Tatiana Maslany at the Canadian Screen Awards 2014 on making headway by playing so many women in one show. (x)
"You are a woman. Skin and bones, veins and nerves, hair and sweat. You are not made of metaphors. Not apologies, not excuses."
—Sarah Kay, from “The Type” (via benswhishaws)
Zoe Smith can lift twice her body weight, set a British record for women’s weightlifting, and really doesn’t care if you find her attractive or not.
…we don’t lift weights in order to look hot, especially for the likes of men like that. What makes them think that we even WANT them to find us attractive? If you do, thanks very much, we’re flattered. But if you don’t, why do you really need to voice this opinion in the first place, and what makes you think we actually give a toss that you, personally, do not find us attractive? What do you want us to do? Shall we stop weightlifting, amend our diet in order to completely get rid of our ‘manly’ muscles, and become housewives in the sheer hope that one day you will look more favourably upon us and we might actually have a shot with you?! Cause you are clearly the kindest, most attractive type of man to grace the earth with your presence.
Oh but wait, you aren’t. This may be shocking to you, but we actually would rather be attractive to people who aren’t closed-minded and ignorant. Crazy, eh?! We, as any women with an ounce of self-confidence would, prefer our men to be confident enough in themselves to not feel emasculated by the fact that we aren’t weak and feeble.
And here’s some food for thought – maybe you should broaden your criteria for what you consider ‘attractive’ anyway, because these perfect, feminine women you speak of probably have no interest in you either.
(photo from Feministing)
Daaaaaaamn, go on gurl.
why are men so damn obsessed with women going to the bathroom together
that’s all we do, one goes in while the other waits outside, sometimes holding the door so it won’t open
that’s all, dude
The above is a lie we actually go and have massive orgies together with other groups of girls in the restroom and then we gossip about all your faults and failures and share tampons and pain pills and lipgloss while talking about all our emotional problems
I love everything about this photoset
The lack of condescension in cultural sharing
The contextual foreignness of firm breasts in a society that doesn’t use bras
This is awesome.
I just want to say that this is why minority representation in the media matters. Mae Jemison was inspired to become an astronaut after watching Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on Star Trek.
“Majoring in engineering, I would have maybe one of two or three African-American students in my classes. Some professors would just pretend I wasn’t there. I would ask a question and a professor would act as if it was just so dumb, the dumbest question he had ever heard. Then, when a white guy would ask the same question, the professor would say, ‘That’s a very astute observation.’” +
women of the buffyverse
I love all these women a lot.
But is anyone else a little sad that there is only one, maybe two women of color in the bunch?
Now one film has single-handedly bucked that trend, passing the Bechdel test, and with the best portrayal of women in an action film I have seen in years: Dredd.
Put simply, and this is extraordinary, there is no difference between the portrayal of male and female characters in this film. The women are not sexualised, weaker, shown less, or more emotional, and their wardrobes are genderless, but neither are they simply rendered as personality devoid hard-asses… The women characters are excellent characters who happen to be women.
Full Article - Dredd: A Brilliant Portrayal of Women in Comics
This film is struggling to make budget in the US - please help it do well and spread the word!
I wanted to see this film before I read this review but now I want to see it even more.
(Also the Bechdel test isn’t even hard to pass, directors are seriously slacking.)
I watched this film the other week and I can say that it is a fabulously well done Dredd film, and it’s also incredibly feminist and yes, though it does pass the Bechdel test, that is through one scene of dialogue.
It’s great though and Judge Anderson wasn’t dumbed down for the action film audience - which I rejoiced at, in the comics she was well written and cool too, and they wrote her well in the films.
This was the Dredd flick I have been waiting for, please do go and watch it!
"We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when he was once sharing a taxi and the other male passenger made a pass at him. The lightbulb went off. “Oh,” I said. “I get it. See, you are afraid, because for the first time in your life you have found yourself a victim of unwanted sexual advances by someone who has the physical ability to use force against you.” The boy nodded and shuddered visibly.“But,” I continued. “As a woman, you learn to live with that from the time you are fourteen, and it never stops. We live with that fear every day of our lives. Every man walking through the parking garage the same time you are is either just a harmless stranger or a potential rapist. Every time.” The girls in the room nodded, agreeing. The boys seemed genuinely shocked. “So think about that the next time you hit on a girl. Maybe, like you in the taxi, she doesn’t actually want you to.”"
ladies who should be playing mythical head bitches in charge | ROONEY MARA as A RUSALKA, the unquiet spirit of a young woman who had died near water, which dances and sings by the light of the moon and lure men to their watery deaths.
Oh, my love, she sings and beckons with her pale hand, her hair strung out long over her breasts, twisted with moss. Come, come, come to me. He is beautiful and he is golden, and he has lips like a ripe plum, and she does so miss it, she does so miss the sun; the burn of it on her skin, the way it caresses her hair. She misses the taste of light. Come, my love, come, my sweet. She smiles, and spins; shall I dance for you, my love? When he draws near, she lets him wrap his arms around her, and feels the sun within him, pressing against her skin. When she drifts back, when the water comes up to their knees, he follows; when it comes up to their throats, he is grasping her ever tighter. Down, down, down to the river deep, she murmurs to him, oh, my love; won’t you come for a visit? He follows; they always follow, and below, where the moon does not reach, she presses her lips against his, and finds no breath. When he falls to the river deep, his lips blue, she thinks sadly: I only wanted a kiss.
I love the way different incarnations of very similar myths crop up in all different cultures. Rusalka, Sirens, Llorona…
Minimal Posters - Six Women Who Changed Science. And The World.
i would reblog this a million times if i could.
These would make great mini posters for my classroom.
16-year-old Taylor Townsend is currently the number one junior tennis player in the world, bringing hope to the increasingly troubled state of American tennis. Considered a prodigy, Townsend is one of 25 junior players currently being trained at the brand-new full-time academy in Boca Raton, FL, which is funded by the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Logically, this would seem to make her a major asset for the sport. However, Townsend has been benched by the USTA until further notice. The reason? Evidently, Townsend is just too darn fat.Thursday, she won two matches at the U.S. Open’s junior tournament, the last a dominating two-set victory over Mexico’s Marcela Zacarias in which she pumped her fist after winners and jogged to her chair for every changeover.But unbeknownst to everyone outside her inner circle, the USTA wasn’t happy to see Townsend in New York. Her coaches declined to pay her travel expenses to attend the Open and told her this summer that they wouldn’t finance any tournament appearances until she makes sufficient progress in one area: slimming down and getting into better shape.
why though she is obviously fit and healthy enough to be the #1 junior tennis player if her weight was a [health] issue than I could understand but it’s not so they can just fuck off and let her be fabulous
This has nothing to do with her health. This has everything to do with people wanting to turn her into a conventional sex object that they can sell.
She is talented, skilled, healthy, and beautiful. Anyone who wants to change her can go fuck themselves.
"Except you can’t show a topless woman on TV - and you can’t defibrillate a woman in a bra. So victims of heart attacks on TV are *always* male. Did you know that a woman having a heart attack is more likely to have back or jaw pain than chest or left arm pain? I didn’t - because I’ve never seen a woman having a heart attack. I’ve been trained in CPR and Advanced First Aid by the Red Cross over 15 times in my life, the videos and booklets always have a guy and say the same thing about clutching his chest and/or biceps.
And people laugh when I tell them women are still invisible in this world."
Things I did not know, but should.
This is a post that might save a life.
My mom worked for 25 years as an ER nurse and is convinced that a lot of women die simply because folks only know heart attack symptoms that occur in males.