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Hallie Mossett’s floor to Beyonce’s Formation/Partition/Single Ladies. The head stand choreo during Partition was excellent! And she’s one of the only people in NCAA who actually does a full turn on floor, haha.

I debated whether this ought to go on my personal blog, but as I imagine all of you dear followers are already fans of British historical works, it seems appropriate to have it here.

I’ve just come across the upcoming ITV/Hulu production Harlots, and initially, I was thrilled at the prospect of a historical drama with an eye on feminism and diversity in its story of powerful yet marginalized women. Samantha Morton should be in everything, ever, and the Georgian era is one of my favourites in history, and I’ve been fascinated by the culture of its urban sex-work since coming across Hallie Rubenhold’s writings on the subject.

However, it seems that Harlots has borrowed heavily from Rubenhold’s original research and the non-fiction narrative of her book The Covent Garden Ladies: Pimp General Jack and the Extraordinary Story of Harris’ List, and has not credited her in any way.

Rubenhold herself owns that the law is a grey area on the argument of historical fact as public domain, and yet the point remains that the work historians and writers do to bring us these facts is valid and important. Rubenhold says that most TV producers respect such work and offer due credit and go about optioning these written works properly…but some, evidently, do not. Recent media promotions for the series seem to have gone out of their way to link to the few copies of Harris’ List which are unconnected to Rubenhold, though her edition and her works on the subject are by far the most thorough and popular. Beyond this, the List is simply that–a list. Rubenhold’s book includes research from other sources to flesh out the fuller picture of the era, the society, the city, and its people; and there are disturbing echoes of that narrative apparent in the basic plots and characters of Harlots, while the show’s producers insist that the sole resource used was Harris’ List, itself.

There’s not a lot of buzz about this (when is there ever the kind of hype about period dramas that we see around, say, a new Marvel adaptation?) but I just wanted you all to know and bear it in mind as you perhaps begin to see promotions for this series in the near future.

As a historian, writer, and film-buff, there is no level on which ITV and Hulu’s refusal to acknowledge Rubenhold’s work does not outrage and sadden me. The truth of historical facts may be a legacy which belongs to all of us, but the painstaking work historians and writers do to bring these fascinating lost facts to light deserves our respect and gratitude.

  • [Ladybug voice]: chat noir? UGH i can't STAND him. what a DORK. he is just the most annoying- [trips and hundreds of chat noir pictures fall out of pockets] w-what an unreliable idiot listen ok these aren’t mine i don’t even like chat i’m just [trying to gather them up frantically] listen i— just listen [thousands of chat noir pictures spill out onto the floor] fUCK i’m just i’m holding them for a friend ok ju-just listen
I need Feminism because: (submission for hallie-faithv's project)

Kate, 24, Canada

I need feminism because when I was around 5, my dad made me promise to let him pick out my future boyfriend and then had a photograph taken of us shaking hands so he had ‘proof.’ My mother was against this. He ignored her protests, and demanded she just take the picture.

I need feminism because when I was still around that age, my dad told me to go into the gas station and “bat my eyelashes” at the clerk to ask for a favour on his behalf. 

I need feminism because when I tried to ask my dad for help as a kid with my math and science, he told me that it was okay if I wasn’t good at it because girls were better at humanities. His wife (my mother) had a BSc in Microbiology. (I’m still not very good at either science or math). 

I need feminism because when I was 12, I wasn’t allowed to wear shorts while in Latin America because my dad was convinced that the local men were all sexualising me. 

I need feminism because I got more cat calls when I was 16 than I do now at 24. 

I need feminism because the only time I do get catcalled is when I’m holding my wife’s hand. 

I need feminism because my mother has struggled her entire life with the idea of ‘a woman’s role’ despite the fact that she broke all the moulds, and because she still insists that wearing certain things is ‘too slutty’.

I need feminism because the first and last Christmas my wife and I spent as a couple with her family, her mother told us not to kiss or cuddle one another in front of the others because it “made them uncomfortable.” Meanwhile, her brother could kiss his wife, and her sister could kiss her boyfriend all they liked. 

I need feminism because my wife’s family still can’t believe she’s a lesbian. 

I need feminism.

Those are all really great reasons. Thanks for the submission.

I’m collecting submissions on behalf of hallie-faithv, who is doing a school project on feminism.

If you’d like to participate, please submit a story of a time when you really could have used feminism or reasons why you need feminism, as well as your name/age.

adventures in writing:

i… i’m in shock

the bang bang sequel

it’s written

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The Lady who took 27 lovers: Society seductress Lady Worsley’s rampant bed-hopping rocked Georgian society, now it’s been made into a racy BBC bodice-ripper. Shaun Evans, Natalie Dormer and Aneurin Barnard will star in The Scandalous Lady W, based on historian Hallie Rubenhold’s book Lady Worsley’s Whim.
In this still, Dormer looks exactly like the famous portrait of Lady W. by Joshua Reynolds.

Here’s the genius illustrator Hallie Bateman in my movie, You, Your Brain, & You. She drew the face on her hand. Hallie (no relation) helped me shoot some of the scenes. 

The movie is finished and is on Kickstarter right now–trying to raise money to manufacture screener DVDs and film festival submission fees (which are expensive–from $40 to $100+ per festival). DVDs won’t be for sale to the general public until the end of 2015, so give to the Kickstarter to see it on DVD months before anyone!

Kickstarter is here. Thank you!

okay so you know how sometimes you’ll hear the Badass Shounen Anime Protagonist spit ‘shimatta’ under his breath in frustration?

i finally found out what it meant

‘shimatta’, attached to a verb, expresses regret for an action you have completed.

Badass Shounen Anime Protagonist is literally muttering ‘I regret’

i thought they were swearing, but no

it’s just

‘I regret’