I LOVE THIS VIDEO!!
2 or 3 things are funny… most of them are not. Worth a watch!
This caught my eye….
The Keep A Breast Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps to eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support.
But this is the best part…
It’s all done through art.
On December 10th, Keep A Breast Canada held it’s first ever Breast Cast exhibit and auction at the Ayden Gallery in downtown Vancouver.
Artists placed strips of gauze with plaster over volunteers breasts to create a caste. The cast in then painted to “communicate complex feelings and thoughts about health, the female form, and ultimately about breast cancer.”
It goes on to say…
“The Treasured Chest Program strives to give newly diagnosed women a way to document their body and their feelings at a specific time in their life (i.e. after losing a breast or being told they have breast cancer). You may be facing a dramatic change in your female form resulting in the loss of a breast (mastectomy), partial removal of a breast (lumpectomy) or shrinkage of a breast caused by radiation. By documenting a specific point in your breast cancer journey, the Treasured Chest program allows newly diagnosed women the opportunity to turn their casted torso into a beautiful piece of art.”
The best part about this is how totally open people are to turning their bodies into a form of art for other people’s viewing. It’s a creative way to rid the taboo of “cancerous bodies.”
Wow.. are we really taking these steps back? I can’t get over how disrespectful this is. Who makes these decisions?!?! And where is our voice?
Canada’s newest bank notes — $50 bills made from a plastic polymer — started circulating Monday. Sadly the Famous Five aren’t on them.
The front of the new note features a portrait of Sir William Lyon Mackenzie King, while the back depicts the Arctic research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen. Missing are the Famous Five, the women who are responsible for women being considered “persons under the law” in Canada.
“It may seem like an innocuous change, but it is a symbol of a pattern of assault on women’s issues by the Harper government,” said Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees President Carol Furlong. “The battle that these women fought to have women recognized under the law as people is a crucial part of our country’s history. The decision to remove a reference to these women, their struggle and their historic accomplishment from the new 50 dollar bill should…
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If you’re into history like I am you’ll find this fascinating. This picture was taken in June of 1942, when colour cameras were extremely rare.
Exposures at this time in history usually took several hours or even days, and the quality and colour ranges were extremely limited.
Looking at the black-and-white photographs from decades ago make me feel a disconnect to the people and places — they are just so DIFFERENT from my world. But when I saw the same-type photographs in colour, I felt much more connected to it. Suddenly, they didn’t seem worlds away.
Obviously I chose to post this picture of the woman working, but they are all quite intriguing.
She is an aircraft worker for Vega Aircraft Corporation, California. She is checking the electrical assemblies. What serious girl power! (Especially for her time).
Pretty neat, huh!
Gene Simmons and his lovely
girlfriend (wife?) Shannon Tweed showed up in Toronto last week and had an interview on CityTV before they attended a fundraiser for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Gene was fairly quiet throughout the interview and at first I thought he felt as though he was “dragged” to the interview by Tweed and couldn’t care less about the organization and what he was representing. He even wore his sunglasses inside during the interview (I guess rockstars are entitled to that).
THEN, straight out of left field, Gene had something to say, and everyone listened:
“Every day is women’s day. You are the life givers . . . This is a wake-up note to all you guys; When you hear the word ‘woman’ it’s very convenient, it’s just one of those words you read about, it’s very non-committal.
Here’s what woman means… It means your mother, it means your daughter, your sister, your loved one, your girlfriend, your wife. It’s the most important word. We’re less important than women, trust me. They give life.”
Well thanks Gene! We’re really flattered about this but just wanted to say that we’re not “better” than men. Both women and men bring separate qualities to the table, and every person as an individual brings their own, too.
Regardless, I’m blushing!!
This great article talks about the best and worst places to live as a woman.
It’s a shame that Canada isn’t in here… Maybe we should make a new title: “Best Place to be a Multicultural Woman” … ?
(originally posted by Feminist Philosophers)
I was doing some more research about the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty and I came across this.
I think it’s really healthy for you to see if you haven’t already…
(this link will bring you to YouTube)
I’m disappointed to learn that last Monday night Rihanna and Chris Brown dropped a public duet remix of “Birthday Cake” even after he BEAT her silly in 2009.
I mean, come on, you could have picked anyone else in the world to do this with, and you picked Chris Brown. He doesn’t even have THAT much talent… it would have been soooo easy to go with someone else.
Rihanna, Puh-Leez!! It’s pretty obvious that your show was a GIANT MONEY MAKING SCAM.
I think it’s great that Rihanna has been able to move on from that dark point in her life. I even think it’s great that her and Chris are friends again, but I think she overstepped the line. It’s almost like she’s PUSHING it in our faces.
I’m not surprised through; Rihanna has a history of a rebellious nature.
Rihanna, I just think you need to look at the facts here: You are a major figure in the public eye. And your main audience? Young teenage girls. Being a public relations specialist I believe that Rihanna should be aware at all times of the messages she sends out not only from her words, but more importantly her actions.
Many young girls are still learning by example and may not be mature enough to have a fully established set of personal morals… I just hope you know how hugely influential you are in many young people’s lives.
Ladies, in case you’re wondering.. normal guys don’t do this. EVER.
Someone needs to teach Rihanna about the social learning theory… fast!
So I have to bring up something that has been bothering me for a long, long time. The story goes like this:
One day, I was watching TV when this amazing commercial came on. It was a commercial by Dove promoting their Campaign for Real Beauty. Essentially, it’s a marketing campaign launched in 2004 that seeks to embrace the natural beauty of women and the physical variation that we all have.
Let me tell you, I got right into this real fast! I was so overjoyed that this happened. My main thought: It’s about time!!!! I couldn’t believe how GORGEOUS these women looked… and the best part is… they were REAL. Not to say that models aren’t “real” but what I’m trying to get at here is the women in the advertisement are the ones you see more of in your everyday life, and yet they are almost nonexistent in the modeling world. I was instantly connected to this advertisement (usually I just turn down the volume or change the channel or choose just not to listen).
THIS IS MY BEEF:
Upon doing my research I realized Dove is owned by the same company that owns Axe (along with a bunch of other ridiculous companies… including owners for skin bleaching products). The company is called Unilever. Have you SEEN the commercials that Axe puts out?! I mean, they can be pretty funny… and pretty awkward! They usually feature a male teenager with about 20 gorgeous girls instantly attracted him once he sprays on his Axe deodorant. The girls are usually half-naked and touching his entire body in an effort to display an unrealistic, totally exaggerated scenario of what would happen in real life if you were to use their product.
Side Note: AS IF! Guys use waaaaay too much of that stuff, anyway. I can’t breathe around it.
Anyway, this whole thing totally put into perspective for me that even the Campaign for Real Beauty is a marketing strategy (obviously, duhhh.. should have seen that one coming), their marketing team probably just realized “hey, we better do something different now because our traditional techniques are really blending in with the rest of the world’s”.
REGARDLESS about how you feel on this issue, I do just have to admit that the Campaign for Real Beauty is actually healthier than some other marketing techniques they could have used, I just wish Unilever would get on board with all their products.
Did you know that the ACTUAL definition of Feminism is:
“The doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men.” (Dictionary.com)… Women EQUAL to men. Not above. EQUAL.Therefore, ALL WOMEN SHOULD BE FEMINISTS. (You just might not know it yet!!!).