Mary you look like a country rose I feel like I should be chaperoning you to dances to fend off eager young lordlings
Let’s be real I’m gonna sneak upstairs during the waltz and let the wife out of the attic and never be invited back. D- chaperon skills Erinna.
Helen Keller (letter to Senator Robert La Follette, 1924)
funny how the most popular narrative about helen keller is a harmless little girl who learns to communicate and then the story ends for some reason gee i wonder why that is
Gee. Why does the popular narrative end before she became a communist? So strange! And the Martin Luther King Jr. narrative does the same thing! What a coincidence!
Also, that the narrative is generally about the abled teacher helping her and how amazing she was to be able to do it. As the wikipedia article frames it: “The story of how Keller’s teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known through the dramatic depictions of the play and film The Miracle Worker.” So even the story about Helen Keller is often not really about her.
Helen Keller is a glaring example of it, but history’s dominant narratives are full of women whose stories are depoliticised and infantilised in order to make them more “inspirational”.
A current example: when Malala Yousafzai is the brave little girl who just wanted to learn, she’s the world’s darling, but when she tells Obama that drone strikes are driving terrorism the cameras all turn off.
"Intravenous with the Vampire" artist: Mort Drucker, writer: Stan Hart
This was one of the first fanarts I ever saw of IWTV, just didn’t know it existed before. You can blame this for my sense of humor. I’m seeing that Mad magazine was a big influence for me… siiiigh…
Full "Intravenous" under the cut. Thanks to Sara for scanning!
OH MY GOD. I was obsessed with this when I was fourteen and reading my way through everything vampire I could get my hands on. There was about an eight month gap between the beginning of my obsession and when a combination of parents away for the weekend + dressing up older than I was allowed me to obtain and watch the VHS of interview from a local kmart, and in that time this comic was like a tiny, distorted sliver of a view into a room I desperately wanted to visit. I’m SO excited to see it online.