It’s not that women shouldn’t get plastic surgery; it’s that they should make every effort for that surgery to be invisible, seamless, unnoticeable. Good plastic surgery is OK, but “bad” plastic surgery — surgery that makes itself visible — now that’s abject.
Why? Because it shows that the work of performing ideal femininity is just that: work. And ideal femininity never illuminates itself as a construction; it must present itself as “natural.” Which is also why it comes as such a surprise when someone like Beyoncé speaks openly about the exhaustive regimen necessary to get her body into post-baby shape: It speaks truth to the lie of the effortless, immaculate, eternally young and fit female form.
Plastic-surgery shaming is thus tantamount to blaming the victims of this ideal for working so hard to achieve what we’ve told them, for decades, they must do. It’s bullshit, it’s unfeminist, and it’s just one of many ways in which society damns women for taking its ideals concerning sexuality or the body to their natural extension.
Apparently Karla Souza’s character, Laurel Castillo, on How to Get Away With Murder was originally written as Laurel Wilden, a white character, but she asked the writers if they could change her into a latina and they did.
Karla Souza could’ve easily played a white character on the show. Instead she wanted to play as a latina. She wanted to break away from the stereotypical latino roles you always see on tv.
A Latina is playing a smart and quiet law school student on a hit show. You don’t see that often. You don’t really see latinos playing these parts in Hollywood. I’m so excited about the latino representation showing on my tv. Especially when it’s successful women in law or medicine.
Also I think it’s safe to say I’m officially a fan of Karla Souza.
“I have a boyfriend who knows how to settle me,” she writes. “He puts his hand on my chest and tells me boring stories…On one of our first nights together I woke up apologizing for my snoring and he pulled out the two earplugs he had worn to bed so that he could hear what I was saying. It was one of the most romantic gestures I have ever seen.”—Amy Poehler on her late-night anxiety in Yes Please (via imnotcranky)
“The thing about an anxiety disorder is that you know it is stupid. You know with all your heart that it wasn’t a big deal and that it should roll off of you. But that is where the disorder kicks in; Suddenly the small thing is very big and it keeps growing in your head, flooding your chest, and trying to escape from under your skin. You know with all of your heart that you’re being ridiculous and you hate every minute of it. The fact that many people don’t recognize or have patience for your illness only makes everything worse.”—Ten years of experience (via punkasspoet)
In Brazil, today was election day. We had the chance to choose our MPs, Federal Deputies, Senators, Governor and President. What is only possible because we live in a democracy.
Still, the candidate for Federal Deputy with the highest number of votes was a man called Jair Bolsonaro. This is painful and very, very ironic.
It says the majority of my country voted for a man who is openly against democracy. Who defends torture as a valid way to take information out of someone. Who says, to quote, “Pinochet should have killed more people”. Who wants to strip homossexuals of their civil rights, such as marriage and adoption. Who isn’t afraid to say he’s both racist and sexist. Who defend things such as death penalty and the reduction of our age of criminal responsibility.
It says my country is much, much more behind in values and progressive thinking than it can ever be in technology or economics. It tells me the problem are us.
And I see friends celebrating it. It’s almost enough to make me lose all hope.
The presidential vote headed for runoff. We are now facing a choice between our current President, Dilma Rousseff, who is a woman of the so-called left-wing (we don’t have such a thing as real left-twing and right-wing parties, as they act on their own accord thinking solely on their personal profit) and a candidate from the opposition, from the party that was in charge until the Workers Party was elected in 2002.
Since then, in the last twelve years, our current government took half our population from misery. They raised the minimum wage, increased public spending on public education (it went from 17bi to 94bi in their government, which had a huge impact on our public universities - they are the best we have - that were scrapped when they assumed it), they decreased considerably our external debt, inflation and unemployment. More than anything, Brazil is for the very first time out of the global map of hunger. This is an enormous achievement.
And I see a lot of people supporting the other candidate simply because the current government take care of the needs of the poor (implementing social programs to help them get through the basic) more than the interests of middle and high classes. I mean, who care about the miserables, right? The economy in this last year wasn’t satisfactory enough - let’s just ignore the fact that we went from being the 14th economy of the world to the 6th during their government, it’s not relevant right now because it doesn’t bode well with our complaints.
Also, let’s not mention that the other candidate, Mr. Aecio Neves, when was Governor of the state of Minas Gerais, took public money, 14bi, to build a fricking airport inside his family property so they could continue their business to sell cocaine comfortably. They were busted by our federal police with 445 kilos of cocaine alone, not to mention other drugs. But he says he’s going to change the country and erradicate corruption. And there are people who believe him!
I mean, really…
I’m not saying our current party or president are perfect. Far from it. We had many corruption scandals, but this is not news. Corruption is a very deep rooted problem in our politics and one everyone addresses to in campaign but never takes action upon. Mr. Aecio Neves is not the change we’re looking for, he’s only the return of a past where social inequality, unemployment and external debt were much bigger problems than they are today.
This is a literal setback.
I do believe our current president is going to be reelected - I didn’t vote for her in the first round, going for other candidate, called Eduardo Jorge, who had the guts to defend women’s reproductive rights, homossexual/transgender rights, defense of the environment and also the mantainance of the Worker’s Party social politics -, but I’m definitely going for her in the runoff.
Still, seeing all this happen breaks my heart. It really does.
“Just because I’m a public figure, just because I’m an actress, does not mean that I asked for this. It does not mean that it comes with the territory. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world […] It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It is a sexual violation. It’s disgusting. The law needs to be changed, and we need to change. That’s why these web sites are responsible. Just the fact that somebody can be sexually exploited and violated, and the first thought that crosses somebody’s mind is to make a profit from it. It’s so beyond me. I just can’t imagine being that detached from humanity. I can’t imagine being that thoughtless and careless and so empty inside.”—“It Is Not a Scandal, It Is A Sex Crime:” Jennifer Lawrence Breaks Silence on Nude Photo Theft | The Mary Sue (via alexsegura)
we’ve taught girls to romanticise nearly everything a boy does. when i was younger i thought it was cute that boys chased the girl even after she said no. i loved it when after a girl moved away from a kiss, the guy would pull her back and force it on. i thought a guy saying ‘i won’t take a no for an answer’ was passionate and romantic. we’re literally always teaching girls to romanticise abusive traits.
It has come to my attention that the Brazilian Candidate for President, Marina Silva, may be against gay marriage. That would put me in direct conflict with her. As you know I have fought for marriage equality in my country and see it as a reflection of the quality of a candidate. I did not know this was her stand on this issue when I made the video supporting her. I only saw her debate where she said she supported gay marriage and have come to find out after the fact that her party has pulled her support of this issue. I can not, in good conscience, support a candidate who takes a hard right approach to issues such as Gay Marriage and Reproductive rights even if that candidate is willing to do the right thing on environmental issues.
I am not an expert on Brazilian politics but I can say that Women’s Rights, Gay Rights and Environmental Rights are all part in parcel to a kind of world view that I ascribe to. To have a world view that does not include all three of those positions makes it impossible for me to endorse a particular candidate.
I have to apologize for not doing a better job of vetting this decision. I apologize if I have let anyone down or made them feel somehow I had done an about face on those issues that I clearly have made an effort to confront and fight.
At this time it would be good to know definitively where Candidate Silva stands on these issues and in no uncertain terms. It is a little bit murky and unclear presently. Until that time, based on what I have been able to glean from the few posts here, and what is available on the internet, I am withdrawing my endorsement. I would ask that her campaign would not use my video endorsement until they either state their support for gay marriage and the reproductive rights of women or make it clear where they stand on these important issues. Short of that my support is null and void.
I apologize to the Silva campaign for not having a better handle on their policies and creating this inconvenience. I was disappointed to see her support for gay marriage be dropped by her party the day after she gave it in a speech. I ask that you honor my wishes in good faith.
Ok so this year there are elections in my country (Brazil), and tonight there was this debate between the candidates for the presidency
I’m going to watch the debate tomorrow, but there’s being a really big repercussion about one thing, and I’ve watched the video and well
I’m going to translate here what one of the candidates said and I’m not going to comment anything:
Question: Why do people who defend family so much refuse so much to acknowledge as family a couple of the same gender?
Answer: “I’m 62 years old, and from what I’ve seen in life, two equals don’t make children. And I’ll say more: sorry, but excretory apparatus doesn’t reproduce. It’s an ugly thing to say, but we people can’t, I, that am a father of family, a grandfather, let these people repress us daily, trying to force this minority against the majority of the brazilian people. How can a father of family, a grandfather, sit here, underpinned, because he’s afraid of losing votes? I’d rather not have those votes, but be a father, a grandfather, who has shame, who instructs his child, who instructs his grandchild. And I’ll end this little story, I’ve seen now the holy priest, the Pope, expunge - well done! - from the Vatican a pedophile. It’s right! We treat our entire lives with religiosity, so that our children can actually find a good family path. So I’m really sorry, Luciana (the candidate who asked the question), let them enjoy well what they want to do and continue as they are, but I, as a president of the Republic, won’t stimulate it. If it’s in the law, let it be as it is, but never stimulating the homo-affective union”.
Question: In order to fight LGBT+phobia, it’s fundamental that we recognize equal civil marriage.
Answer: “In Brazil, there are 200 million inhabitants. If we start stimulating this thing, in a while we’re going to drop down to 100. Go to the Avenida Paulista (one of the biggest avenues in Brazil, located in Sao Paulo), walk there and see it for yourself, it’s getting ugly. So, people, let’s have courage, we’re the majority! Let’s stand up to this minority! Let’s face them, and not be afraid, of saying I’m a father, mommy, grandpa! And what matters the most is that these who have these problems be indeed attended psychologically and affectively, but very far away from us, very far away from us indeed, because here it can’t be”.
I’m just going to leave this here and not say anything else.
I CRIED WITH HER SO MUCH. SHE SAID “MY SON, MY SWEET BOY, I LOVE YOU” that was way too much for me, so beautiful i lost it! She neeeeds to be and stay happy!
I KNOW RIGHT I CAN’T EVEN STARTWE WAITED FOR IT FOR SO LONG OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE LIV IS HAPPY LIKE SRSLY LIV IS THE CHARACTER I’VE BEEN CONNECTED THE LONGEST IN MY LIFE I HAVE LIKE AN SPIRITUAL CONNECTION TO HER I AM SO SO SO HAPPY SHE’S HAPPY I’M STILL CRYING
“Comedy is hard because most comedians are just a big bundle of insecurities. When people criticize the show I want to say, “We all hate ourselves enough. We don’t need you to remind us how much we despise ourselves.” I’m not so good at the machine. [Starts laughing] You can probably tell by this interview!”—Amy Poehler [x] (via bipoehler-disorder)
Hi I just wanted to say you honestly look so cutely beautiful, and may I just ask what exactly is journalism? What do you do in college if your major is journalism like what do yoou study? :) nice blog, have a nice day okay
hi! thanks!Yeah, here in Brazil is different, you choose what you want to do and then you study only things related to that profession. I have a bunch of stuff mainly connected to Brazil (like brazilian history, brazilian culture, portuguese etc) and some other classes that are more general such as “basic skills to journalism”, tv and radio classes and so on. I’m on my 3rd year, so I already had a lot of classes i don’t really remember tbh, there were some stuff i like more and some i don’t, but i like it overall It’s pretty fun :)