Yoko Ono – ‘Cut Piece’

Cut Piece:

Ono’s work related destruction to interpersonal, often intimate, human relations. This element was particularly thought-provoking in ‹Cut Piece›, one of many actions she did as DIAS [Destruction in Art Symposium]. Ono had first done the performance in 1964, in Japan, and again at Carnegie Hall, in New York, in 1965. Ono sat motionless on the stage after inviting the audience to come up and cut away her clothing, covering her breasts at the moemnt of unbosoming. ‹Cut Piece› entailed a disrobing, a denouement of the reciprocity between exhibitionism and scopic desires, between victim and assailant, between sadist and masochist: and, as a heterosexual herselft, Ono unveiled the gendered relationship of male and female subjects as objects for each other.

The Countdown Calendar

Apparently you can find these at Barnes and Noble or at calendars.com.

Hang in there…it’s almost over! Much of the nation has been counting the days since the first inauguration of the president who said, “I’m the commander see, I do not need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being president.” Yes, there is hope and now you can count down the days while enjoying: the best of Bush bloopers and blunders, the indictments, scandals, embarrassments and audacity of the president’s advisors, admirers (think Harriet), cronies, appointees (see cronies) and strange bedfellows.

(via Respectful Insolence)

1943 Guide to Hiring Women

This is said to be from a 1943 issue of Transportation Magazine:

1. Pick young married women. They usually have more of a sense of responsibility than their unmarried sisters, they’re less likely to be flirtatious, they need the work or they wouldn’t be doing it, they still have the pep and interest to work hard and to deal with the public efficiently.

2. When you have to use older women, try to get ones who have worked outside the home at some time in their lives. Older women who have never contacted the public have a hard time adapting themselves and are inclined to be cantankerous and fussy. It’s always well to impress upon older women the importance of friendliness and courtesy.

3. General experience indicates that “husky” girls – those who are just a little on the heavy side – are more even tempered and efficient than their underweight sisters.

Snopes has this as true.

(via Reddit)