Saturday, November 18, 2006

the "Fuck housework" poster

I don't often promote other people's stuff, but Noel gave me this very special cool poster two years ago for Christmas and some people have asked about it.

Noel grew up seeing this photograph:

From left to right ~ there is my sister Mimi, a photographer from southern California who my mother tried to set me up with (!?), then there is my mom lighting a cigarette with a big red candle, and some young kid I don't remember ~ and me in the light blue shirt with the funny haircut.

The house was being remodled. Its the one on Guerreo I mentioned in my blog entry on October 24th: My trip to California

Above mom on the mantle is the poster. Her poster.


The image is a woman holding a broken broom. The words Women's Liberation are written across her at the bottom.

It's signed by Virtue Hathaway, and dated 1971. The photograph was taken about then which makes me around 18 years old.

Now here it is in our house:

I have had some people ask me about it. Noel searched online and found it for me. Like I said, very cool. :-)

The artist is Shirley Boccaccio (alias Virtue Hathaway) who now lives in Mexico. Her daughter Penelope sells the poster for her. It is signed by Shirley and costs $25.00 plus $5.00 postage, tube, handling etc.. If you want one see the info below:


August 20, 2012
Hi everyone! The latest information from Shirley Boccaccio on about ordering the poster:

Dear Gabi: Yes, I still sell the original, signed poster. It costs $25.00 plus $5.00 for postage, tube etc. Just send a check or money order made out to me to Wells Fargo Advisors,6991 E. Camelback Rd, Suite D200, Scottsdale AZ 85251. Make it to the attention of Lisa Preston and she will notify me of the payment and I will send you a poster, postehaste. Thank you for your interest. Best wishes, Shirley Boccaccio (alias Virtue Hathaway) 


August 23, 2016
Dear Gabi:
I finally have oriented myself and want to thank you deeply for all the good things you say on your blog about my poster. I wrote you somewhere else on all this, it is a bit difficult since I have to come to town to use the internet as I don´t have it at home...and then they close at 2:00 in the afternoon so I have to move fast.

I want to attach a photo of my novel, Buying the Ranch and some text describing it. If you could be so kind as to mention it, it is available on Amazon but they do NO promotion. Any efforts you may make will be deeply appreciated. Thank you very much.
Shirley (Virtue)

BUYING THE RANCH - Book I, Facing Real Life
by Virtue Hathaway

Recently issued and available through AMAZON books:

This is the first in a series of four books, tracing the evolution of a young woman of the mid-20th century from cheerleader to radical feminist in a form entertaining, erotic and enlightening.  The story follows Joanna’s dramatic journey of self-realization.  Struggling to live her life she finds she must face the reality of the rules society lays down in order for women to “fit in”, play the game and ultimately survive, let alone be able to create meaningful change in the life around her.

A well-planned, intricate plot that takes the reader on their own dramatic journey of self-discovery.”  Lief Carlson, Vallarta Today

Gabi here. I haven't read it yet but here it is:
Buying the Ranch: Facing Real Life (Volume 1) Paperback – August 5, 2016
by Virtue Hathaway


Anonymous said...

LOL You are SUCH a rebel. I love ya for it!

Kaylen said...

Cute story! What a wonderful son you have-to come up with that present.

Anonymous said...

Shirley Boccaccio was a friend of my folks many years ago. I love her work, and have one of her original oils on my livingroom wall.

Thanks for the information on how to get one of those posters!

Anonymous said...

Looked around a bit, and found the following site with more Shirley Boccaccio stuff. Cheaper posters, too:

Anonymous said...

I also have this poster in my living room. Given to me by my grandmother before she died.

Ricardo Levins Morales said...

In 1974 Shirley Boccacio wrote a piece in Feminist Art Journal (reprinted the next year in Feminist Revolution by the Redstockings Collective) called "The Housework Poster Rip-Off." It describes hoe the FH poster was stolen by Personality Posters in NY and her attempts to get her rights recognized in the face of arrogant corporados, a hostile judge and self-absorbed "leftist" lawyer. At that time the final outcome was still pending (the legal stuff was done but the street verdict was not yet in). I am delighted that her daughter is the source for the poster currently. If your blood pressure is too low, look up the article! (Feminist Revolution is still available through Redstocking's we site.)

Tumbleweed said...

I happened to find my old poster recently. I bought it in San Francisco in the early 70's. I now have up on the wall in my laundry room. I remember it was pretty rebelious at the time. (I'm sure that's why I wanted it!)
We didn't have the world wide web back then. I think it's amazing you can go on line and find these old classics. Later!

penelope said...

Hi ! I am Shirleys daughter, Penelope. I will forward this site to her, she'd love to hear your comments. She is currentley living in the mountains of Mexico above Puerto Vallarta, where she has an organic farm. She is doing great...and is still the rebel!

Naomi said...

my mom has always had this poster - and I've loved it since I was a kid! I've been looking for a way to get my hands on my own copy -- thanks!

Mike Liles said...

Got out of the USMC in 1971, honorably discharged after two court martials, went home to Oregon, said screw it to the world, married a hippie girl, and acquired this poster.

Over the years... We moved to chase money in CA, The poster got lost, we grew apart and ultimately got divorced. After that I kind of led a Jimmy Buffett life that ran from AK to Belize, wound up staying in TX. Loved the music down here.

Now here it is 2009, I found the poster again. I found my ex again, she is a good friend, and I am going back to Oregon.

Except for the state of the environment life is good.

Thank you, A 59 year old guitar playing hippie.

Madeline Tucker said...

I sent an email to the address you have listed for the poster and it was rejected. My family has had a copy of the poster since the early 1970's and I would really like a brand new one. Do you have new contact information for it? Please let me know
Madeline Tucker

Gabi Clayton said...

Hi everyone! Shirley Boccaccio's daughter Penelope replied to me when I asked her for updated contact information for folks who want the poster. So Penelope wrote me:

"Hi Gaby! Yes, the info needs to be updated.I have since moved back to Guadalajara, and my mother is on her ranch in Mascota, Jalisco. You can reach her @ My e-mail address is"

Lynda said...

I had this poster on my wall at my very first house I owned back in the 80s. I wrote about it on my blog today. Just on a lark I decided to google the poster and there it is!

Andrei Hedstrom said...

hey there - i grew up with this poster in the pantry and finally after years as an adult with my pantry seeing incomplete I am on the look out for it, but when I emailed this address there was a permanent failure in the email. Any ideas?

Gabi Clayton said...

I checked with Shirley Boccaccio's daughter Penelope and she wrote that her mother's email address is still

Penelope e-mail address is

So I'm not sure what the permanent failure was but I would try again.

Penelope also gave me her mom's phone number in Mexico and said it is okay to share it: 011-52-317-389-8692

Anonymous said...

I received this poster from an old boss of mine a few years ago and to this day it is still hanging in my living room. I thought it was one of few but have found out otherwise. But none the less it is a great piece of art that I plan to hand down to my kids one day.

Anonymous said...

I bought that poster at the Sisterhood Book Store in LA in 1973 and proudly had it hanging in my kitchen for at least 10 years. Thanks for the having these photos. It's nice to see it again.

Anonymous said...

I've had mine since it came out in the seventies...I aquired it from my aunt & was too young at the time to have it. My mother kept it for me till I got my own place. It's been hanging in my livingroom ever since! Great conversation piece! And so much more!

Kara said...

I grew up with that poster too! My mother promises it is "bequeathed" to me. I adore it and all the memories it holds for me, but I'm still trying to figure out where to hang it in my house since I live in a town population 600 and ALL of them church bedroom? ;)

Kara said...

PS...Please buy from the artist if you can because I've seen them for sale on the internet for $350 each and I guarantee the artist isn't seeing that money!

Gabi Clayton said...

Mine is in my kitchen, Kara. And totally agree - please buy from the artist.

Amy Meadows said...

I just acquired one from a friend of mine who passed away. We were friends for 36 years. I was 11 years old when I first saw the poster hanging in his kitchen in his condo in Miami. I babysat for his son. My friend passed away on 4/1/12 and I asked his son if I could please have the poster as he still had it and it was now hanging in his condo in Madeira Beach. His son was gracious enough to give it to me and that has so touched my heart but it is just not in great shape. Not only did he have this one, but my friends son found another folded up in the filing cabinet. I am so happy to have this piece in my home as it meant so much to my friend.

Gabi Clayton said...

Hi everyone! The latest information from Shirley Boccaccio on August 20, 2012 about ordering the poster:

Dear Gabi: Yes, I still sell the original, signed poster. It costs $25.00 plus $5.00 for postage, tube etc. Just send a check or money order made out to me to Wells Fargo Advisors,6991 E. Camelback Rd, Suite D200, Scottsdale AZ 85251. Make it to the attention of Lisa Preston and she will notify me of the payment and I will send you a poster, postehaste. Thank you for your interest. Best wishes, Shirley Boccaccio (alias Virtue Hathaway)

mary ann said...

I got this poster when it first came out and had it hanging in all my homes as the years went by. So reminds me of my youth. It now hangs in my daughters home as she moves along. It is priceless to me.

Anonymous said...

My mom has had this poster in our house for as long as I can remember. (I was born in 1971). I just bought a new house and would love one for my house. Have people had luck sending in money to Wells Fargo and receiving the poster lately? Thanks!!

Gabi Clayton said...

Dear Anonymous, That latest information I have is from August 20, 2012 so should be current. If you order and want to let us know how it goes that would be welcome. Thanks, Gabi

pollystyrene said...

I ordered mine from the Wells Fargo address back in 2012 and I can confirm the transaction went fine.

I FINALLY got a frame for my copy and hung it up. I posted a picture on Facebook and now everyone wants to know where it came from.

Shirley should be getting a few orders from my friends :-)

beth said...

My mother has had this in our house for as long as I can remember! When I was learning how to read, she told me it said "Yuck Housework," and it wasn't until I was a teenager when I took another look at it and realized just what it said! Ha! I was online trying to find the poster to give to my bff who is getting married this summer...i didn't realize how much this poster means to so many people! True treasure.

Anonymous said...

This beautiful poster hung in my parents kitchen for over thirty years. A year after Mom died, Dad sold the house and I got the poster. It was disintegrating, but my magical framer was able to salvage almost all of it. It is now preserved under glass and frame, hanging in my kitchen for my daughter to inherit. Whenever I look at the poster I smile! It brings back so many memories of events in my folks kitchen!! I had no idea it was so popular (still) until I decided to find out more about the artist. Thank you Gabi, for posting about this wonderful poster. Thank you Ms. Boccaccio, for creating something (beautiful art) that transcends generations.
Sincerely, dks

Corry Hinckley said...

My mom had this poster over the washing machine my whole life. When she diedown, my sister got it, but this year for Christmas she bought them for the rest of us! I had no idea that so many people loved it, too! Thanks for sharing the info.