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FEBRUARY 21, 2012 6:10PM

Her

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Posing For The Life Class

From Pen Sketch by Ella Modrakowska,  Philadephia, Pa. 

 Ella's work was purchased and used as print demonstrations by the Inland Printer company in and around 1902. She is listed in the Artist's Bluebook, Ask Art but there is no information other than birth and death and last location of New York. She is associated as the author of a  Hungarian book printed in Munich in the 1920's on Kitty Starling, London Darling, which appears to be a book containing print poster examples of this dancer by numerous artists.

 

 Her

Her body tones

and fired in servant phase

she is standing

on her

own grave

her  life

no more meaningful

her sin

her wage

the poor woman

whose life was

limited

a domestic

breaking free

silken skin

and red knees

scrubbing her

life

no man's wife

her arms strong

her life

gone wrong

born wrong

born a woman

born wrong

born without power

without voice

a poor woman

a man's

were she rich

it would be the same

her cage then

perhaps silk lined

she stood naked

either way

with no voice

with no say

who will take us back, then who

she covers her eyes

with her hand on her hip

her voice now silenced, her rage yet keen

will we tumble back down into

the ravine

or will we stand

and conquer again

her strength rebuilt, her courage redoubt

a fortress she has built

we will defend

we will cleanse fear and

we will fight!

 

 It makes no sense what is happening politically today, in our nation. Misogynists will not rule this land. We need our anger, we need our fire to stand firm on issues of women's reproductive rights, otherwise, we have no life. Controlling our reproduction has allowed us to participate more equally in the work force, to lose that, we are looking at just the beginning of our losses. Who does this serve? What is the purpose? This is a free nation, we strive for equality on all levels. We women are not chattel of any man or any CHURCH.

 

Copyright 2012 by SheilaTGTG55 

I have written about my antique desk and the picture treasure trove within before, including this print of an ink drawing. You can read all about the discovery here:

 http://open.salon.com/blog/sheilatgtg55/2011/02/10/antique_desk_yields_historic_inland_printer_pictures_more 

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It is our right to question and our right to fight. I throw off all religious pretext to control women in any state, any country, in any religion. Fire up ladies, this is your fight too. Fire up men who love them, it is your fight to. If you value your daughters and value your sons, you will not let this nightmare attack on women continue. It must be stopped and each of us must be committed to it.

"Most forms of feminism characterize patriarchy as an unjust social system that is oppressive to women. As feminist and political theorist Carole Pateman writes, "The patriarchal construction of the difference between masculinity and femininity is the political difference between freedom and subjection."[23] In feminist theory the concept of patriarchy often includes all the social mechanisms that reproduce and exert male dominance over women. Feminist theory typically characterizes patriarchy as a social construction, which can be overcome by revealing and critically analyzing its manifestations.[24]" Screw Patriarchy.
Strangely, with this post, I'm getting an ad with Bill Clinton holding his arms outward and then the side ads are 'Find beautiful women in Russia'

I don't want to hug Bill or find beautiful women in Russia, got beautiful women right here in the States!! HISSSSS!!

Rated!
Tinkle: Just what I needed, some comic relief. I am, as they say, hopping mad right about now. How you doin?
isn't "talent" an unpredicable and wonderous thing?

the writer who taught me about patriarchy is Marion Woodman. It continues to amaze me she is not better known. Unlike so many others, she is able to discuss it from a standpoint that is not in the least "politicised" and in that way demeans neither sex nor gets caught in the ideological battles that limit understanding and only exacerbate the situation. i take issue with extremists on both sides.
Ben: I only find fault with issues of control that belong to the individual not to someone who presumes to be over them, know more than them, regulate and contain them. I find that we can all be equal in many ways and bend as we like to find our common strengths and then our common goals realized.
"born a woman...born wrong..." unfortunately there are so many that believe this is sanctioned and approved by God.
Agreed on all fronts. Lovely photo too.
CC: Yes, there is such a historical context to that statement then and now, in so many cultures and so many religions even. There is so much we need to do to make the world, this country, better for women.

Rita: Thank you for visiting. I was thinking about these prints again today and just let my mind run off with what is happening politically.
Lovely and poetic and political, were never 3 words I would have imagined bundled in one sentence before! You have done a wonderful job here, of illuminating the insanity of even having to consider reconstructing feminism in this time and place in history. What kind of set back are we looking at here? Shaking heads everywhere; disbelief all around us...exactly which part of history is repeating itself now? Can it be?
too tired to comment coherently, but rated and appreciated
Yes, I meant to comment on the drawing. It's arresting in the gesture and posture.
I keep waiting for a witchhunt to hunt down all women that do not conform to the law. Anyone reminded of Atwoods Handmaiden Tale??
HUGGGGGGGGGGGGG
Cathy: Thank you. I had a pretty high peak of frustration today that is looking for ways to outlet. This was my voice.

Julie: Thank you for visiting and believe me, I do understand.
CC: I wish I could find more about the artist.
Linda: I scream when I think of how the witch hunts are not that long ago.
Linda: Atwoods Handmaiden Tale.... got to read that, just checked it out.
Very apt poem for the times, Sheila. I like your selection and the following comments on it. Yes, it wouldn't make a difference whether "she" was born a slave or into wealth. That's how women are treated now, but they will fight and regain their rights to what belongs to them.
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Lovely , strong piece...I abhor the enslavement of women in any form, anywhere, for any reason. I am against the platitudes of Santorum, his backward thinking and the ideas of his constituents.
This is a clarion call. It should at the least be a Cover.
Rated.
Fusun: I was inspired. I am starting to feel someone has to yell from the roof tops. Thank you for stopping by.

Gary: Me too. I am worried about all the young women. My time is past, but they will not have the freedom that I even had or thought I had in the late seventies, if this keeps up. Thanks for reading.

Jon: Poems just don't make it to the cover, but as long as you think it belongs there, that says a whole lot to me. Thank you for reading and commenting.
Those Right-Wing religious nuts are going ape-sh*t; I mean, they are really insane. Yet, even after they "go away," and I hope they and their crazy supporters will go away, the feminists have their work cut out for them. See, among the civilized nations, we come way down on the list when it comes to how we treat women in general; we still have some anti-woman medieval garbage to get over. Beautiful post, Sheila. R
Sheila, very moving. Women know these truths instinctively. We men have to wade through a myriad of obstructions, smoke screens and cultural nonsense that passes with its legacey of wholesale acceptance in all of its iglorious past.
Love your line, '... will cleanse fear ...' This is spine tingling. It makes me think of how my mom, legions of other women, are told, It' not your place ... New infrastructure is truly needed here -- let it start in the heads, hearts of tired, worn, useless minds, fixed on their cob web- held thought. And lack therein.
I will join any effort to help free this process to its light of day.
Sheila, very moving. Women know these truths instinctively. We men have to wade through a myriad of obstructions, smoke screens and cultural nonsense that passes with its legacey of wholesale acceptance in all of its iglorious past.
Love your line, '... will cleanse fear ...' This is spine tingling. It makes me think of how my mom, legions of other women, are told, It' not your place ... New infrastructure is truly needed here -- let it start in the heads, hearts of tired, worn, useless minds, fixed on their cob web- held thought. And lack therein.
I will join any effort to help free this process to its light of day.
Thoth: I could not agree more. Instead of being the leader that some would have us think we are, we are way behind in the pack. Thanks for reading. It will be task like no other to undo the damage that has been occurring, the mindset must be changed, even if there is a cease fire.

inthisdeepcalm: Thanks for reading. We have to get moving on pushing back.
Thoth: I could not agree more. Instead of being the leader that some would have us think we are, we are way behind in the pack. Thanks for reading. It will be task like no other to undo the damage that has been occurring, the mindset must be changed, even if there is a cease fire.

inthisdeepcalm: Thanks for reading. We have to get moving on pushing back.
Gorgeous sketch. I think Santorum is living in his own private women-in-chains Idaho. Keep them barefoot, pregnant with no prenatal care. Let women die. He will not survive the general election. After all, half the population is female and he is a madman.
OMG great. it almost seems like an old Photograph as well. Funny how that is. Thanks for sharing and more.
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Erica: I wish, I hope. Many said the same about Hitler and somehow he made his way to power.
Algis: She almost reminds me of a stone sculpture or something found in a cemetery....Almost like she mourns for the death of women's freedom, their rights...thanks for the visit!
Most patriarchal societies fail when females refuse to become possessions of men, some of whom treat them like they're enslaved to peform "wifely duties" whilst matriarchal societies produce generations of supportive families where equality is a priority.
Belinda: Yes, it seems that is true. So why do men fight equality so much? It must be some kind of vicious primal need for conflict and conquering.
Human nature I suppose. We're all capable of passive-aggressive behaviors. Sadly, it's when some exhibit regressive tendencies no progress is had. It's 2012 and some of us still cling to ideals of dictatorships.
Anger and fire are underrated nowadays. Keep it up.
fernsy: I agree. I do wonder how they would be acting if we decided to do what the right has been doing all along, start to intimidate them with screaming, violence and murder and oh, say we do it in the name of G-d. I just crossed my mind that if we did do something like that, it might be all out war and perhaps that would settle this bs once and for all. Not being particularly violent, this is a pretty big imagining, but there seems to be something just a bit different about how we react over their reactions and how far that takes us in our interests and causes. They have all the money, and they do all the screaming and threatening. We keep acting like we are better and behave better, and we keep getting our rights taken away...did you ever notice how passive the American people are? We are not getting nearly the kind of attention and service across the board as we did in the past and that is again, big money, big corporations using us as money fodder, we are not old fashioned consumers, we are forced consumers, always put between the rock and the hard place.....ugh, I am soooo utterly p o'ed