I was talking to my brother about women’s attitudes towards their bodies, especially regarding weight/fat, and when he said “most guys don’t notice/care about that kind of thing,” I tried to explain why it was a lot more complicated than that. I ended up telling this story.
Body image is something that’s so hard to talk about, and it’s hard to express body positivity without sounding cheesy, false, or overly simplistic. But I’m gonna try. This is only my own experience, and it didn’t magically cure me of all my body image issues - but it was a major turning point for me nonetheless.
"Hello, I’m the Wrath Of God": The REAL story behind Thanksgiving, and the epic life of Tisquantum. Who were the true “savages”?
Europeans, Indians told other Indians, were physically weak, sexually untrustworthy, atrociously ugly and just plain smelly. (The British and French, many of whom had not taken a bath in their entire lives, were amazed by the Indian interest in personal hygiene.) A Jesuit reported that the “savages” were disgusted by handkerchiefs: “They say, we place what is unclean in a fine white piece of linen, and put it away in our pockets as something very precious, while they throw it upon the ground.”
Are Night Vale and Pacific Rim symbolic of the “Millenial” generation?: “Weird fiction tells us we are small, that there is more to life beyond ourselves, our species, and sometimes even beyond our comprehension, and that is why it had to go away for a while. When WWI broke out, no one wanted to read weird anymore. Who wants to hear about how small you are when there’s a war afoot?”
Why is difference such a threatening concept? Jessica Curry of The Chinese Room asks why we have such a narrow definition of what video games should be.
Competing for the privilege of working without pay: ”You’re only 28. Or 33,” he writes, mocking the corporate pitch. “You have a long career ahead of you. You can get paid later! After all, we don’t have budget for interns this year. We used that money to increase executive pay at a rate five times greater than the cost of living. Because the economy is terrible right now! And we’re at all-time record highs of corporate cash reserves and profits. But it’s terrible!”
Why violence against women is a men’s issue. (TED Talk)
Are kids today not given enough time to play? For that matter, are adults not given enough time to play?
And finally, a brilliant story floating around on Tumblr, if you haven’t read it already.