People want to believe gender is something that’s essential, and people repeat these essentialist ideas all the time. “Oh, women do that” and “Oh, men do that” and the reality is that all women don’t anything. We as individuals do what we do, you know, and sometimes that’s informed by gender and sometimes it’s just who we are. And I think all that just makes people really, really uncomfortable because they don’t want to think about who they are.
Happy National Grandparents’ Day (Sept. 7th)! This is my paternal grandmother, Frances, with her brothers, taken shortly after WW2. Unlike my other grandma, I got to know her. She was one of most sweet and mentally strong people I’ve ever known. She grew up on a farm during the Depression Era, after all. When my brothers, cousins, and I were little, she would make the famous “grandma’s macaroni” for us almost every time we visited her and grandpa’s house. I resemble her a lot when I was younger, especially in that photograph of her as a ten-year-old girl (at left) with a friend. It’s almost as if you’re looking at me.
One of the things that is really notable about Moscow and yet not many people outside Russia know about, is how gorgeous the Moscow metro is.
These photos? That’s what the metro stations look like.
They’re called the “People’s palaces of Moscow” or else “Underground palaces,” and they were built during the Soviet era on the Communist idea that art and beauty should belong to the people rather than only being available in the houses of nobles.
These photos show just some of the metro’s attractions. There are many more mosaics, statues, etc, placed throughout.
And the metro is always this clean.
In addition to being beautiful, it is incredibly functional. It gets you pretty much everywhere in Moscow, and the trains run at intervals of every three minutes or less. At peak times, they run every 90 seconds. You never have to worry about missing a train, because the next one will come almost immediately.
Not always of course. In the late evening or early morning hours, you may have to wait as long as five whole minutes for a train. They’re also super easy to navigate.
We Russians are pretty proud of our metro system.
Myrna Loy, photographed by Horst P. Horst in the November 15, 1942 Vogue.