“I danced around as Isadora Duncan at four years old. And my parents said ‘What are we gonna do?’ I’d pay my brother 50 cents a week, just to dance with me, just because I loved to dance so much. I didn’t want to go to ballet school every day, and study, and kill myself either; because I knew I couldn’t bluff my way through, say Russian ballet. So I had to figure out another way to do something wonderful without working at it. So as a real little girl I started singing along with the Beach Boys, learning all the words … Working out my routine, sort of, and that’s not easy when the mirror starts at right where your chest starts, and you’re trying to work out the whole stage show, but that’s what I did.”Stevie Nicks, rock n’ roll ballerina.
Around the world 62 million girls are not in school. Millions more are fighting to stay there. USAID - US Agency for International Development is one of many groups changing this global dynamic. What programs do you know about that help let girls learn? We’d love to hear about them!
Our friends over at The Malala Fund are doing some great work!
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: 2015
In a time of many reboots the best thing to do is to keep your expectations very low and bulk up on snacks to get you through what could be a long ninety minutes. The Mad Max: Fury Road trailer is upon us and luckily George Miller has returned to direct this fourth installment of the Mad Max series, the first release since 1985s Thunderdome chapter. I think its time we got another hero. Am I right people?! Hope has arrived in the form of Tom Hardy and a G.I. Jane shorn Charlize Theron. Nicholas Hoult is also here for the dystopian Burning Man party playing a geisha powdered descendent of Rick Genest, Zombie Boy. The trailer has everything that a trailer for this kind of movie should: mimed screaming, explosives, lots of dusty people, heavily accessorized gangs, a little more most dust and colored smoke bombs, and thumping music by Junkie XL. They also peppered in a few models and rock royalty: I see you through the dirt Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Abby Lee, Zoë Kravitz and Riley Keough! My only question? Will we be graced by an appearance from an Aunty Entity hologram? I will even settle for a cyborg version as long as it has those legs.
The first two films in the Mad Max trilogy (can we forget about Thunderome please?) were seminal pieces of Australian cinema back in the day. George Miller’s vision on the story seems to have returned in this fourth addition to the piece. Fingers crossed.
"My response to the “I am not a feminist” internet phenomenon….
First of all, it’s clear you don’t know what feminism is. But I’m not going to explain it to you. You can google it. To quote an old friend, “I’m not the feminist babysitter.”
But here is what I think you should know.
You’re insulting every woman who was forcibly restrained in a jail cell with a feeding tube down her throat for your right to vote, less than 100 years ago.
You’re degrading every woman who has accessed a rape crisis center, which wouldn’t exist without the feminist movement.
You’re undermining every woman who fought to make marital rape a crime (it was legal until 1993).
You’re spitting on the legacy of every woman who fought for women to be allowed to own property (1848). For the abolition of slavery and the rise of the labor union. For the right to divorce. For women to be allowed to have access to birth control (Comstock laws). For middle and upper class women to be allowed to work outside the home (poor women have always worked outside the home). To make domestic violence a crime in the US (It is very much legal in many parts of the world). To make workplace sexual harassment a crime.
In short, you know not what you speak of. You reap the rewards of these women’s sacrifices every day of your life. When you grin with your cutsey sign about how you’re not a feminist, you ignorantly spit on the sacred struggle of the past 200 years. You bite the hand that has fed you freedom, safety, and a voice.
In short, kiss my ass, you ignorant little jerks.”
Libby Anne (via newwavenova)
I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit.
Elizabeth Gilbert (via liquid-diamonds-flowing)