Moar coloring book

great women paper dolls coloring bookJust in case you have wee ones at home who like to color, here are the famous women. A pity this coloring book is out of print.  Technically, this is classified as “adult coloring”. Gel ink pens are recommended, whatever those are. The women (below the fold) are:

Amelia Earhart
Anna Pavlova
Beatrix Potter
Bessie Smith
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Florence Nightingale
Golda Meir
Joan of Arc
Lady Murasaki
Madame Curie
Madame de Pompadour
Queen Boudicca
Queen Victoria
Sarah Bernhardt
Susan B. Anthony
Vittoria Colonna

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Pervert crisis in Iceland

The Prime Minister of Iceland, Bjarni Benediktsson, has just resigned over a pedo coverup crisis.  It seems that in Iceland, people can get rehabilitated from crimes, even sex crimes against children, if they have enough clout. Well, what is new in this world.

In this case it was Bjarni’s father, who signed the letter for a “friend”.

Under Iceland’s judicial system, a person who has served a sentence for a serious crime can apply to authorities to “restore their honor” and seek employment again, meaning their criminal record is erased. For that, a letter of recommendation by a close friend or an associate is needed.

Benediktsson’s father had written a letter urging a pardon for Hjalti Sigurjon Hauksson, who was convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost every day for 12 years.

The LA Times doesn’t mention her age,  but BBC news does not shrink from the task:

…convicted in 2004 of raping his stepdaughter almost every day for 12 years from when she was five.

Bjarni twitter1Bjarni’s Twitter account identifies him as a “HeForShe Champion”.  Some champion.

And his Wikipedia article provides the final ironic bit of trivia. Bjarni’s user name on Ashley Madison, a website for extramarital affairs, was “IceHot1”.  No word on his wife’s user name.

Nikon sausagefest

In this era of the manel, you would think Nikon would bother to do what any competent company would do and avoid these sorts of fiascos.  But no.

Nikon selected 32 photographers to promote a new camera. How many were women?  Zero.

People, this is not rocket science.

The numbers: 10.6 percent of Nikon employees, and 4.7 percent of their managers are women. So what are the chances of zero women being selected, as a purely random occurrence? Zero.

For comparison, when Canon had a photo contest, they found 39 judges, “jurors offering a good representation of professional visual journalism”: 23 men and 16 women.

Nikon’s president Kazuo Ushida likes to say this sort of thing:

This prompted a thread about pink cameras that were pointlessly smaller and 20% more expensive. “Don’t they know we can’t operate anything that isn’t pink?” snarked one.

(To expand the Twitter thread, click on the image)

I_Wait,_by_Julia_Margaret_CameronOther Twitter threads were hateful.

One prompted discussion of historical women photographers, like Julia Margaret Cameron.

For something more refreshing, browse Women Photograph a database of 650 women in 87 countries, with pix.

Vintage Tillie

Oh, how the crowd-sourced coloring books have changed. Today we have Uncommon Women of the Commons. But in the 30s and 40s and even later, there were paper dolls that you could cut out and paste onto cardboard.  If you ran out of outfits, you could always make your own.

Tillie the Toiler was a comic strip character who got her own fashion paper doll every week in the Sunday comics. She was originally a flapper, but worked in an office, and did a little modeling on the side. She had a sidekick, a short homely man with a bulbous nose, who was devoted to her, and who she mostly ignored.  People loved to draw clothes for her, and would write in to the local papers with their designs.

Ah, a simpler time, when aspirations for women were unnecessary, a time with few choices, other than what to pull out of the closet.

All Taylor Swift LOTF remake

Swift argues with herself in “Look what you made me do” music video

Warner Bros. Announces All-Taylor Swift Remake of ‘Lord of the Flies’

Okay it’s only a headline (so far) but I would totally see this.

Unfortunately, this one is real: “Lord of the Flies, But With Women, Written by Men”

Alt-right loses Pepe lawsuit

Eric Hauser, who published a book “The Adventures of Pepe and Pede”, has now found himself without a job, after Pepe’s creator, Matt Furie, sued him for copyright violation.

But it wasn’t just about copyright:

“From our client’s perspective, the message that he wants to make clear is that Pepe the Frog does not belong to the alt-right,” said Tompros, who took the case with his partner pro bono.

The unsung hero in this story is Nina Khalova, a Ukrainian illustrator of children’s books who was “shocked” when she found out the meaning of the symbols, and provided information to the court.

The books is about two characters named Pepe and Pede, for centipede – an internet meme for Trump supporters – who set out to drain a swamp that is ruled by a bearded alligator named Alkah, and his minions, who were drawn based on illustrations of women wearing Islamic attire. The story ends happily when the minions are washed, and find out they have pink skin.

“It was very important for the little mud monsters to have eyes resembling the picture I sent to my illustrator,” Hauser told Motherboard. “Not because of the resemblance to the burka, but because of the eyes. I wanted pink to be showing through, and without those specific eye holes, it wouldn’t have looked right. The pink represents the human in all of us.”

The Motherboard article sets out the 4chan memes with lots of illustrations, and also documents the connection between author Hauser, Milo Yiannopoulos, and Post Hill Press, an independent publisher distributed by Simon & Schuster, who Yiannopoulos is suing for canceling his own book deal.