When her kiss transforms the Beast, she is furious.
"You should have warned me! Here I was smitten by an exceptional being, and all of a sudden, my fiance becomes an ordinary distinguished young man!"
I actually have come to think that this is a really wrong-headed way of thinking about the way fatness is pathologised.
Calling thinness “privilege” is buying into the misogynist, racist body image ideal that’s been sold to us as a bill of goods. Yes, it’s true that thin people don’t face the same kind of public shaming, and that’s important to point out.
But the terrible irony of that “privilege” is that it’s just the flip side of the toxic beauty myth designed to keep women (because let’s not fool ourselves that fat women don’t get it worse than fat men) small and vulnerable.
Thin women are closer to that toxic ideal, and if you don’t think there’s a shit-tonne of invisible and internalised pressure on them to stay as close to that ideal as possible, you’re deluding yourself.
In fact, the closer you get to the ideal of what’s considered feminine beauty the more toxic the impossible double standards and invisible pressure get. You get it from all sides, people telling you you’re beautiful and therefore you own them something, and if you don’t play the game you’re a bitch and you deserve what’s coming to you, or alternatively you have thin privilege and pretty privilege and you have no grounds to complain because you’re benefitting from the system.
It’s like being in a vise. It eats away at your soul until you feel like you’re only your face, only your body, and everyone has an opinion about you based on those things. The opinions may be more flattering to hear if you’re thin, but they are just as weighted, just as full of the male gaze and expectation and jealousy and hatred. You’re told you should be grateful people admire you, but the actual experience of it is a burden, and if you dare to say so you’re breaking the misogynist code of silence and people hate you and threaten you.
I’ve lived both experiences — thinness and fatness — and there’s not much between them. Personally, I was more damaged by the so-called thin privilege than the disinterest and disgust at my fatness. Yes, you get more benefits from thinness, but the price is fucking high. You know where you stand when people hate you openly. You’re on quicksand when everyone says you’re beautiful and then stabs you the first chance they get and tell you you deserve it because you’re a bitch.
My philosophy now is that every comment about women’s bodies that’s driven by the toxic beauty ideal, whether a “compliment” or an insult is an expression of the same hatred.
Pathologised fatness and idealised thinness are both killing women. We need to stop them both instead of pitting women against each other with unhelpful accusations of privilege.
The battle is for women to be however they are and still valued, without the size of their bodies even being an issue. And just as I support fat women as valuable, I refuse to call thinness a privilege as long as it’s driven by the misogynist male gaze.
"I know you wanna leave so come on,
baby be with me so ha—”
*turns around and follows Louis back to the stage*
Senegal, Mauritania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Chad, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Djibouti. Those are the countries. It will be drought-resistant species, mostly acacias. And this is a fucking brilliant idea you have no idea oh my Christ
This will create so many jobs and regenerate so many communities and aaaaaahhhhhhh
more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Green_Wall
it’s already happening, and already having positive effects. this is wonderful, why have i not heard of this before? i’m so happy!
Oh yes, acacia trees.
They fix nitrogen and improve soil quality.
And, to make things fun, the species they’re using practices “reverse leaf phenology.” The trees go dormant in the rainy season and then grow their leaves again in the dry season. This means you can plant crops under the trees, in that nitrogen-rich soil, and the trees don’t compete for light because they don’t have any leaves on.
And then in the dry season, you harvest the leaves and feed them to your cows.
Crops grown under acacia trees have better yield than those grown without them. Considerably better.
So, this isn’t just about stopping the advancement of the Sahara - it’s also about improving food security for the entire sub-Saharan belt and possibly reclaiming some of the desert as productive land.
Of course, before the “green revolution,” the farmers knew to plant acacia trees - it’s a traditional practice that they were convinced to abandon in favor of “more reliable” artificial fertilizers (that caused soil degradation, soil erosion, etc).
This is why you listen to the people who, you know, have lived with and on land for centuries.
The Great Green Wall, to resist the encroachment of the Sahara. Fascinating.
So apparently iCloud was hacked and pretty much every female celebrity’s nudes were leaked. I’d like to remind my followers not to post them, because they’re supposed to be private, and just because some asshole leaked them doesn’t mean you should make it worse by spreading them around.