This is an excellent metaphor for what most people go through. Though I think the art was intended to be an inspirational, “go get your dreams” type image, i think its a lot more sad and true than that. The unicorn is a mthical beast that doesn’t look anything like a rhino, except that they both have a horn. There is nothing that a rhino can do to become a unicorn, short of destorying its mind and completely altering its body.
This isn’t a stretch for what most people go through when they have body image issues. They look in the magazines and she glorious beautiful people, people so beautiful they don’t actually exist. And some try to work to be exactly like those people. But maybe they just weren’t meant to be shaped like that.
A rhino can still be a beautiful rhino, it does not have to be a unicorn.
^ all of my thoughts I haven’t been able to put together coherently every time I see this
I feel so sad for the cute little rhino, I want to hug her and feed her nice things.
Also, rhinos are awesome.
So after constantly battling with people about Macklemore because he’s a straight, white, cisgender man that is treated as the voice of LGBTQ rappers/people in general, rather than having, you know, actual queer people speak for themselves, my friend sent me this.
It’s Angel Haze, a 22-year old pansexual rapper, freestyling over “Same Love.” Part coming out story, part political messaging, this freestyle is what I wish could actually have as much popular attention as “Same Love.” It’s rappers like Angel Haze that Macklemore silences when he claims hip-hop hates gay people, or when he tosses around the f-slur because he’s *~an ally~*, or when he gives an acceptance speech as Mary Lambert stands silently next him.
This is what Same Love should have been from the start. Neoliberalism, man…
Body Positivity: A beginners guide
(Click for FULL 33 slides of body positivity introduction)
Super relevant ey.
Great advice on body-positivity.
It can be applied to other contexts as well, though. Taking the pickles example from the slides, I have many times said or heard others say that a particular food is gross, disgusting, etc., and even jokingly argue that it’s some sort of universal truth, and that there’s something wrong with people who like that thing.
I’m mildly ashamed of the times I have done that sort of thing, and I’ve been trying to change my behaviour. The consequences of the food example are not as serious as body-shaming, but it’s the same kind of wrong thinking.
A few months back..yes , my blonde hair was fabulous lol.
Never enough .
"You’re not fat, you’re beautiful!" I get messages like this all the time, and it makes me so sad.
I am fat. Every stranger on the street, every medical professional, every concern troll on the internet, and every restaurant booth I can’t fit into would unanimously agree that I am, indeed, fat.
I am beautiful, too. From my red hair to my thunder thighs to my big belly to my gorgeous lips, I am in love with my body. But my love affair with my body is a personal one, and using my beauty as some kind of validation doesn’t sit right with me.
I could have mismatched eyes, “too much” body hair, I could have one leg or three thumbs or a flat chest. I could shave my head or have pockmarks, be riddled in stretchmarks and cellulite, I could be what most people would consider “butt ugly.” And it doesn’t matter. It wouldn’t make me any less worthy of love, of respect, of happiness and decency. It shouldn’t lessen my chances of living a happy and fulfilling life, chasing my dreams and not worrying about being harassed.
If you truly want to empower a person with a compliment, don’t go with the physical. Tell them they’re an amazing artist, talk about how empathetic or what a good listener they are. Tell them they bake a lasagna that’s to die for. Tell them they’ve always been there when you need them and you appreciate that.
We live in a culture that’s beauty obsessed. Just look at any magazine, any ad for makeup or clothes. Beauty means success, sex, worth. Complimenting someone strictly based on their physical appearance only exacerbates these unfair beauty ideals. I know I’m guilty of it, I do it all the time, even today I did it! But just think about your reasons for doing it.
Beauty is overrated. How awesome a person is and how they treat the people around them? That’s the ticket!
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I have a quick little experiment. If you believe that trans* women and cis women are both women (you can have any genitals and still be a woman), then please reblog!
If you disagree, please reblog this one here.
Body Positivity for the win.
9 out of 16 are WoC from 9 different nationalities - Spanish, Native American, Middle Eastern, Greek, Hawaiian, South African, Indian, African-American and Chinese.
Even the “white” people don’t all come from the same place - French, Irish, American, Scottish, German, and English.
I’m really sorry if I left out YOUR nationality or YOUR body type, but if I kept going to include every single possible woman in the world I’d never have time for sleep or school work.
for every one picture i post there’s about eight of me dicking around. I think you’ll find the third one particularly arousing.
If you don’t reblog this, I’m judging you.
If ya don’ reblog dis , I’ll fucking hate you for life.
I don’t understand why anyone would say any of those things to anyone. Reblog.
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