Thursday, February 7, 2013

Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg, aka The Grand Tyrant of Sogo, City of Sin in the movie Barbarella. Va-voom!

British Suffragettes

The Contagious Disease Act of 1864 (revised in 1866 and again in 1869) gave police sweepings powers to arrest women suspected of prostitution without further provocation. A woman arrested for this crime was given a thorough (re: invasive, brutal) exam; failing the exam could net her a lengthy stay in a "Lock Hospital," sometimes as long as a year. Of course the police abused this power to arrest women en masse with impunity, one of many reasons activists like Josephine Butler took up the cause of getting the law repealed.