Thought Showered

“The idea of being a feminist—so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex—but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity. I hope [Girls] contributes to a continuance of feminist dialogue.”

—   Lena Dunham (via whatwedoisnotsecret)

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tedx:

Why are we afraid of imperfection? A TEDx speaker explores

TEDxDubai speaker Matt Hoyle is a photographer obsessed with flaws — the quirks, blights, and imperfections that inspire the masses to untag Facebook photos, Photoshop magazine covers, and always pose at the best angle.

In his talk, “Perfect imperfection,” he describes his fascination with presenting the subjects of his portraits as they really are — flawed, interesting, imperfect — rather than trying to obtain the perfect ideal of beauty that we search for when choosing our Facebook profile pictures.

His philosophy is best summed up in few words a subject of one of his photographs once told him:

I think people don’t accept imperfection that well. They gawk at it; they stare at it — because it’s curious to them.

It’s a shame because there’s so much beauty out there besides beauty.

Above, a selection of portraits from Matt’s jaw-droppingly beautiful series Winter Swimmers.

joiuu:

Today I was feeling especially shitty about gender binary, and how it’s acceptable to be androgynous only if you’re young, thin and pretty. I hear people talking shit about old “men” who wear makeup and “look ridiculous”, and I feel like they’re talking about me because one day I’ll be old and wrinkly and maybe finally brave enough to wear whatever the fuck I want. So I doodled these to cheer myself up, as a kind of a “fuck you” to assholes and a “love you” to fellow genderqueer people. Let’s grow old together and be awesome. <3

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mentalflossr:

16 Spooky-as-Hell Photos From Inside Chernobyl

It’s been 28 years since the meltdown of reactor number four in Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, an unprecedented manmade disaster that affected much of Europe. Radiation levels are still sky high, but with a Geiger counter and the right permits, visitors can safely enter the 18-mile Zone of Exclusion on guided day-tours. What you’ll encounter is straight out of a horror movie.

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mymodernmet:

Napkin Notes by Garth Callaghan

A 44-year-old father with terminal cancer writes 826 notes on napkins to pack with his daughter’s lunches for everyday she has class, through high school.

i cant.

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explore-blog:

George Orwell: A Life in Pictures – fascinating documentary about the iconic author, available online in its entirety.

( Dangerous Minds)

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explore-blog:

How enzymes catalyze the chemical reactions in your body – an animated primer from TED.

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Writings for Winter: on being alone but not being lonely

writingsforwinter:

My parents tell me that I spend too much time by myself, upstairs in my room, alone. But what they don’t understand is that being alone is different than being lonely. The distinction between the two is like the separation between the ocean and dry land, the line between loving someone…

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