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femininefreak:

Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman-Hughes, 1972 and 2014

Both by Dan Bagan

Wanna see my cry like a baby? Ask me who these women were.

Hughes’ father was beaten nearly to death by the KKK when she was a kid, and what does she do? Become an activist to try and stop that from happening to other people. She raised money to bail civil rights protesters out of jail. She helped women get out of abusive situations by providing shelter for them until they got on their feet. She founded an agency that helped women get to work without having to leave their children alone, because childcare in the 1970s? Not really a thing. In fact, a famous feminist line in the 70s was “every housewife is one man away from welfare.”

Then she teamed up with Steinman to found the Women’s Action Alliance, which created the first battered women’s shelters in history. They attacked women’s rights issues through boots on the ground activism, problem solving, and communication. They stomped over barriers of race and class to meet women where they were: mostly mothers who wanted better for themselves and their children.

These are women are who I always wanted to be.

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“We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species…There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.”
 “I was often told that I wasn’t a thing…‘She’s not pretty enough, she’s not tall enough, she’s not thin enough, she’s not fat enough.’ I thought, ‘O.K., someday you’re going to be looking for someone not, not, not, not, and there I’ll be.’ ”
“I’ve been with a man for 35 years who looks at me and loves what he sees.”
Our Lady Frances

“We are on red alert when it comes to how we are perceiving ourselves as a species…There’s no desire to be an adult. Adulthood is not a goal. It’s not seen as a gift. Something happened culturally: No one is supposed to age past 45 — sartorially, cosmetically, attitudinally. Everybody dresses like a teenager. Everybody dyes their hair. Everybody is concerned about a smooth face.”

 “I was often told that I wasn’t a thing…‘She’s not pretty enough, she’s not tall enough, she’s not thin enough, she’s not fat enough.’ I thought, ‘O.K., someday you’re going to be looking for someone not, not, not, not, and there I’ll be.’ ”

“I’ve been with a man for 35 years who looks at me and loves what he sees.”

Our Lady Frances

(Source: kateoplis, via homicidalbrunette)

micdotcom:

Powerful portraits of the Liberians who beat Ebola

To help humanize the overwhelming statistics, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and senior staff photographer at Getty Images, John Moore, visited an Ebola treatment center of the organization, Doctors Without Borders in Paynesville, Liberia. At the treatment center, survivors spoke about the brothers, sisters, husbands and wives they lost due to the disease. They also spoke of recovery, stigmas they continue to face in their villages and renewed hope.

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azuila:

history of magic meme | one family
                  ❝ en stirps nobilis et gens antiquissima b l a c k.

–––– The Black family traces its origin back to the Middle Ages. They claim to have entirely magical ancestry, but as Sirius Black informed his godson Harry Potter, no true pure-blood families existed by the twentieth century. The pure-blood families like the Blacks simply removed Muggles and Squibs from their family trees. The Blacks place a great importance on blood purity, considering themselves akin to royalty in the wizarding world and disdaining Muggles, Squibs, Blood traitors and Muggle-borns. The family motto, which can be found on the family crest, is T o u j o u r s P u r , which means “Always Pure” in French. Many members took this phrase very seriously. 

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TOP 10 AUTUMN READING LIST 2014
Autumn has arrived right on time. Nothing reminds us more about autumn than the shuffling of orange, crispy leaves on the floor, Halloween marathons on TV, and the smell of unopened books. And if the smell of books isn’t your thing, don’t stress. Your tablet has inevitably become your new best friend. Autumn is in fact the ideal time to read a new book. There is nothing cozier and heart-warming than snuggling with a warm blanket on your favorite spot at home with a new friend. Below we have a list of interesting reads, in no particular order, to check out for your next quiet night in. 

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is nothing short of epic. Holly Skyes is an atypical teenager. She is a magnet for psychic phenomena. She runs away from home only to open a mysterious vortex oozing with humor, fear and danger. Holly engages in a decade war between the immortals. We visit all phases of her life: past, present and future. Mitchell proves to be one of the most fascinating and genre bending writers of our generation.

Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss [Publishes October 28]
Auri is a mysterious young woman living in an even more mysterious and haunting world. Proven to be one of the most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle, Rothfussoffers us a glimpse into Auri’s life. She lives in a dark place called the Underthing. It is filled with ancient tunnels and abandoned rooms. Beautifully and lyrically written, Auri’s life introduces us a secret world only she knows. 

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride
McBride’s debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed, is a fist to the heart and gut. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother. Her brother suffers from brain damage, which emotionally over-exhausts their existence. McBride weaves in topics of family violence, sexuality and personal struggle. The most breathtaking quality of the novel is her prose. Written in a broken stream of consciousness, it reveals intimate and distressing thoughts. 

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood
Stone Mattress is Margaret Atwood’s first short story collection in eight years. This is music to your ears if you are an Atwood fan. Written with charm and obscurity, this is as enticing as the rest of her work. 

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Jodi Picoult’s highly anticipated new novel does not disappoint. A book like she has never written before, Leaving Time introduces a seamlessly weaved story of the disappearance of Jenna Metcalf’s mother, Alice. Jenna refuses to believe that she was abandoned by her mother and tirelessly searches for evidence. Her mother, once a scientist who observed grief found in elephants, wrote every detail of her scientific work in her journal. This journal provides Alice with the clue she needs. Don’t be thrown off by the connection, we promise this is Picoult’s most powerful story yet. 

Revival by Stephen King [Publishes November 11]
In the early 1960s, in a typical New England town a shadow is casted over a small boy playing with his toys. Jamie Norton, the minister of the town transforms the local church. Jamie was once a free man, who lived a rock and roll type of life: he was a nomadic musician addicted to heroine. His partner in crime was his friend Charles Jacobs. The minute Charles and Jamie reunite after years, things go sour. Their bond is an evil source. Revival is profoundly disturbing and has been labeled as one of the most unpredictable and terrifying conclusions Stephen King has ever written. It is a masterpiece. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel will take you on one of the best well-crafted post-apocalyptic journeys of the year year. She tells the story of the adventures of eccentric artists: from band players, play writers, actors and musicians, who travel the world to maintain culture and art alive after a castrotophic disease has eliminated almost all civilization. Strange, and poetically written, Mandel does an exquisite job in pointing out the beauty and significance of art. 

How to Build a Girl: A Novel  by Caitlin Moran
In the same spirit of her quirky, feminist memoir, How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran explicitly tackles the realities of growing up a teenage girl. Her voice is brash and honest. No topic from masturbation, to identity and music are left out. It is hilarious and outspoken. 

You by Caroline Kepnes
In You, Caroline Kepnes writes a story about a thrilling romance in a dark fashion. It is disturbing and unexpected. This is not your typical romance novel. Guinevere Becks stumbles into a bookstore one day, where Joe works. He is immediately smitten by her, Guinevere is his dream girl. She is beautiful, witty, strong, and the sexiest girl he has ever laid eyes on. To her surprise, Joe is also perfect for her. Their mutual obsession turns into a perverse passion. Think Gone Girl but with an unmarried couple. Despite the fact that it seems that both lovers were tailored made for each other, You is nothing short of creepy. We urge you to find out. 

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg [Publishes November 4]
This is a treat for all literature fans, especially classic lit lovers. What if Jane Eyre or even Jay Gatsby had unlimited texting? Ortberg’s book will have you LOLing at every page. She has fabricated imaginary conversations by our most recognized literary characters. We predict Gatsby would have sent Daisy at least 50 text messages a day. Just imagine if Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, it would have been a passionate torture beyond belief.
[We hope we did not interrupt your day, but, frankly we can predict your excitement over each book once you read it. They are all true to their genre, but composed in a uniquely beautiful standard. They are far from boring and perfect to keep you company in the upcoming winter days. Let us know if you have read any of these yet or which ones you plan to read!] 
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TOP 10 AUTUMN READING LIST 2014

Autumn has arrived right on time. Nothing reminds us more about autumn than the shuffling of orange, crispy leaves on the floor, Halloween marathons on TV, and the smell of unopened books. And if the smell of books isn’t your thing, don’t stress. Your tablet has inevitably become your new best friend. Autumn is in fact the ideal time to read a new book. There is nothing cozier and heart-warming than snuggling with a warm blanket on your favorite spot at home with a new friend. Below we have a list of interesting reads, in no particular order, to check out for your next quiet night in. 

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks is nothing short of epic. Holly Skyes is an atypical teenager. She is a magnet for psychic phenomena. She runs away from home only to open a mysterious vortex oozing with humor, fear and danger. Holly engages in a decade war between the immortals. We visit all phases of her life: past, present and future. Mitchell proves to be one of the most fascinating and genre bending writers of our generation.

Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss [Publishes October 28]

Auri is a mysterious young woman living in an even more mysterious and haunting world. Proven to be one of the most enigmatic characters in The Kingkiller Chronicle, Rothfussoffers us a glimpse into Auri’s life. She lives in a dark place called the Underthing. It is filled with ancient tunnels and abandoned rooms. Beautifully and lyrically written, Auri’s life introduces us a secret world only she knows. 

A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride

McBride’s debut, A Girl is a Half-Formed, is a fist to the heart and gut. It tells the story of a young woman’s relationship with her brother. Her brother suffers from brain damage, which emotionally over-exhausts their existence. McBride weaves in topics of family violence, sexuality and personal struggle. The most breathtaking quality of the novel is her prose. Written in a broken stream of consciousness, it reveals intimate and distressing thoughts. 

Stone Mattress by Margaret Atwood

Stone Mattress is Margaret Atwood’s first short story collection in eight years. This is music to your ears if you are an Atwood fan. Written with charm and obscurity, this is as enticing as the rest of her work. 

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jodi Picoult’s highly anticipated new novel does not disappoint. A book like she has never written before, Leaving Time introduces a seamlessly weaved story of the disappearance of Jenna Metcalf’s mother, Alice. Jenna refuses to believe that she was abandoned by her mother and tirelessly searches for evidence. Her mother, once a scientist who observed grief found in elephants, wrote every detail of her scientific work in her journal. This journal provides Alice with the clue she needs. Don’t be thrown off by the connection, we promise this is Picoult’s most powerful story yet. 

Revival by Stephen King [Publishes November 11]

In the early 1960s, in a typical New England town a shadow is casted over a small boy playing with his toys. Jamie Norton, the minister of the town transforms the local church. Jamie was once a free man, who lived a rock and roll type of life: he was a nomadic musician addicted to heroine. His partner in crime was his friend Charles Jacobs. The minute Charles and Jamie reunite after years, things go sour. Their bond is an evil source. Revival is profoundly disturbing and has been labeled as one of the most unpredictable and terrifying conclusions Stephen King has ever written. It is a masterpiece. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Emily St. John Mandel will take you on one of the best well-crafted post-apocalyptic journeys of the year year. She tells the story of the adventures of eccentric artists: from band players, play writers, actors and musicians, who travel the world to maintain culture and art alive after a castrotophic disease has eliminated almost all civilization. Strange, and poetically written, Mandel does an exquisite job in pointing out the beauty and significance of art. 

How to Build a Girl: A Novel  by Caitlin Moran

In the same spirit of her quirky, feminist memoir, How to Be a Woman, Caitlin Moran explicitly tackles the realities of growing up a teenage girl. Her voice is brash and honest. No topic from masturbation, to identity and music are left out. It is hilarious and outspoken. 

You by Caroline Kepnes

In You, Caroline Kepnes writes a story about a thrilling romance in a dark fashion. It is disturbing and unexpected. This is not your typical romance novel. Guinevere Becks stumbles into a bookstore one day, where Joe works. He is immediately smitten by her, Guinevere is his dream girl. She is beautiful, witty, strong, and the sexiest girl he has ever laid eyes on. To her surprise, Joe is also perfect for her. Their mutual obsession turns into a perverse passion. Think Gone Girl but with an unmarried couple. Despite the fact that it seems that both lovers were tailored made for each other, You is nothing short of creepy. We urge you to find out. 

Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg [Publishes November 4]

This is a treat for all literature fans, especially classic lit lovers. What if Jane Eyre or even Jay Gatsby had unlimited texting? Ortberg’s book will have you LOLing at every page. She has fabricated imaginary conversations by our most recognized literary characters. We predict Gatsby would have sent Daisy at least 50 text messages a day. Just imagine if Mr. Rochester could text Jane Eyre, it would have been a passionate torture beyond belief.

[We hope we did not interrupt your day, but, frankly we can predict your excitement over each book once you read it. They are all true to their genre, but composed in a uniquely beautiful standard. They are far from boring and perfect to keep you company in the upcoming winter days. Let us know if you have read any of these yet or which ones you plan to read!] 

READ MORE LISTS HERE!

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littlesati:

"We need scary women characters. Men hit women, cheat on women and frankly they are mouthier than ever nowadays. ‘Calm down’, ‘settle down’, ‘listen you bitch’ etc. They think if they hit their wives they will become submissive and afraid. Worse yet - they think that women SHOULD be afraid of men and should be submissive. They think it’s in woman’s nature to be submissive and fragile. And thanks to Gillian Flynn they can now see that sometimes woman’s nature is to be vindictive, righteous and very, very sly. There is nothing misogynistic in saying some women are evil. It would be misogynistic to say they are weak. And neither of the female characters in Gone Girl is weak."

- Cinematic Corner’s On audience’s misogyny, Amy Dunne, the Cool Girl myth and the brilliance of Gillian Flynn (x)

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