“The truth is, women are still required to be “nice”. To be unthreatening. You can show me all the token examples of assertive modern women, but the fact still remains that more often than not, I hear women deflecting their seriousness, their cleverness, their interrogative spirit, via a systematic persona of infantilising niceness…”
— Hila Shachar, read the rest here.
Frida Kahlo and Her Dogs by Gisèle Freund, 1948
Both subject and photographer are eligible to be featured here.
That’s how much space the officer at the scene had to take Maria DiBari’s testimony and to describe the injuries that left her temporarily paralyzed.
Eight lines on a police report that Maria would later have to beg to have reversed.
In 2007, Maria was brutally assaulted. Her spinal cord was compressed. There is a metal plate and at least nine screws in her right leg.
Her attacker was her husband.
Maria, a middle-class, educated chemist living in the New York suburbs, found herself someone she’d never thought she’d be: a victim of domestic violence.
Labeled “Mae Snyder.”
This could be two women just standing close for the camera, but take a look at the backward tilt of the one woman’s hand, reaching back affectionately to touch the other woman. Intimate. I don’t know which one is Mae.
This photo is from John Lampert’s collection of gay and lesbian vintage photos.