Give. Even when you know you can get nothing back.

Yasmin Mogahed (via awelltraveledwoman)
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They [libraries] are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination.

Caitlin Moran
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Gossip magazines keep us constantly abreast of what’s happening to the bodies of famous women. Their weight fluctuations are tracked like stocks because their bodies are, in their line of work, their personal stock, the physical embodiment of market value. When celebrity women have babies, their bodies are intensely monitored during and after—from baby bumps to post baby bodies.

Women, for that is whom these ecstatic diet food commercials and celebrity weight loss endorsements are for, can have it all when they eat the right foods and follow the right diets and pay the right price.

They are the unachievable standard toward which we must, nonetheless strive. They are thinspiration as the parlance goes—thin inspiration, a constant reminder of the distance between our bodies and what they could be with the proper discipline.

Basically every paragraph in this piece by Roxane Gay is quotable. Women and weight, The Biggest Loser, what we deserve, what we deny, how we punish, our shameful narratives, our shame about our shame about our shameful narratives…

Every day I think how sad it would be if the entire story of my life was about my war with my body. How pathetic. I have a really good, interesting, full life. I’ve been married almost 24 years in a relationship I love. I enjoy deep friendships. I have a faith that means so much to me. I have a writing career I never imagined. I’m a National Book Award Finalist! How do I let the story about myself be about weight, and how I’m not good enough because of it, day in and day out? HOW? What in the hell, how has this happened, why am I not yet beyond this.

(via sarazarr)

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UN Special Rapporteur says UK has ‘sexist culture’

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo, on a visit to the UK to investigate violence against women, said that the British media was responsible for “negative and over-sexualised portrayals of women” and the media dealt in the “marketisation of their bodies”.

"I was constantly informed about certain websites, certain newspapers and the media portryal of women and girls in very sexist ways that devalue and undervalue women and girls…. What is clear from these indications of portrayals of women and girls is that there is a “boys club sexist culture” that exists and it does lead to perceptions about women and girls in this country… [the] marketisation of women and girls bodies, how does one address that?”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27034117

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Shopping ethically: trainers

In my search for some ethical, sweatshop free trainers I stumbled across the following webpages which I think are very useful and wanted to share. :)

This page highlights the issues around shopping ethically in a really nice way: http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/issues/

And this page highlights five key principles in shopping ethically: http://www.ethical.org.au/get-informed/5-principles/


P.s. It turns out you can get ethical, sweatshop free trainers but at a cost (obviously). Most websites I found started at £50 for a pair of trainers, with some costing over £100. I know some people pay this much for shoes anyway but I never have! Whilst I would love to buy these (they were nice shoes!) I need student prices. So I opted for some trainers I found on the Oxfam online shop (http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop/). 

It turns out a lot of charities also sell on Ebay. You can search ebay sellers by charity type depending on which charities you personally want to support: http://pages.ebay.co.uk/ebayforcharity/ 

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