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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red
Former redhead in America's smallest state. Feminist AF, climate crisis worrier, lover of libraries & flowers, she/her/ma’am, also
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red retweeted
ShelvesofWomen 5h
A sub-genre that’s close to my heart: Autobiographies of women who were nuns but LEFT. Traditionally, convents were great places for women. No death by annual childbirth, an active role in the world (unlike monks, most nuns haven’t been contemplative but hold jobs like teaching)
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @ShelvesofW
I look forward to enjoying all 456 pages of this book. And while I do, I’m also embarking on a new hobby — Shelves of Women - a feed sharing the 100s of biographies and autobiographies of women I’ve collected. Because why not? They’re fun and inspiring. See you!
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
But the true measure of a woman is her character, not her beauty. Ah, to be the sort of person who flees a failed stage career by sailing off on a yacht with her pacifist lover! This is no ordinary cookbook writer.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
And here’s a little sketch of her in her kitchen. It makes cooking look like fun, doesn’t it?
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
However Julia Child was boisterously outgoing and on TV; whereas Elizabeth David wrote lyrical prose and barely spoke the lone time she was on tv. Elizabeth was also a Noted Beauty. Here she is in Cairo during the War and doesn’t she make a desk job look Sophisticated?!
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Front cover: Elizabeth David was the UK’s version of Julia Child. Except waaaaay more elegant and poetic. Both were born 1912-13, both had their lives utterly changed by WWII, both wrote bestsellers about French cooking and changed the way the middle classes thought about food.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Ok. So life goal: If I am doomed to ever be famous enough to have a thick book written about me, this is the exact picture I would like them to use for the back cover. Otherwise, what’s the point?
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 19
Replying to @secondshelfbks
Time to open the last book of my package of books about women from in London. It’s a thick one. Ooooh.
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Alisa-Valdes-Rodriguez Feb 19
Most Aztec deities had male and female aspects, shown as twins or a couple. Euro-American scholars tend to describe this as "the God Mictlantecuhtli, and his consort Mictecacihuatl." She's not a consort. She's not "his." She's a goddess. May she strike them down.
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Mina Li Feb 18
FWIW, I heard from my mom yesterday that some Chinese restaurants are saying that if things go on like this for another week or two, they'll have to close. Check out your local Chinese places if you can.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Weirdest thing for us now? Every entry, including this one for Allie Sexsmith, has a home address. If you bought this book, it was like buying a mailing list. (Andi bet sales reps and charity fundraisers did just that.) Also, ok, who marries a Mr Sexsmith AND TAKES HIS NAME?
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
I suspect this book used a ‘Whose Who’ business model, whereby reams of invitations went out like junk mail to be listed in the book...for a price. Whoever replied is in there, plus a few profiles popped in by editorial to fluff it out.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
However most entries are for women who we would not exactly think of as ‘working’. Many are ‘club women’, or they are ‘writers’ of barely published works. For every Elizabeth Lewis (founder of Elizabeth Arden Salons), there are 10 Josephine Linders (an unknown poet)
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
And let’s not overlook Else La Roe, a plastic surgeon with clinics in New York City and Samarkind! Also, author of “The Breast Beautiful” and inspector of Russian birth control clinics. Wow.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
But most I’ve never heard of. Some are delightful suprises, such as Frieda Schneider, a completely bedridden woman in Michigan who wrote religious tracts reaching over 1.5 million readers.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Or luminaries from the arts such as Georgia O’Keeffe and Norma Shearer
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Inside in a mere 71 pages, the publishers purport to include brief bios of every ‘career woman’ of note in the US that year. I counted and it’s under 400 women. Which seems...low. Some are famous, such as Margaret Sanger (although I didn’t know she was Mrs Noah Slee)
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
It smells amazing. You know that old book smell that certain small libraries small of that you wish they could bottle up and sell like scent? Yes, that.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
Looking more closely, NO, I SHOULD NOT. This is a wonderful book. It is “Career Women of America” Circa 1941, published by Cultural Research Publishers of New York.
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Going Blonde for 2020 Rhode Red Feb 18
Replying to @rhoderedpvd
(“Hi honey” was a phone typo...) Anyhow: Here’s the thin one unwrapped. At first it does not look too prepossessing. It has no dust jacket. Just the protective cover the shop put on it. Should I be disappointed?
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