Hysteria was a medical condition that was believed to be caused by the woman’s uterus moving around inside her body. Ancient Greek physician Aretaeus claimed that the uterus was a sentient being, “an animal within an animal.”
Symptoms of hysteria included anything and everything - one Victorian doctor listed 75 pages of symptoms. These included legitimate physical conditions, but also included just any behavior considered inappropriate for a lady - such as “emotional outbursts,” “erotic fantasies” or “a tendency to cause trouble." The concept died out around the end of the 19th century, but the idea of women’s guts making them crazy persists today.
" In the end, it was amazing to have each other’s support. Her presence at the gala screening of the movie made me really nervous. She was sitting in front of me. I kept looking at the back of her neck, trying to find out if she was liking the movie or not [laughs]. I only relaxed when, at the end, Kristen told me she loved it.“
Trends speak louder than words. Here’s what was noisy this week:
In Palm Springs: Merrymakers pose for Valencia-tinted selfies under the desert sun at Coachella. And #reclaimthebindi, a campaign against cultural boho-priation of South Asian traditions for disposable fashion.
In entertainment: BB-8 bounced and bopped its spherical bum through the sand in the second Star Warstrailer. Hollywood glamorati hobnobbed at the 23rd (yeah) annual MTV Movie Awards. Some of them won a bucket. AndThe Royals is E!’s first scripted show, not counting their other shows.
In the news: Hillary Clinton has been driving around Iowa in a van solving mysteries.
In history:A century has passed since the Armenian genocide began.
At school: The theme for this year’s promposals is signs.
In Homestuck: Lord English’s true nature was revealed in the proximity of some horses. True fact. Look it up.
In music: The sound of hysteria: Green Day is being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In this recent body of work, Crow debuts a new technique of Xerox transfers layered with painting on the canvases. Crow has long been fascinated by history and the psychology of interior spaces, and has addressed subjects as varied as French Revolutionary interiors, New York City graffiti and the films of Alfred Hitchcock. This exhibition represents Crow’s response to the paintings of Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), a New York artist whose paintings date from the 1910s to the 1940s. Although considered a very important artist of her time, (Marcel Duchamp organized her retrospective exhibition at MOMA in 1946, and she was included in the first Whitney Biennale in 1932) Stettheimer’s works are relatively unknown today as she steadfastly refused to sell or show them in galleries. Since her death, they have often been dismissed as overly “feminine” and “eccentric” and today Stettheimer remains known mostly to a growing cult of women artists on both sides of the Atlantic who love and claim her influence. - thru May 17
don’t wanna be an american snidiot (snail idiot), don’t want a nation under the new snedia (snail media), and can you hear the sound of snysteria (snail hysteria)? the subliminal mind fuck snamerica (snail america)