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We live in a country where politicians call rape a “gift from God” and suggest that women regularly lie about being raped. Where a group of young men in high school think so little of sexual assault that they thought it was fine — hilarious, even — to post pictures online of a passed out rape victim, and to live-tweet the rape, joking about the victim being urinated on. We live in a country where media as revered as The New York Times finds it necessary to describe an 11-year-old gang rape victim as “wearing makeup and fashions more appropriate to a woman in her 20s.” Where a woman can be fired because her boss finds her “irresistable” and a woman’s rape case falls flat because she isn’t married. It’s time to acknowledge that the rape epidemic in the United States is not just about the crimes themselves, but our own cultural and political willful ignorance. Rape is as American as apple pie — until we own that, nothing will change

America’s Rape Problem: We Refuse to Admit That There Is One by Jessica Valenti (via zubat)

smallspecialcollections:

Ooh la la! This beautiful little bookcase from the 1890s is from the LIndemann miniature book collection. The ten volumes have original colored glazed paper wrappers and gilt stamped titles on front and spine. A small gilt decoration is stamped on back of each, at the center. All are housed in a worn brocade-covered Louis XV-style bookcase with beveled glass door and cloth-covered shelves.All books have the title-page imprint “Paris 1896” and colophon “Paris, Imp. Pairault & Cie.” (Lindemann 05745).

smallspecialcollections:

Ooh la la! This beautiful little bookcase from the 1890s is from the LIndemann miniature book collection. The ten volumes have original colored glazed paper wrappers and gilt stamped titles on front and spine. A small gilt decoration is stamped on back of each, at the center. All are housed in a worn brocade-covered Louis XV-style bookcase with beveled glass door and cloth-covered shelves.All books have the title-page imprint “Paris 1896” and colophon “Paris, Imp. Pairault & Cie.” (Lindemann 05745).