Hello! I am one of the Bettie Page house owners. First of all, thank you so much for this piece. It's been wonderful to have so much idealogical support. You stated many of my thoughts much better than I could under pressure during a TV interview. I've never been interviewed before and there are many sentiments I wish I could have expressed better.
Second, many very generous people have asked about donations to help with restoration. We really appreciate the offer and have been so moved by the outpouring of positivity we've received from the community. However, between our home insurance, the original artist, and volunteers, the cost of repair is within our means. In lieu of a donation to us, we ask that you please consider donating to the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN), which is an excellent non-profit focused on supporting victims of sexual assault. To us, the so-called feminists who slut shamed Bettie are part of the problem of perpetuating rape culture. The idea that a woman shouldn't be allowed to express her sexuality without consequences is disgusting and incredibly damaging. donate.rainn.org
I tried to find a direct donation site for the victim of that awful case involving the asshole with the 80s movie villain name, but I couldn't locate one.
Thanks again for the support. As one of my friends put it, it just goes to show that for every sucky person out there, there are hundreds more who are good and kind.