It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been here, I know — it’s a combination of heavy workload/visiting family and the preparation for such, but it almost completely wiped out any time/brainspace I’d have for Tumblr’ing. So… sorry, I guess? I’ll try and do better from now on.
Although whether or not including Betty Boo’s debut solo single from 1990 — and, oh, does it sound like 1990 — counts as “doing better” is open to question, of course.
No it’s not open to question. Betty Boo is eternal.
We saw Ms Boo a few years back at Manchester Pride. She was preceded by Belinda Carlisle (who hilariously managed to carry on singing ‘live’ when her mouth wasn’t open and was miles away from the mic) and absolutely blew us away. Yeah it’s cheesy pop on one level, but hot damn it’s great and she’s an incredible live performer.
I had kind of a nerd-out this morning. But I felt like everyone needed to know about this.
French Revolutionary history and the periods right before and right after my pet subject. The history of fashion and the way it changed the place of women in society is fascinating. In fact the role of women in the mid/late 1700s in France is worth looking at on it’s own. Women became the centres of intellectual discourse, they became the patrons of philosophers and artists in their own right in a way they had never been before. They led fashion and style (especially Marie-Antoinette) and held huge (unofficial) political influence. Although they didn’t have freedom in the way we expect now they were much, much freer than they had been previously, and the French women were a lot more emancipated in many ways than anywhere else in Europe. There was, in a very real sense, a societal revolution going on at the time.
Then the actual Revolution happened and things got even better? Nope, not at all. In fact the Revolution, if anything, made things much, much worse in the long run. Despite the impetus for a lot of the early Revolutionary movements being women (the March On Versailles, for example, was pretty much entirely led by women) they were screwed over and put back down to the lowest rung of society as the Revolution moved on and things have only really recently got back on track. The whole thing about women in Paris technically not being allowed to wear trousers until something like the 1970s? Yeah, that was the French Revolution for you. Trivial, but it sets the tone.
One of the things I hate is that if you aren’t bipolar, OCD, autistic, ect, it’s considered perfectly acceptable to be all “ha ha I look autistic” “feeling a little bipolar today”, but if you actually do have a mental disorder, then god forbid you talk about it, you attention-seeking over-dramatizing romanticizing monster.