“Excuse me while I throw this down, I’m old and cranky and tired of hearing the idiocy repeated by people who ought to know better.
Real women do not have curves. Real women do not look like just one thing.
Real women have curves, and not. They are tall, and not. They are brown-skinned, and olive-skinned, and not. They have small breasts, and big ones, and no breasts whatsoever.
Real women start their lives as baby girls. And as baby boys. And as babies of indeterminate biological sex whose bodies terrify their doctors and families into making all kinds of very sudden decisions.
Real women have big hands and small hands and long elegant fingers and short stubby fingers and manicures and broken nails with dirt under them.
Real women have armpit hair and leg hair and pubic hair and facial hair and chest hair and sexy moustaches and full, luxuriant beards. Real women have none of these things, spontaneously or as the result of intentional change. Real women are bald as eggs, by chance and by choice and by chemo. Real women have hair so long they can sit on it. Real women wear wigs and weaves and extensions and kufi and do-rags and hairnets and hijab and headscarves and hats and yarmulkes and textured rubber swim caps with the plastic flowers on the sides.
Real women wear high heels and skirts. Or not.
Real women are feminine and smell good and they are masculine and smell good and they are androgynous and smell good, except when they don’t smell so good, but that can be changed if desired because real women change stuff when they want to.
Real women have ovaries. Unless they don’t, and sometimes they don’t because they were born that way and sometimes they don’t because they had to have their ovaries removed. Real women have uteruses, unless they don’t, see above. Real women have vaginas and clitorises and XX sex chromosomes and high estrogen levels, they ovulate and menstruate and can get pregnant and have babies. Except sometimes not, for a rather spectacular array of reasons both spontaneous and induced.
Real women are fat. And thin. And both, and neither, and otherwise. Doesn’t make them any less real.
There is a phrase I wish I could engrave upon the hearts of every single person, everywhere in the world, and it is this sentence which comes from the genius lips of the grand and eloquent Mr. Glenn Marla: There is no wrong way to have a body.
I’m going to say it again because it’s important: There is no wrong way to have a body.
And if your moral compass points in any way, shape, or form to equality, you need to get this through your thick skull and stop with the “real women are like such-and-so” crap.
You are not the authority on what “real” human beings are, and who qualifies as “real” and on what basis. All human beings are real.
Yes, I know you’re tired of feeling disenfranchised. It is a tiresome and loathsome thing to be and to feel. But the tit-for-tat disenfranchisement of others is not going to solve that problem. Solidarity has to start somewhere and it might as well be with you and me.”"
This site from the National Theatre’s Stagework is one of the best educational websites ever. It’s a six-part interactive discussion and analysis of the play with Ian McKellen, and is a delight.
This video might be the most clever way to raise money for dogs in need, because all you need to do is watch it.
"Just by watching these puppies, you’re raising money for dogs in need," says the narrator in the video above. "You see, if a video goes viral, YouTube shares the money they made from advertising with whoever made the video, and in this case, every dollar we earn will go toward feeding, treating and finding homes for dogs who haven’t been as lucky as us."
The video comes from The Pedigree Adoption Drive, and ends by imploring viewers to share because the more views received, the more money will be raised.
So share this video. You know, for the dogs.
Your move, followers. What items do you use to bring me forth?
Hogwarts is Here sounds like a very impressive LARP
These flowers are South African daisies, belonging to genus Osteospermum. Osteospermum (“bony seed”) is a collection of about 50 plant species from family Asteraceae, native to South Africa.
The attractive spoon or pinwheel forms seen here seem to be hybrids or cultivars (please correct me if I’m wrong), or derivatives of Osteospermum fruticosum. Most species appear to possess fairly ordinary, plain ray-flowers.
Top photo is the ‘Pink Whirls’ variety by Jon Sullivan,
Bottom photo is ‘Flower Power Spider Purple’ by Derek Ramsey.
Holy crap, that character customization. What, what, what.
EA TAKE NOTICE.
i need this right now i don’t care if there’s no playable game i just want the character creator give me the character creator
GIVE TO ME
YOU COULD LITERALLY MAKE IT LOOK EXACTLY LIKE YOURSELF
I WANT IT SO BAD
I want this so bad
But the polygon count.
SO!? i mean, yeah it will sent your computer into meltdown but have you SEEN it?
The HAIR editor!
TW: sexual assault
News reports of sexual violence in India interspersed with clips from Bollywood and Indian pop culture highlighting sheer entrenched misogyny, as well as interviews with perpetrators and targets of sexual harassment and slut-shaming/”eve teasing”.
It’s difficult to watch, but still necessary. (Also the Indian women news reporters are kickass.
Yoooooooooo this is SO incredibly important. And I want to add some commentary/context to this, especially the Bollywood clips.
You know what’s possibly more sickening about item numbers? Yes, women are being used as sexual props. Yes their bodies are being put on display for the male gaze. But what doesn’t really come across in these clips is the fact that very often their bodies are being displayed without their consent.
The lynchpin of a lot of Bollywood films is the trope of the coy woman withholding sex (because of some godforsaken reason) and being repeatedly subjected to sexual harassment by a sexually aggressive man, who then wins this “sex” or her affection by using harassment.
I mean this is popular media LITERALLY TELLING MEN THAT TO WIN A WOMAN YOU HAVE TO HARASS HER. Her no is only no because she’s trying to defend some sense of her honour of virtue.
Not that she doesn’t want it.
Not that she’s not interested in the guy.
It’s just the fact that she’s being irrational.
And this is a trope which has been playing out in Bollywood films SINCE THE FREAKING SIXTIES AND SEVENTIES.
So when Indian politicians feed us jackshit about how it is globalization and the “Western” influence that is causing more rape, because women are wearing less clothes or whatever, it is absolute bullfuckingshit, because this shit has been around before we were being influenced by “western” morals (or the lack of morals, as they have it).
It is not about the fact that we’re abandoning our “Hindu” roots - this prissy morality is the result of modernity, the result of occupation during the Colonial period. There’s a reason the Khajuraho monuments exist and yep, they were built by Hindus.
This film is excellent, but it still only tells the story of what happens in the cities. It isn’t touching upon what happens in villages, what happens under Khap Panchayat rules/mentalities. And tbh, some of the most gruesome rapes and sexual assaults happen in villages, where the caste system is still strong - and it happens specifically against Dalit women and is almost always committed by men of higher castes.
And what’s really tiring is that for every Kalki Koechlin speaking out and telling people that women are not goddesses, we are not just mothers, sisters and daughters but our own fucking people, there are a million voices - both male and female - drowning them out using the “oh but you wouldn’t want this to happen to your mother/sister/daughter therefore you should stand up against rape.” Because honestly, how many of these people would give a flying fuck if a Dalit woman was raped? How many of them would stand up for her?
I mean, like one of my friends was telling me a month or so ago, how he went for a film event of sorts in Pune with a friend of his - pretty girl, happens to be Dalit. There were people there, at that event, still saying shit like these Dalits need to be put back in their place. And when this girl tells them that she’s a Dalit, they respond by making violent threats (don’t remember if they were of a sexual nature or not, not going to state for certain).
This is happening in a setting with people who presumably, have some sort of educational attainment.
There is so much that needs to be done concerning discourse about rape and harassment in India and so much that needs to be done to include everyone, not just educated girls/women from the cities. There is so much space for intersectional feminist dialogues in India and unfortunately so few of those dialogues make it into the public space, remaining mostly within the intelligentsia/academic circles.
For the record you can read the Tehelka article mentioned in the video here and here. Its a long read but worth it. There’s also this fabulous paper by Shilpa Phadke titled Why Loiter? Radical possibilities for Gendered Dissent which looks at how the act of loitering in public spaces, for a woman especially in India, is a political act of dissent that demands a more equal citizenship.
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Jelly Belly Chairman donates $5000 to help turn back the rights of trans kids in California to use the bath room and change rooms of their gender identity, not assigned sex.
Source: THE AGE
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