1. We never say that all men deserve to feel beautiful. We never say that each man is beautiful in his own way. We don’t have huge campaigns aimed at young boys trying to convince them that they’re attractive, probably because we very rarely correlate a man’s worth with his appearance. The problem is that a woman’s value in this world is still very much attached to her appearance, and telling her that she should or deserves to feel beautiful does more to promote that than negate it. Telling women that they “deserve” to feel pretty plays right in to the idea that prettiness should be important to them. And having books and movies aimed at young women where every female protagonist turns out to be beautiful (whereas many of the antagonists are described in much less flattering terms) reinforces the message that beauty has some kind of morality attached to it, and that all heroines are somehow pretty.

    — You Don’t Have To Be Pretty – On YA Fiction And Beauty As A Priority | The Belle Jar (via brutereason)

  2. fallingfromtheshelf:

    exgynocraticgrrl:

    Gerda Lerner (1920-2013) , former Robinson Edwards Professor Emerita of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Gerda Lerner (1920-2013)  Women and History (excerpt)
    -- A Thinking Allowed DVD w/ Jeffrey Mishlove

    Hero.

  3. Guy: What do girls do at sleepovers?
    Me: Pass the Bechdel test.

  4. slaughterhouse90210:

“Those previous versions of herself were so distant now that remembering them was almost like remembering other people, acquaintances, young women whom she’d known a long time ago, and she felt such compassion for them. ‘I regret nothing,’ she told her reflection in the ladies’ room mirror, and believed it.”—Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

    slaughterhouse90210:

    “Those previous versions of herself were so distant now that remembering them was almost like remembering other people, acquaintances, young women whom she’d known a long time ago, and she felt such compassion for them. ‘I regret nothing,’ she told her reflection in the ladies’ room mirror, and believed it.”
    —Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven

  5. Good God, we’re in a lot of trouble if people think that Amy represents every woman. Feminism is not that fragile, I hope. What Amy does is to weaponize female stereotypes. She embodies them to get what she wants and then she detonates them. Men do bad things in films all the time and they’re called anti-heroes. Amy may not be admirable, but neither are the men on ‘The Sopranos.’

    — Gillian Flynn (via alduinns)

    (Source: danedeham)

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  7. Lie down and look up at the ceiling and breathe with those curiously fragile lungs of yours and remind yourself: Don’t worry. Don’t worry. All is as it was meant to be. It was meant to be lonely and terrifying and unfair and heaving. Don’t worry.

    — The Faceless Old Woman Who Secretly Lives in Your Home, Condos (via splitterherzen)

    (Source: headofporridge)

  8. 5,000 posts!

    5,000 posts!

  9. gailsimone:

    iliaora:

    exgynocraticgrrl:

    Breaking The Male Code: After Steubenville, A Call To Action

    Sports Editor at The Nation, Dave Zirin

    Wow.

    DAMN.

  10. I pulled myself up and told myself to stop these ridiculous thoughts, wondering why it is that we can never stop trying to analyse the motives of people who have no personal interest in us, in the vain hope of finding that perhaps they may have just a little after all.

    — Barbara Pym, Excellent Women (via wordsnquotes)