Saturday, November 8, 2014

I’ve had these done for a few days now but haven’t been able to upload them.  My computer had crashed and it was in the shop for repairs.

Both of these dresses are based on real dresses in the Wisconsin Historical Society.  They’re both circa 1865 dresses.

The blue one has a pleated bodice and sleeves.

The floral one has a gathered bodice with pleated sleeves and skirt.

The dolls were chosen for me as a lady I know collects AG dolls and her daughter just got Isabelle.  She wanted Isabelle and Molly to dress up.
Floral dress:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210316071/ooak-circa-1865-floral-print-doll-dress
Blue dress:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/210304766/ooak-circa-1865-blue-doll-dress-based-on

Until next time:  time flies...or does it?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

As tomorrow is Hallowe'en please remember to bring your pets indoors!  Especially if you have a black cat.

Friday, October 24, 2014

On Wednesday I found out a friend of mine had been hit by a car and was hospitalized.  A mutual friend was preparing cards and other gifts to send to her.

It took me about six hours to make this dress from start to finish.  I had taken a TLC Samantha doll, re-wigged her, cleaned her up, and made the dress, apron, and pantaloons.

She's into 19th century nursing and Joseph Merrick A.K.A. The Elephant Man.  So I made a nurse who might have visited Joseph.

I know the Gibson Girl style was not in style in the 19th century but it's the closest I could find that would be appropriate on such short notice.

Until next time:  only nine weeks until Christmas.  Be prepared.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Star Trek dolls!

I finished these Star Trek dolls the other day and put them up on my Etsy page.  The Nurse Chapel one is no longer available but I have one of each of the rest for sale for $22 plus shipping.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/205442104/original-series-star-trek-doll-clothes

Until next time:  to a certain someone I suspect is reading this.  Miss me yet??

Yes, I realize that was totally childish but I don't care.  I'll be better next time.

Monday, September 8, 2014

NEVER be afraid to stand up for yourself! Even if it means being labeled "crazy"!

I FINALLY told Creepy Guy off!  A lot of folks know of Creepy Guy.  He looks like a hippie reject and is aggressive as hell.  He's made multiple sexual remarks to me.  I've lied and said I had a boyfriend but that didn't stop him.  He's tried prying into my personal business and getting into my business in general.

Telling him off does squat about my lack of employment or getting out of here, but it DOES tell him I will NO longer tolerate his bullying.  I only hope the other women he harasses now stand up for themselves and tell him to piss off.

Today was a day I let loose the bitchy side of me.  I had enough of being politely angry and telling him "no" in terse ways.

Today at the post office I was preparing to send an order international so I've got to fill out the forms.  He saw me and said "Found you!"  I ignored him and continued to write.  He stopped next to me, leaned in close, and asked, "What are you doing?  Paying a bill?"

That's when I lost it.  I slammed both my hands down on the counter and screamed "God dammit!  You need to leave me alone!  Stop making sexual remarks!  Stop prying into my business!  Mind your own business and leave me alone!"

He was surprised by this and said "Jesus Christ!  You're nuts!"  He then went along telling everyone else that I'm insane, need to be put on pills, stated I must be on my period, I'm not but that's another story, and went on and on about how crazy I am.

Of course he denied ever saying the things he did to me.  Absolutely ZERO surprise there.
Finally he said he'd never talk to me again but went around telling everyone else how "crazy" I am.

I told him flat out and repeated what I said that he needs to stop making sexual remarks to me and mind his own business.  I also said he should be grateful my dad is no longer alive.  I did NOT say it but Dad was NOT afraid to get into someone's face, Dad knew how to kick ass and take names both verbally AND physically, and Dad was NOT afraid of jail and/or being tried by twelve.

I've told other people and they all said he's like that to all women.  Maybe more women need to stand up for themselves and tell Creepy Guy to piss off!  A child can damn well understand "no means no" and to mind your own business.  What's HIS excuse?  And don't give me this bullshit excuse about "age."

WHY is it when a woman stands up for herself she's crazy, on her period, insane?  IF I were a man people would be singing my praises for standing up for myself or someone else.

Needless to say I'm very well looking into self defense items.  I don't trust Creepy Guy anymore than I can pick up the house I'm in and throw it.

The police say they can track him down and tell him to leave me alone.  If he harasses me again then they can really start to do things about it.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I made two new doll dresses based on American Girl/BeForever’s Addy.  Her story is set in 1864.

I didn’t have any elastic so I made cuffs instead.  I haven’t seen any girl’s dresses from that era with elastic, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t exist.
For the shamrock dress I added multiple pintucks in the bodice and growth tucks on the skirt.

Both dresses have vintage trim and glass buttons.
They close up the back with Velcro.

They are available for purchase here.


Until next time:  what's everyone's view on the Ripper case allegedly being solved?  It proves at one point he was with her, be it before, during, or after death.  However, it doesn't prove he is the one who killed the women.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Was checking out the American Girl FB page and was greeted with a ton of so called "adults"--that's not a typo--and parents screaming bloody murder over hair clips, ribbons, whatever not being included in the doll and book.

My first thought was "Go to the damned store and BUY a piece of hair ribbon!  Problem solved!"

Second thought was "Were the kids I used to babysit preparing me for THEM or are THEY preparing me for someone in the future?  WHO is the adult here?  I forget."

Did I miss something?  Is it too much to ask for adults to behave like adults?  At the same time these people are the same ones who turn around and scream that such and such item is "cheap."

There's no pleasing some people.

However, I don't think it's too much to ask people to act their age and not their shoe size.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

THIS is what happens when artists get new shoes...and get bored


I don't remember WHEN this happened but I remember as a kid someone talking about these really nice fancy shoes they had. They really WERE fancy and very decorated. Because I was always running around I had very basic and hard wearing shoes. I remember wishing that I could wear fancy shoes like that.

I suppose we all do when we're small children.

As I'm unable to take the pic from the view of the admirer I used forced perspective to make it appear as if I were the person watching myself button up my own shoes. T

he dress I have draped over me as well as the shoe button hook are authentic to the era.

The shoes are reproductions from American Duchess.

The socks and tablecloth I bought from various places.

 
The placing of this photograph was very intentional. When preparing for another photograph I noticed the way the crack in the bricks went and had an idea.
 
In letters I've read people have written it felt like the world was splitting in two.  The war really shook up the social hierarchy among other things.
 
So to my left is the purse and my Mom's high school class ring. I know it's not period correct but I don't care.
 
On the right is the photograph of the soldier. I used the crack and the placement to show a "split down the middle" visual and emotional feeling.
 
Also by the crack turning to one side and continuing it shows that things can never be the same as they once were. No one could go back despite how many tried.
 
The photograph of the soldier is authentic. The shoes are from American Duchess. I'm still working on the dress I'm wearing It needs the overlay done and I just slipped the skirt over my head.
 
 Until next time:  the green dress I'm working on has taken on an Australian feeling so the pictures will sort of be themed like that.  Nana will like them as that's where she's from.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Progress!

I made some progress on my Eowyn green Edoras dress.  It's quite a heavy dress and I'm planning on wearing it to the Ren. Faire unless it's too hot out.

I apologize for the "meh" quality of this picture.  There's a fire outside of town and we're getting hit with the smoke and haze.

All that's left to do is the underskirt, "belt", and zipper closure.

Until next time:  The Picard has much wisdom.  This quote brought me a great deal of comfort when I saw it and thought about the events of Dad's passing.  I did nothing wrong after his death but I still lost.  Life isn't always fair and that's the way it is.  It's not right, but it's the way it is.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today I was working on a photography idea I had last night.  I was able to slip my left arm into a real dress from circa 1910.  The ring I’m wearing is a fake engagement ring I got from a Diamond Rings candle.  I’m not engaged or even spoken for.  It was the weirdest feeling wearing a ring on my left hand ring finger.

For the wartime like photographs I donate the profits I make on any prints to the Wounded Warriors Project.

I haven’t uploaded them to my Etsy shop yet but will do so this weekend.  The watermark will not appear on any prints bought.  I put it on there to keep people from stealing my work which has happened in the past.
 
Always get a kitten to photo bomb your work!

Until next time:  I was told macaroni and cheese used to be canned!  Is that true?

Sunday, July 20, 2014


These both appeared on my FaceBook wall.

Until next time:  this, my friends, is why proof reading is everything!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How to make a "haunted mirror."

This is actually a fairly simple tutorial I read about online.

You will need:

1 mirror with a frame
1 picture that you wish to use
Oven cleaner OR nail polish remover.  Personally I prefer nail polish remover.  Less fumes and easier clean up.

Optional:

Box cutter with extra blades
Comet cleaner or something similar that's abrasive
Steel wool

I started out by buying a cheap mirror online that the customer liked.
 
She went for the sort of period shabby-chic look.  You can also paint your mirror frame and decorate it any way you wish.  May old fashioned mirror frames were dark colors with metal accents.  Glitter Glu would work well for the "accents" to give it a sparkly effect.
 

If you can remove the backing and mirror from the frame.  In my case the mirror was glued in so I used paper towels to catch any mess up.

The silver backing was hard for me to remove so I started by taking my box cutter and making hash marks over spots of the silver backing where I wanted the image to be seen.  This process will dull your blade quickly so make sure extra blades.

I put nail polish remover on those areas and let it sit for a few minutes.  To help with the "scratches" I scrubbed at the areas with steel wool.  You really need to push down and scrub to get the backing to come off.

To help with the abrasiveness I used Comet toilet cleaner as it's abrasive and helps get the silver backing off.

Once you have enough of the mirror's silver backing removed wipe the back of the mirror off with a damp cloth and let it dry over night.  Make sure all of the nail polish and abrasive cleaner has been removed.

The next day I took my photograph and centered it to a position I liked.  I cut off the edges of the photograph.  I did not tape the photograph to the mirror.  As the mirror had a backing I taped the photo to the backing so tape residue could not get on the mirror.

Overall it worked out pretty well and I'll be shipping it off to the customer in a few days.

No two mirrors will be alike so play around with what you like and in cases like this cheaper is better.

Until next time:  they say snails smell with their feet.  Snails have feet??

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Crafting and two shout outs

It's been a while since I've last updated.  I've been busy working on doll clothes for The Broken Doll.  https://www.facebook.com/4TheBrokenDoll?fref=ts

The Broken Doll is a charity organization that upcycles dolls and doll clothing.  The dolls plus their new clothes are donated to orphaned children.

If you have any extra dolls or doll clothes lying about please consider donating to them.  I have chatted with the lady who organizes the drive and she is very nice and easy to work with.

The second shout out is for a Go Fund Me page.

In April I found three abandoned kittens and their mother.  Once the kittens were old enough I was able to get their mother spayed, her shots, and turned back loose outside.

I am currently unemployed and do not have the funds necessary to pay for the cost of getting three kittens fixed, two females and one male.

I have been unsuccessful in finding homes for them.

The shelters have turned me away.  I've tried getting vouchers but they refuse because I do not live within the same city lines as the vet's office.

I set up a Go Fund Me page to help pay for the cost of getting the kittens fixed.
http://www.gofundme.com/atdhcs

For those wanting Hallowe'en props I came across this on Pinterest.  It's a great way to get crafty and make your own props if you're on a budget or want something unique.  I really want to do this now!

http://mitziscollectibles.typepad.com/mitzis_collectibles_blog/2010/10/ghost-mirror.html

Until next time:  speaking of Pinterest...  I came across the quote of "I'm on Pinterest because time isn't going to kill itself."

How true!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Some funnies for you all

I'm working on a new CW era petticoat.  I'm a quarter of the way in so it's coming along.  I need to add the trimming and do the pin tucks.

In the meantime I have some humor for you.  I swear this is a true story!

I'm normally not one to participate in the Throwback Thursday thing. I always keep on forgetting about it or don't think of anything to share.

This time, however, there is a story that I was being BEGGED to share. If this person were in front of me I'd swear she was on her knees with her hands clasped together begging me to tell this story.

First some background information, I'm a big LOTR fan and have many of the action figures. My dresser is right beside my bed and is good sized. I also had about four or five LOTR action figures lined up on it as I didn't have anywhere else to put them.

It took me a while to get used to the dresser being beside my bed as I'd hit my head against it or punch it when I was reaching for something that was normally on the table next to my bed.

I had the Eomer action figure closest to my bed.

Somewhere along the lines I had knocked my Eomer action figure over and he landed in my bed. No clue how it happened but it did.

The next morning I got up and went "How did you get there?" I put him back in his usual spot.

I then got up, went into the kitchen and said "Mom, I slept with Eomer last night!"

It was quite a long while before Mom could stop laughing long enough to regain SOME composure.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Why I do photography

Before we get down to business I want to post a trigger warning for sexual assault.

You're looking at the first photograph I ever took to make prints of. Before hand I just took photos to document things. Progress views of a new costume, the cats doing something funny, or just general all around stuff.

I called the print "Sailing Day." One of hope and promise.

The second photo I took was called "The Aftermath" showing death and the sinking of the Titanic.

I started doing this a year ago, shortly after my Dad joined Mom on the other side. Both my parents died from cancer.

In biology class we were told that sexual assault COULD happen to us. Like others I didn't think it WOULD happen to me.

It's been years since my ex-boyfriend assaulted me. I STILL think of it and sometimes it's damn hard to trust people. I've been assaulted twice in my life. The first time I was kicked in the head and am missing four teeth. Two wisdom teeth and two molars. My ex-boyfriend promised to take care of me and that he'd NEVER let anyone hurt me, and more importantly, HE would never hurt me.

When I told not one person believed me. I was accused of trying to ruin his life. My then best friend said I was just saying it because I was angry at him because he wanted to break up with me.

I still have that scar on my arm that he gave me. I have a love/hate relationship with it. It showed me how strong I can be and how I survived. At the same time I hate it because of how I got it.

He took things from me that I can never get back. Ironically, a friend said something rather comforting. She said when picking up the pieces you can choose what to work on and what to throw away.

Though it IS hard for me to trust strangers I AM working on it. I CAN smile again. I CAN go out and about. I CAN joke with people and mingle.

I've had thoughts of getting a tattoo honoring my Irish heritage and yellow daffodils. Yellow daffodils are the flowers for cancer patients.

Due to the past I was hurt, I was angry, and I wanted to lash out. I wanted to tell the world to go to hell.

And yet part of me knew that if I did this then it wasn't going to make me feel better. I would've hurt someone else and I would've felt worse about myself. I don't want to hurt anybody. I don't want to be the source of someone's pain. I want to give healing. I want to give hope to others.

I started the photography. It wouldn't give me answers but maybe it would help me understand the questions. Maybe it would help someone else. Maybe it would give someone joy knowing they had a nice print AND were helping out a charity. Maybe it would do good.

I still have more photography in the near future.

Despite the death of my parents, the assaults, and other things life has thrown at me I can say I've done something that NO ONE can take away.

I SURVIVED.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Blue polka dot 1860's dress

Greetings all!

Today I finished off two of a kind blue polka dot 1860's dresses.
Quite a story behind this one. When I was first starting out on Etsy I had someone purchase a listing. They then decided to do a reverse payment so they had their money back and I was literally left holding the fabric. No reason given or anything. They had suddenly disappeared and left no forwarding address. I was quite upset over being ripped off for $50 and put the fabric away in the cedar chest as I had no idea what to do with it.

It hung around and sat in my cedar chest for years. Each time I saw it I had no idea what to do so back it went. Finally I saw some period photos of women wearing polka dot dresses and I decided to turn a negative into a positive.

I may have been out $50 but I had the fabric and two doll dresses done! One day I hope to sell them so they can go to someone who will enjoy them.

You can buy the dress here.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/189853605/two-of-a-kind-blue-polka-dot-civil-war

Until next time:  the ugly weather really needs to stop.  Anyone who can control the weather would make a fortune.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Titanic tea dress for dolls!

It took forever to finish but I've completed four of a kind Titanic tea dresses for dolls.

The dresses are made from bridal satin and lace.  I used satin ribbon for the sash and a large ribbon rosette.

There are also faux pearl beads on the lace top.  I've done my best to sew them securely but it's not a dress for children who still pull things off and put them in their mouths.

The dress will fit 18 inch soft bodied dolls such as American Girl, Gotz, My Twinn, Springfield, and probably some I'm not remembering right now.


I've also ordered a doll that needs some TLC to become a boy doll.  I ordered a wig so I can exchange one for the other and there we go!  I might sell the original AG doll wig on eBay.

Until next time:  Old timey songs can be addictive.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New nurse's uniform

I've just completed my first commission for a WWII gray lady's nurse uniform!

I'm happy with how it turned out and really like it.

Until next time:  hearing 1860's music sung by modern bands is rather addictive.  They did have some...interesting songs.  Let's just say great-great-great grandpa wasn't that different after all!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My review of the Franklin Mint flying Rose doll

Today via FedEx I received the Franklin Mint Rose doll in her flying dress.  The flying dress has been my favorite Titanic costume since the movie came out.  When I first saw the advertisement I wanted so badly to have the doll but my parents and I knew she was far too expensive.

Over time the memories went away but the feelings always stayed.  I saw the doll recently for sale on eBay for a very cheap price.  It was from an estate sale and I immediately bought her.

This is the Franklin Mint advertisement of the doll.  I know they also made the outfit separate from the doll so people can have the jump doll wearing the flying dress and vise versa.  My doll's outfit came with the doll so mine might vary slightly from others.
This is the doll I received today.

PROS:  Though constructed a little oddly it's a very pretty outfit with lots of nice details.  She even has her engagement ring painted on her finger.
The embroidery on the skirt and lapels is very nicely done and delicate.
The blue velvet is a great color.
The sash is nice and well done.
Her hair comes pre-styled so there's no worrying about that.
The shawl has a lot of gold and small details.
The lace inset is very pretty.
Her head, neck, chest, lower arms, and legs are porcelain.  The rest of her body is cloth with sturdy wire running through it.
Her shoes look painted on so no fear of losing those.  I didn't try to remove them.  I imagine it's different for anyone who buys the doll separately from the outfit.
There is beading on the tips of the shall and jacket.
The jewelry is nice, though a little undecorated.  There's only so much you can do with miniature details wise.

CONS:  Because of the wire she has very little mobility.  Once you pose her make sure you like that pose so you don't run the risk of breaking the wire.
The shawl can easily ravel so be careful when displaying or handling it.
The lace inset is low.  Very low.  I took off her jacket to try to pull it up but no dice.  Cleavage was not shown back then.  Maybe Rose is a bit of an exhibitionist. ;)

NITPICKING:  Don't pull on the skirt.  It seems to sit on her hips rather than at her waist.  Why this is I don't know.
I've gotten spoiled by seeing pictures of the repainted dolls.  So while she IS a very pretty doll she also looks kind of vacant and sad.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Danbury Mint Titanic "Rose" doll: a review

Recently I was given the Danbury Mint Rose Titanic doll.  You can tell they took Kate Winslet's head and photoshopped the entire head and body.  They also photoshopped the dress quite heavily.
Composite made by me.

This is what I received in the mail today.
 
Pros:  The did put effort into the doll.  It's more than just getting a random doll, slapping some hair and make up on it and claiming it's so and so.
The dress is pretty.
Her shoes and stockings are painted on.
I like that they put details into the little features such as her shoes and the ring.
She's sturdy.
The dress, though a one piece, is removable and is held in place with snaps and hooks and eyes.
Over all she's an attractive doll.
 
Cons:  The Heart of the Ocean necklace that comes with the doll.  I hate it!  It's disappointing that they put so much effort into making the doll they just slap on a cheap blue charm onto a chain and go "Here's your necklace!" 
 
If you were hoping to get a nice replica of the necklace with the doll you'll be sorely disappointed.  Buy some pretty beads and make your own instead.
 
The back of the dress is not beaded nor decorated.  This was a disappointment to me as I had hoped the dress would be decorated all the way around.
 
The nitpicking:  I know this is all nitpicking but it's things I noticed.
Rose's jewels are blue instead of green in the movie.  I might try painting over these.
The ringlets are too large and thick.
The black overlay has wire in it which makes it stiff and hard to shape.  It would've been better without it.
The flower "buttons" are okay but not very shiny.  Sequins would've worked better in my opinion.
 
Over all I do like the doll.  It's a pretty doll and she'll work well inside a display cabinet.


You can view and purchase your own doll here.
http://www.danburymint.com/prod/81C/Kate-Winslet-as--Rose---The-Titanic-Portrait-Doll_2424-0012.aspx?source=3C64

I am in no way affiliated with Danbury Mint or any companies linked to them.  This is not a paid testimonial, but just my own opinions on the doll.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

To help others

Greetings all,

I have a non-costuming post, but a serious one none the less.  It is to help a family in need.

A friend of mine brought this to my attention over FaceBook when a tea party group was set up for Ahmie where people can post photos of their tea and general parties.
 
I started doing photography to help bring up Ahmie's spirits.  The pictures were well received and I was being asked for prints.
 
 
Each print is an 8x10 and sells for $20 plus shipping.  Fifteen dollars of each print will go to Ahmie's family.  I'm only keeping the $5 to cover printing and shipping costs.
 
If people do not wish for a print they can donate directly here.  http://www.youcaring.com/help-a-neighbor/operation-love-for-ahmie/114272

If you cannot afford to donate or do not wish for a print you can help by spreading the word or dropping by the FaceBook group to give love and support.  If you need the link please leave a message in the comments section and I shall get back to you.

Any little bit helps!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Photography for a cause

I did two photos for a charity event on FaceBook. A friend of mine started it after learning of a young woman who had cancer and started an event with a digital tea party. Everyone could get as creative or as simple as they wanted. I saw that there were some doll pics so I took some of my own.

This one took me forever to set up. I wanted to have that whimsy and wonder from when we were kids. Anything was possible when we were children. Tea parties were dressed up for and something to be experienced and enjoyed. Location didn't matter, the tea party was always in a beautiful place and nothing else mattered.

I wanted the "girls" to be dressed up in nice clothing, maybe somewhat old fashioned, but still something pretty to have tea in.
 
I didn't have anyone to take the photo so it's taken by me. I like this one the best because you can see the shamrocks the best and they are good luck and good fortune.


Until next time:  never be afraid to help someone.  The person you help may be yourself.

Friday, January 10, 2014

Two new dresses!

I've been on a bit of a roll lately with recreating the dresses.

The pink one is a work between a friend and I.  They designed the dress and I put it together.
 
We agreed to split any profits down the middle so it's nice for the both of us.
 
This dress is a reproduction from the 2005 Pride and Prejudice movie.  I did my best to recreate Elizabeth Bennet's white ball gown.
 


I also have two more dresses that are in the works.

I also have a job interview Monday!  Wish me luck!

Until next time:  I must go.  My people need me.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Life, men, women, and the whole damned thing. A.K.A. "So, like, are you like a feminist or something?"

Alice Paul

The above question was posed to me after sharing this one video about women's suffrage ((right to vote)).

 To answer if I'm a feminist or not depends on how one defines feminist. Some say that they're these bitter shrieking harpies while others say that they just want equal rights. I'd like to say right off I do not hate men, am bitter over being single, or anything like that. Women and men are our friends, not the enemy.

So which is it? When the backlash became so effective?

I'm trying to keep this as gender neutral as possible as men can also be feminists.

People of both genders can be nice and kind. At the same time they can both be hateful and mean. It's pretty much unavoidable that you're going to encounter nice people and not nice people.

To me feminism is about multiple things.

First, feminism is about equality. Women should have the same rights, earn equal pay for equal work, and so on as men do.

Second, feminism is about choice. A woman should have the right to choose to be a stay at home mom, a working mom, a single woman, or what have you. Being a parent has got to be one of the hardest jobs there is. If a woman wants or chooses to be a stay at home mom that's great! It's her choice to do so and she should not be condemned for it.  Just as if she decides to work she should not be condemned for doing so.

In a similar vein, why is a "house husband" a bad thing? My Dad got laid off his job once so he watched me and looked for work while Mom worked. He was condemned for this, called less than a man, and Mom was ever so angry. Mom knew how hard Dad was trying to find work and how much work he was putting into taking care of everything.

A person can be a great husband/wife while still being a working husband/wife or a stay at home husband/wife.  Why did the two become so separated?

 Third, it's about loving yourself. As a society both genders are bombarded with images of what's cool and what's uncool. If someone can't accept you for you or wants you to change yourself say "You don't like me the way I am? Your loss! Good-bye!"

You can't make anyone else happy if you can't make yourself happy first. Love yourself.

Fourth, my Dad would always tell me "Beside every strong man is a strong woman." He would also say "women are already strong, but the perception of a woman's strength needs to change."

Fifth, feminism is about discussion. Both men and women need to work together and discuss issues. It can't be an us vs. them struggle. Martyrdom brings no reward. Working together and working hard does.

Why is it if a man agrees with feminism he's been "pussy whipped" or emasculated? Hell, what's wrong with a man being confident, being okay with not having a power struggle over who's in charge, and knows that his wife/girlfriend/S.O. will be there for him just as he will be for them.

Then there's the "joke" of women become feminists because they aren't pretty or because they're lesbians. There's "jokes" that men are bumbling idiots that are lacking two brain cells to rub together. Let's get it straight, women and man hating jokes are not jokes!

The arguments of all sex is rape makes me want to bang my head against the wall. The comments that people can assault you with their eyes makes me face palm. A person can be looked at in a way that makes them feel uneasy but that's not assault. Assault is assault!

Who's Marie Curie?

Who's Alice Paul?

What's a library?

Why should I vote? It won't matter! Women's right to vote was won by one vote....

Next time we have a solar eclipse I'm stepping sideways and hoping to find a portal where people learn and actually get along together. If I find the way I'll come back and take anyone who wishes to join with me.

Back to women's suffrage and the video.

The right to vote is an important right. Alice Paul was force fed raw eggs until she vomited. Many suffragists who were force fed often died because the feeding tube went into the lungs instead of the stomach and they drowned. Force feeding in some situations can be used as a tool to break someone, not save them.

Women were beaten for picketing and trying to vote.

Even Alice Paul's doctor said "Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity."

Until we can all get past this "This gender has to be in charge or it'll all go to ruin" attitude we won't really be going anywhere. The attitude harms both genders.

Both men and women can be strong and capable of many things.

Instead of arguing and bickering we need to come together and work together for the better of humanity.

So yes, in some ways, I am a feminist.