergy during the Civil Wars and on their fortunes after the Restoration.

Jacqueline S. Eales, Canterbury Christ Church University

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