"Under every chick there lurks a little Women’s Lib. Secretly itching to get her hands on the last stronghold of male mystique, Canterbury belts. Like these virile twists and beefy leathers with potent studs and steely buckles. So be prepared. Don’t let her borrow your belt unless she’s willing to burn her bra."
Anti-women’s lib art bar, 1 oz of gold.
- hahahaha same review
- from the first review on Amazon
At the risk of being labeled humorless (twice), strident, hostile, without redeeming features, irrational, having undiscerning mentality, being self-styled “liberated” women, ridiculous schoolgirls at various stages of arrested development, manhaters, dreary exhibitionists, neurotic, uninspired, depressing, unproductive, unimaginative, lacking initiative, self-oppressing, mislaid, dishonest, pointless, hypocritical, girl scouts, superficial, foolish, idle, empty-headed, insecure, unfulfilled, brainwashed, mismanaged, not having self-understanding, badly assembled commodities, a bum trip (twice), and this year’s hula-hoop, we still choose to answer Jane Austen-Douglas’ article which appeared in a June issue of EVO. We must first compliment her on her seemingly limitless supply and imaginative use of the negative adjectives (there were no repetitions except in the two cases noted above). —The Collective/Women in Transition, from the July 28, 1970 issue of the East Village Other
- Kate Millet
If you guys find out how awesome my copy of the East Village Other, dated July 28th, 1970, really is, you might die but I am going to tell you anyway.
1. Coverage of Bobby Seale being put in solitary confinement for trying to stop a jail pig from attacking a fellow prisoner.
2. Extensive coverage of the controversial NY Pop festival that was cut from the issue at press because they found out the DA was investigating the promoters and “While we think our original story had some interesting things to say about “the movement” and festivals, we are withholding publication of it. Even though some individuals acted against the interests of the community we do not believe the courts are legitimate outlets for our grievances…. Let The People judge the ‘crime’ and ‘punish’ with sympathy and understanding those of our brothers and sisters who have betrayed the revolution.”
3. “Blood Arson Riot,” a story on the Draft Riots of 1863.
4. An outer-space comic I don’t understand.
5. A full-page, 5-column, 8-pt type piece by the “The Collective,” a group of women objecting to the portrayal of feminists as “humorless” in prior issues. (The reason I bought it) (quotes TK)
6. Interview w Lee Kaminsky of Electric Eye (Second reason I bought it)
7. Lengthy piece on women in comics/women who draw comics, including Trina Robbins (Third reason I bought it)
8. Surveillance photos of the “underground White House” complex in a hollowed-out mountain that would serve as a power base “in the event of a nuclear attack or in Pig Amerika 1970-style armed insurrection.” (yes!)
9. Lengthy interview with Kate Millet (unexpected bonus) (quotes TK)
10. AND SO MUCH MORE. The classifieds need a lengthy analysis.
Women of the Year…. Time magazine, January 1976.
Can you name them?
Today In History
‘Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to Congress, opened her historic campaign for President on this date January 25, 1972.’
(photo: Shirley Chisholm)
- CARTER Magazine
One of several amazing photos by Mary Ellen Mark from a story about the women’s movement in Life, 1969.
The caption reads, “Members of NOW picket the headquarters of New York mayoralty candidates before recent election for not taking a stand on women’s rights. They urged female volunteers to stop licking stamps and boots.”
The entire piece, “An Oppressed Majority Demands Its Rights,” is on Ms. Mark’s site and it is amazing. Written by Sara Davidson (her bio says she “combines a career in journalism with marriage.”), it covers NOW, the splinter groups WITCH and The Feminists, Redstockings, consciousness raising groups, communes, single parenting, anti-marriage protests and of course the key issue: men.
Jane feels women’s liberation is not anti-male.”Because you believe women are human beings, not objects, doesn’t mean you don’t like men.”
Glad that’s settled! The piece doesn’t address any race or class issues, of course—it merely documents the efforts of these middle class white women. But I want to celebrate the hopefulness and energy of these women even as we work to acknowledge where they went wrong and to stop doing wrong ourselves.