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Russia gets a bad rap for being backward, but women literally had more reproductive liberty in Soviet Russia *a hundred years ago* than they do in Republican Texas today. Just think about that for a moment.

Image is Ivan Kramskoy's magnificent "Portrait of a Woman".

This self-portrait of Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun with her daughter Julie is so beautiful and has such a warm loving vibe. Happy Mother's Day!

A good example of the gaslighting conservatives do every day: I read them constantly criticize women for any choice they make (almost as if their choices aren't the motive for their criticism...), and then they say an example you can literally see upthread is imaginary! 🤦‍♀️

7 states likely to ban abortion border the ocean, and thus international waters. If many ships could be mobilized a la Women on Waves and stationed in these waters, they would be by far the best sites for millions of women in these states to access reproductive health care. 🤔

Image is the 2002 National Atlas map of the US, with waters adjacent to these states highlighted by me.

This self-portrait of Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun with her daughter Julie is so beautiful and has such a warm loving vibe. Happy Mother's Day!

Now brainstorming: my universe's first Moon landing, in 1949, a mission where after a successful landing a la Apollo 11, the CSM has an accident a la Apollo 13. A desperate return to Earth for the CSM and a desperate resupply mission to the LEM ensue.

Now here's something different, and hopefully awesome, I did: "Sky lanes", showing tracks of lights from vehicles buzzing about in an alien sky.

Warm weather, sandy hills, peaches and cream faces, luscious shiny hair, and over-the-top femininity in fashion all make "On the Dunes (Lady Shannon and Kitty)" by James Jebusa Shannon a pleasant sight.

Life is far too expensive. It might as well have a sign plastered on it that says "for rich people only". *sigh*

Image is George Romney's rendition of Emma Hamilton feeling down, kinda like me today.

As an aside, I find that little tidbit very interesting, since I know a woman who's a skydiver, and that's such an awesome thing to do. One I've never done, but I'd kinda like to; I think I'd love it. But coulda, woulda, shoulda...aaaaah! 😔

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Tereshkova herself came from such a background, having been a skydiver and competitive parachutist before her selection as a cosmonaut.

Image is a photograph of the girl weeks before her historic flight (RIA Novosti archive, image #67418 / Alexander Mokletsov / CC-BY-SA 3.0).

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Particularly galling is how the first half century of powered air flight had no shortage of aviatrices who accomplished feats impressive for either sex, and this was well-known, so it's not like those in charge were unaware of women's capabilities in the spaceflight field.

Image is "The Sky Pilot" by Emma Musselman.

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Only one of the Mercury 13, Wally Funk, ever flew to space, and not until *2021*. That truly epitomizes how our society treats women, doesn't it? "You can go to space, if legions of privileged people lobby for your inclusion; you only have to wait 60 short years to go!" Blech.

Image is "The Irritating Gentleman" by Berthold Woltze.

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Crazy how Valentina Tereshkova's historic flight was sparked by the threat of the American "Mercury 13" beating them, when the US didn't send a woman up until 20 years (!) later. Even crazier: Tereshkova is *still* the only woman to have ever flown to space solo.

RIA Novosti archive, image #616304 / Alexander Mokletsov / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Crazy how Valentina Tereshkova's historic flight was sparked by the threat of the American "Mercury 13" beating them, when the US didn't send a woman up until 20 years (!) later. Even crazier: Tereshkova is *still* the only woman to have ever flown to space solo.

RIA Novosti archive, image #616304 / Alexander Mokletsov / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Imagine not only having a good fun time, but having a good fun time out in a region of space filled with beautiful comets. My new piece "Joy under a comet storm".

What's better in springtime than one beflowered maiden? Four beflowered maidens, as Émile Vernon lovingly depicts in his "Ready for the Carnival".

Imagine not only having a good fun time, but having a good fun time out in a region of space filled with beautiful comets. My new piece "Joy under a comet storm".

What's better in springtime than one beflowered maiden? Four beflowered maidens, as Émile Vernon lovingly depicts in his "Ready for the Carnival".

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