When you don’t have many friends and you don’t have a social life you’re kind of left looking at things, not doing things. There’s a weird freedom in not having people treat you like you’re part of society or where you have to fulfill social relationships.
When women used to be depressed or were not “taking care of their men” properly their husbands could send them to the psych ward for attitude adjustments. This was part of conditioning them to always wear a smile. They believed that if a woman saw herself smiling that it would become natural practice and that she would be “cured”. This often went along with shock therapies.
This gives a whole new level of creepiness to when random men tell you to smile.
Ajijic Doorway, Chapala, Jalisco, Mexico
Photo of Chicana Brown Beret from LA RAZA magazine vol 1 no. 6, circa 1970. Credit: Unknown.
"Frida, mírate”. ‘Frida, contémplate”.
Self-Portrait by Marie-Gabrielle Capet, c. 1783 (detail)
From a 1920’s stereoview card series titled “The goblins will get you if you don’t watch out.” (Source & More Images)
From a letter James Dean wrote to Barbara Glenn, while filming East of Eden:
Was very pleased to hear from you. That’s putting it mildly. Gadge Kazan and Williams are nice but I wouldn’t trust the sons-a-bitches far’s I could throw em. They can take advantage of you like anybody else.
Honey!!! I’m still a Calif. virgin, remarkable no. I’m saving it - H-bomb Dean. A new addition has been added to the Dean family. I got a red 53 MG (milled head etc. hot engine). My sex pours itself into fast curves, broadsides and broodings, drags, etc. You have plenty of competition now. My motorcycle, my MG, and my girl. I have been sleeping with my MG. We make it together. HONEY.