Mourning bracelet, 1840-60, McCord Museum
Jewellery made from hair was very popular in the mid-19th century.
Symbols of life, hair has long been associated in many societies with funeral rituals. This piece of mourning jewellery, worn during this period in memory of the deceased, was a reminder of the inevitability of death. However its price, sometimes high, also made it a symbol of social status.
When the hair was that of a friend or living relative, the piece of jewelry was worn as a token of esteem. This one, however, was no doubt made from the hair of a deceased person and worn in his or her memory. Such jewelry was not acceptable during the period of deep mourning, when only jet accessories were permitted.
Hair is a material that can be braided, woven, sown, knotted and coiled to produce all kinds of shapes and patterns. Horsehair was also used for this type of jewelry.
6:11 pm • 15 May 2013 • 408 notes
[TW: Rape/Rape Culture]
if you’ve ever wondered “dang why are all those feminists so angry all the time”
read this comic
[image description: comic depicting woman and unseen male talking. Woman says: “I just really hate when men treat women like objects for their amusement.” Male responds: “You just hate men! All you talk about is how awful men are.” Woman says: “No, I’m just interested in feminism and saddened by rape culture and misogyny.” Male responds: “I swear, it’s like you think men never get sexually harassed.” Woman says: “Of course they do. But realistically, women and LGBTQ people are at much greater risk. I mean, 1 in 4 women have been raped!” Male responds: “Well, every situation is different. You can’t hate men because of that.” Woman says, “You’re right. That would be unfair. Kind of like how it’s unfair that I get catcalled on the street even when I’m wearing jeans and a hoodie. Or that if I’m ever assaulted, the guilty party will almost certainly walk free.” Male responds: “Not always!” Woman says, “It’s not fair that I have to be terrified when I go jogging after 6PM or why I’m on the bus or going to get milk.” Male responds: “Then don’t go out alone at night. That’s common sense!” Woman says: “That’s rape culture. When you tell me it’s my responsibility not to get hurt, you take away the responsibility of a human being not to rape.” Male responds: “Why are we even talking about this? I’m not a rapist.” Woman says: “Because it gets really fucking exhausting trying to believe in a future where I’m not treated like a crazy person for believing in equality. Because feminists are still considered ‘hysteric,’ ‘lesbians’ and ‘in need of a good lay.’ Because girls have next to no decent role models in pop culture and are raised to hate their own bodies. Because people like you tear me down in constant, ignorant ways by not even dignifying my opinions with the mildest consideration. Because you treat my interest in women’s rights like a phase. And you know what? I have had it with people who trivialize how fucking scary it is to be a girl by telling us that fighting for our rights is unattractive. I think it is hot as hell. So fuck anyone who thinks they have the right to tell me not to care. Fuck them. I do care. I will always care. I am done trying to please bullies.” End description]
4:44 pm • 15 May 2013 • 96,890 notes
Foodingly Slanted: Documentary: "The Moo Man"
The Telegraph reports on “The Moo Man”, a new documentary making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, which looks at the life and experiences of a British farm family turning their back on Big Dairy and converting their farm to raw milk production:
7:38 pm • 14 May 2013 • 4 notes