Here’s the thing. Men in our culture have been socialized to believe that their opinions on women’s appearance matter a lot. Not all men buy into this, of course, but many do. Some seem incapable of entertaining the notion that not everything women do with their appearance is for men to look at. This is why men’s response to women discussing stifling beauty norms is so often something like “But I actually like small boobs!” and “But I actually like my women on the heavier side, if you know what I mean!” They don’t realize that their individual opinion on women’s appearance doesn’t matter in this context, and that while it might be reassuring for some women to know that there are indeed men who find them fuckable, that’s not the point of the discussion.
Women, too, have been socialized to believe that the ultimate arbiters of their appearance are men, that anything they do with their appearance is or should be “for men.” That’s why women’s magazines trip over themselves to offer up advice on “what he wants to see you wearing” and “what men think of these current fashion trends” and “wow him with these new hairstyles.” While women can and do judge each other’s appearance harshly, many of us grew up being told by mothers, sisters, and female strangers that we’ll never “get a man” or “keep a man” unless we do X or lose some fat from Y, unless we moisturize//trim/shave/push up/hide/show/”flatter”/paint/dye/exfoliate/pierce/surgically alter this or that.
That’s also why when a woman wears revealing clothes, it’s okay, in our society, to assume that she’s “looking for attention” or that she’s a slut and wants to sleep with a bunch of guys. Because why else would a woman wear revealing clothes if not for the benefit of men and to communicate her sexual availability to them, right? It can’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that it’s hot out or it’s more comfortable or she likes how she looks in it or everything else is in the laundry or she wants to get a tan or maybe she likes women and wants attention from them, not from men?
The result of all this is that many men, even kind and well-meaning men, believe, however subconsciously, that women’s bodies are for them. They are for them to look at, for them to pass judgment on, for them to bless with a compliment if they deign to do so. They are not for women to enjoy, take pride in, love, accept, explore, show off, or hide as they please. They are for men and their pleasure.
On a scale of 1 to the War of the Worlds broadcast how misunderstood is your joke.
So I’m heading to Israel on Monday for a 10-day trip. I’m so excited. It’s a place unlike anywhere I’ve ever been before. And I’m going with my cousins, who speak fluent Hebrew and have spent numerous summers in Israel. They’ll basically be my personal tour guides.
Anyway, I’m trying to prep my iPod for the trip and wondered if anyone had music suggestions? Stuff that I can listen to over and over. Some artists I love: Mika, Fun., John Mayer, Mumford & Sons, etc. Can anyone recommend some artists along these lines?
this is how Ryan Murphy decides what happens on every Glee episode
oh you’re killing me
The top right gif makes me wanna start clapping and praising Jesus
when he licks his lip in the 6th one on the right i want to start sobbing and rubbing my face on his ok
Parks and Recreation + TV Tropes | Running Gag (Bert Macklin)
“I was the best damn agent they had until I was framed for a crime I didn’t commit: Stealing the President’s… Rubies. Now I work alone.”
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