We never say that all men deserve to feel beautiful. We never say that each man is beautiful in his own way. We don’t have huge campaigns aimed at young boys trying to convince them that they’re attractive, probably because we very rarely correlate a man’s worth with his appearance. The problem is that a woman’s value in this world is still very much attached to her appearance, and telling her that she should or deserves to feel beautiful does more to promote that than negate it. Telling women that they “deserve” to feel pretty plays right in to the idea that prettiness should be important to them. And having books and movies aimed at young women where every female protagonist turns out to be beautiful (whereas many of the antagonists are described in much less flattering terms) reinforces the message that beauty has some kind of morality attached to it, and that all heroines are somehow pretty.

You Don’t Have To Be Pretty – On YA Fiction And Beauty As A Priority | The Belle Jar (via brutereason)

No one should feel like they have to be pretty, and much less “deserve” to be called pretty.

Cornish Estate ruins along the Breakneck Ridge trail. So amazing! The estate was built in the 20s and was abandoned after the owners died within two weeks of each other…

Cornish Estate ruins along the Breakneck Ridge trail. So amazing! The estate was built in the 20s and was abandoned after the owners died within two weeks of each other…

Much belated but lovely bday flowers from wonderful coworkers. Can a girl get any luckier than to have an awesome job that also happens to have a floral dept?? Nah.

Much belated but lovely bday flowers from wonderful coworkers. Can a girl get any luckier than to have an awesome job that also happens to have a floral dept?? Nah.

The loss of a great animal behavior teacher and researcher

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I was deeply sorry to hear of Dr. Sophia Yin‘s passing yesterday via her website and social media presence. My sympathizes are with Dr. Yin’s family and staff during this difficult time.

Dr. Yin was a champion of science-based animal handling and training and truly bettered the world for companion animals. The numerous books, DVD lectures and free online resources that she produced are a…

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