Photographer Reverses Gender Roles In Sexist Vintage Ads, And Some Men Will Not Like The Result

The image of a perfect woman in the 1950s is familiar to all of us – a diligent wife, slaving around the house all day, preparing delicious meals for her hardworking husband, taking care of the children, and all that with a smile, of course. This image was reflected a lot in the ads of that era too. Inspired by them, photographer and video editor from Beirut, Lebanon, Eli Rezkallah created a series called “In A Parallel Universe” where he switched up the gender roles portrayed in those ads to reveal the absurdity of such stereotypes with humor.

“Last Thanksgiving, I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling “their womanly duties,” Rezkallah writes on his website. “Although I know that not all men are like my uncles and think that way, I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison.”

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50 Photos That Show Just How Insanely Cold It Is In America Right Now

How Cold Is It In The Midwest? Bubbles Are Freezing

My Brother Was On One Of The Few Flights Into Chicago This Morning. He Took This Photo Of Frozen Lake Michigan From The Plane

Meanwhile In Minnesota. The Tank Exploded

Lunch In Chicago Today. I Like Mine Al Dente

What Happens When You Blow Bubbles In A Freezing Weather

It’s So Cold In Chicago They Set Commuter Train Tracks On Fire To Warm Them

“Is Iowa Really That Cold?”

After Two Days Of Freezing Rain, This Mold Came Out

Trying To Make The Most Of This -40 F Weather

My Sister Opened Her Car Door In Chicago

Landlord Decided To Turn Down The Heat Today In My MN Apartment As It Reached -40°

Meanwhile In Wisconsin

Freezing Our Pants Off In Minnesota

Pray For The Homeless During This Time! Give To Your Local Shelters. Most Are At Full Capacity

A Firefighter After Working In The -40° Polar Vortex

It’s So Cold In Iowa That We Froze Antifreeze

Eye Lashes On Fleek! Is That A Thing? Is This The New Winter Running Fashion Statement?

Going To Daycare When It’s -30 Outside

Minnesota’s Officers

When These Are The Inside Doors… You Know We Are Polar Vortexing

We Had A House Fire South Of Cameron Today. Our Chief Mitch Hansen Thought It Was A Splash Park

Current Level Of Snow In Madison: One Whole Mingo

House Is Freezing From The Inside During The Coldest Day In A Decade

You Know It’s Cold When The Toilet Paper Is Frozen In The Outhouse

Frozen Chicken Eggs

Letting My Car Heat Up During The Polar Vortex

I Just Wanted To See How Long It Would Take For An Egg To Freeze Outside And Also What Would Become Of My Egg

One Cold Rowdy Dog On The Bulkhead. Still Looking For Leftover Canteen Snacks

Cadillac Michigan The Light Poles Are Shivering. Science Mannn

Polar Vortex Lesson: Don’t Try To Hang Dry Your Clothes Outside

Ice Is Freezing As Soon As It Comes Out Of Our Faucet Because It’s So Cold

The Detroit River, Frozen All The Way To Canada

Got So Cold Last Night That Our Vodka Froze! For Reference The Freezing Point For Vodka Is -16

Polar Vortex (Temp. 16 F /-9 C)

My Neighbor’s Furnace Exhaust Is Creating An Interesting Icicle

It Was So Cold In Chicago That The Paint Came Off My Car

The Beauty The Cold Brings To South Dakota

This Door At Work In Minnesota

This Is My Buddy Jesse At The Arrowhead 135 In Mn Yesterday. Day Time Temp Was -26 °F

This Flash-Frozen Fire Hydrant

Cold Spell

A Sheet Of Ice Formed Between The Glass Panes Of This Door

So My Soap Is Frozen In My Shower

My Wall Is Freezing In My Bedroom. There Are No Pipes Behind It. Chicago

It’s So Cold Here In Iowa That There Is Now Frost On The Inside Of My Door Hinges

In A Matter Of 2 Minutes Walking Across Campus, My Glasses Started To Frost/Ice Over

My Beard Froze While Waiting Bus. I Wish It Would Be Summer Already

My Parents Sent Me This Pic Of Our Peephole (From The Indoor Side)

“No, Believe Me, ‘Tis Very Cold; The Wind Is Northerly”

Iowa -45 Outside. Light Switch Frozen Inside

This Is The Window Crank Inside My House

How Cold It Is In Minnesota Right Now

Period sex is perfectly normal—meet the photographer challenging the stigma – PinkNews · PinkNews

Los Angeles-based photographer Nolwen Cifuentes has released a powerful series showing three queer couples having sex on their periods. She speaks to PinkNews about her taboo-smashing art, and the benefits of period sex.

Q. What inspired you to create this photography series?

A. I first thought about making these images after a conversation with some friends of mine. They were pretty grossed out by the concept of period sex. When I mentioned that I do it with my partner, they didn’t even realise this was something some couples do. I felt pissed off about it at first and I decided to channel this feeling into a photo series. I wanted to photograph only women as I thought it would feel safer and sweeter somehow. I’ve recently come out and these queer series are a way to express my sexuality.

Q. Why do you think—in 2018—there is still such a stigma against periods?

A. I really don’t understand it. But look, we’re going backwards in many ways [in the US], with birth control becoming harder to access and women’s reproductive rights being decided by right-wing cis men. Periods have always been a shameful thing since I was little. I didn’t get that from my mother who is very open and talked to us about sex and periods from before I could even remember.

Periods were humiliating and you never wanted anyone to know you were on it. When I’d buy tampons at the store, I’d try to buy lots of other items so the cashier wouldn’t notice too much. I’m not sure why, is it some big secret that we all get it every month? My grandmother growing up had to go deep into the woods to bury the cloth she used to contain her menstruation. We’ve been through so many generations of shame involving our periods and not many of us have stopped to question why.

Q. And why do you think that having sex on your period is, arguably, even more of a taboo?

A. I’m not sure. I guess people think periods are gross or smell bad. To me, if you’re having sex with someone with a vagina, a period is something that comes with the territory.

Q. How would you suggest people in new relationships broach the subject of having sex on their periods?

A. It’s maybe a conversation that happens in the heat of the moment. Letting your partner know you are on your period but you don’t want to stop what’s going on. If the reaction is a bad one, maybe it’s a time to start educating your partner on why period sex is natural part of being sexually active.

Q. I watched comedian Cameron Esposito doing a set the other day. She spoke about how, at first, she was hesitant about having sex with her partner when she was on her period—but that now she loves doing it. Are there any benefits from having period sex?

A. Your oestrogen levels are rising when you’re on your period and it’s pretty common to feel really sexual during that time. Period sex can also help alleviate cramps and helps with migraines. You’re often more lubricated down there with the help of a menstrual flow. It also is a great way to bond with your partner and feel safe with them when they accept and support you on your period.

Q. What has the response been like to your photo series?

A. It’s been a mixed bag. I’m so happy to have received several long emails from people telling me how the series positively affected them. Many young girls who said they love having sex on their periods and they’re so happy to see it normalised online. I’ve read some comments from young people who say they still feel uncomfortable with their periods, but the images gave them an outlet to see that there are other ways to feel.

There’s been, of course, plenty of negative comments, which is why I think we’re still a long way from normalising this. I’ve read some comments of lots of people saying it’s gross, that it smells like pennies, or even: ‘Can we see a series on the beauty of smegma?’— which, by the way, we’re all getting our hands and faces in and no one seems to mind. The bad comments make me realise that the stigma is still here and strong.

Q. What else are you up to right now? Any more interesting photography projects coming up?

A. I’m currently working on two personal projects that should be out really soon. One is about biracial people and our experience with identity struggle. Another project is about teenage lesbians. As a bisexual woman, who only started taking ownership of it in my very late 20s, I am so excited to see teen girls out and comfortable in themselves.

Deputy Goes Above And Beyond For Homeless Family (Photos)

An Ohio police officer is being praised after going above and beyond to help a homeless family.

According to Today, Tierra Gray and her family were evicted from their Oxford, Ohio, home and didn’t have a place to stay. Desperate, the mother brought her two sons to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office to sleep in the lobby.

Deputy Brian Bussell saw the family sitting in the lobby and assumed that they were there to visit somebody. However, when he noticed that they were still there hours later, he asked if they needed any help and was shocked by what she told him.

“The lady had been evicted from her home in Oxford, Ohio where the children attend school,” a post on the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page reads. “She stated she is in the waiting process for assistance with housing and should know something by Wednesday. Deputy Bussell, with the assistance of Dispatch Supervisor Miranda Sheppard, tried several shelters and other avenues to get them a place to stay. ‘Most of the shelters were overcrowded or there was a time requirement to be there and we were past that,’ Deputy Bussell said.”

After struggling to find the family a place to stay, Bussell did something entirely unexpected — he called a nearby hotel and booked the family a room for 10 nights. He paid for the hotel room out of his own pocket.

Then, Bussell went one step further and took the family to Walmart, where he told them to pick out clothing and to call him when they were ready to check out. The boys asked him if they could buy shoes and he happily obliged.

“He went to the Walmart when they were done and paid for everything,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones. “This is a true act of kindness. He did not tell anyone at work what he had done but the lady took a picture with him and posted it on Facebook. That’s actually how we found out. It was shared so many times that I got a phone call asking if I knew what a generous gesture my deputy did. I am pleased that he was able to help this family out. This speaks volumes in light of all the recent negativity people are saying about law enforcement. I have some of the best employees here.”

Thanks in no small part to Bussell, Gray and her family are getting back on their feet. They were able, after some time, to move into a new apartment and her husband found a job in Cincinnati.

“It means something to me to be able to help others, but it’s just part of my job description,” Bussell said.