- Helen Mirren, beautiful in every way it’s possible for a human to be beautiful.
As a society, we encourage girls and women to be emotionally accessible, and in touch with their feelings; we say that it’s an innately feminine trait. We say it, that is, until they have feelings that make us uncomfortable, at which point we recast them as melodramatic harpies, shrieking banshees, and basket cases.
I think it’s time to kill for our women
Time to heal our women, be real to our women
And if we don’t we’ll have a race of babies
That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
And since a man can’t make one
He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
“Rap is just noise”
Those of us who stand outside the circle of this society’s definition of acceptable women; those of us who have been forged in the crucibles of difference – those of us who are poor, who are lesbians, who are Black, who are older – know that survival is not an academic skill. It is learning how to stand alone, unpopular and sometimes reviled, and how to make common cause with those others identified as outside the structures in order to define and seek a world in which we can all flourish. It is learning how to take our differences and make them strengths.
Women in Film
I have been waiting for these stats for many moons. (Holy SHIT 8% directors)
that last image just made my life.
Anyone have sources for these numbers?
Christopher Eccleston on the relationship between the Doctor and his companions
I love you.
For a moment, I just have to talk about how happy I am I cut off all of my hair, and how much I recommend it to every woman I know.
From when we are little girls, we’re taught that ribbons and curls and ponytails make us feminine, that our beauty is in the color and texture of the dead cells on our heads. This can be especially troubling for women of color. If our hair is too much, too thick, too unruly, too different from the models in the magazines, it makes us feel that much less beautiful and feminine during adolescence. I know this was the case for me. My hair was always a big, voluminous mess. And I can’t count the number of times a pretty blonde girl came up to me saying how she wished she could have the body in her hair that I had. But I hated it, and I hated her for being jealous of it. “You don’t understand,” I would think. I would look in the mirror and I would cry. I would spend hours straightening and dying and treating my hair until it lay flat and lifeless on my head. I wore it up for years because I had given up at making it look decent. And this isn’t the only part of my female identity I struggled with, but I remember the day I cut all my hair off for the first time like it was just yesterday. It was like I had never seen myself before. I looked in the mirror and for the first time, I saw a woman. I saw my eyes and my cheekbones and my lips. I saw the angle of my jaw and my large forehead and I didn’t hate them. I wasn’t distracted by my black wavy mess of hair. I was seeing me, everything I had been distracted away from seeing for so long.
It was terrifying, but it was so empowering! It forces you to step outside of the “woman” box, if only for a moment, and see what makes you you apart from the hair on your head. I went years and years with chin-length bobs and a-lines until finally, about a year ago, I decided to go even shorter. And then towards the end of last year I buzzed all my hair off completely. Now I have a super short, blonde pixie cut and I have never felt more sexy and feminine in my life.
Be whatever woman you want to be, and don’t be afraid to search for that woman in ways that might have previously seemed scary or threatening to your female identity. There is nothing more sexy than being you, than being unafraid to be judged for not fitting into the boxes society has built and placed you in. It doesn’t make you any less of a woman to wear boots or trenchcoats or to shave off all your hair.
I found this video on YouTube and wanted to share it with you - “Project Unspoken”, created by a group from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. So powerful. (trigger warning: rape/sexual assault)
“You’re still a whole being, and because of what happened to you, you are a much stronger individual.”
Oxford University students on why we need feminism
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