Your Week In Pin Up Issue 52: The Body Positive Edition

21 May 2017

AKA Girl Power. AKA Fourth Wave Feminism.


It’s Not Up to You to Say What Is… and Isn’t… Empowering

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A former videographer in the burlesque world got a little bit of a pushback on Facebook when he tried to say that burlesque can’t be feminist and empowering because women are taking off their clothes and men look at them. Oh, and he’s protecting his six-year-old daughter.

I’m not posting the link to his page because he doesn’t need any more attention.

Me, vanquishing asshats.

But here are my main points in rebuttal:

  1. No one has any right to tell anyone else what that individual finds empowering … or not.
  2. When you say, “I like you but I can’t condone what you do” you ARE attempting to silence or shame that person.
  3. Misogyny.

(steps off soapbox, ends rant)


Speaking of Lists (steps back on soapbox)

  1. Wonder Woman is feminist.

Glad to clear that up for you. h/t Gal Gadot


BTW, Dick Pics? Isn’t that so 2012???

Quote by Simone Fiasco, from Whitney Bell’s exhibition

But at least one artist found a way to respond.

Whitney Bell’s show “I Didn’t Ask For This: A Lifetime of Dick Pics.” Photo by Michael Mendoza for Vice.


Reminder 2,822 that Beauty Knows No Age Barriers

Yazemeenah Rossi is GORGEOUS at any age (she’s 61).


This. Gif.

Artist Xaviera Lopez. CHECK OUT HER INSTAGRAM!!!

*swak*

 

 

YWIPU Week 18 – The Happy New Year Edition

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Hello, 2016!


Come See Us in the Q

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Want to see Pin Up! The Movie on the big screen? We’ll be at the Albuquerque Film Festival on January 10th at 2pm at Aux Dog Theater.

Oh, and it’s part of the Albuquerque Comic Con – and we’ll be there the same day Carrie Fisher will be at the festival. Girl power overload.


Speaking of Carrie Fisher

From the infamous Rolling Stone photo shoot.

From the infamous Rolling Stone photo shoot.

The whole “did she age well” kerfuffle after Carrie Fisher had the audacity to look like a 50-something woman in the new Star Wars is kind of discouraging.

But her responses? Brilliant.

#GeneralLeiaFTW


Speaking of Pushing Back

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The #NotAStripper movement by recreational pole dancers is getting its own sort of push back by women who make their living dancing on poles – and who rightly note that pole dancing has its roots in strip clubs and burlesque.


The World of the BurlyQ

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Our Tweets get curated from time to time from people who have blogs on Paper. One of the coolest I’ve seen recently is from the Twitter user Swedish Housewife (@TheSHW). Check out her work – loving it!


Be Still My Beating Heart

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This calendar of firemen from France by Fred Goudon needs no translation.


The Best Nine

2015-12-28 19.37.54Fun to look back at the film’s most popular Instagram photos of the last year. But even more fun to realize that I launched the account in February 2015 and am already up to 3,200+ followers. Pin ups + Instagram = Perfect Match.


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#SWAK

YWIPU Week 12: The World Premiere Edition

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World Premiere. World Premiere. World Premiere.


We ROCKED the Red Carpet.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

From left: director Kathleen M. Ryan, photographer Mitzi Valenzuela and pin ups Pinup Little Bit and Erica Vaughn at our world premiere.

Mitzi (left) with some of the pin ups she's shot with (and who are in the film) on the red carpet: Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola (who hope to shoot with MItzi in August), Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

Mitzi (left) with some of the pin ups she’s shot with (and who are in the film) on the red carpet: Ashleeta, Bang Bang Von Loola (who hope to shoot with MItzi in August), Miss Emilie, Leslye Rox, Miss Rockwell De Vil and Sydney Ralston (with slurpee).

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

Miss Emilie, derby girl and pin up extraordinaire.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA's Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

From left: Pinup Little Bit, Big House LA’s Moises Granados, and Ashleeta.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

Pin Up Belle Bee at the Pin Up! The Movie premiere.

Kat Stroud with Miss Rockwell De Vil and Honey VooDoo on the red carpet.
Kat Stroud with Miss Rockwell De Vil and Honey VooDoo on the red carpet.

 

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, "The Boom Boom Girls"), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA.

From left: Ashleeta, Eva, Ziegfield Sydney Ralston, Carolin vonPetzholdt (director, “The Boom Boom Girls”), and Kathleen M. Ryan on the red carpet at Big House LA

We know style.


 

We ROCKED the After Party.

The gals at the after party.

The gals at the after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Charlotte La Bell Araigne at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Miss Maxi Millions at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Ruby Champagne at our after party.

Things started to get a little fuzzy at some point.

Things started to get a little fuzzy at some point.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Bang Bang Von Loola at our after party.

Thanks for the blast, Mitzi & Co. And enjoy the leftovers!


This Article.

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Thank you, Mardi Gras Magazine!


This Milestone.

We hit our goal with 9 days left in our campaign. LOVE our backers.

We hit our goal with 9 days left in our campaign. LOVE our backers.

We did it. We really did it!

You can still #BeABacker through Friday on our Kickstarter.


This Song.

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Just a snippet of the love we’re getting for “Calendar Girls.” Blowing up the hip hop charts. Featuring, us! Love Devin “Gastby” James and JCA Beats Productions.


This GIF.

Me. At least in my mind.

Me. At least in my mind.

Sums up our week nicely.

*SWAK*

 

YWIPU Issue 7: Your Week In Pin Up

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Road Rash. Behind the Burly-Q. Team Gwen. And More…

Or, your week in pin up.


Derby Dangers

We know how dangerous roller derby can be. Just talk to our friend Miss Emilie.

wait-long-enough-and-someone-will-find-a-picture-of-jesus-in-that-bruise But take artist Riikka Hyvönen to make derby kisses into art.

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Gorgeous.


Old School, New School.

We’ve been all about the burly-q this week.

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There are those carte des visites used as ads of sorts by 1800s burlesque performers. Or, behind-the-scenes photos of the modern bump and grind. Or the role of performers of color in burlesque.

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It’s all about the girl power.


No Doubt About It.

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From Buzzfeed quizzes about our Stefani-savvy to wishes for the birthday girl, just like us, you’re all in for Team Gwen.


Demi Curve.

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This cover. ‘Nuff said.


Cats v. Zombies.

Countdown to Halloween.

*SWAK*

 

YWIPU Issue Six: Your Week in Pin Up

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This week in pin up…

You. Cannot. Wait. For. Halloween.


Pin Up Boys.

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I guess. These creepy renditions of pin up slashers are BLOWING UP our social media feeds. You like them. You really really like them.

Via Dangerous Minds.


Thee Hot Rod Luau.

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Talk about a small world. We ran into both Miss Rockwell De Vil and Alice Devette at the event at the original Don the Beachcomber this weekend.

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And Alice took home the Miss Don the Beachcomber title.

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Plus, Agent Orange and the Hula Girls???? Perfection.


The Future is Now.

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These 1902 trading cards come from the collection of French artist French artist Albert Bergeret.

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The journalist is looking good to us.


 

Our New Poster.

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Hello, Miss Emilie. Available when our Kickstarter relaunches. Stay tuned.


 

20 Years of Showgirls.

We leave you with this treasure.


*SWAK*

 

 

YWIPU Issue 4: Your Week in Pin Up

ywipuGod Save the Queen, Vintage Paris, Miss Viva Las Vegas and more, or…

Your. Week. In. Pin. Up.


A Trip Back in Time.

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Roger Schall’s photos of 1930s Paris at night on display at Argentic.


Happy Anniversary.

PegasusPinUpQueenfromGuardianQueen Elizabeth as a pin up. As seen in the Guardian, by artist Pegasus.


Come on Down!

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It’s your chance to be a contestant for Miss Viva Las Vegas. Submissions open now!


It is Fashion Week, After All.

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Town and Country published a series of e-cards with quotes from Coco Chanel. We approve.


This Gif.

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Behind the Burly-Q

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Lots of the women that I’ve followed in the film are involved with the modern burlesque world (Ginger Rose, Bang Bang Von Loola, Ashleeta, Miss Rockwell De Vil) and so it seems appropriate to take a look at some of the burlesque-centric documentaries that are available.

Enter Behind the Burly-Q.

The 2010 film by director Leslie Zemeckis turns to the founding women (and men) of 20th century burlesque, presenting stories in their own words (along with some terrific vintage footage).

Utterly entertaining Behind the Burly Q is a painstakingly researched love letter to the women and men who once made up the community of burlesque performers…its treasure trove of vintage photographs and performance footage is enough to make historians and fans of classic erotica swoon…insightful, fascinating.

–Ernest Hardy, The Village Voice

Another film to check out is A Wink and a Smile which follows contemporary burlesque performers (directed by Deidre Allen Timmons).

Other suggestions can be found here, but I’m not sure how many are Directed by Women.