sister suffragettes

One of my FAVORITE Mary Poppins moments is when Mrs. Banks comes home at the beginning and goes into her whole suffrage routine and the cook and housekeeper immediately fall in line as if Mrs. Banks frequently breaks out into this song and routine so they already know the song and dance and begrudgingly participate in the theatrics because it’s just easier that way.

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“Sometimes a hard sacrifice must be made for a future that’s worth having…”  –Tom Branson

“It’s doing nothing that’s the enemy.”  –Sybil Crawley

Join hands sister suffragettes, as we “rock the political AU” this May!  We’ll be celebrating all things political with the Bransons this month, from voting rights for women, to freedom for Ireland, and anything and everything inbetween and beyond!  Sexual politics, body politics, domestic politics, international politics–POLITICS!  And not just reserved for the time-era on the show, but today as well! 

So put your thinking caps, play some inspiring music, and be creative with stories, drabbles, picsets, and fanart as we march together throughout the month of May, ROCKING THE POLITICAL AU!

**images not mine

From Kensington to Billingsgate,
One hears the restless cries.
From ev'ry corner of the land:
“Womankind, arise!”
Political equality and equal rights with men–
Take heart, for Missus Pankhurst’s been clapped in irons again!
No more the meek and mild subservients, we.
We’re fighting for our rights militantly! 

Mrs. Winifred Banks was one of my early Disney heroes. I wish we could get this kind of political content in Disney films these days. Disney is quite adept at showing strong characters overcoming injustices in their own personal lives but I’d love to see them include organizing and social action against widespread, systemic injustice more often.

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1. The Revenant
2. Beasts of No Nation
3. Mad Max: Fury Road
4. The Hateful Eight
5. Creed
6. Ex Machina
7. Sicario
8. Anomalisa
9. Room
10. The Peanuts Movie

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11. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation
12. Bridge of Spies
13. Spotlight
14. The Gift
15. Ant-Man
16. Slow West
17. The Martian
18. Shaun the Sheep
19. Pawn Sacrifice
20. Dope
21. Circle
22. Trumbo
23. Black Sea
24. Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
25. Steve Jobs
26. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
27. Avengers: Age of Ultron
28. Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
29. Straight Outta Compton
30. It Follows
31. Macbeth
32. Kingsman: The Secret Service
33. The End Of The Tour
34. Bone Tomahawk
35. Jurassic World
36. Chi-Raq
37. True Story
38. Run All Night
39. The Night Before
40. Cop Car
41. Spectre
42. Krampus
43. Grandma
44. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
45. Inside Out

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“The struggle for women’s liberation isn’t over. At a time when two women a week are killed by violent men in the UK, we need to keep fighting because dead women can’t vote. This in the context of austerity. Access for women to social housing, benefits and legal aid have all been reduced and women are dying.

“These cuts disproportionately affect women of colour. Of the 32 services for women affected by domestic violence that have been closed since 2010, they were all specialist services which helped LGBQ and BAME women.

“It’s timely because the cast of the film is entirely white and they are running with this slogan, ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ which implies passivity or acceptance of being a slave. But it also ignores the fact that women of colour were completely involved in the suffragette struggle. This film isn’t representing them.”

Asked why the protesters chose to target a film seemingly supportive of their feminist stance, Latifa said: “This film is talking about women’s liberation in a very celebratory sense and there’s this argument that we’re in a post-feminist era so that means that our messages more than ever need to heard because there is this delusional element to it all.”

via. The Guardian.

This protest was soo perfect, I wish I’d gone, looks so exciting. 

Imagine Kris falling asleep two hours after he planned to because he has the Sister Suffragette song from Mary Poppins stuck in his head. He can’t will away the endless refrain of Disney’s interpretation of British first wave feminism. “Cast off the shackles of yesterday / Shoulder to shoulder into the fray,” keeps repeating inside his terrible brain, unrelenting. Voting rights are fundamental and dank as hell, but Kris just wants to sleep!

We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done, Sister Suffragette!”

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev'ry corner of the land:
“Womankind, arise!”
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We’re fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!”

—  Sister Suffragette (From Disney’s Mary Poppins)