I’ve been wearing more makeup lately than I used to, and inevitably, I more often get to hear:
“Oh, you don’t need makeup. You’re beautiful without it!”
And I talk a lot of beauty and loving myself just how I am. Some people feel these two things are hypocritical, to love yourself and wear makeup. And okay, yes, let’s acknowledge that there are women who feel pressured to wear it despite not wanting to. This happens. But a lot of the time, women wear makeup for themselves. It’s fun! It’s expressive. It’s artistic. It’s not “necessary,” but neither is pizza.
I’m not trying to cover anything up the same way an artist isn’t putting paint on a canvas for the sake of covering the canvas.
I love this woman!
Should you choose to create your own fruit or vegetable garden in your backyard or on your windowsill, how can you keep Monsanto from reaching its grubby fingers into your home?
The corporate behemoth has gained control of 40% of the U.S. vegetable seed market by buying up smaller companies, and now owns the rights to the names themselves of many kinds of seeds. Thus these tips from Healthy Home Economist:
Avoid buying from the seed companies affiliated with Monsanto. Here’s a list of these seed companies.
Buy from this list of companies Monsanto HASN’T bought and are not affiliated or do business with Seminis.
Avoid certain heirloom varieties because Monsanto now apparently owns the names. This article lists the seed varieties to avoid.
Ask seed companies if they have taken the Safe Seed Pledge. Here’s a list of companies that have done so.
[Image: Dark purple grunge background. First line text: “Did you know?”. Second line image: 10 woman symbols/silhouettes, of which 5 are colored dark pink, and 5 light pink. Third line text (large): “nearly HALF of all bisexual women are survivors of rape”. Fourth line, smaller text: “By contrast, 13% of lesbians and 17% of straight women are rape survivors.” Fifth line: “STOP sexual violence against bi women!”]
The first in a series of infographics that I have in plan.
For more information: http://www.buzzfeed.com/annanorth/bisexual-women-almost-twice-as-likely-to-be-abused
For a (partial) explanation for why this is happening: http://radicalbi.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/hot-sexy-bi-babes-media-depictions-of-bisexual-women/
Or buy my book - Chapter 4 (Bisexuality, Feminism and Women) is pretty much all about this.
More research needs to be done on this topic. Better research. The causes need to be examined.
This is why bisexual visibility is so important. We can sit around and campaign for marriage equality all we want but the right to marry who we want isn’t going to help those of us who are raped and abused.
Awesome commentary bolded.
Wait, so according to this graphic, out of all women who are lesbian, bisexual or straight (excluding other sexual preferences), 26% of the women in the world have been raped.
That’s either badly researched, worded incorrectly or a truly terrifying statistic.
This data in particular is only about the US. But yeah, the world statistic regarding rape/sexual violence is 1 in 3 women.
From an Our Bodies Ourselves blog post on U.S. intimate partner violence using recent CDC data:
- 43.8% of lesbian women, 61.1% of bisexual women, and 35.0% of heterosexual women had experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner.
- Approximately 1 in 8 lesbians (13.1%), nearly half of bisexual women (46.1%), and 1 in 6 heterosexual women (17.4%) have been raped in their lifetime
Note that these are even less than the “true” numbers, since this data *only* looks at intimate partners, not victimization by acquaintances or strangers.
- the YA section of any given bookstore: NORMAL GIRL JUST LIKE ANY OTHER COME IN CONTACT WITH DARK MAGIC. MUST PROTECT/RESCUE/LEAVE FAMILY. SUDDENLY, A BOY IS HERE. HOT BOY. KISS HOT BOY. GIRL IS SASSY NOW. EVERYTHING CHANGE. SAVE WORLD.
“I really dislike how all women heroes are in skimpy outfits and high heels. Wouldn’t they want the same protection as a man does? You could even have a tight fitting jump suit kinda thing going on like Black Widow because at least they would be protected as well as showing off their body if that’s what was wanted. Saying that though, if a women can kick ass just as well as a man in super high heels, then hats off to her.”