“In the depths of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
— Albert Camus (via lenachen)
12:05 pm • 15 April 2013 • 13 notes
“It’s the disconnect of being trained since birth to look a certain way, only to have dudes turn around and go, “Don’t you know we hate all that stuff on your face?” Like it was our idea! Like women collectively woke up one day and thought, “Wouldn’t it be awesome to slap a bunch of chemicals and dyes on our faces every morning from now on?”
We’ve got a multi-billion dollar industry doing their best to remind us daily that we need what they’re selling, so don’t act all befuddled about where we got the idea that we looked better this way. Plus, it’s not like men don’t still expect us to look beautiful. They just don’t want us cheating with cosmetics. Hope your face is naturally flawless!
And while we’re talking, don’t you ladies know how annoying it is that you’re all hung up on your weight? Sure, we expect you to have a great body. But don’t be one of those lame girls who orders salads on a date. We like to see you eat!
Most of the time, when men say they prefer “natural beauty,” they don’t mean that they’re ready for us to start leaving the house the way we roll out of bed in the morning. They mean that they want us to look perfect without appearing to try.
Basically, it’s a trap.”
Emily McCombs (via interstellardiamond)
the “natural beauty” garbage is so fucking galling
- it’s bullshit disingenuous rejection of responsibility for patriarchal beauty standards
- it hides yet another performance standard: never let us SEE what we are doing to you
- it shows contempt for effort. people are not supposed to try at anything, you’re supposed to be a gifted special snowflake
- and admitting that femininity is effort means fundamentally undercutting the idea that women are flighty and trivial and weak
- and it makes - OF COURSE - the whole thing about dude’s boners, and not the way there are social and financial consequences for not being a little made-up
- and it is so hostile to the idea of self-expression? someone who wears bright red lipstick does not think that people will actually assume their lips REALLY ARE bright red, any more than we assume a dude who shaves his face is naturally hairless, or think that a person wearing a blue shirt actually has blue arms. sometimes we make aesthetic choices to communicate with the world.
- which in and of itself depends on women as fundamentally underhanded. of course even the way we present ourselves is a bald-faced lie
basically it is a Gross Things About The Patriarchy 101 midterm all rolled up into one passive-aggressive bid for a pat on the back over some Nice Guy’s “enlightenment”
4:29 pm • 14 April 2013 • 9,481 notes
“it doesn’t mean anything, it’s just a word”
i’m pretty sure that’s the point of words
to mean established things in order to make communication possible
3:20 pm • 14 April 2013 • 22,376 notes
The class of 2013 is seeing the highest salaries since the Great Recession (even sociology majors)
American graduates are seeing better salaries and first-job prospects than any year since the recession wiped away millions of jobs, according to a new report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Health-science majors, from public health to physical therapists, are seeing very healthy gains—up to 20% from last year—in salary, and increases of more than 10% from a year ago will be awarded also to business school grads in three disciplines: international business, finance and hospitality services management, NACE reported today.
While most humanities and social sciences graduates scraped by with 2% gains, sociology majors also experienced “a whopping 12.1 percent” gain in starting pay, compared to the class of 2012, NACE reported in its first look at pay for the class of 2013.
“For this year’s graduates, it’s a positive job market,” says Andrea Koncz, employment information manager at the association. It probably is the best hiring and pay year since the recession hit, she said, adding: “I don’t think it’s a buyer’s market quite yet, but … the increase in salaries show demand for new college graduates.”
Soci majors for the win.
3:13 pm • 14 April 2013 • 32 notes
I want to be feminine and pretty and adored but I also want to strike fear into the hearts of everyone and wear tuxedos.
(Source: misanthropic-librarian, via makingfists)
11:36 am • 14 April 2013 • 70,205 notes
“More importantly, a looks-based compliment can be a reminder of the existence of our own feminine performance—our beauty work, our sleight-of-hand that supports the overall impression of beauty. If the end goal of feminine performance is looking beautiful, sexy, pretty, cute, and then we’re complimented for meeting that goal, it can be hard to shake the feeling that perhaps it’s the performance being complimented, not us. The first response I usually have après-compliment is not to feel pretty but rather to feel as though I need to keep on looking pretty. That is, my knee-jerk reaction is not to experience a compliment as an affirmation of who I am but of what I do. Continuing the performance is the only way to not reveal ourselves to be frauds, even if the fraudulence is benign and socially engineered; we’re not actually beautiful, we just look it right now. By calling attention to the end goal of the performance—a proper signaling of our femininity—compliments pull us out of the assumed nonchalance that makes feminine performance. Even if the goal has been successfully reached, part of the goal of feminine performance is to keep up the illusion that there’s no performance taking place.”
— (via makingandunmakingselves)
(Source: thenewinquiry.com, via lady-brain)
4:00 pm • 13 April 2013 • 322 notes
In 1969, she graduated from Wellesley College with a Bachelor of Arts, with departmental honors in political science. She became the first student in Wellesley College history to deliver its commencement address. Her speech received a standing ovation lasting seven minutes. She was featured in an article published in Life magazine, due to the response to a part of her speech that criticized Senator Edward Brooke … That summer, she worked her way across Alaska, washing dishes in Mount McKinley National Park and sliming salmon in a fish processing cannery in Valdez (which fired her and shut down overnight when she complained about unhealthy conditions). — source: —- Wiki
I <33 her
She looks so young!
12:38 pm • 12 April 2013 • 226 notes