"These female monsters can be considered very early versions of the “femme fatale,” a trope that emerged in the late 19th century as the role of women in public life began to expand. As Karoglou writes in an essay accompanying the exhibition, “Female hybrids represent a conflicting view of femininity, one that is seemingly alluring but with a threatening or sinister underside.” Medusa was always the most popular hybrid, and remains the most identifiable even today."
“It often starts in a very insidious way,” said Patricia Pape, a psychologist in private practice in New York. “He says, ‘Don’t put Sweet-and-Low in your coffee, it’s poisonous.’ “Then, ‘When you wear that nail polish, it makes you look like a fallen woman,’ and ‘That skirt is too short, it’s too revealing.’ Or, ‘I don’t think you should see her, she’s not good for you.’..One of her patients had a husband who, when the couple was out at a public event, would insist she not look around at the crowd, as he felt it could be seen as flirtatious. “It came to point that when she walked around, she would look down,” Dr. Pape said. “It changed how she walked.”
In addition to all of the ridiculously gorgeous Blackness at the #royalwedding, I am also struck by how this is an example of a wealthy, privileged, powerful wh...ite man using his position and platform to connect with and lift up the leaders, voices, culture and traditions of communities of color. Similarly situated people in this country would do well to take note.
and of course:
4. “The suspect’s ex-girlfriend was among the people shot in that classroom”