Monday, April 7, 2014

smartgirlsattheparty:

"When I started playing Detective Olivia Benson, I began to get a lot of letters from viewers. I had gotten fan mail before, but these letters were different. They were coming from individuals who were disclosing histories of violence and abuse - a lot of them for the first time. I knew I had to do something, so I trained to become a rape crisis counselor, I joined Boards, I got involved. I was proud to be on a show that was brave enough to go into territory that no one was talking about, but I also knew I wanted to do more and play a larger role to help survivors heal and reclaim their lives. In 2004 I created the Joyful Heart Foundation with the mission to heal, educate, and empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse, and to shed light on the darkness surrounding these issues. I’m very proud to report that since we began, we’ve provided direct services to over 5,400 people, and that we’re determined to change the conversation about violence and abuse.”

- Mariska Hargitay (original post & gifset by oliviasbenson.tumblr.com)

Sunday, March 2, 2014
I think I’m an interesting woman when I look at myself on screen [as Tootsie] and I know that if I met myself at a party, I would never talk to that character because she doesn’t fulfill, physically, the demands that we’re brought up to think that women have to have in order for us to ask them out. There are too many interesting women I have not had the experience to know in this life because I have been brainwashed.

Dustin Hoffman

He gets it. He gets it.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
When I started my music career, I was a maid. I used to clean houses. My mother was a proud janitor. My stepfather, who raised me like his very own, worked at the post office and my father was a trashman. They all wore uniforms and that’s why I stand here today, in my black and white, and I wear my uniform to honor them.
This is a reminder that I have work to do. I have people to uplift. I have people to inspire. And today, I wear my uniform proudly as a Cover Girl. I want to be clear, young girls, I didn’t have to change who I was to become a Cover Girl. I didn’t have to become perfect because I’ve learned throughout my journey that perfection is the enemy of greatness.
Janelle Monae
Thursday, January 30, 2014

I am so sorry I have not been posting! My computer has decided to take the big sleep and until I can sort out a new one, I’m very limited in researching and posting new things. I hope to be back soon!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
What’s the worst thing you can call a woman? Don’t hold back, now.
You’re probably thinking of words like slut, bitch, cunt (I told you not to hold back!), skank.
Okay, now, what are the worst things you can call a guy? Fag, girl, bitch, pussy. I’ve even heard the term “mangina.”
Notice anything? The worst thing you can call a girl is a girl. The worst thing you can call a guy is a girl. Being a woman is the ultimate insult. Now tell me that’s not royally fucked up.
Jessica Valenti
Monday, November 25, 2013 Sunday, November 24, 2013 Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Seriously, y’all. I’m suffering from OSAD. Off-seasonal Affective Disorder. I miss you, baseball. Come back soon.

That each of them is already a unique and valuable person when she’s born; every human being is. Inside each of us is a unique person readily ing from millennia of environment and heredity combined in a way that could never happen again and could never have happened before. We aren’t blank slates, but we are also communal creatures who are born before our brains are fully developed, so we’re very sensitive to our environment. The question is: How to find the support and the circumstances that allow you to express what’s inside you?

Gloria Steinem, activist, feminist, and journalist, on the most important message to instill in young girls.

On November 20, 2013, Steinem was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Real style is never right or wrong. It’s a matter of being yourself on purpose. G. Bruce Boyer