A Shockingly Gruesome History of Beauty Marks, Real and Fake

The history of fake beauty marks goes back quite a while, and like most beauty history (and history of femininity, in general) it involves gruesome death, witch trials, definitely some puritanical political philosophies, divine prophecy, public humiliation, and arbitrary opinions dressed up as scientific fact used as the basis to defend torture. In between all…

Where to find interesting Black History Month exhibits

Around the country this month, Black History is being celebrated with a range of exhibitions, celebrations and special events in various cities. Among the wide variety of offerings is the Smithsonian’s much-anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture, which opened last September on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It documents African American…