controversy era

historical women 17/?: Hürrem Sultan, 1502-1558

Hürrem Sultan was the favourite and later the chief consort and legal wife of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent… She was one of the most powerful and influential women in Ottoman history and a prominent and controversial figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women. She was “Haseki Sultan” when her husband, Suleiman I, reigned as the Ottoman sultan. She achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire through her husband and played an active role in state affairs of the Empire… Hürrem became Suleiman’s partner not only in the Sultan’s household, but also in state affairs. Thanks to her intelligence, she acted as Suleiman’s chief adviser on matters of state, and seems to have had an influence upon foreign policy and international politics.

Does anyone here still remember the pre movie Les Mis and POTO fandom?

Bc damn son those were some good times

*whispers* series 3 is the best RTD series…

the end of The Daemons aka the UNIT Dating Controversy is real
  • Jo’s love for Three destroys the monster
  • Three tells UNIT not to hurt the Master because he wants to visit his problematic boyfriend in prison for secret funtimes “deal with him”
  • Jo and Three and Benton dance around a maypole
  • Yates asks the Brigadier to dance
  • The Brig suggests a drink instead and they run off to the pub together

this will never not be funny and utterly perfect


TGIFRIDAY FASHION FACT! Several of you have asked me to talk about the history of hobble skirts. It’s not surprising, since it is such a controversial garment, even shocking to a modern eye. It seems to embody the restrictions and oppression women throughout history had to endure. The name itself flat-out states that it is a garment which hinders movement. So how did this binding style become fashionable?

To start with, what exactly is a hobble skirt? It’s pretty self explanatory. It is a skirt that narrows at the bottom, forcing the wearer to take small steps. There were several different types of hobble skirts. A stereotypical hobble skirt was cinched in at the knees or ankles. Other styles tapered in towards the hem. Yet they were not always quite as restrictive as they appeared. Some styles had hidden pleats or a cross-over design that allowed for greater range of movement.

It is believed that the first true hobble skirt was created by Paul Poiret in 1908 (read his bio here). The rumor is that he was inspired by Edith Berg, who tied rope around the knee of her skirt to prevent it from flying up when she joined Wilbur Wright aboard his plane to become the second woman in history to take flight. However, the tapered style of hobble skirt likely stemmed from a case of miscommunication.

Bodices and skirts at the time were becoming more form-fitting, as the exaggerated proportions of the early Edwardian Age fell aside. The narrow styles were depicted in Parisian fashion plates and sent across the ocean for American dressmakers to replicate. It was not uncommon for fashion plates to be slightly exaggerated in order to emphasize the desired silhouette. As a result, Americans interpreted the look as much more restrictive than it was intended to be. However the look came about, it quickly caught on. 

The key thing you should realize about hobble skirts is that they, like many modern women’s fashions, may not have been the oppressive garments they initially appear to be. Compare them to stilettos or make-up. Many people see these things as demeaning or even dehumanizing fashions inflicted by the patriarchy. Yet many women find them to be empowering. The interpretation ultimately lies with the wearer. This dichotomy also applied to the hobble skirt.

The hobble skirt reached peak popularity in the early 1910s, coinciding with women increasingly entering the workforce, as well as gaining social and financial independence, both main rallying points of the suffragette movement which was in full swing at the time. Of course, women were not about to wear hobble skirts to the workplace. They were reserved for more formal occasions, or situations intended to flaunt high fashion. Yet many women felt that shedding their large petticoats in favor of a style that emphasized their curves was a sign of empowerment. It didn’t matter that they had to measure their steps, the scandalous style commanded attention. Some critics of the fashion saw it as vulgar, while others thought the restrictiveness dangerous. Some proponents took the opposite view and thought that the limitation of movement would stop women from becoming too wild. It was certainly a subject of dispute.

Practical or not, refined or salacious, there is no doubt that the controversial hobble skirt was incredibly popular. It became so prevalent, in fact, that public transportation cars were even modified to be closer to the ground so that women would not have to take to large a step to climb on. It was only when World War I struck, and practicality became priority in dress, that the hobble skirt fell out of fashion. It has not completely disappeared, though. Just look at the classic pencil skirt, and you will realize that the descendant of the hobble skirt is alive and well today.

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First human embryo editing experiment in U.S. ‘corrects’ gene for heart condition
The work is particularly sensitive because it involves changes to the germ line, genes that could be passed on to future generations.

“Scientists have successfully edited the DNA of human embryos to erase a heritable heart condition that is known for causing sudden death in young competitive athletes, cracking open the doors to a controversial new era in medicine.

This is the first time gene editing on human embryos has been conducted in the United States. Researchers said in interviews this week that they consider their work very basic. The embryos were allowed to grow for only a few days, and there was never any intention to implant them to create a pregnancy. But they also acknowledged that they will continue to move forward with the science, with the ultimate goal of being able to “correct” disease-causing genes in embryos that will develop into babies.”

Nos conocimos por Pink Floyd PARTE I

Hace un año ya que conocí a un hombre maduro, 37 años exactamente, con un excelente gusto musical. Lo conocí en la biblioteca que queda cerca a mi casa, a pie, y allí, hace un año ya encontré un libro con la portada del Dark Side of the Moon, una obra maestra de los Floyd. No dude en llevármelo, a penas estaba conociendo la música de ellos y ya me había enamorado por completo de ese universo. El bibliotecario, al ver que me iba llevar ese libro se sorprendió bastante, examinaba el libro estupefacto y lo miraba con una gran curiosidad. Entonces yo creí que me iba a regañar o algo, cuando me pregunta ¿Donde encontraste esto? Le indique el lugar y empece a comprender, entonces le pregunte, ¿Te gusta Pink Floyd? y asintió y ahí empezamos a hablar de ellos y que cuando yo lo leyera se lo prestara. Pero todo normal. La segunda vez que fui, después de ese suceso me pregunto si lo había leído ya, obvio a un no acababa. El empezó a ser mas amable conmigo, se aprendió mi nombre y a pesar de que a veces era frió, había tensión entre nosotros, no sabia, pero desde que había descubierto que le gustaba esa extraordinaria música el comenzó a atraerme. A veces lo pillaba mirándome, y yo iba por el, porque me agradaba su presencia a sobremanera. A veces no lo veía y me ponía a llorar como una niña. Creería que no hablamos mas del tema.Yo sentía que ya lo conocía, que mi objetivo era conocerle. Mi corazón latía cuando iba a verle. Cierto día fui a escribir (me gusta mucho) pedí una computadora prestada y me senté a dejar volar mi imaginación. El estaba allí y por así decirlo, su presencia me reconfortaba bastante. Hasta que el se me acerco, toco mi hombro y me pidió un favor, le pregunte que era, y se sentó a mi lado con una laptop. Fue muy extraño. Me dijo si le podía ayudaba con una encuesta. Entones me hacia las preguntas y me miraba muy fijamente. Las preguntas eran del tipo edad, nombre, residencia etc. En fin… De ahí, la tensión se acrecentó, yo la sentía. Ya no iba tan seguido, pero el estaba en mi mente y nadie lo sabia aun. Porque el era un hombre mayor. Y temía ser juzgada. En pocas palabras, la tensión había aumentado en diciembre y yo cumplía años por esos días. Cuando el pregunto mi edad, mentí poniéndome un año mas. (El que iba a cumplir). Yo pronto me iría de vacaciones a donde mi familia, el ultimo día del año que fui, si mal no recuerdo fue a finales de diciembre, cerca a 31 y fui a entregar, el estaba solo, me contó que el sistema se había caído y pregunte porque, simple curiosidad,  no recuerdo que dijo el… Pero se que sonrió. Le desee un feliz año nuevo, el me dijo lo mismo, y me marche con una sonrisa en la cara. De ahí, volví a finales de enero, con ganas de saber de el. Cuando llegue me miro, con sorpresa, como si hubiera estado esperándome, no lo se… Aquel día se torno triste para mi porque me darían resultados de un concurso de escritura, y los resultados no fueron los que esperaba. Llore en un rincón de la biblioteca, sin que nadie me viese, y después me reincorpore queriendo olvidarlo. La tensión seguía. El ayudaba a una mujer joven a escoger un libro, por supuesto me incomode. En la parte de los dvd había una película que tenia como protagonista a mi artista favorita: Bjork, y la película era Dancer in the dark. La pedí, y el otro bibliotecario le dijo a el que me la buscara. Me comento que la película le parecía muy triste y le dolió, que la había visto en casa, yo hice mis respectivos comentarios igual, luego dije que ella era maravillosa y su voz era maravillosa. El menciono su nombre, con la pronunciación correcta lo cual me sorprendía, porque ella era algo controversial y no tan conocida. Ahí empezamos a hablar de ella y me encanto que la conociese. El sonreía y eso me gustaba, puesto que era bastante serio. Quien diría que esa seria la ultima vez que lo vería… En aquella biblioteca. Mas adelante pasan mas cosas, mas geniales y bonitas. La puedo continuar en otro momento si lo desean. Hay parte 2! Lo hago para dejarlos con la intriga. Muchas gracias por leer.



A white nationalist rally that turned violent in Charlottesville, Va. last Saturday brought renewed attention to dozens of Confederate monuments around the country. Many government officials have called to remove statues, markers and other monuments that celebrate controversial Civil War era figures from public grounds. This map from The New York Times (16 August 2017) shows those cities where Confederate monuments have been removed and where there are now proposals to remove them.


Hurrem Sultan was one of the most powerful and influential women in the Ottoman history and a prominent and controversial figure during the era known as the Sultanate of Women. She was “Haseki Sultan” (chief wife of the Sultan) when her husband, Suleiman I, reigned as the Ottoman sultan. She achieved power and influenced the politics of the Ottoman Empire through her husband and played an active role in state affairs of the Empire.


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Prince's Controversy Era.

There’s something so dirty and raw about this period during Prince’s career, that is such a turn on. I love the Controversy era. The exploration of ones sexuality mixed with the battle of not letting society define who you are, is just so perfect during this time. He wasn’t going to allow anyone to control him or his ideas which is such a liberating thought. In this time and age, it resonates so well with me because we believe we have freedom, but we really don’t.  We are truly apathetic and mainstream music echoes that behavior. The controversy that Prince wanted to create wasn’t forced like many modern artists try to evoke today(I don’t need to name anyone in particular, I think we can all think of one) but rather a natural and untamed behavior, that needed to be released. His music was playful and not pretentious which creates a sense of freshness still to this day. He wanted to play with different ideas that created controversy such as politics,religion, sexuality and gender roles but through the ideas of a wild youth that was still discovering itself. Thanks Prince for creating such a great album full of rebellious ideas towards society and its norms and rules. 

/Miss X