What an inspiration
ugh I wish I could react like that
Sibling Rivalry Press
St. Sebastian Review
dancing girl press
Luna Luna Magazine
So to Speak
Two Serious Ladies
Writers of color:
"Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know."
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Studies show that women apologize more than men, often for perfectly reasonable acts like, you know, taking up space.
THAT LAST ONE THOUGH
always weird when stuff like this is for a product, like am I buying empowerment? But if I had to choose, rather see this than some of the alternatives. A positive message like this is one I can stomach!
“Instead of a Dark Lord, you would have a queen, not dark but beautiful and terrible as the dawn! Tempestuous as the sea, and stronger than the foundations of the earth! All shall love me and despair!”
Woman? Is that meant to insult me?
Just a few more women who’ve inspired me this year! From actresses, to politicians, advocates, to activists. Women are rising. Companion post can be found here .
Names: Robin Roberts, Mariska Hargitay, Angelina Jolie, Tatianna Maslany, Jourdan Dunn, Jessica Chastain, Nicki Minaj, Evan Rachel Wood, Danai Gurira, Nina Davuluri, M.I.A, Lucy Liu, Mallika Sherawat, Solange Knowles, Demi Lovato, Jessica Williams, Ming Na Wen, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Warren, Cecile Kyenge, Leticia Van de Putte, Anita Sarkeesian, Malala Yousafzai, Wendy Davis, Akenya Ntaiya, Licia Ronzulli, Brittney Griner, Mazie Keiko Hirono, Diane J. Humetewa, Edie Windsor.
People often describe to me what their vaginas look like and then ask “Is that normal?!”
Well here you go, ladies. Proof that there’s more than one kind of coochie.
Your bits are normal.
I honestly wish everyone would fucking realize this. I’ve heard so many people give other girls horrible nick names because they have larger or smaller labias?? like how does that effect sex or anything? I was even with a girl the other night who brought the topic up and she was like “I only prefer small lips” LIKE WHAT THE HELL? I said “so if you take a girls pants off and she’s got a lil extra you’re gonna leave?” It’s fucking vagina holy shit this gets me so angry I’m sorry
The same goes for boobs. Lots of different breasts and yours are just fine even if they don’t look exactly like that movie star’s.
"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.