I don’t care if I’m totally outing myself as a Jane Austen fanatic, but this is absolutely awesome!!!!
Jane Austen is going to be the face of the Bank of England ten pound note starting in 2017! While I realize this is a while away, it’s still so epic and exciting, I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! Hopefully, I’ll be in England or able to go to England upon it’s arrival.
Here’s an article from BBC all about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23424289
If you’re reading this and are one of the few (okay, many) people that I come across who tell me once I say her name, 'Who is Jane Austen?'. Let me fill you in.
Jane Austen is one of the most famous female authors that ever lived. She wrote timeless classics such as 'Pride and Prejudice', 'Sense and Sensibility', and 'Emma'. She was born in England in the late 1700s and lived until her early 40s, passing away in 1817. Most of her work was published later in her life, actually during the last decade of her life. She wrote with such distinction, having a keen ability to create complex characters in a 2-d world.
The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy (aka Mr. Darcy) in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is perhaps her most famous.
There have been several film adaptations of the book, my personal favorite being the 2005 adaptation directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen.
Here’s a link to the film’s IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414387/
If you feel like you’re never going to watch the movie, here’s a link to a “trailer” that pretty much spoils the entire film:
SO, in addition to the fact that I’m incredibly excited about Jane being on the bank note, this addition of a woman on currency raises some questions of my own. Why are there no women on American currency?
Of course, there is the gold coin with Sacagawea. Here’s a link: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/golden_dollar_coin/?action=sacdesign
But, does that really count?
I feel like England and other countries have a cool idea of cycling out various historical figures in their currency. Jane is actually replacing Charles Darwin. I mean, we have different colors now for the bills, but why have the “faces” on the bills never changed? Or even the coins for that matter?
Here’s a link to the current appearance of the $1 to $100 bills:
There have been all sorts of sensational women throughout US history, whether it was a First Lady, author, or suffragette. Why don’t they get representation in something like our currency? Something that reminds people everyday of how much they contributed to our society and the impact they had on our history.
The website ThinkProgress released an article with suggestions for women on American currency:
I have some additional suggestions.
1. Eleanor Roosevelt
2. Harriet Tubman
3. Susan B. Anthony
4. Rosa Parks
5. Pocahontas, anyone?
& many many many more
Sometimes, I think the US forgets to keep up with the modern times. This is an excellent example of it, and I can only hope that it’s something that will change soon.
So, it’s always been a dream of mine to be a stand-up comedian.
I mean, I was the kid who memorized SNL sketches from the 70s and watched new episodes every Saturday night (and still do) with my dad.
I could perform entire episodes of ‘The Amanda Show’, with Amanda Bynes pre-whateverthehellshe’sgoingthrough.
As I got older though, I realized how hard it is being a stand-up comedian.
I mean, what if only a few people (or NO ONE) thought I was funny?!
And I hardly had any role models in regards to funny women!
The 00’s and 10’s have brought me a gift beyond imagination:
MORE FUNNY WOMEN.
But right now.
At this very f***ing moment.
The one I care about the most is Miranda Hart.
This woman has shared her awkward, hysterical sense of humor in the most beautiful way possible:
She has a TV show that is a mock of her real life.
A mesmerizingly hysterical show, that I laughed and cried and screamed and squealed and smiled and frowned during.
She is a tall, curvaceous beautiful being.
And she has taught me so much about being proud of who I am and being proud of my love for comedy.
I intend to further delve into the magic that Miranda Hart brings to her comedy, and it is my hope that after reading her Nora Ephron-esque memoir ‘Is It Just Me?’, I will have a better understanding and a more thorough grasp of her classy sense of humor.
If, like me, you enjoy a feminine touch to comedy, I advise you to watch her TV show, ‘Miranda’.
Sadly, I have yet to find a “legal” way to watch this show in the US (it’s not even available to purchase yet!), but here are a few links that should give you the ability to stream all three seasons. I honestly don’t even remember which sites I used to watch all three seasons, I recommend using Putlocker links and don’t ever download anything.
UPDATE: Season One is available to watch on Hulu!!
Thank-you for pointing this out, http://garyprestons.tumblr.com !!!!
I’m not sure if there are more seasons to come; I desperately hope there are!
In addition to this television show, she is also on a show called 'Call the Midwife', which is presently being aired on PBS. It’s actually a really wonderful show about midwifes in England during the post-WWII era.
You can watch Season One on Netflix:
And some of Season Two is available on the PBS website:
If you’re interested in reading more about (or just reading) her book, here’s a few links to whet your appetite :
Here is her website: http://mirandahart.com
And her Twitter: https://twitter.com/mermhart
ALSO, if you are fortunate enough to live in the United Kingdom, SHE IS GOING ON TOUR in 2014:
And I shall leave you with this video which fully explains the picture above:
After watching two documentaries, listening to some intense slam poetry, and reading an intense response to a Dove advertisement, I learned that I have no clue what it means to be a woman in today’s society. I mean really, the representation of women in the media is NOT up to par. Gosh, it gives me chills to just think about that.
I’m a huge fan of popular media. To think that women are not being represented as they should be, and they continue to be poorly represented, it just really sad. I want to help change this.
Damn, what have I been doing these past 20 years? It’s time for me to help make a difference. All of us women, everywhere-we need to help change the view of women. We don’t need to continue to be confined to what we have come to believe is how we ought to look or what society expects of us. SCREW THAT. Screw being confined to adjectives that make you feel LIKE SHIT and don’t represent who you are AT ALL.
I can’t even express my own words anymore. I have a lot to learn. And I have a lot of work to do.
What I watched:
1. Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
- which you can watch online at PBS for free
2. Miss Representation
- which can be rented for $2.15 on YouTube
3. "Pretty" by Katie Makkai
What I read:
1. Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry by Jazz Brice
“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Lousia May Alcott