Its hard for people without depression to understand when some days that just dropping a cup of water will bring you to tears because they think oh this is just one little thing but you see it as oh my god I can’t even get water without fucking up and now I’ve made a huge mess I shouldn’t even try
If you are female, expressing hatred for your own body is not just acceptable, it’s practically de rigeur. Failure to indulge in the requisite amount of self-flagellation – my thighs! my skin! my face! – isn’t just negligent, it’s unfeminine. Self-hatred is fundamental to how femininity is constructed, more fundamental than any of the more obvious external symbols (dress, make-up, shoes). What matters is not that you are beautiful, but you know your place in the beauty hierarchy (and since every woman ages, every woman’s place will eventually be somewhere at the bottom).
Young women are encouraged to bond over their dislike of excess body hair, surplus flesh and “uneven” skin. They are meant to do so in a jovial way, egged on by perky adverts informing them what “real women” do: worry about having underarms beautiful enough for a sleeveless top, celebrate curves with apologetic booty shakes and cackle ruefully over miserable Sex-and-the-City-style lunches of Ryvita and Dulcolax. It’s a gendered ritual; men get football and booze, women get control pants and detoxes. We are supposed, of course, to be grateful. Hey, you don’t have to be perfect! Just know you’re not perfect and act accordingly, with the appropriate levels of guilt and shame!
Fairy tale after fairy tale tells us that what matters is being beautiful “on the inside” but what does that really mean? It means submission, obedience and the suppression of one’s own desires. Don’t be haughty and proud. Clean the hearth. Kiss the frog. Love the beast. Suck it up when you’re replaced by a younger model. Sure, you may look fine, but you mustn’t feel fine. You mustn’t be vain. You mustn’t be angry. All fury and pain must be turned back on itself. That way you’ll be a real princess: silent, fragile and never threatening to challenge the status quo.
Glosswatch, Almost Famous, real women, and the normalisation of self-hate. (via nextyearsgirl)
It’s been a good ride.The best.
Mil, we need to talk about your Snob Problem.
Boyfriend and I are visiting family this weekend. AND WE GET TO BUS ALL THE WAY THERE boy oh boy! Too bad we don’t have cool buses like this over on the west coast ;A;
having to use your own art as reference cause you forgot how to draw
having to go back to reread previous chapters of your own story as a reference because you forgot how to write
when you and Asneeze’s son, Achoo, finally return to your castle after being captured during the Crusades, only to find it being towed away by Prince John’s Royal Accountant, Sir Blockhead, for failure to pay taxes
Scorpion Tailed Gecko
This small lizard is a native of Oman. When threatened they curl their tales up to mimic a scorpion.
Scorpion Tailed Spider
Speaking of scorpion tails… This group of spiders have long tails that also mimic the threat display of a scorpion. Though unlike their scorpion brethren, their tales are stupid and useless.
Babirusa is fun to say.
Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle
Softshell turtles are known for their fleshy shells and nonchalant demeanor. Look at this thing, its hilarious.
Even though you could probably drive a child’s SUV into its mouth, you probably shouldn’t.
This is one of a few species of deer able to grow very prominent saber fangs, though only in the males of the species. They are also very small and cute.
Bird Dung Crab Spider
Though it may resemble a spider, it is actually bird dung that has adopted the behavior of a spider. Avoid at all costs.
Ladybug Mimic Spider
It’s a cute ladybug, not a terrifying hell beast, I promise.
The gelada is basically a fucking werewolf. My girlfriend says they’re not, but she is wrong.
shoutout to all the girls + women who have thick, dark, and abundant body hair and have to spend time and energy shaving every single day if they don’t want to be harassed by loved ones + strangers alike
shoutout to all the girls + women who decided its not worth their time, even if they only skip sometimes, and endure criticism, harassment, and stigma as the price for their own freedom of time + comfort
1939 newsreel featuring bowlers in San Francisco