AIDS and the “high-risk” group.

  (Image source: NPR) "When my doctor indicated to me in December of 1981 that I was immune deficient I said, "What does that mean?" And he said, "We don't know." "The effect of being told that I was immune deficient was devastating. I called my parents and said "I am going to die." (Two … Continue reading AIDS and the “high-risk” group.

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The Theatre Thaw(?)

  During the period of Stalinism theatre, and other arts were largely homogenized to express Soviet Realism, (see my post on the renowned artist Deyneka) However, at the beginning of destalinization  the ice of homogeneity began to melt. By the mid 1950s there was an obvious struggle against conformity in the arts. The theater, free … Continue reading The Theatre Thaw(?)

The Girl with the Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle.

From a western perspective, female roles during wartime are kept nearly exclusively to the home front. Women are placed in temporary industry jobs in order to advance the war effort, which is where iconic personas such as Rosie the Riveter emerge. However, this concept of females roles vary on the eastern front. During World War … Continue reading The Girl with the Tokarev SVT-40 semi-automatic rifle.