So I’m watching a documentary called Chasing Beauty and one of the women just said she would tell her daughter to botox her face at 30 because “then your lines won’t get any deeper and you won’t look any older.” People have the strangest idea of what beauty is. “unusually wide eyes. and crooked lips are ugly.” So… What happened to your mom telling you beauty is on the inside? Or that your differences make you beautiful? I can’t wait to grow old with Ashley and see how our bodies change and our minds change and how we grow. Without botox without photoshop. I don’t like feeling ugly because I’m not a size 0. I don’t like feeling ugly because the world says my face is too round, my teeth are crooked. It’s miserable. Too miserable The human body is not supposed to be stuffed with saline and plastic. It’s allowed to move and mold and gain a shape and lose a shape. That’s what makes us extraordinary.
1/∞ Queer Reads - Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
That’s it. That’s the rec.
These two were acting like complete teenagers. When I walked up, she was nuzzling her head against his shoulder. She giggled the entire time I talked with them, while he kept a big goofy grin on his face. And whenever I asked about their relationship, she clutched his arm, looked at him just like this, giggled, then said: “We’re not telling!”
If we can talk for a moment about how incredibly important this show is.
This character showed that a fighting female character can garner the numbers necessary to stay on the air and launch a number of successful careers for those involved. This show changed the face of the horror genre, both for television and film. And to see a girl on network television kicking ass? (I’ll casually point to Xena: Warrior Princess here, too.) Buffy literally kicks ass, and she looks damn good doing it. She is a conflicted, imperfect teenage girl, but there’s a sense that, even without slayer abilities, she’d lay down her life to protect the people she loves. She struggles to be good, to be what the “real world” expects, to be happy so her family and friends won’t worry. She was never given the chance at a “normal” life, and the segment of her life that we’re shown is horrifying and heartbreaking.
Buffy helped to pave the way for believable, strong female characters in television. (Do you really think there’d be a Veronica Mars without her? An Olivia Pope? Or Abbie Mills?) She influenced a whole generation of kids that looked to her and thought, If she can get through high school, so can I. Buffy was strong and beautiful. She proved that a woman can be sexual without being “a slut.” Can be emotional without being weak. She showed us it’s okay to be damaged and unsure. Because in her immortal words, “The hardest thing in this world is to live in it.”
She proved you can wear the dress and the leather jacket. You can do your makeup and carry a stake, a crossbow, a knife. You can be yourself, no matter how flawed or strange, and you can still have friends.
I learned from a whole host of real life women how to be strong, but I learned how to kick ass from Buffy Summers.
Sometimes you just feel the need to see your favorite character breathing heavily and covered in blood
Photographer Translates His Nightmares Into Surreal, Haunting Photographs
by 19-year-old photographer Nicolas Bruno
I am in LOVE with these.
I am sick and tired of the way we critique misogyny in fandom.
Why is it always “shame fanwork creators (overwhelmingly young women and queer ppl) for not including enough female characters” and never “question the fact that we’ve created a media culture where…