- ad from 1922
The first commercially produced sanitary towel and belt was patented by Southalls of Birmingham, UK in 1880, followed by Lister’s Towels, sold by the American Johnson & Johnson Company from 1896. The latter, constructed from cotton wool and gauze, were the first disposable towels, but because the product was not considered respectable enough to be advertised, it failed to find a market. The modern sanitary napkin can be traced to products devised during the Great War by military nurses, who found the highly absorbent and light Gamgee material used in surgical dressings to be ideal for sanitary protection. The Kimberley-Clark Corporation entered the market in 1921 with its disposable sanitary napkin, Kotex, which was made from wood fibres. Once the social strictures against publicly advertising and exhibiting the product began to disintigrate in 1924 (with the first advertisement for Kotex in the Ladies’ Home Journal), it soon dominated the market. Mail order catalogues…were ideally situated for distribution, while “Lady Agents” sold menstrual products “from their homes or door-to-door.”
— Prescribed Norms: Women and Health in Canada and the United States Since 1800 by Cheryl Lynn Krasnick Warsh
it always disappointed me that Monster Girls are an anime porn thing rather than something used to explore the way society and the media dehumanises women, but oh well
shout out to all my fellow monsters
Sampler ( 1773) worked by Mary Batchelder. Silk embroidery on linen embroidered in satin, cross, half-cross, eyelet, rococo, chain, and roumanian stitches.
cgG49U4LlxNmyw at Google Cultural Institute via Wikimedia
Elizabeth Parker’s cross-stitched account circa 1830 of her emotional trauma and suicide attempt after her employer pushed her down the stairs when she resisted his sexual advance. Elizabeth begins, “As I cannot write I put this down simply and freely as I might speak to a person whose intimacy and tenderness I can fully intrust myself…”
In some ways things have changed so much for women, but in others, not that much. The specter of assault by employers, violence from men when their attentions are rebuffed, the feelings of guilt and pain after the assault, the concealment of the event and her feelings.
my most favourite awe awe radical cross stitch of all time.
PHOTO: Major A. T. Casdagli RAOC, ‘God Save the King, F*** Hitler’ ,1941 ©Captain A. T. Casdagli After six months held by the Nazis in a prisoner of war camp, Major Alexis Casdagli was handed a piece of canvas by a fellow inmate. Pinching red and blue thread from a disintegrating pullover belonging to an elderly Cretan general, Casdagli passed the long hours in captivity by painstakingly creating a sampler in cross-stitch. Around decorative swastikas and a banal inscription saying he completed his work in December 1941, the British officer stitched a border of irregular dots and dashes. Over the next four years his work was displayed at the four camps in Germany where he was imprisoned, and his Nazi captors never once deciphered the messages threaded in Morse code: “God Save the King” and “Fuck Hitler”. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/sep/03/tony-casdagli-father-stitching-nazis?INTCMP=SRCH )
BAMF, with cross stitch no less. Now who would come up to this guy and say that because he said it with cross stitch it wasn’t a manly thing to do?
Embroidered Tulle Evening Gown, ca. 1912
Anatomical Embroidery by Candace Couse