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Hannah | 37 comments This is for all the random things related to or part of women's experience/history that don't necessarily spark questions, but you want to share with the community. For example:

I was reading a page (http://museum.nist.gov/exhibits/appar...) about the development of the ready-made clothing industry in the United States, and I thought it very interesting that most women's clothing was custom made up into the 1920s, and it took much longer for standardized sizing to develop (although let's be real, we still don't have standard sizing). Also, that Women's clothing sizes fell under the Department of Agriculture.

Personally, I would much rather design my own clothes and have someone make them to fit me than shop for two hours and walk away with nothing.

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Hannah | 37 comments Disturbing NPR article about man paid to have sex with girls as a "ritual cleansing" in Africa. http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsands...

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Aglaea | 987 comments If it is the hyena thing in Senegal (I think), BBC wrote an article on it a couple of weeks or so ago. Disgusting. And of course it is only girls who need to be raped like that, not boys, because girls are the dirty ones.

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Hannah | 37 comments Malawi in this article, but it happens in other countries too apparently.

It's a good reminder that cross-cultural judgment is sometimes essential to protecting people, lest such things go on unquestioned and unchecked.

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Hannah | 37 comments Stumbled on an article by the man who coined the phrase "Manic pixie dream girl," discussing the term and how the internet gave it life. You can read it here http://www.salon.com/2014/07/15/im_so...

I think it's interesting that the internet has shifted the essential meaning of the phrase, and how strange that anyone could think Holly Golightly, Summer Finn, and Claire (the character that started it all), are examples of the same trope. Holly Golightly is unabashedly shallow, frothy, and troubled, and it's her need of rescue that really sparks Paul to grow a spine (in the film at least). Summer is a pretty modern women with a good mind--that we know little about her is, I think, because we are seeing through the eyes of Joseph Gordon Levitt's character, and he doesn't know much about her. Claire is the hero of her movie--Drew is basically a male damsel in distress.

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