1. "Rather than fighting for every woman’s right to feel beautiful, I would like to see the return of a kind of feminism that tells women and girls everywhere that maybe it’s all right not to be pretty and perfectly well behaved. That maybe women who are plain, or large, or old, or differently abled, or who simply don’t give a damn what they look like because they’re too busy saving the world or rearranging their sock drawer, have as much right to take up space as anyone else.

    I think if we want to take care of the next generation of girls we should reassure them that power, strength and character are more important than beauty and always will be, and that even if they aren’t thin and pretty, they are still worthy of respect. That feeling is the birthright of men everywhere. It’s about time we claimed it for ourselves."
     
  2. elegantly-tasteless:

    Image is Powerful: Cameron Russell at TEDxMidAtlantic 2012

    This was like the best ted talk i’ve ever seem

    (Source: gynocraticgrrl, via sabelmouse)

     
  3. thesquirtlesquad:

    I read this as a kid and it had a really significant effect on me and and it’s a big influence on my world view and I still think it’s the most beautiful and profound thing anyone’s ever said about beauty

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  4. curtis-ballard:

    Your body is made of the same elements that lionesses are built from. Three quarters of you is the same kind of water that beats rocks to rubble, wears stones away. Your DNA translates into the same twenty amino acids that wolf genes code for. When you look in the mirror and feel weak, remember, the air you breathe in fuels forest fires capable of destroying everything they touch. On the days you feel ugly, remember: diamonds are only carbon. You are so much more.

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  5. madlori:

    aboysbestfriendishismother:

    Dustin Hoffman on playing a woman in Tootsie (1982)

    “If I was going to be a woman, I would want to be as beautiful as possible. And they said to me, ‘Uh, that’s as beautiful as we can get you.’ And I went home and started crying to my wife, and I said, ‘I have to make this picture.’ And she said, ‘Why?’ And I said, ‘Because I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen, and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out.’ She says, ‘What are you saying?’ and I said, ‘There’s too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.’ It was not what it felt like to be a woman. It was what it felt like to be someone that people didn’t respect, for the wrong reasons. I know it’s a comedy. But comedy’s a serious business.”

    This is a man in tears when he came up against the experience of being a woman in a misogynist society, and realizing what it means for them, and for him, too.

    (via sabelmouse)

     
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  7. Today I just want beautiful things.

     
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  9. wristwatchesareneat:

    Cameron Russell is a very successful fashion model who was born in Boston and raised in Cambridge. Armed with fame, eloquence, and her formidable attractiveness, she might seem at first glance to be a text-book case of the “P” word: Privileged.

    But as Russell points out, beauty is superficial and all she did was win a genetic lottery. This is a quote from her talk about the perception of beauty:

    “The real way that I became a model is [that] I won a genetic lottery and I am the recipient of a legacy - and maybe you’re wondering what a legacy is. Well, for the past few centuries we have defined beauty not just as health, and youth, and symmetry… but also as tall sunder figures, and femininity, and white skin.”

    That was the sound of a white model acknowledging race privilege but perhaps the blogsphere isn’t quite convinced. She goes on to explain:

    “In 2007 a very inspired PHD student counted all the models on the runway, every single one that was hired, and of the 677 models only 27, or less than 4%, where non-white.

    “There are people who are paying a cost for how they look and not who they are. I live in New York, and last year of the 140,000 teenagers who were stopped and frisked, 86% of them were black and Latino and most of them were young men.

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    Not only does she recognise this, but she also makes some insightful observations on the nature of print media, specifically in her industry:

    “I hope that what you are seeing is that these pictures are not pictures of me, they are constructions… That’s not me.

    She finishes her interesting and adept talk with a clear-cut exposition of who benefits from inequality: 

    “Mostly it was difficult to unpack a legacy of gender and racial oppression when I am one of the biggest beneficiaries.”

    Kudos to Cameron Russel for her honesty, and you can watch the whole speech which is as funny as it is interesting, above.

    (via wristwatchesareneat-deactivated)

     
     
  10. abluegirl:

    In this absolutely incredible image by Jónína Óskarsdóttir, we see an aurora spotted on March 8, 2012, shimmering over snow-covered mountains in Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland. Geomagnetic storms due to coronal mass ejections (CMEs) earlier in the week have increased in strength, and are now rated a G3 on a scale from G1 to G5. (x)

    I want to see this IRL, so much…

    (via climate-changing)