Keith Haring photographed by
Tseng Kwong Chi painting the mural at Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, 1987.
The mural was done with hopes to brighten the days of the sick children. Necker Hospital is known for specializing in rare genetic diseases. The hospital has been under renovation for a couple of years but Haring’s work got saved.
Rene Theophile Hyacinthe
Laënnec invented the stethoscope while working at the hospital in 1816.
In June 1983, 24 year old Madonna was rising on the club charts with singles Everybody and Burning Up. Photographer Richard Corman captured pre-fame Madonna at home one month before the release of her debut album. At the time she was living on East 4th Street between Avenue A and B.
Some authors and books about feminism? I love your blog
Thank you. So, bibliochor and days-of-reading both put great rec lists together a few weeks ago, so I suggest checking those out, respectively here and here. There is some overlap, but considering we all study in different places and have been exposed to feminism in different ways, I’m making another list (slightly more and slightly less extensive in parts). I haven’t read everything on here in full (and there are a few that I haven’t read at all but that are high up on my to-do list), and I don’t align myself with all of the views, but I think it’s important to be familiar with a wide variety of feminisms to be able to put your own stance together.
So, I’m including classic texts, crit, theory, literature, and pop-culture lit. If you’re new to theory, I’d suggest jumping straight to the novels or the pop-culture non-fiction books as they make you think about specific theories and question the world, and then going back to the other texts.
Second Wave Theoretical and Critical Texts: (Again, warning: these can be radical, difficult, and unsettling to read – especially if you haven’t read feminist theory before, but they are eye-opening and extremely important to understand as they began to shape the feminist movement into what it is today.)
“Third Wave”/Late Late End of Second Wave: (This is basically just Butler, and again, if you aren’t familiar with theory, then I’d maybe stay away because Gender Trouble is a crucial text, but reading Butler is challenging.)
“Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory,” Judith Butler
Feminist Novels & Poetry (I’m picking one work by each of these authors, but in most cases, their other works are worth checking out as well.) (Also worth noting that while some of these may not have necessarily been written with feminist intent, they are important to read in a feminist context.)
I feel like the grainy Youtube screencap is the best medium to capture these years since most of the footage is from old copies of VHS tapes.
I’m trying to document what it was like to live in these eras so people my age and older can reminisce about the good old days, and so the youths now can get an accurate glimpse of these particular decades that aren’t taken very seriously in terms of pop culture or fashion/aesthetics, or are relegated to the same stale pop culture references over and over (there was more to the 90s than Nirvana and choker necklaces, I promise. The 1980s wasn’t just bad neon clothing and Madonna. The 2000s was an amazing time for music and ballsy fashion choices, etc.) I’m also going to try to avoid really obvious pop culture moments.
As I’ve said before, I feel like the last 30-40 years was spent analyzing and hyping the 1960s. I call this the “baby boomer industrial complex” and obviously it was magical and rad time in history for pop culture (I mean I run a Monkees blog like I get it), but I think now it’s time to take back the narrative from the boomers and show that other decades were just as exciting and strange and important.