Oil on canvas
21-7/8 x 18-1/8 in. (55.5 x 46 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
With the red hair of one she-urchin in the gutter I will set fire to all modern civilization. Because a girl should have long hair, she should have clean hair; because she should have clean hair, she should not have an unclean home: because she should not have an unclean home, she should have a free and leisured mother; because she should have a free mother, she should not have an usurious landlord; because there should not be an usurious landlord, there should be a redistribution of property, because there should be a redistribution of property, there shall be a revolution. That little urchin with the gold-red hair, whom I have just watched toddling past my house, she shall not be lopped and lamed and altered; her hair shall not be cut short like a convict’s; no, all the kingdoms of the earth shall be hacked about and multilated to suit her. She is the human and sacred image; all around her the social fabric shall sway and slip and fall; the pillars of society shall be shaken, and the roofs of ages come rushing down; and not one hair of her head shall be harmed.
The problem persists even in workplaces committed to gender equality, and those who stand in the way of fairness do so at their own peril.
Read the comments from the men on this article. It’ll make your blood boil. . The seething misogyny in these comments is overwhelming. It’s infuriating and heartbreaking all at the same time. I can’t believe it’s 2014 and women still have to put up with this shit. Fuck it all…
Briefleserin am Küchenfenster (c.1873). Franz von Defregger (Austrian, 1835-1921). Oil on canvas.
Defregger became one of the most popular genre painters of the Munich School and had an academic influence. In 1878, he was appointed professor for history painting at the academy in Munich. His prestigious villa in the Königinstraße in Munich, which was built in 1880, soon became one of society’s meeting points.