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Decoration Day and Dinner on the Ground

Nourishing Death

Amidst the department store sales and barbecues that are now a hallmark of Memorial Day in the US, a fascinating origin story of this day for honoring the dead and the tradition of dining with them is has been forgotten by most.

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In the years following the American Civil War the act of decorating graves with flowers began on different days and different places around the South. The first formal act of memorialization of the dead took place in Charleston, South Carolina on May 1, 1865.

When the Union soldiers finally moved into Charleston, the remaining Confederates evacuated the city, leaving the newly freed behind. These former slaves and soldiers began organizing themselves among the ruins left them.

During the war, Confederate soldiers had converted the Washington Race Track into a jail for Union soldiers. Here, approximately 260 Union soldiers died from disease and exposure and were buried in a…

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WHITE MEN BEHAVING SADLY by Jack Halberstam

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White Men Behaving Sadly

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At the end of a year in which men behaved badly, madly, and even gladly, how appropriate that an Oscar contending film appears in which men behave, yup, sadly. Indeed all the ladly behaviors that make up the repertoire of white masculinity have culminated in this – a film where we finally understand why the white man is sad, why everyone else is bad and why despite being sad because everyone else is bad, he learns to be a dad.

Manchester by The Sea (directed by Kenneth Lonergan) is a self-indulgent but pretty picture in which Affleck the Younger, Casey that is, mopes around for a full hour onscreen before we understand that something terrible has happened to him. His brother dies but that barely merits a tear from our sad sack chap. So could it be that he has a really bad…

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On Death, Patriarchy & the Anti-Choice Movement

Death & the Maiden

Death-phobia pervades many a political and social movement, but few have perfected the manipulation of it quite as adeptly as the “pro-life movement.” Their rhetoric invokes death at almost every turn. Aside from the most blatant messaging which explicitly likens abortion to murder, they also invoke death-phobia in the way they legislate abortion. Caroline Reilly is here to tell us more.

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Why “Dressing for Your Body Type” is a Myth

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Everybody from the magazines to our mothers are constantly telling us to “dress to flatter our figures” in one way or another. Whether you’re skinny, fat, tall, short, or somewhere in the middle, there are rules to what you can and can’t wear. And it’s all a huge myth.

The idea of “dressing to one’s figure” is always a little confusing to begin with because, as the saying goes, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Beauty means a different thing to every person, and even though there may be a few across-the-board standards that most women almost always try to comply with, we tend to see women just simply trying to change their body with clothing. If you’re skinny, you’re told dress to look curvier, but if you’re curvy, you’re told to dress to slim down. Everyone is basically trying to attain something different than what they have…

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Costume Couture: Commercial Pattern Radness!

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Are you into creating your own wearable works on art? Do you not always have either the time, supplies or know-how to pattern or drape a garment from scratch? Luckily, whether you’re a seasoned stitcher or a beginning sewist, there are a plethora of commercial patterns at your disposal for your costuming needs.

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Some pattern companies are readily hopping onto the cosplay train, creating patterns that are inspired by current superhero, fantasy and sci-fi themes, while others have always catered to the historical recreationists, providing patterns based off of extant garments and other research. Today, I’m going to give an overview of some of the pattern manufacturers whom you might want to check-out when you’re next in the market to sew-up a new frock, suit or other outfit.

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24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear

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This morning, as I was perusing my Facebook timeline, I happened upon an article that a lovely friend shared. It was entitled “24 Things Women Should Stop Wearing After Age 30”, and it triggered Maximum Eye-Rolling from everyone who took the time out to read it.

Written by Kallie Provencher for RantChic.com, this “article” (I use the term loosely) highlighted things such as “leopard print”, “graphic tees”, and “short dresses” (because “By this age, women should know it’s always better to leave something to the imagination”). Kallie, it seems, has a number of opinions on what women over 30 should and shouldn’t be doing, having also penned “30 Things Women Over 30 Shouldn’t Own” and “20 Pictures Women Over 30 Need To Stop Posting Online”. (What is this magical post-30 land where women are suddenly not allowed to do or own so many things?!)

Motivated by Kallie’s “article”, I decided to…

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