Kindergarten teacher Helen Hulick made Los Angeles court history — and struck a blow for women’s fashion — in 1938.
Hulick arrived in downtown L.A. court to testify against two burglary suspects. But the courtroom drama immediately shifted to the slacks she was wearing. Judge Arthur S. Guerin rescheduled her testimony and ordered her to wear a dress next time.
Hulick was quoted in the Nov. 10, 1938, Los Angeles Times saying, “You tell the judge I will stand on my rights. If he orders me to change into a dress I won’t do it. I like slacks. They’re comfortable.”
Five days later, she returned to court in slacks, angering the judge. She was told to return the following day “in acceptable dress” or risk being found in contempt of court and punished.
The next day, Hulick showed up in slacks. Judge Guerin held her in contempt. She was given a five-day sentence and sent to jail.
“After being divested of her favorite garment by a jail matron and attired in a prison denim dress, Miss Hulick was released on her own recognizance after her attorney … obtained a writ of habeas corpus and declared he would carry the matter to the Appellate Court,” The Times reported.
Hundreds sent letters of protest to the courthouse. Guerin’s contempt citation was overturned by the Appellate Division during a habeas corpus hearing. Hulick was free to wear slacks to court.
A couple of months later, Hulick came back to court. Her point made, this time she wore a dress.
Alistair is a character where it all comes together for me: love the design, the writing, the voice acting. I love his backstory but I like that it hasn’t made him quite so … crazy. Alistair, by rights, could be just as moody and angry as Fenris or Anders. But instead, he’s pretty chill.
(I think that’s partly why Anders changed so much between Awakening and DA 2; the original character seemed like a mage version of Alistair. [To me, anyway, YMMV.] I was fine with that, of course. But for developing the character over a much longer game, it makes sense that the writers would tweak the personality a bit so they weren’t accused of just reusing the same characters and character types.)
I also really like the idea of a leader who doesn’t want to lead. Alistair should be in charge of the Grey Wardens, but instead it’s the Warden. Morrigan calls him on this and he’s pretty unapologetic. And then there’s the whole king thing. But what’s interesting to me is that this doesn’t make him any less brave, strong, or skilled. He’s not a coward or a wimp. He’s a man who knows his limitations. And we need people who are effective followers – not mindless yesmen, but people who can follow directions yet still think on their feet.
He sort of feels like a feminist hero, if you subscribe to the Second Wave ideas of leadership without hierarchy. (Which I do, at times.)
And the actual romancing itself is so darn cute. The rose thing just melted my heart. After romancing Alistair, I finally understood why people like to lose themselves in romance novels. It’s, you know, fun and stuff.
I’m three seasons into The Legend of Korra. I almost never watch a show and think, I wish I had seen this as a kid! But that’s where I am at with this. I’ve got a woman as the hero, and her body looks like that of an MMA fighter. And she has gone from competing with the only other lead character who is a woman her age to being her best friend and still friends with their mutual ex-boyfriend. Also, they’re going to become a canon ship. Like, what even?
My phone case needed an update…so I made my own ✨I really wanted something that would inspire me daily, so I photoshopped a collage of women who empower and inspire me right now.✊ All I had to do was print it out & stick it behind a clear phone case! I am in LOVE with how it turned out 💞
And that little phone dangler maaay be coming to my shop in the new year….. 😸 Interested?