kRaskin

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Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’

Do not entomb her in a pretty pink tower
and insist that only the degree of her physical appeal
may set her free.
Teach her to fight her way out,
to consume books and spit knowledge
to lesser boys who insist she is just beautiful
and nothing more.

Teach her to love her body
not to manipulate and put a price tag on herself
as a defined worth
she shall be immeasurable
she shall be more than this.

Do not let her break herself down
when the boy in kindergarden hits her
because he likes her.
What are you really teaching her?
Pain and love are not synonymous
neither are pretty and perfection.

Teach her to be kind
to be harsh
to be demure
to be wild
to be sensitive
to be thick-skinned

But good god,

Do not teach your daughters to be ‘pretty.’

Michelle K., Do Not Teach Your Daughters to Be ‘Pretty.’ (via michellekpoems)

(via veggielezzyfemmie)

crashntumble:

Rare photo of Frida with her hair down

crashntumble:

Rare photo of Frida with her hair down

(via thenewwomensmovement)

nprfreshair:

Remember film?

We now know that 24 hours without sleep, or a week of sleeping four or five hours a night induces an impairment equivalent to a blood alcohol level of .1 percent. We would never say, ‘This person is a great worker! He’s drunk all the time!’ yet we continue to celebrate people who sacrifice sleep for work.

awkwardsituationist:

by pairing skate lessons and boards with education initiatives, skateistan — a non profit organization that works with the support of local afghan communities — is using skateboarding as a tool of empowerment for more than four hundred afghan kids, many of whom live on the streets.  

more than 40 percent of skateistan’s students are female. though girls are banned from riding bikes in afghanistan, skateboarding is novel and remains permissible, and has now become the most popular sport for females in the country. 

photos from skateistan’s facebook and instagram (see also: skating in uganda)

(via globalpost)

petapixel:

The perfect way to cap off Earth day. Photographer Rachel Sussman has spent the last decade documenting the oldest living things in the world, some of which have already disappeared since she photographed them. http://petapixel.com/2014/04/22/photographer-documents-oldest-things-earth-fascinating-series-turned-book/

walk-barefoot:

*Bohemian Bliss*

walk-barefoot:

*Bohemian Bliss*

(via inhabitude)

blackhistoryalbum:

Belle: The True Story of Dido Elizabeth Belle

Portrait of Dido Elizabeth Belle (1761-1804) and her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray (1760-1825). Movie poster (in theaters May 4, 2014)
via Discover Black Heritage.