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February 13, 2014


Nick L

Female parachutists seem to be a socialist realist theme:

"There is a striking contrast which is only possible here: many of the women on the terraces conceal their faces under the chador - a primitive, medieval superstition; but parachutists are landing in the stadium and they are women too, who grew up in this country. The chador and the parachute. You don't have to be a prophet to foretell the victory of the parachute"



Not just socialist realist, either. There's quite a genre of Parachuting Women Films - starring Violette Szabo (real), Odette Sansom (also real), Charlotte Gray (made up), Mary Ure in "Where Eagles Dare"...


... Mary Poppins

Chris Williams

Valentina Tereshkova was a parachuting champion who was recruited as a cosmonaut. There don't seem to be many pictures of her actually parachuting, though. I suspect this is because: such images are inherently hard to get as photos; that there were spacesuit ones to use as the basis of paintings instead; and the USSR was keen to deflect attention from the little white lie they told the FAI about how Yuri got down.


Do parachute women have parachute children?

Chris Williams

If so, they are sworn enemies to helicopter mothers.

chris y

Does anyone else now have an earworm of that self-consciously offensive song from Beggars Banquet?


Actually it got me remembering the McCain Girls. You might think twice about googling if you don't get the reference, btw. Don't say you weren't warned.


... which was intended as a joke, I learn. Yes, I know you people don't care, but I find this kind of saddening.


The chador and the parachute. You don't have to be a prophet to foretell the victory of the parachute

... well, maybe a really crap prophet.

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