Life is a Banquet

Life is a Banquet

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manasaysay:

rabbrakha:

Parineeti Chopra responds to a male reporter who claims to know nothing about periods (menstrual cycle). [X]

SO IMPORTANT.

I started my period when I was 10 years old. But we didn’t tell my grandma for three years because she subscribed to the “old traditions”, where a woman on her period could not enter the house, not even to bathe. Where she had to sit outside in front of the house (where the whole village could be witness to her shame and isolation) for the entire duration.

My friend started her period unexpectedly while we were at our local temple (in America) for dance class. Asking around if any of the parents had pads (all of them apologized and acted like adults about it), I thought surely the front office has a first aid kit. Don’t they have pads? When we asked, not only did they not have any, when one of the women gave one from her purse, the head secretary told us “There are men who need to use the first-aid kit, ya? So we don’t keep period things there.” Not even ibuprofen (which has so many more uses than period pain).

There are girls in India and Nepal (and other places, but I just read an in-depth piece about the situations in Nepal) who have to go to the “period hut” when their period comes and not leave until its over. They can’t wash and dry their cloth pads in the daylight, so they do it at night when the pads won’t dry properly before their next use, making them vulnerable to infection.

It is incredibly important, especially in India, to break the taboo surrounding periods. Break the secrecy around an event that happens to almost every woman, every month for literally half of her lifetime. Break the hiding, break the cover-up, break the SHAME.

Just break EVERYTHING. So little girls can go to school every day of every month without feeling ashamed. So women can work every day of every month to provide for their families without being glared at. So single fathers can confidently take care of their daughters’ health. So that women can talk about how terrible their period is or isn’t and give each other advice on how to deal with it without looking around to make sure men aren’t listening.
So that Whisper doesn’t have to be called Whisper, it can be called SHOUT. It can be called PROUD. So that we don’t NEED to fucking WHISPER about our bodies and our health.

(Source: baawri, via kspingree)

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tessmunster:

We all have good days and bad- yesterday was not so wonderful.. I definitely needed a hug! I let the comments on my swimsuit photo ruin my day & that’s not my style. So today, I was kind to myself. Got my hair & nails done, & got dressed up for no reason. Also I wrote a gratitude list which included my partner, son, career, puppies, peanut butter.. etc. The point is, someone’s else’s opinion of me isn’t a fact & I refuse to give those trolls another thought ✌️
Hair by @redpinupdoll  Dress by @steadyclothing #effyourbeautystandards

tessmunster:

We all have good days and bad- yesterday was not so wonderful.. I definitely needed a hug! I let the comments on my swimsuit photo ruin my day & that’s not my style. So today, I was kind to myself. Got my hair & nails done, & got dressed up for no reason. Also I wrote a gratitude list which included my partner, son, career, puppies, peanut butter.. etc. The point is, someone’s else’s opinion of me isn’t a fact & I refuse to give those trolls another thought ✌️

Hair by @redpinupdoll
Dress by @steadyclothing #effyourbeautystandards

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Filed under OMG that hair is on point gorgeous

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thebrokenheartedthatstillsing:

maxkirin:

"This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” - Gary Provost

Reading this was so satisfying woah

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