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Though I usually stay away from anything made in the 70's (i.e shag carpeting and polyester clothing) I can't help but envy those that grew up with Free To Be… You and Me, the 1972 album and accompanying book created by Marlo Thomas. The album was marketed towards kids at a time when single working women were just beginning to show up on national television. It used catchy tunes to teach a revolutionary feminist message of gender equality, when social ... Read More
  For some, Mick Jagger is the epitome of raw male sensuality. When I was little, my dad told me a story that perfectly captures America’s fetishization of the legendary rock star: in the 1970s, a friend of a friend made it her goal in life to have sex with Mick, but when she finally did, she was disappointed that he was not the pinnacle of sexual prowess. “He was good, but he wasn’t ‘Mick Jagger good,’” she explained. She ... Read More
You’ve been hearing plenty about Hurricane Isaac this summer, but did you ever wonder why Isaac is called Isaac, and not Isa or Ingrid?   Until 1979, hurricanes were always named after women. The system started during WWII, when U.S. Air Force and Navy meteorologists needed a way to identify hurricanes while analyzing weather maps. Many of those meteorologists – male, of course - began naming the hurricanes after their wives and girlfriends in ... Read More
The people over at Retronaut unearthed these photos from a 1979 Victoria’s Secret catalogue. Despite the loveliness of these ladies, is it just me or is there something about this spread that's reminiscent of 30 Rock’s “1-900-OK-FACE” sex hotline clip starring Tina Fey as “Bijou?" Either way, it’s definitely worth a look to see how the company’s marketing and products have shifted over time… You need to a flashplayer ... Read More