Why Women Paint Their Nails

History! Economics! Automobile Paint! You’ll never look at nail art the same.

9 Menstruation Myths

Great news about bear attacks; not so great news about syncing up periods with your bestie.

Happy birthday, Elsa Schiaparelli, iconic fashion designer who also helped revolutionize women’s underwear.

"Women’s underwear before World War II was kind of elaborate. It was usually made of silk and it had pleats and it had to be ironed. This was in France. There was no such thing as ‘drip dry’ and when the war started, most of the men went to the front and the women had to take jobs. There was gas rationing and so everybody had bicycles and you had to be licensed to ride a bike in Paris, and in one year bike licenses tripled; it went up to 11 million. The way women dressed with these long skirts and this very elaborate underwear didn’t lend itself to riding a bike so Schiap changed panties completely. First of all, there was famine, so she got rid of the buttons and put elastic in the waist so that as you were losing weight, your panties would stay on. Then, she made them out of drip-dry material, so you didn’t need a maid to iron them … and she added a double-slung crotch and suddenly women could ride their bikes with a lot more freedom."

More badass September birthdays here.

Happy birthday, Elsa Schiaparelli, iconic fashion designer who also helped revolutionize women’s underwear.

"Women’s underwear before World War II was kind of elaborate. It was usually made of silk and it had pleats and it had to be ironed. This was in France. There was no such thing as ‘drip dry’ and when the war started, most of the men went to the front and the women had to take jobs. There was gas rationing and so everybody had bicycles and you had to be licensed to ride a bike in Paris, and in one year bike licenses tripled; it went up to 11 million. The way women dressed with these long skirts and this very elaborate underwear didn’t lend itself to riding a bike so Schiap changed panties completely. First of all, there was famine, so she got rid of the buttons and put elastic in the waist so that as you were losing weight, your panties would stay on. Then, she made them out of drip-dry material, so you didn’t need a maid to iron them … and she added a double-slung crotch and suddenly women could ride their bikes with a lot more freedom."

More badass September birthdays here.

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humanoidhistory:

"Women Crack Science" — Photo by William E. McCullough for the Valley Times, June 27, 1960: “Mrs. Gerry (Marcia) Neugebauer, left, points out object of interest to Mrs. Peter (Phyllis) Buwalda on global coordinate system often used by space scientists. Both women are in research and experimentation fields at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Altadena. In center of globe is the earth.” (Los Angeles Public Library)

humanoidhistory:

"Women Crack Science" — Photo by William E. McCullough for the Valley Times, June 27, 1960: “Mrs. Gerry (Marcia) Neugebauer, left, points out object of interest to Mrs. Peter (Phyllis) Buwalda on global coordinate system often used by space scientists. Both women are in research and experimentation fields at Jet Propulsion Laboratories in Altadena. In center of globe is the earth.” (Los Angeles Public Library)

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via What the Criticism of Lingerie-Clad Women in Tech Got Wrong

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When Little Boys Wore Dresses
"Before the middle of the eighteenth century, there really was no such thing as boys’ clothing, either in Europe or in its American colonies…"

When Little Boys Wore Dresses

"Before the middle of the eighteenth century, there really was no such thing as boys’ clothing, either in Europe or in its American colonies…"

"Think of it as some kind of giant, angry, mucus-excreting snail guarding your ladybits.” - How IUDs Work

According to the “grandmother hypothesis,” we have grandmas, nanas and bubbies to thank for our longer lifespans and big ol’ human brains. In this episode, Cristen and Caroline reveal the compelling science and evolution behind these important maternal figures.

grandmothers kinda totally rule.