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The men who are cooing reassurances to women that they’re beautiful just as they are is the equivalent of a paternalistic pat on the head, and it assumes, requires, and reinforces the idea that those women don’t know this already. So let’s say for the moment that this is true. Probably many women listening to the song don’t believe they are beautiful, and another 10,000 words could be written on the many and varied ways that that’s the fault of our mass media.

If a woman doesn’t believe she is beautiful, the solution isn’t a man telling her she’s wrong. If women have been groomed to believe that they need to look a specific way to succeed in the world, you can trust that those beliefs are so internalized and wide-ranging as to require far more than male approval and acceptance to be undone.

Now let’s assume wearing makeup isn’t about that, at least not entirely. Let’s say that these women DO know they’re beautiful, and, more importantly, that their relationships with their appearance aren’t defined by whether or not they put on makeup. That a woman might wear lipstick or curl her hair because she likes it, that she could find her own empowerment through physical appearance, completely detached from the reaction of men, is an absent concept in these songs. It seems unfathomable that there can be any satisfaction, separated from male approval, that could be gleaned from the dressing of our bodies.

And here’s the biggest problem with these musical paeans to insecurity: The women who do enjoy their bodies, who know and celebrate their beauty, don’t get syrupy love songs. Their narrative isn’t compelling. If One Direction has taught us anything, the unknowing-ness is an essential factor of their beauty. She doesn’t know she’s beautiful, and that’s what makes her beautiful.
Let’s Stop Singing Songs About Women Who Don’t Know They’re Beautiful (via benndragon)

http://sariochanarts.tumblr.com/post/93480938480/you-can-tell-a-lot-about-someone-by-the-music

sariochanarts:

“You can tell a lot about someone by the music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your iPod/iPhone/iTunes/media player and write down the first 15 songs. Then pass this onto 10 people. (I increased songs for less people tagging ^_^; ..) 
1. Okui Masami - “Sayonara”
2. Ikuo - “Overlap”
3. VNV…

1. Girl’s Generation - Chocolate Love

2 Dir en grey - Rinkaku - Eternal Slumber Mix

3. Matthew Good Band - Strange Days

4. The Cherry Bombs - Don’t Turn Away

5. Lhasa De Sela - De Cara A La Pared

6. Gackt - Rain

7. Dir en grey - Glass Skin

8. Dir en grey - Zakuro 08/10/10

9. REM - Losing My Religion

10. Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way

11. Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

12. Fiona Apple - The Scarecrow

13. Unknown - Sweet Dreams are Made of Seven Nation Army

14 Klaha - Sayonara

15. Imagine Dragons V. Bastille - Pompeii is Radioactive

Forgot to tag. dada-disco, neenajaydon, diejoubu, decayedtothebone

lifeofblog:

merisea:

When halloween costumes used to be creepy

Now children can go around wearing masks that look identical to a werewolf, they have blood capsules that they can gnash between their teeth with their Hollywood-style zombie makeup, and it’s cute. But these… These old costumes that look the way they do because they were homemade and cheap… These costumes are fucking scary.

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